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To date the Board first met in January 2020 and has met on a regular basis ever since.

This has provided agreement to the direction of intervention proposals, and in July, the submission of our Town Investment Plan to Government on the 31st July 2020.

Future meetings

  • 27 February 2024
  • 16 April 20241
  • 13 May 2024
  • 24 June 2024

Terms of Reference [pdf document].

Darlington Towns Fund Board minutes of meetings and agendas

Agenda January 10 2024 [pdf document]

The Darlington Towns Fund Board members

  • Angela Howey (Chair), BT (formerly EE), Member of the Tees Valley LEP, Member of Darlington Cares, Large Local Employer
  • David Gartland, (Deputy Chair) Principal, Darlington College
  • Councillor Stephen Harker, Leader of Darlington Borough Council
  • Peter Gibson, MP for Darlington
  • Stephen Fenwick, Project Development Manager, Tees Valley Combined Authority
  • Chris Farlow, Associate Director, Carver Commercials, Town Centre Reference Group Member, Local Business
  • Adam Suleiman, Dept. for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities / Dept. for Business & Trade
  • Martin Short, NHS
  • Awaiting replacement, Chief Executive, YMCA
  • Yvonne Richardson, Community Representative
  • Jim O’Connor, Locality Ch. Inspector for Darlington, Durham Police
  • Gary Hutchinson, Arriva, General Manager, Arriva
  • Christopher Mains, Towns Fund Programme Manager, Darlington Borough Council
  • Mark Ladyman, Assistant Director, Economic Growth, Darlington Borough Council
  • Naomi Jenkins, Town Fund Programme Officer

Darlington Borough Council Key Support Officers

  • Ian Williams, Director of Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services, Darlington Borough Council
  • Brett Nielson, Assistant Director Resources, Darlington Borough Council
  • Katy Tate, Senior Marketing Officer, Darlington Borough Council
  • Sarah Everett, Communications Officer, Darlington Borough Council
  • Lucy Simms, Personal Assistant to Assistant Director of Economic Growth, Darlington Borough Council

For more information about the Towns Fund:

email: [email protected]

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