NEY Net Zero Hub Board

The Net Zero Hub is governed by its Board, which is made up of representatives of each of the Hub’s partner LEPs and is Chaired by Tees Valley Combined Authority as the host authority. There is also representation from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as the Hub’s funder. The Board meets every two months to oversee Hub delivery, agree strategic priorities and make decisions on resource allocations.

You find out more about the Hub’s board members, and access their contact details and registers of interest, below:

Chris Rowell

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Chris is the Clean Growth and Innovation Manager at Tees Valley Combined Authority, leading on Tees Valley’s support for the industrial cluster, decarbonisation, clean energy, housing retrofit, and innovation. He has had a varied career covering mechanical engineering in the renewable energy and automation sectors, software, communications, and public policy. He was most recently an advisor to the Tees Valley Mayor. In this role he led on the development of the Tees Valley’s Freeport policy, and led the region’s bid to create the UK’s first and largest Freeport.

Chris chairs the North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub board, working with the Hub Manager and team on a daily basis.

Richard Baker

North East LEP

Richard leads the strategy, policy and analysis functions of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and in this role is responsible for the ongoing development of the North East Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and other key strategic projects for the North East LEP. He works closely with partners in the region, with Government and with other LEP’s across the North of England and beyond, chairing the Northern Evidence Network on behalf of NP11.

Richard is also Vice Chair of the North East and Yorkshire Productivity Forum, part of the Productivity Institute. He has worked on economic development projects with the OECD and the Core Cities network and is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association and member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Richard represents the North East LEP on the Net Zero Hub board.

Colin Blackburn

South Yorkshire MCA

Colin is the Assistant Director for Housing, Infrastructure and Planning at the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. His responsibilities include strategic policy and investment for housing, digital, energy, and flooding infrastructure; investment in housing and infrastructure schemes; and working with Authorities to align planning policy and delivery. Following graduation, Colin spent 5 years working on Structure Plans in two Authorities in East Yorkshire, then 5 years at the North East Assembly leading on the North East Regional Spatial Strategy. This was followed by 11 years working for Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority as the Leeds City Region Head of Infrastructure and Investment.

Andrew Hewitt

Hull and East Yorkshire LEP

As Partnership Infrastructure Projects Manager at the Hull and East Yorkshire LEP, Andrew acts as lead for the development of economic infrastructure projects in the HEY LEP area.

This involves a role in strategy and delivery of Housing, Transport, Energy, Broadband and Flood schemes, providing infrastructure for employment sites and Enterprise Zones. His role requires close working with Local Authorities, Statutory Agencies and a range of private companies. He services both the LEP’s Investment and Regulation Board and Single Conversation Group.

Andrew represents Hull and East Yorkshire LEP on the Net Zero Hub board.

Katie Thomas

York and North Yorkshire LEP

Katie is the Senior Strategy Manager for Low Carbon and Environment at the York and North Yorkshire LEP. This includes leading on the thematic areas energy decarbonisation, moving towards a circular economy and enhancing natural capital. Katie’s recent work includes leading the development of York and North Yorkshire’s Routemap to Carbon Negative, and she has previously led the development of the sub-region’s Local Energy Strategy and Circular Economy Strategy.

Previous experience includes leading the ambitious circular economy programme in Peterborough, which aspired to create the UK’s first circular city.

Katie represents the York and North Yorkshire LEP on the Net Zero Hub board.

Noel Collings

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

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