Posted on:
6th December, 2018

Tees Valley strengthens its board with the appointment of 3 businesswomen

The Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has recruited three of the region's most eminent businesswomen.

Tees Valley strengthens its board with the appointment of 3 businesswomen

Brenda McLeish, Vikki Jackson-Smith and Annabel Turpin will all add their voices to the organisation, following a drive for diversity earlier this year.

Jackson-Smith is the chief executive of the North East’s largest independent waste management company, J&B Recycling. The company operates from two sites in Hartlepool and one in Middlesbrough and employs more than 200 people.

McLeish is the chief executive of one of the UK’s largest training providers, Learning Curve Group. The company provides a range of education and training programmes, across industry sectors, to around 120,000 people each year.

As chief executive and artistic director of ARC, Stockton’s arts centre, Turpin leads one of the North East’s largest arts venues. The ARC welcomes more than 110,000 visitors per year through its doors.

McLeish said: "I’m very pleased to be able to add my experience to the mix of the LEP. We have some fantastic leaders on the LEP and I hope my background in providing education, training and skills can add a different dimension to what we can offer, especially with all of the great skills initiatives being launched by the Combined Authority."

Paul Booth, LEP chair, added: "These new appointments are three brilliant examples of people from organisations that are committed to our area and dedicated to seeing it succeed. Our already accomplished LEP is now even stronger thanks to Brenda, Vikki and Annabel, and their wealth of experience.  I’m looking forward to working with them, and the Combined Authority, to help shape the plans that will transform our area and to talk up Tees Valley."