Economic Development and Digital Advisory Board (previously Economic Development and Regeneration Advisory Board) Membership

Durham

Vice Chair

Substitute

Gateshead

Substitute

South Tyneside

Iain Malcolm

Iain Malcolm

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of the North East Leadership Board. Councillor Malcolm is responsible for oversight of NECA’s overarching aims; contribution to the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), overarching NECA work programme, relationship with Northern Powerhouse and BEIS; Inward Investment lead. Labour

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of the North East Combined Authority.

Iain Malcolm has served as Leader of South Tyneside Council since 2008 and has been an Elected Member since 1988.

Iain sits on a number of regional committees and chairs several boards including South Tyneside Health and Wellbeing Board. Iain also chairs Newcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Limited and serves as a Non-Executive Director and South Tyneside Foundation Trust.

Previously, Iain was Chief of Staff to the Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. In 2001, he was appointed Deputy Chair of Sovereign Strategy, which offers a range of consultancy services.

Substitute

Sunderland

Chair

Graeme Miller

Graeme Miller

Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, Thematic Lead for Economic Development and Digital. Councillor Miller is responsible for oversight of Economic Development and Regeneration Advisory Board (EDRAB) and key issues including Enterprise Zones and key employment sites, international trade and investment, Brexit and other relevant policy areas such as Industrial Strategy and UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Labour

Cllr Miller was appointed Leader of the Council in May 2018. He was first elected to the council in 2006 to represent Washington South ward where he is also school governor.

Before becoming Leader, Cllr Miller was the Cabinet’s portfolio holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services. Cllr Miller is particularly passionate about mental health as the basis for good overall health and wellbeing and he is a Health and Mental Health Champion for the city. He is a member of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust’s Council of Governors and Chair of Age UK Sunderland. He also represents the council and city on a number of bodies and organisations including the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board and North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

As Leader, Cllr Miller’s focus is continuing to work in partnership on the city’s economic regeneration, building on progress in relation to housing and infrastructure development and skills and employment opportunities.

Substitute

North East LEP

Vice Chair

Co-Opted

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker, North East Chamber of Commerce

Beth Farhat

Beth Farhat

Beth Farhat, Trade Union Congress

Sarah Glendinning

Sarah Glendinning

Sarah Glendinning, Confederation of British Industry

Ted Salmon

Ted Salmon, Federation of Small Businesses