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Durham Property and Construction Lunch

March 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

£45.00 – £85.00

Associate Sponsor 


Terry Collins

Chief Executive of Durham County Council

Terry Collins was appointed to the role of Chief Executive, Durham County Council in October 2015 having previously been Corporate Director with responsibility for Neighbourhood Services at the council. Durham became a new unitary authority in April 2009 bringing together 8 former councils into one.

Prior to moving to Durham County Council, he was Director of Neighbourhood Services and Assistant Chief Executive at the City of York Council.  Terry has also worked at Redcar and Cleveland, Brighton and Hove, Eastleigh, Darlington and South Tyneside Councils.

Terry is responsible for overseeing the management of the council, which has a gross expenditure budget of nearly £1.4b.  Durham County Council is the largest council in the North East and the seventh largest in the UK.

Terry is currently overseeing the economic development of County Durham, which has resulted in £3.8b of investment currently being delivered throughout the county.  Terry has also been responsible for leading a transformation programme within the council, which has resulted in significant efficiency improvements. The council has delivered £250m of savings since 2010.

Despite austerity and rising demand for services the council continues to massively invest in culture and tourism with 2019 being designated as the council’s second year of culture. Events such as World Cup Cricket, Brass, Durham Book Festival, Kynren, Food festivals and Lumiere are being held which have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to the county.

The Council has also recently announced its move to a new HQ which will create the space for a new hi-tech business park to be created in Durham city adjacent to the world heritage site which will create 6,000 new jobs whilst generating an additional £400m for the local economy. A new History Centre for the county will also be developed as part of this work.


Cllr Simon Henig

Leader Durham County Council

Councillor Simon Henig is Leader of Durham County Council, Chair of the Association of North East Councils, Vice Chair of the North East Combined Authority and Vice Chair of the People and Places Board at the Local Government Association.  He is also a Board Member on the Northern Area Arts Council, Newcastle International Airport and Durham County Cricket Club.

Councillor Henig was appointed Leader of Durham County Council on becoming a unitary authority and became chair of the new County Durham Partnership Board.  In 2014 the Council was named ‘Council of the Year’ at the LGC Awards.

He is a member of Labour’s National Policy Forum, former Chair of the Regional Board and Chair of the Association of Labour Councillors.

Councillor Henig is a Principal Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sunderland. He is an Oxford-educated academic and author of several political books.

Simon is married to Katherine and they have two young children.

Councillor Henig was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s honour list of 2016.



Sarah Slaven

Interim Managing Director at Business Durham

Sarah has over 25 years’ experience in economic development, business support and partnership working in County Durham, in particular leading on business engagement to help businesses start-up, develop and grow in County Durham.  Sarah was part of the management team that established Business Durham in 2012 and held the post of Operations Director until taking on her current position as Interim Managing Director.  Prior to working for Business Durham, Sarah set up and managed East Durham Business Service, a public-private partnership.

Sarah is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development, and holds a BA (hons) in Law and Economics, and an MBA from Durham University.

Currently, Sarah is a Director of County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) and of Aycliffe Business Park Ltd, as well as serving on the Board of the County Durham Economic Partnership and Innovate North East Ltd.

Our speakers will be covering the following topics


  • Can overview of the County Durham Plan
  • Strategic sites – An overview of the Past, Current and Future developments sites within County Durham
  • Investment and development opportunities within these sites
  • The Investment and Development of Transport, Infrastructure
  • Housing and housing plans (including social housing)


March 2, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
£45.00 – £85.00
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