The Board

INTRODUCTION TO THE BOARD

“How many times have you heard the expression ‘cut him in half and he will bleed…..’, well the board of TeessideTogether is no different. The senior executives are all Teesside through and through with 170 years of being born, living and working in the region - they all bleed ‘Teesside’ when cut. The directors share the same heightened passion to see Teesside succeed - to see investment and jobs come to the region, to see Teessiders burst with pride when extolling the virtues of Teesside and Teesside life.

Well we do have a super skilled workforce as well as an incredible industrial, engineering and transport heritage set in a wonderful countryside and coastal backdrop. TeessideTogether is all about maximising the opportunity devolution is about to bring and seeing Teesside united in voice and riding high once again on the national and international stage."

DAVE ROBERTS (Chairman)

Born in Middlesbrough, studied in Darlington and has lived in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland - Dave worked as an electrician before moving into research within ICI's Research and Technology division as an Experimental Physicist. He left ICI in 1989 to focus on his broadcasting career. After working for a number of local and national radio stations, he began working as a television presenter and sports reporter with ITV, BBC and Sky Sports, before moving to ESPN, operating in Singapore and the United States. A mad Boro fan, in 2015 he left his business development post as Vice President with Fox TV, returning home to stand in the Middlesbrough Mayoral Election and runs his own UK-based company X-Cel Broadcast as well as chairing TeessideTogether.

CHRIS JOSEPH (Director, Branding and Marketing)

Born in Stockton, educated in Hartlepool and a keen Boro fan - Chris is the founder and chairman of Hook Advertising, a successful award winning advertising agency formerly based in London’s West End but now on Teesside. Chris had a varied start to working life – including, training as a priest, working as a night club doorman at the Club Fiesta, and working at the local Head Wrightson iron foundry where he lost his right arm in an industrial accident. Chris went to university and moved into advertising. He has over 30 years’ experience in the industry, including working as new business consultant to Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. His love of all things Boro led him to the post of Chairman of the Middlesbrough Official Supporter’s Club for the 2014/15 season.

PETER DODSON (Director, Media Relations)

With a journalistic career spanning almost 50 years, Peter worked for a number of publications across the North East, including the Teesside Evening Gazette. He then joined BBC Radio Cleveland where he worked as producer and then News Editor for a number of years before becoming Head of Public Relations with Cleveland County Council. Following the abolition of the County Council in 1996, he set up his own media communications company, providing support to a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors.

PETER HODGSON (Director of Events)

Born in Middlesbrough, lives in Billingham and another TeessideTogether mad keen Boro supporter who founded the original 'Boro Supporters Club' back in the Jack Charlton era. Peter brings to the team more years of local, regional and international event organisational expertise "than he'd care to remember" - including personally playing a leading role in bringing the 1966 North Korean World Cup team back to Teesside in 2003.