About us

Board of governors

Dr Jane Atkinson

Dr Jane AtkinsonOperations Director, Cape plc. Former Senior Vice-President Sembcorp Utilities UK, former winner of the CBI First Woman Award in Manufacturing, Chair of the Teesside University Science and Technology Advisory Board and member of the Advisory Board of the National Science Museum. UK Board member of the IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) and lead of diversity within the IChemE. Winner of the Stephenson Award for inspiring young people in engineering. Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Dean Benson

Dean BensonCEO, Visualsoft


Paul Booth OBE, Deputy Chairman

Paul BoothChair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership; former resident, SABIC-UK Petrochemicals; former Vice President of Huntsman Petrochemicals UK; ICI Teesside Sites Engineering Manager; Deputy chairman of NASPI (National skills academy for the process sector); Director of TTE (Apprentice and adult training college); Deputy chairman of NEPIC (north eastern process cluster); Board member of the CIA (chemical industry association); former chairman of Redcar and Cleveland college.


Ada Burns

Ada BurnsAda was Chief Executive of Darlington Borough Council until 2018 and prior to moving to the north east in 2005, occupied senior positions in London Councils. She has played leadership roles in the Tees Valley and in the North East, and has experience in governance of FE and Sixth form institutions. Ada is currently an Associate with the Local Government Association, and Vice Chair of public policy think tank, The New Local Government Network.


Dann Cooley

Senior Technician: School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law.


James Cross

James CrossChief Executive of Newcastle Parks Trust, a pioneering new charity operating in partnership with the people of Newcastle - making sure wonderful green spaces, right in the heart of the community, flourish and grow. Formerly Chief Executive of Natural England, the Government's environmental advisor and regulator, and previously Chief Executive of the Marine Management Organisation, the Government’s regulator and manager of England’s seas; former member of Defra’s Executive Committee, with responsibility for strategic leadership and governance of The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Also managing partner of a leadership and environmental consultancy, founder and chair of Teddy’s Towers, a small local charity, a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


Professor Paul Croney

Professor Paul CroneyVice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teesside University.


Chris Fleetwood

Chris Fleetwood former Chairman, Darlington Building Society; Chairman, Digital City Business; Non Executive Director, Northern 3 Venture Capital Trust Plc; Non Executive Director NCFE Limited; Managing Partner, io solutions; Formerly Chief Executive, Whessoe Plc.


Marion Grieves

Marion Grieves Dean, School of Health & Social Care.


John Hogg

John HoggJohn Hogg – Consultant: Hogg Education; Former Principal: City College Coventry; City of Wolverhampton College; Middlesbrough College.


Nick Johnson

Nick JohnsonCommercial Director, CPI


Professor Philip Jones

Professor Philip JonesFormer Vice-Chancellor: Sheffield Hallam University


Sue Kiddle

Sue Kiddle, Consultant and Director of Advantage Business Coaching LtdConsultant and Director of Advantage Business Coaching Ltd. Performance coach, mentor and senior business leader in the service sector. Former Area Corporate Director at Barclays in the North East.


Siobhan McArdle

Siobhan McArdleChief Executive: South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust


Alastair MacColl, Chairman and Pro-Chancellor

Alastair MacCollChairman of BE Group. Formerly: Member of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and Managing Director, Gazette Media Company


Helen Page

Helen PageSenior Lecturer in biology and forensic biology within the School of Science, Engineering & Design. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.


Andrew Richardson

Andrew RichardsonPresident Activities: Teesside University Students' Union


Dermot Russell

Dermot RussellGroup Chief Financial Officer, PD Ports. Formerly: Northumbrian Water Group; Grainger Trust plc; Deloitte Haskins & Sells (later Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte)


Steve Tonks

Steve TonksFormer Group Executive and Board Director Hertel BV, Managing Director of Hertel UK and Board Director The Banks Group. Governor of Galley Hill primary trust.


Claire Vaughan

Claire VaughanVice-President, Commercial Legal, Legal Services, formerly Sage


Ian Wardle

Ian WardleChief Executive, Thirteen Group. Formerly: Managing Director, Reading Borough Council; Director of Regeneration Services, Redcar & Cleveland Council


Godfrey Worsdale OBE

Godfrey Worsdale OBEDirector, Henry Moore Foundation. Formerly: Director, Baltic, Newcastle; Founding Director, MIMA, Middlesbrough; Director, Southampton City Art Gallery; Director, Cultural Instructions, London