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Meet the Council & Board Members

The Council is an elected body representative of membership whose principal role is as an advisory body to The Chamber on the formulation of policy.

Council

John McCabe

President

Gill Courtney MBE

Vice President

Mike Matthews MBE

Immediate past President

Alan Ferguson, OBE

Honorary Vice President

Lucy Winskell OBE

Chair of Board

Paul Moran

Chair of Audit Committee

Douglas Ritchie

Council Member - Chair Northumberland Committee

George Sanger

Council Member - Chair Tyne & Wear Committee

Mike Wade

Council Member - Chair County Durham Committee

Michael McConnell

Council Member - Chair Tees Committee

Neil Barker

Council Member - Tyne & Wear Committee

Christine Holland

Council Member - Tyne & Wear Committee

Chris Beaumont

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee

Patrick Masheder

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee

Chris Styles

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee

Simon Wake

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee

Richard Swart

Council Member - Chair International Trade Committee

Kevin Carr

Elected Member

Nagma Ebanks-Beni

Elected Member

Nicki Gott OBE

Elected Member

Farooq Hakim

Elected Member

Darren Hankey

Elected Member

Alex Hayward

Elected Member

Louise Hunter

Elected Member

Caroline Marsh

Elected Member

John Marshall

Elected Member

Graeme Mason

Elected Member

Nigel Mills

Elected Member

Lesley Moody MBE

Elected Member

Daniel O'Mahoney

Elected Member

Maggie Pavlou

Elected Member

Marianne Whitfield

Elected Member

Deborah Walton

Elected Member

About James
James has been Chief Executive of the Chamber since 2006. Prior to this he was Vice Chairman of the Esh Group. He has 14 years of experience in corporate banking and strategic marketing in Barclays Bank. After leaving school he spent 12 years as a soldier in the Royal Green Jackets (now The Rifles) all around the world. In this role, he is responsible for promoting and championing the North East business community locally, nationally and internationally. He relishes the opportunities to meet so many passionate business people around the region operating such successful world class businesses.

James Ramsbotham

Chief Operating Officer

Ross Smith

Membership & Policy Director

Julie Underwood

International Trade Director

Board

John McCabe

President

About James
James has been Chief Executive of the Chamber since 2006. Prior to this he was Vice Chairman of the Esh Group. He has 14 years of experience in corporate banking and strategic marketing in Barclays Bank. After leaving school he spent 12 years as a soldier in the Royal Green Jackets (now The Rifles) all around the world. In this role, he is responsible for promoting and championing the North East business community locally, nationally and internationally. He relishes the opportunities to meet so many passionate business people around the region operating such successful world class businesses.

James Ramsbotham

CEO

David Langley

Chief Operating Officer

Mike Matthews MBE

Immediate past President

Lucy Winskell OBE

Chair

Richard Swart

Board Member

Paul Moran

Chair of Audit Committee

Maggie Pavlou

Wayham Moran

Chris Beaumont