John Baker (Chair of Trustees)
Former Director at SSI UK and trustee of the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation. John’s career has spanned 49 years in the steel industry, starting with Dorman Long in 1964, and remaining with the company under its changing ownership to British Steel Corporation, British Steel PLC, Corus and then Tata Steel. He held a number of management positions in the HR function, before taking up the appointment in 1990 as Personnel Manager, Teesside Works. In 1993 John was appointed as Manager, Employee Relations for the General Steels Division, being responsible for leading the management /TU negotiations at national level, He returned to Teesside as HR Director in 2006 remaining in that role until the mothballing of the Teesside Cast Products iron and steel making facility. John joined SSI UK as a Director in June 2011. He is also a trustee of the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, a major charity operating in the Teesside area.

Heather Ashton
Currently employed by Thirteen Group ltd, Heather was formerly the Director of Finance at Teesside University. Heather is a CIMA qualified Accountant and she also holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. She was a Parent Governor at Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College, a Director on the North Eastern Universities Procurement Consortium and is an Independent Director on the Shadow Group Board for two Social Housing Providers in the North East (Housing Hartlepool and Tristar).

Graham Henderson
Former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and University Secretary at Teesside University.

Kevin Fletcher 
Kevin is a lawyer and has spent many years practising in Employment Law.