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Meet The Team

Policy Team

About Paul
Before joining the Chamber, Paul worked for a Member of Parliament. Since joining the Chamber as Policy Adviser Paul’s role involves representing Chamber members on policy issues relating to education, skills, and training. This includes apprenticeships, skills shortages, recruiting and retaining graduates, visas and immigration policy, labour market statistics, improving careers advice, retraining and lifelong learning, and forging links between businesses and schools, colleges and universities.

Paul Carbert

Policy Advisor

About Arlen
With a background in policy and communications consultancy, Arlen leads on the Chamber’s transport, planning and development policy work. He works to make sure Chamber members’ voices are heard on issues like transport infrastructure and housing need, and organises the Chamber’s Transport Forum and Development Group.

Arlen Pettitt

Policy Adviser

Rachel Anderson

Head of Policy and Representation

About Jonathan
Jonathan has been with the Chamber since 2009 following a spell in the recruitment industry. He leads the Chamber’s Policy and Campaigns team. This team works to represent our members’ views on issues such as transport, education and international trade. Campaigning for a better business environment in the North East, he manages our relationships with MPs and other political decision makers in the north of the region, develops the Chamber’s annual Manifesto and is a regular media spokesperson on the issues that matter to our members.

Jonathan Walker

Head of Policy and Campaigns