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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

Lesley Moody MBE

Chamber President
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Gill Courtney MBE

Vice President
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Mike Matthews MBE

Immediate past President
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Alan Ferguson, OBE

Elected member
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Lucy Winskell OBE

Chairman
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Paul Moran

Chair of Audit Committee
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Douglas Ritchie

Council Member - Chair Northumberland Committee
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George Sanger

Council Member - Chair Tyne & Wear Committee
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Mike Wade

Council Member - Chair County Durham Committee
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Michael McConnell

Council Member - Chair Tees Committee
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Neil Barker

Council Member - Tyne & Wear Committee
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Christine Holland

Council Member - Tyne & Wear Committee
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Patrick Masheder

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee
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Simon Wake

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee
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Nagma Ebanks-Beni

Elected Member
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Darren Hankey

Elected Member
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David Langley

Chief Operating Officer
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Alex Hayward

Elected Member
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Louise Hunter

Elected Member
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Graeme Mason

Elected Member
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Nigel Mills

Elected Member
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Lesley Moody MBE

Vice President
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Daniel O'Mahoney

Elected Member
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Marianne Whitfield

Elected Member
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Deborah Walton

Elected Member
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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 CBE

CEO
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Board

Lesley Moody MBE

Chamber President
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Gill Courtney MBE

Vice President
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Mike Matthews MBE

Immediate past President
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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
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David Langley

Chief Operating Officer
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Lucy Winskell OBE

Chairman
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George Sanger

Board Member
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Richard Swart

Honorary Vice President
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Paul Moran

Chair of Audit Committee
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Wayham Moran

Vice Chairman
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