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Meet the Team

Andrew Steel
Hartlepool Business Awards Co-ordinator

Andrew is an MBA post graduate from Newcastle University. After working in industry for several years he took up a lecturing role at Hartlepool College in 1990. Andrew is an Assistant Principal at the College and has specific responsibility for employer/stakeholder liaison. This role has enabled him to work with hundreds of local and regional employers over the last ten years and in 2010 Ofsted rated the College’s work with employers as ‘Outstanding’. He recently worked with Barbour in South Shields to set up a Training Academy for the textile industry which was commended by Secretary of State Vince Cable in his visit to the centre in 2013. Andrew is a member of the Hartlepool Economic Regeneration committee as well as being a Governor at a local Primary School. He has been a member of the Business Forum Steering Group for four years and has taken on the role of coordinator from September 2013.

Brian Beaumont

Brian Beaumont is a Business Development Specialist, and former Partner, with Waltons Clark Whitehill, a national Firm of Chartered Accountants. After a long career in industry and commerce he has spent the last twenty years or so working with businesses large and small, across a diverse range of market sectors. He is well established in the business infrastructure and support network and assisting in its development, particularly in the North East, and works with and alongside banks, venture capitalists, and many others. He is Past President of the Chamber of Commerce, sits on the NECC Tees Valley Committee, and was a founding Chairman of the Hartlepool Economic Forum, and he is involved in the Business Awards et al. He has a strong interest in Investors in People, and is a Trustee of Tees Valley Community Foundation. He specialises in feasibility studies, business and strategic planning, funding packages, grants, implementation, mentoring/coaching, and non-executive appointments.

Joy Yates

Joy is the Editor of two daily newspapers – the Hartlepool Mall and Shields Gazette – and the weekly Peterlee Star publication as well as their websites and table apps.  An award-winning journalist, she is also the Editorial Director of Johnston Press North East Publishing Unit. Joy is a member of the Accreditation Board of the National Council for the Training of Journalists, which has delivered quality journalism training since 1951. She is an English graduate, a trained Keep Fit Association teacher and a former chair of the North East branch of the Society of Editors.

Israr Hussian

Israr has a background in business and has over 10 years experience working with businesses of all sizes from the microenterprise through to large multinationals.  He is aware of the challenges and issues faced by businesses at various stages of their development be it a new start business or an existing business expanding into a new market.  He has worked with businesses of all sectors and backgrounds and assisted with a range of support from accessing funding to getting specialist help in specific business fields.

He is well networked within the numerous business groups operating in the North East and has a developed understanding and knowledge of the business support network and support organisations both locally and nationally.

He has further developed a particular expertise and interest in keeping abreast of national government policies both existing and emerging and translating what the potential impacts could be on businesses and the wider local economy.