My responsibility as Chair is to lead the Board’s governance of all the LEP’s business. My role is to build up the partnership ethos within the consortium members and raise the trust and cooperation between the members of the Board.
I have long experience in business transformation through leadership, talent and culture development programmes in private and public sector organisations.
Working to build up the Esteem partnership and helping to ensure that we delivered the BSF programme for HCC progressively exposed me to this wonderful City and its people, and to the broader regeneration challenges it faces. I want Esteem to play the biggest possible part in the regeneration of Hull and improving the life opportunities of its people.
I am most proud of the fact that our partnership has continued long after the completion of the BSF schools building programme.
Jo BarnesBoard Member
I joined the Board in 2016 representing Sewell Investments.
In my day job I am a Director at Sewell Group, responsible for a number of Sewell Investments and MD of Shared Agenda Solutions Ltd.
I am obsessed with maximising investment for the communities we serve, whether this is through employing local contractors, leaving a skills and training legacy, improving the built environment of neighbourhoods, improving local service provision or creating employment opportunities to improve people’s life chances. As Esteem we have our part to play in Hull’s prosperity by ensuring as much investment value stays locally as possible.
Rory ChristieBoard Member
I joined the Esteem Board early 2019. My principal role is to represent the Dalmore Capital shareholding on the Board and look after the interests and the financial well being of the company.
I have over 20 years experience working on Infrastructure/PPP/ PFI projects. Initially I spent most of my time originating new projects during my time working at British Linen Bank and Noble Group.
As a relatively new Board member I am very pleased with the progress we have made in recent months in reaching successful financial closes at Kelvin Hall and the new extension at St Marys.
Dave RichmondBoard Member
I joined the partnership in September 2019, in the role of non-executive director.
I have over 30 years’ experience in local Government and for the past ten years has been a director responsible for housing services. I have non-executive experience on various boards including a specialist BAME Housing Association.
I am committed to ensuring our young learners have the best opportunities we can provide them and are inspired by the quality of their surroundings.
Dave LeedhamBoard Member
I was involved in Sewell Investments’ successful Hull Building Schools for the Future bid in 2009 and continue to represent the company as part of Esteem.
I work on many of Sewell Investment’s cross sector developments and I'm primarily responsible for all legal, funding and financial aspects of Esteem.
Chris RichardsonBoard Member
I joined the Esteem Board early 2019. My principal role is to represent the Dalmore Capital shareholding on the Board and look after the interests and the financial wellbeing of the company.
I have over 10 years of experience in working within infrastructure projects and have developed strong commercial, contract management and relationship skills.
I am passionate about making a difference and partnering. Working collectively, I know that we can continue to build lasting developments and improvements to the area.
Gavin BarleyGeneral Manager
I joined Esteem as Operations Manager back in 2010 delivering the Building Schools for the Future programme of works. In 2015 I took over the role of General Manager heading up the team delivering the City of Culture contracts and more recently the regeneration programme and education estate expansion
I bring 30 years of experience delivering contracts in both Public and Private Sectors across Health, Education, regeneration and major civils projects. My experience extends through the Management and operation of PFI contracts with full Facilities Management provision through to the development of contracts from concept design through the construction phase of delivery and into the operational phase.
I have worked in and around Hull for the majority of my career and have always held a great sense of pride in the projects I have been personally involved with, LIFT Schemes have seen investment in the Health Sector, BSF the redevelopment of the Education Estate and more recently City of Culture that saw the regeneration of key leisure and tourist attractions across the City, our tried, tested and trusted relationship with Hull City Council has seen the successful delivery of over £400m of investment.
I have always believed in the importance of giving back and have held the role of a Trustee on two education boards, it is here that we have seen the impact of the BSF Programme and the positive impact on the young people’s lives.
Tracey KingdomDevelopment Manager
I joined Esteem in 2011 to Deliver 3 PFI schemes on an 18 month contract. I have since been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to deliver 12 additional projects on behalf of Esteem.
I have an in depth knowledge and experience of delivering all aspects of contract delivery from new concept design through to the End of Defect period across a wide range of project areas.
I am proud I have had the opportunity to be involved in such a great journey. I am proud to have been part of a team who has left, and continues to leave, a fabulous lasting legacy for the City of Hull
Nigel WilsonSPV Operations Manager
I joined the Esteem Team in February 2017 as an SPV Operations Manager with responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the two Hull BSF PFI Project Companies on behalf of the Directors and Investors. The role involves ensuring that the five new schools constructed and opened in 2011 and 2013 are operated and maintained to the highest standards over the 25-year life of the PFI contracts, liaising with key stakeholders including Hull City Council and various Academy Trusts.
Having worked within Leeds City Council’s Children’s Services team for over 12 years in a built environment and estates function, the majority of my working life has involved constructing, improving, enhancing and maintaining the education estate, ensuring safe, warm and inspiring learning environments in order to support both the local authority, schools and academies with their day-to-day delivery of teaching and learning. A background within a construction consultancy environment in Quantity Surveying and Project Management roles followed by project delivery, asset management, facilities management and contract compliance roles within a local authority setting and now has provided me with an holistic overview of the full construction cycle from initial concept and planning through to maintaining assets, from the client, contractor and consultant perspectives. Key skills including building and maintaining strong trusting relationships, attention to detail and extensive experience of Contract Management have helped to build on the already strong team within Esteem.
My proudest achievement within Esteem has been working closely with partners and stakeholders to support the contracts to the point whereby steady state has been achieved and end users can concentrate on education rather than their buildings. It has been particularly satisfying to close out a number of legacy issues which has enabled us to start considering the ‘value added’ aspects of service delivery moving forward.