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Our Trustees

Nine Trustees sit on the independent board of the Teesside Airport Foundation.

The work of the Foundation’s Trustees will also be supported by Airport Foundation Ambassadors and Volunteer Charity Champions.

The board is responsible for developing an ambitious new strategy for the next five years, which sets out how the Foundation’s deep commitment to advancing the achievements of our local people will be met. Find out more about the Trustees below.


Brian Robinson

Brian was born and raised and has lived on Teesside all of his life and is a passionate and committed supporter of Teesside International Airport. He is proud to hold the role of Chair of Teesside International Airport Consultative Committee and Friends of Teesside International Airport.

Having recently retired after a career spanning over 45 years in senior leadership, he has a wealth of business experience, both regionally and nationally. This has given him the opportunity to foster and grow many contacts in various industries. His professional career has given him extensive expertise, knowledge and understanding of Human Resources, Equality and Diversity, Inclusion and Safeguarding.

He is passionate about building a successful future for the Tees Valley and its communities.

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Tristan Zipfel

Tristan Zipfel has been Director of Strategy & Analysis for EDF Renewables UK & Ireland since March 2020. In this role, he leads the financial modeling and analysis function, appraising the company’s investments across all technologies. He also heads up M&A, Strategy, Structured Origination, Regulation and leads the company’s development in new technologies, including green hydrogen.

Tristan joined EDF from university in 2008 as a Financial Analyst based in London. In 2010 he took charge of the Financial Planning & Analysis function for New Nuclear, the entity responsible for developing the Hinkley Point C project in the UK. In 2013, he pursued his career at Group-level as Mergers & Acquisitions Manager, based in Paris.

In 2017, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Group Senior EVP, Renewable Energies, and CEO of EDF Renewables. In this role, Tristan served as Secretary to the EDF Renewables Executive and Investment Committees.

Tristan is a graduate of École des hautes études commerciales (HEC) in Paris.

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Danny Waine

Danny is Head of Membership at ABTA – The Travel Association, Director at the Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT), Vice Chair of the ITT’s Education & Training Committee and Co-founder of the ‘Future You’ careers initiative.

Before joining ABTA in October 2020, Danny was Commercial Manager at Swiss holiday home specialist Interhome Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hotelplan Group and Non-Executive Director at wellbeing social enterprise ‘Talent Courtyard’. Prior to that, Danny was International Business Development Manager at Italian fashion and design school Istituto Marangoni, joining after 10 years as Co-founder & Director at overseas wedding specialist, Perfect Weddings Abroad.

A travel and tourism graduate from Stockton, Danny is a passionate champion of next generation talent, a winner of the Association of Women Travel Executives (AWTE) ‘Male Ambassador’ Award in 2021 and was shortlisted for the ITT ‘Mentor of the Year’ in 2020.

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Beverley Boden

Bev is Head of Department at Teesside University International Business School with over 15 years’ experience working in the tourism and aviation industry. In her role, she manages a team of management educators, accountants, economists and aviation specialists who deliver a range of professional and academic courses to learners across the globe.

Bev has extensive teaching experience having taught in the further and higher education sectors. She is an advocate of Teesside Airport, passionate about the region and its community.

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Andrea Nicholls

Andrea is one of the Directors of A&N Safety Consultants Limited, the company was set up in 2021 and support projects and businesses across the North East.

A Safety Consultant by profession, she has vast experience at working with all types of clients and businesses supporting them to ensure compliance with Health and Safety legislation and continuously improve their standards. The company has grown quickly in a short space of time and they have successfully been appointed on a significant number of local projects, and they are extremely proud to be working with local authorities on some important projects for the regeneration of the local area.

Andrea is also Vice Chair of NAWIC Tees Valley. Its purpose is to support women in construction and encourage advancement through networking and mentoring. The group has also grown substantially in recent months and has members from organisations across the Region.

Andrea is extremely passionate about working with young people and promoting the range of careers available in Teesside, through her roles in A&N and NAWIC has been given the opportunity to work with young people and is keen to continue this through her role as Trustee of Teesside Airport Foundation.

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Lauren Mills

Lauren is a Senior Associate specialising in Employment Law. Lauren has provided tactical employment and HR support to HR, management teams and local businesses for over 15 years.

Jamie Pell

Jamie is Managing Director of Teesside-based business AM Training, and Head of Client Relationships at sister-company, AM Recruitment. He is a proud Middlesbrough native who has a passion of raising aspirations and reducing unemployment percentages in the Tees Valley, with AM Training working with those with perceived barriers to work to grow self-confidence, raise self-esteem and reduce the anxiety related to job application & interview.

Emily Conyard

Emily Conyard is a Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Teesside University International Business School. Emily is responsible for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students on subjects ranging from digital communications, strategic marketing and analytics.

She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and her research interests include personalised digital marketing, strategic communications and creative practice based learning.

Alongside lecturing, Emily holds considerable industry experience in both the private and public sector. Having worked for companies such as the NHS, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and North East England Chamber of Commerce.

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