In May 2017, Ben Houchen was elected as the Mayor of the Tees Valley. As Mayor, Ben is implementing an ambitious agenda to increase economic growth and prosperity in the region. Ben will give an overview of his role, how plans are progressing since being elected and what is in store for the region in 2018.
There are limited places for this event so early booking is recommended.
Running order for the evening is as follows:
6.00pm Registration with Tea/Coffee, light supper and open networking
6.30pm Welcome and introduction from TVBC
6.40pm Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen
7.30pm Business Card Exchange and Networking
8.30pm Event close
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Attendance to this event is without charge for members and eligible guests*. Please bring plenty of business cards.
Ben Houchen was elected as the Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley in May 2017. The Tees Valley area covers the five boroughs of Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington and Hartlepool.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Ben was a Councillor on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, representing Yarm and Kirklevington Ward. He also led the Council’s opposition Conservative Group. In 2012 he stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Middlesbrough by-election, and in 2014 stood to become our region’s Member of the European Parliament.
As Mayor, Ben is implementing an ambitious agenda to increase economic growth and prosperity. He wants to create a strong local economy that creates good quality jobs, underpinned by an even stronger private sector. His personal commitments include: saving Teesside Airport; supporting businesses to grow; delivering the housing that the region needs; ensuring an effective structure for Cleveland Police; and securing protected food status for ‘The Parmo’ – a much loved local delicacy.
Ben is Teesside born and bred. A qualified solicitor, he has worked for two local firms specialising in commercial litigation and employment law. In 2016 Ben founded BLK UK – an international sportswear business, which supplies clothing to amateur and professional clubs. As Chief Executive of BLK UK, he delivered an impressive programme of growth and company expansion. Since the election, Ben has stepped down from his position at BLK and is dedicating all of his time to his Mayoral role.
Ben lives in Yarm with his wife Rachel, a French teacher and assistant head teacher of a local secondary school.
*Guests are welcome to attend one meeting before making a commitment to join the club