Jane Reynolds has been made an MBE for services to industry and the Tees Valley economy in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.
Jane has been recognised for both her leadership as the voluntary chair of the Tees Valley Business Club (TVBC) and her years of business development for investment funding across the North-East, most recently with Northstar Ventures (NSV).
This honour is an affirmation of the important contribution the club and the regional development funds have made to the growth of the local economy.
“Everyone associated with TVBC is passionate about the Tees Valley and has a desire to raise the profile of businesses within the region,” said Jane.
“The club provides a platform for businesses of all sizes to engage, learn and collaborate, but it is the members and the regional funding that has made it happen.”
Originally from Lancashire, Jane settled in the Tees Valley after a career that took her from London, to the US and The Netherlands.
She immediately saw the potential of what she describes as a resilient, innovative but undervalued region.
Under Jane’s voluntary leadership, TVBC has achieved many successes and brought inspirational speakers to the events which are over-subscribed each month.
“It has been great to see the club grow in the 12 years that I have been involved and, in particular, to watch the demographics of the membership evolve,” she added.
“I am excited to be awarded an MBE on behalf of the Tees Valley Business Club, its members and Northstar Ventures. This is a wonderful region, with wonderful people doing extraordinary things.
“To be recognised in this way is a privilege which I hope to use as an ongoing platform to support the place that makes me feel so proud.”
By accepting the honour, Jane gratefully acknowledges the hard work and consistent support of the Tees Valley Business Club board (Emily Bentley, Angeline Stewart, Lisa Holt), the wider TVBC support team and Northstar Ventures.