Committee Members

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Committee members

Audit and Risk

Annette Clark - chair

Annette is a former Director of Aviva plc. During her 20 years with Aviva she led both the Human Resources and Operations (Customer Services) functions, leading business units of 7,000 employees based across the UK and overseas. Annette has an LLB Law Degree, and has particular interest in all aspects of employment law.

Miriam Harte

Miriam set up her own consultancy in 2008 using skills developed over 20 years in the corporate and the heritage sectors working with her clients in both interim roles and as a consultant mainly in the area of project development, fundraising, business planning, strategic reviews and operational improvement. Miriam is an experienced professional and chartered accountant, and has had leadership roles in two nationally recognised museums/visitor attractions, both of which thrived during her tenure.

Keith Hurst

Keith is Associate Dean (Business) leading the re-development of Teesside University Business School as an independent school, separate from Social Sciences and Law. He is responsible for the leadership and management of all aspects of the Business and Management portfolio. He is also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Chartered Psychologist with the Division of Health Psychology and a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Executive Education Committee.

Carla Keegans

Carla is a founding Director of The Ethical Lettings Agency CICI from January 2015 which is an innovative social enterprise launched in July 2015, based in Redcar and operating across Teesside. Previously she worked as Head of Housing at Northumberland County Council.

Christine Storrs

Christine is a retired professional having spent 25 years working in housing, with the last nine years being spent as Chief Executive of York Housing Association. For many years she specialised in the development and provision of supported housing, working for both a national association and a specialist association in London and the South East.

Committee members

Remuneration Committee

Clare Brayson - chair

Clare has over 30 years' experience in marketing and customer service management. This experience has been gained in financial services with Northern Rock and in social housing with Home Group. Her customer experience includes responsibility for call centres and administration. She has an MBA from Newcastle University.

Mark Simpson

Dr Mark Simpson is Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law at Teesside University and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is the author of a number of texts in the areas of crime, ciminal justice and drug use, and is a Director of the British Society of Criminology. He is a governor at a local primary school, a sixth form college and Teesside University. He is Chair of Tees Valley Leisure and is also a local ambassador for the Prince's Trust.

Julie Clarke

Julie was previously a partner in a consultancy firm whose primary clients were local authorities and the housing association sector. She is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University. She has held previous non-executive directorships at Nomad and Enterprise Housing Association.

Nadeem Ahmad

Nadeem has 25 years’ experience in race, diversity and community relations, including seven years with Northumbria Police and 22 years with Newcastle City Council. For 12 years, he managed the North East Strategic Migration Partnership. He has initiated and managed many local, regional and tans-national projects and in 2015 received a Diversity Champion in Housing Award from Middlesbrough’s BME Network.

Committee members

Treasury and Investment Committee

Andrew Lean - chair

Andrew is retired from his role as Senior Advisor to the Homes and Communities Agency. Previously, his senior civil service career included direct responsibility for policy making and management around the Urban Programme, Single Regeneration Budget and the Olympics.

Neil Pattison

Neil works for Cummins, a major employer in the North of England for over 19 years and he has a passion for the region. He is a senior executive with three roles: Global Account Leader for Volkswagen, General Manager of Cummins Emissions Solutions business in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), and also sits on the Europe Area Business Organisation (ABO) staff.

Miriam Harte

Miriam set up her own consultancy in 2008 using skills developed over 20 years in the corporate and the heritage sectors, working with her clients in both interim roles and as a consultant mainly in the area of project development, fundraising, business planning, strategic reviews and operational improvement. Miriam is an experienced professional and chartered accountant, and has had leadership roles in two nationally recognised museums/visitor attractions, both of which thrived during her tenure.

Brian Dinsdale

Brian had a 40 year career in local government before retiring to become a consultant and interim manager in the public sector. Brian is a qualified accountant, was Chief Executive of Hartlepool Council for 14 years and Chief Executive of Middlesbrough Council for two years. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to Hartlepool. Since his retirement from Middlesbrough Council in 2005, Brian has worked for HM Treasury as an efficiency advisor, been an interim chief executive for four councils and the interim managing director of a large publicly-owned trading company, as well as carrying out numerous consultancy roles throughout the UK. Brian's primary skills are in financial planning and management, organisational design and change management. He is currently vice-chair of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.