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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.

David Martin

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

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.

Professor 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.

John Pritchard

Director of Strategic Planning at Durham University.  An experienced and planning professional, with a track record of strengthening organisational performance across a diverse range of universities and national policy bodies

Tom Justice

Commercial solicitor specialising in charity, education and sports law

Andrew Thurston

An experienced manager skilled in turning ideas into executable strategy and implementing major changes.

35 years’ management experience across public, private and voluntary sectors. 

Currently Honorary Lay Canon for Durham Chapter, supporting finance operation of the Cathedral and member of the Resources, Audit and Investment Committees.

Sarah Thackray

Event and Company Director leading a staff team and freelancers to deliver more than 100 events per year.  Fluent on Spanish, high level French and Italian.

Marion Schooler

Consultant focusing on sustainable development.  Professional background working at the interface between the public, private and voluntary sectors to help improve the social and economic wellbeing of the north east region.