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Advisory Board

Business Durham Advisory Board

The activities of Business Durham are overseen by an Advisory Board comprising leading members of the County Council together with prominent business leaders in the County.

The current members of the Advisory Board are:

Current Directors:

Councillor S Henig
Councillor A Hopgood  
Councillor B Kellett 
Councillor C Marshall
Councillor A Napier
Councillor K Shaw
Councillor S Wilson 

Current Associate Directors:

Ms Susan Bell, CEO, Waterstons
Mr David Coppock, Regional Director, Department for International Trade
Ms Tania Cooper, MD, Steelbenders
Mr Graham Elder, Business Relationship Manager, NatWest
Mr Toby Heintz, MD, Pinnacle Retec
Dr Tamzin Lafford, Senior Applications Scientist, IBEX Innovations Ltd
Mr David Land, MD, Drive2Business  
Mr Kevin Maloney, Partner, Muckle llp
Mr Steve Robson, Executive Manager Operations, South Durham Enterprise Agency
Mr Michael Smith, Partner, Tait Walker
Mr Mike Wade, FD, Hodgson Sayers
Mr Jonathan Walker, Head of Policy & Campaigns, NEECC 


Sarah Slaven, Managing Director Interim), Business Durham
Catherine Johns, Innovation and Business Growth Director
Peter McDowell, Business Space Director
Sarah Robson, Head of Economic Development & Housing
Ian Thompson, Corporate Director, Regeneration and Local Services
Peter Rippingale, Business Development Director (Interim) and Inward Investment Manager

The role of the Advisory Board is to:

  • Offer a private sector perspective to Business Durham activities and proposals
  • Offer insight through experience into the business world and global economy
  • Act as the interface between private sector and the County Council
  • Act as champions and Ambassadors for County Durham
  • Sponsor and promote initiatives and events for County Durham
  • Provide a focus for and influence on County Council economic policy and strategy through acting as a critical friend
  • Provide a focus for the engagement of the private sector

Contact Business Durham

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03000 261261


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Commercial Property In County Durham

See map below for Business Durham’s commercial properties.