Elected Mayor David Budd, Co Chair

David is currently Elected Mayor of Middlesbrough and represents the Council on many local, city region and regional bodies. He was a Middlesbrough Councillor for over twenty years and served in a number of roles during that time. He was also Chair of the ANEC Cultural Development Task and Finish Group.

As an ex-bank manager, David has sometimes brought a different perspective to the table. He has maintained a long-standing interest in economic development and regeneration in its widest sense. He was a member of Arts Council North East and believes that the links between culture and regeneration are a great strength of the region.