Meet Board & Council

Guiding the Chamber in all that we do

Our board members are responsible for the management of the Chamber and are appointed by our council.  Our council is an elected body representative of membership, advising the Chamber on the formation of policy.

The role of our board…

Our board, which is appointed by council, is responsible for the manager of the Chamber. It’s members are our statutory directors. 

Board

John Johnston

North of Tyne Representative

Abigail Pogson

co-opted board member

John Marshall

chair

Emma Gaudern

South of Tyne, Durham and Wearside representative

Tara Stonehouse

chair of risk and audit committee

Rhiannon Bearne

executive director – policy and representation

Stephanie Edusei

co-opted board member

Jennifer Rycroft

executive director – membership

Louise Hunter MBE

co-opted board member

Aneela Ali

executive director – finance and corporate services

Nagma Ebanks Beni MBE

vice president

Andrew Haigh

president

Lesley Moody OBE

immediate past president

Yvonne Gale

co-opted board member

Deborah Walton

vice president

John McCabe

chief executive

The role of our council…

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

Susan Howe

council member

Alix Bolton

council member

Darren Hankey

council member

Chloë Clover

council member

John McCabe

chief executive

Gill Courtney MBE

vice president

John Johnston

chief of Northumberland committee

Stevie McLaren

council member

Suzanne Nestor-Robson

council member

Alex Hayward

council member

Andrew Haigh

president

Nagma Ebanks Beni MBE

council member

Mark Dowdall

council member

Rachel Chambers

council member

Sophie Milliken

council member

Marianne Whitfield

council member

Patrick Masheder

Tees Valley committee chair

Ross Smith

council member

Rhiannon Hiles

council member

Kay Carrick

council member

Alan Ferguson OBE

council member

Deborah Walton

co-opted board member

John Johnston

council member

Alan Metcalfe

council member

Paul Ryan

council member

Malcolm Copland

council member

Gill Hunter

council member

Aneela Ali

council member

Tony Gates

council member

Andrew Davison

council member

John Marshall

chair

Lesley Moody OBE

immediate past president

Natasha McDonough

council member

Liz Mayes

council member

Michael Lyons

council member