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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
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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

Honorary Vice President
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Lucy Winskell OBE

Chair of Board
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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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Chris Beaumont

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee
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Patrick Masheder

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee
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Chris Styles

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee
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Simon Wake

Council Member - Tees Valley Committee
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Richard Swart

Council Member - Chair International Trade Committee
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Kevin Carr

Elected Member
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Nagma Ebanks-Beni

Elected Member
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Nicki Gott OBE

Elected Member
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Farooq Hakim

Elected Member
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Darren Hankey

Elected Member
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Alex Hayward

Elected Member
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Louise Hunter

Elected Member
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Caroline Marsh

Elected Member
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John Marshall

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

Elected Member
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Daniel O'Mahoney

Elected Member
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Maggie Pavlou

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

Chief Operating Officer
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Julie Underwood

International Trade Director
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Board

John McCabe

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

Chair
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George Sanger

Board Member
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Richard Swart

Board Member
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Paul Moran

Chair of Audit Committee
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Wayham Moran

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John Marshall

Board Member
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