Committee Members

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Committee members

Audit and Risk

Anette Clark - committee chairAnnette 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 - committee memberMiriam 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 - committee memberKeith 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.

Christine Storrs - committee memberChristine 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.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew WilsonAndrew has a background in consulting and M and A and now owns and manages a number of his own business interests and investments as well as consulting work.

Previously, Andrew was Finance and Commercial Director for the independent distribution arm of publisher Penguin Random House, where he led the integration of the distribution businesses following the merger of Penguin with Random House. Prior to that, Andrew worked for Sage Group PLC for over 10 years in a variety of senior finance, strategy and M and A roles, latterly as Head of Group Strategy and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.

Andrew holds an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.

Committee members

Remuneration Committee

Clare Brayson - chairClare 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 - committee memberMark Simpson

Professor Mark Simpson is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at Teesside University. He has a PhD in Criminology and BA (Hons) in Politics. He has published in the areas of youth crime, drug use and policing. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.

Nadeem Ahmad - committee memberNadeem 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.

Caroline Moore

Caroline is a member of the remuneration committee.

More information about Caroline will follow.  

 

 

Rob Goward

Rob has over 30 years of experience within the HR field. Specifically, he was Vice President of HR for the Seagram Spirits and Wine Group for 15 years, Global HRD of Smith and Nephew plc and Group HRD of Maxxium Worldwide BV.

He is currently a Partner within the Mercer Consulting Group for whom he works on a part-time basis. He has an MSc in Politics from London University and an MBA from IMC along with Chartered membership of the CIPD.

Committee members

Treasury Committee

Andrew Lean - chairAndrew 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 - committee memberNeil 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 - committee memberMiriam 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 - committee memberBrian Dinsdale

Brian had a long career in local government before establishing his own interim management company in 2005. He was Chief Executive of Hartlepool council for 14 years and for Middlesbrough Council for two years. He received an OBE for services to local government in 2002. Since 2005 he has worked as an efficiency adviser in HM Treasury, carried out four interim chief executive roles for other councils and been interim managing director of a large publicly owned trading company, in addition to numerous consultancy assignments throughout the UK. He is currently Chair of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. Brian is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and Bachelor of Arts.

Nick Taylor

Nick has over 25 years of banking experience in the UK and Middle East across treasury, fixed income and loan markets with HSBC, Goldman Sachs and National Bank of Abu Dhabi.    

He is currently on the investor relations team at Atrato Partners, the manager of listed UK REIT SUPR a specialist investor in UK Supermarket Assets. He is also a skills coach to apprentices in the financial services sector in Manchester and Liverpool.  

Nick studied Government at Essex University and an MA in European Law, Economics and Politics at the University of Limerick.   

Vishnu Reddy

Vishnu is a qualified lawyer with strong international legal, commercial and banking experience. Vishnu combines both financial and legal expertise particularly in the real estate finance sector by providing advice to structure optimal financing, understand financial and operational risk, and develop funding strategies for corporate clients.

Vishnu currently works at CBRE Capital Advisors to deliver debt solutions for commercial real estate players, providing debt advisory and financing solutions including restructuring and real estate advisory services.

For four years, Vishnu was in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group at BNP Paribas, prior to which he was the General Counsel of GMAC Commercial Mortgage operations in Europe. Vishnu practised as a banking and structured finance lawyer at Weil Gotshal and Manges and DLA Piper for over 10 years. 

He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and started his career as a real estate finance lawyer at Clayton Utz in Sydney.

Committee members

Development 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.

Laura Mack

Laura is a co-founder of Change & Transformation and works across all of the organisation’s products and services.

Laura started her career at Procter & Gamble on the marketing graduate scheme progressing quickly through the ranks to senior roles, leading to a transfer to Geneva and the challenge of leading a team which included R&D and engineering experts based in Germany. The lessons and challenges of leading multi-functional, multi-national teams are still a rich source of inspiration for her work to-date.

Laura moved back to the UK where she headed up a number of key commercial teams for Procter & Gamble in London. After leaving P&G, Laura spent time at other well-known consumer goods experts including Cadbury and Heinz. Since moving to the North East with her family, Laura has used her corporate, commercial and marketing experience to deliver consultancy projects for clients across the region as well as co-designing and co-delivering our organisation, team and leadership development work.

In her spare time Laura is involved in the local running community, acting as Event Director for the local junior parkrun and organising the annual Yarm Fun Run. She has also served on the board of two major charities in the region.

Nick Taylor

Nick has over 25 years of banking experience in the UK and Middle East across treasury, fixed income and loan markets with HSBC, Goldman Sachs and National Bank of Abu Dhabi.    

He is currently on the investor relations team at Atrato Partners, the manager of listed UK REIT SUPR a specialist investor in UK Supermarket Assets. He is also a skills coach to apprentices in the financial services sector in Manchester and Liverpool.  

Nick studied Government at Essex University and an MA in European Law, Economics and Politics at the University of Limerick.  

Andrew Wilson

Andrew has a background in consulting and M and A and now owns and manages a number of his own business interests and investments as well as consulting work.

Previously, Andrew was Finance and Commercial Director for the independent distribution arm of publisher Penguin Random House, where he led the integration of the distribution businesses following the merger of Penguin with Random House. Prior to that, Andrew worked for Sage Group PLC for over 10 years in a variety of senior finance, strategy and M and A roles, latterly as Head of Group Strategy and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.

Andrew holds an MEng in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.

Steve Nelson

Steve is a Stockton Borough Councillor who was a Cabinet Member for housing and a Director of Tristar Homes.

He is currently Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety and has a number of other community roles. He chairs the Safer Stockton Partnership and the Taxi Trade Association, and is a director of the charitable organisations Catalyst and FRADW. Steve is also a governor at Frederick Nattrass School.

Steve is committed to social inclusion and is a member of Stockton’s Infinity Partnership, Central Locality Forum and Stockton’s Domestic Violence Steering Group.