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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has appointed Cameron Brown as Special Adviser.

Mr Brown, who attended Nunthorpe Academy, returns to his native Tees Valley to take up the position.

He worked as Parliamentary Assistant to former MP James Wharton before taking on roles within public affairs, including at Hume Brophy in London where provided political and strategic communications advice to a number of large companies, including DellEMC, NATS, Tata and Whitbread plc.

Mr Houchen said: “Cameron is a significant and very talented appointment, who was much in demand for senior positions in London.

“He chose to relocate back to Tees Valley to support my work, developing and delivering key initiatives and working in partnership with key stakeholders, within and outside the Combined Authority.”

The role of Special Adviser is an established function within government, providing direct personal support to political leaders on all aspects of their responsibilities, including their wider political role. The Mayor’s Special Adviser will work alongside officials from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, and is regulated by codes of practice which apply to similar posts in central and local government.