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Ian Brown - Chairman

Highly experienced in property assets, design, construction, housing and FM Director and Consultant in public private sectors.

Delivered complex change and service transformation programmes/projects including accommodation, agile working and extensive strategic service reviews in sensitive environments, involving union consultation and negotiations.  Professional background is construction, property, housing, regeneration and technical services having trained as a Chartered and Incorporated Quantity Surveyor.

Eddie Tomlinson

During his career, Eddie worked for the Local and Central Government departments and other non department public bodies. Experienced in managing social and economic grant programmes to North East rural areas.  Portfolio holder for assets, strategic housing and rural issues at Durham County Council.

David Martin

Group Treasurer for Northumbrian Water.  Department Head for a small staff team and an interest budget in excess of £110 million.

Peter Brookes

Durham County Council Councillor, division Trimdon and Thornley.

Previously Head of Community Services.

Diana Pearce

An effective Director of people, activities and strategies, experienced in organising large groups to understand and deliver results in a complex policy environment.  Previous post was Assistant Director of Environment Group for GONE.  Diana also sits on the Board of Groundwork South Tyneside & Newcastle.

Monica Burns

Lead Manager in the North East for the National Housing Federation, prior to this Monica worked as a Rural Housing Enabler working with local communities, local authorities and the Government.

Graham Street

A graduate in Biochemistry from Oxford University and Biochemical Engineering from University College, London.  His research for over the last thirty years has had sustainability as a theme incorporating, biochemical engineering, industrial symbiosis, sustainability through bio technology, integrated bio-process systems and ethics, producing over 100 publications and presentations.  Now retired.

Chris Hook

Solicitor at Muckle LLP.  Works in the Charities Team, practice focuses on advising charities, social enterprises and schools on a range of charity and company/commercial matters.

Nickie Gott OBE

Founder and Managing Director of 'She's Gott It', a creative events management company.  Winner of the North East Small Business and winner of the Susan Dobson North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007.

Rosemary Anderson
A senior HR Manager with significant experience across sectors including FTSE 100 PLC's.  Rosemary is a long distance runner and has interests in the Cinema, reading and music.
Jim Carrick (previous Chair)

Over 30 years in senior management roles in major international businesses, spanning business development, manufacturing, engineering, research and development and major projects.