Julie Gilhespie has been appointed chief executive of the Tees Valley Combined Authority.
Middlesbrough-born Julie – who presented one of the awards during the inaugural Tees Businesswomen Awards, organised by Tees Business, in November (pictured above) – has been working as interim managing director of the combined authority since May.
She first joined the combined authority in August 2017 and the South Tees Development Corporation as finance director for both organisations.
Julie brings many years’ experience in the public and private sector, particularly working on major public-private infrastructure projects for schools and hospitals.
She brings an understanding of the complex financial and commercial environment facing the Tees Valley as greater responsibilities and funding continues to be devolved to it from central government.
Julie, who is a qualified chartered accountant, was previously group finance director at Learning Curve Group, and has more than 10 years’ experience as a director in Deloitte’s national public sector infrastructure team.
Julie’s role as chief executive will be to lead the work of the combined authority to make sure that it functions effectively, delivers devolved responsibilities, and that it works in an open and democratically accountable way that is accessible and understood by the people of the Tees Valley.