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Talk by Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayor Ben Houchen

Northumbria University

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Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayor Ben Houchen 

Lecture Theatre 403, Business and Law Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Synopsis

Ben Houchen will talk about his role and the particular priorities for his mayoralty/the combined authority with a business/industry focus, followed by Q&A.

The talk will be hosted by Professor John Wilson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Business & Law, and Dr Sanjay Bhowmick, Senior Lecturer, along with research interest group Regional Economic Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (REDIE).  

About the Speaker

Ben Houchen was elected as the Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley in May 2017. The Tees Valley area covers the five boroughs of Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington and Hartlepool.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Ben was a Councillor on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, representing Yarm and Kirklevington Ward. He also led the Council’s opposition Conservative Group. In 2012 he stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Middlesbrough by-election, and in 2014 stood to become our region’s Member of the European Parliament.

As Mayor, Ben is implementing an ambitious agenda to increase economic growth and prosperity. He wants to create a strong local economy that creates good quality jobs, underpinned by an even stronger private sector. His personal commitments include: saving Teesside Airport; supporting businesses to grow; delivering the housing that the region needs; ensuring an effective structure for Cleveland Police; and securing protected food status for ‘The Parmo’ – a much loved local delicacy.

Ben is a Law graduate of Northumbria University and has worked for two local firms specialising in commercial litigation and employment law. In 2016 Ben founded BLK UK – an international sportswear business, which supplies clothing to amateur and professional clubs. As Chief Executive of BLK UK, he delivered an impressive programme of growth and company expansion. Since the election, Ben has stepped down from his position at BLK and is dedicating all of his time to his Mayoral role.  

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Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East
Room 403, Business and Law Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 2SU


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