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Our Board

Our Board is made up of a mix of representatives from the public and private sectors, Rail North authorities from outside of the Transport for the North area and our delivery partners, with John Cridland (former Director-General, CBI) as independent Chairman.

Chairman and vice-chairs

John Cridland, Chairman
John manages and leads our Partnership Board, as well as the Operations Board. He is a key spokesperson for the business and skills community, having acted as Director-General at the CBI between 2011-2015 and Vice Chair of the National Learning and Skills Council between 2007-2010.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Vice-Chair

Ian is the leader of York City Council with specific responsibility for finance and performance. A former Lord Mayor, he is now a board member of York North Yorkshire LEP, West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Cllr Samantha Dixon, Vice-Chair

Samantha is the Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council. She chairs the Cheshire and Warrington Sub Regional Leadership board, the Cheshire and Warrington Economic Prosperity Board and sits on the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership Board. Samantha is also Chair of the Growth Track 360 North Wales and Mersey Dee Rail Taskforce lobbying for improved rail services across the region.

Members

Councillor Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen
Senior Deputy Leader of Blackburn and Darwen Council
Declaration of Interest

Councillor Simon Blackburn, Blackpool
Leader of Blackpool Council
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Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East
Leader of Cheshire East Council
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Councillor Samantha Dixon, Cheshire West and Chester
Leader of Cheshire West and Cheshire Council
Declaration of Interest

Councillor Ian Gillies, City of York
Leader of City of York Council
Declaration of Interest

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria
Cabinet member for Highways at Cumbria County Council
Declaration of Interest

Councillor Stephen Harker, Darlington
Leader of Darlington Council
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Councillor Stephen Parnaby, East Riding of Yorkshire
Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council
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Councillor Symon Fraser, East Riding of Yorkshire
Portfolio Holder for Strategic Asset Management, Housing and Environment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council
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Mayor Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester
Mayor of Greater Manchester
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Councillor Darren Hale, Hull City Council
Deputy Leader of Hull City Council

Councillor Geoff Driver, Lancashire
Leader of Lancashire County Council
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Mayor Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region
Mayor of Liverpool City Region
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Councillor Nick Forbes, North East
Leader of Newcastle City Council
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Councillor Matthew Patrick, North East Lincolnshire Council
Portfolio holder for Environment, Transport and Energy
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Councillor Rob Waltham, North Lincolnshire
Leader of North Lincolnshire Council
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Councillor Carl Les, North Yorkshire
Leader of North Yorkshire County Council
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Mayor Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region
Mayor of Sheffield City Region

Mayor Ben Houchen, Tees Valley
Mayor of the Tees Valley
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Councillor Terry O’Neill, Warrington
Leader of Warrington Council
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Councillor Judith Blake, West Yorkshire
Leader of Leeds City Council
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Former Rail North Authorities | Strategic Rail

Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, Derbyshire
Cabinet Support Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Derbyshire County Council
Declaration of Interest

Councillor Richard Davies, Lincolnshire
Portfolio Holder for Highways, Transport & IT at Lincolnshire County Council

Councillor John Ogle, Nottinghamshire
Councillor for Tuxford Ward on Nottinghamshire County Council
Declaration of Interest

Councillor Jon Collins, Nottingham City
Leader of Nottingham City Council

Councillor Mark Winnington, Staffordshire
Cabinet Member for Economic Growth Staffordshire County Council
Declaration of Interest

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, Stoke-on-Trent
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Heritage, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Declaration of Interest

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Local Enterprise Partnerships | LEPs

Christine Gaskell, Cheshire and Warrington
Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
Declaration of Interest

Jim Jackson, Cumbria and Lancashire
Board member at Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
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Mike Blackburn, Greater Manchester
Chair of Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership
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Lord Haskins, Hull and Humber
Chair of Hull and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership
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Roger Marsh OBE, Leeds City Region
Chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
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David Land, North East
Board member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership
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Matthew Lamb, North Yorkshire
Board Member of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership
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Martin McKervey, Sheffield City Region
Board member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
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Paul Booth OBE, Tees Valley
Board member of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership
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Delivery Partners

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England
Chief Executive of Highways England
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Paul Griffiths, HS2
Managing Director for Phase 2 of High Speed 2 Limited
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Sir Peter Hendy, Network Rail
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