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Femi Abolade

Femi AboladePresident Wellbeing, Teesside University Students' Union. Femi is originally from Abeokuta in Nigeria and most recently studied a Master's in Public Health here at Teesside University. He is completing his second and final year as a Student Officer in 2023/24 with a particular focus on student health, wellbeing, and safety.

Dean Benson

Dean BensonCEO, Visualsoft

Ada Burns, Chair

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 a Non-Executive Director of the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and a Trustee of a community arts centre in Barnard Castle.

Dann Cooley

Dann CooleyOperations & Facilities Manager, National Horizons Centre

Professor Paul Croney OBE

Professor Paul Croney OBEVice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teesside University.

Nevin Edwin

Nevin EdwinPresident International, Teesside University Students' Union. Nevin is originally from Kerala in India and most recently completed a bachelor's degree in project management here at Teesside University. He is the first ever holder of this new post and will focus on all issues affecting international students.

Professor Chrisina Jayne

Professor Chrisina Jayne Professor Chrisina Jayne is the Dean of the School of Computing & Digital Technologies. She has more than 25 years' experience in academia, teaching, designing and leading new programmes in the areas of computing, information systems and mathematics. Her research is the areas of developing and applying novel methods for artificial neural networks, machine learning and artificial intelligence. She authored over 80 peer reviewed papers in international journals and at leading conferences. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Tim James

Time JamesSenior Lecturer Crime Scene Science, School of Health & Life Sciences

Dr Nick Johnson

Nick JohnsonChief Strategy and Impact Officer with the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGTC)

Yasmin Khan

Yasmin KhanDirector/trustee of the Teesside-based Halo Project charity; National Advisor to the Welsh Government on Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence; Alumna of Teesside University.

Professor Geoff Layer OBE

Professor Geoff Layer OBEVice-Chancellor's Adviser, Coventry University; formally Vice-Chancellor, Wolverhampton.

Scott Martin

Scott MartinExecutive Director, Karbon Homes

Alfredo Ramos

Alfredo RamosManaging Director, CPI Enterprises

Richard Rollison

Richard RollisonDirector of International Trade & Investment, Scottish Government. Lead responsibility for Scottish Government policy and delivery on international trade and investment including leadership and management of staff.

Dermot Russell, Deputy Chair

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

Claire Vaughan

Claire VaughanSenior Corporate Counsel, Establishment Labs

Godfrey Worsdale OBE

Godfrey Worsdale OBEDirector, Henry Moore Foundation. Formerly: Director, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Founding Director, MIMA, Middlesbrough; Director, Southampton City Art Gallery; Director, Cultural Instructions, London. Trusteeship: Northern Art Collection.

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