Business Durham Advisory Board

The activities of Business Durham are overseen by an Advisory Board comprising of leading members of the County Council together with prominent business leaders in the County.

The current members of the Advisory Board are:

Current Directors:

Councillor S Henig – Leader of Durham County Council and Chair of the Advisory Board

Councillor J Clare – Cabinet Support Member for Economic Regeneration
Councillor K Corrigan – Chair of Durham County Council and Mayor of Durham
Councillor A Hopgood – Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
Councillor C Marshall – Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration
Councillor A Napier – Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance
Councillor K Shaw –  Portfolio Holder for Strategic Housing and Assets

Current Associate Directors:

Ms Susan Bell, CEO, Waterstons
Mr David Coppock, Regional Director, Department for International Trade
Ms Tania Cooper MBE, MD, Steelbenders
Mr Toby Heintz, MD, Pinnacle Retec
Dr Tamzin Lafford, Senior Applications Scientist, Bruker
Mr David Land, MD, Drive2Business
Mr Kevin Maloney, Partner, Muckle llp
Mr Steve Robson, Executive Manager Operations, South Durham Enterprise Agency
Mr Michael Smith, Partner, Tait Walker
Mr Mike Wade, FD, Hodgson Sayers
Mr Jonathan Walker, Assistant Director – Policy, NEECC

Officers:

Amy Harhoff, Corporate Director of Regeneration, Economy and Growth
Sarah Slaven, Managing Director, Business Durham
Peter McDowell, Property & Business Services Director
Caroline Taukulis, Team Manager Business Engagement
Peter Rippingale, Team Manager – Inward Investment and Opportunities

Advisory Board Role:

  • Offer a private sector perspective to Business Durham activities and proposals
  • Offer insight through experience into the business world and global economy
  • Act as the interface between private sector and the County Council
  • Act as champions and ambassadors for County Durham
  • Sponsor and promote initiatives and events for County Durham
  • Provide a focus for and influence on County Council economic policy and strategy through acting as a critical friend
  • Provide a focus for the engagement of the private sector

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