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.


Robin Bloom

Robin BloomGroup General Counsel The Gibson O’Neill Company Ltd; Director and Trustee of MFC Foundation; former senior partner, Dickinson Dees; former Chair CBI North East.


Paul Booth OBE, Deputy Chairman

Paul BoothPresident, 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 BurnsChief Executive of Darlington Borough Council since 2005. Lead Chief Executive on transport matters for the Tees Valley Combined Authority. Former Board member of both Darlington FE College and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College. Ada is also a Trustee of the County Durham Community Foundation.


James Cross

James CrossChief Executive of Natural England;Government's advisor on the Natural Environment, Natural England Board Member and Chair of the Natural Flood Management committee; as well as holding positions on a number of Whitehall committees; Former Chief Executive of the Marine Management Organisation, the regulator and manager of England's seas; Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


Professor Paul Croney

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


Bob Cuffe

Bob Cuffe, Managing Director, Gazette Media Company.Managing Director of Gazette Media Company, publishers of The Gazette. Non-Executive Director of Darlington Building Society.


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.


Kate Gillen

Kate GillenAcademic Registrar, Academic Registry


John Hogg, Principal, Middlesbrough CollegeJohn Hogg

Former Principal, Middlesbrough College. Education consultant specialising in educational partnerships and mergers in the further education sector. Since 2010 has been interim Principal in a Sixth Form College and two general Further Education colleges. Has also worked on projects for YPLA/ EFA and projects for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.


Shahda Khan MBE

Shahda Khan MBEChair of Cleveland Police's Strategic Independent Advisory Group and member of a number of national and regional groups, including National Police Chiefs' Council's Prevent Challenge Panel, North East Women's Network, North East CEDAW Group, Durham Women Rising, ITV Tyne Tees Panel and Middlesbrough College's Equality and Diversity Committee.


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.


Edward Kunonga

Edward KunongaDirector of Public Health, Middlesbrough Council.


Alastair MacColl, Chairman and Pro-Chancellor

Alastair MacCollExecutive Chairman 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.


Tom PlattTom Platt

Students' Union Officer, President Education


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.


Ian Wardle

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


Godfrey Worsdale

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