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South Durham CLLD Local Action Group (LAG)

Find out about the South Durham CLLD LAG, what they do and who they are.

The South Durham CLLD Local Action Group (LAG) meets regularly to oversee the development and implementation of the CLLD programme. LAG Board membership will allow representatives to be actively involved in being responsible for setting the strategic direction of the programme, monitoring activity against the LDS, managing the approval process of applications and procuring strategic projects.  The LAG will approve funding levels, outputs, timescales and any conditions on project proposals.

This LAG will make decisions based on assessing a projects:

  • eligibility
  • fit with national and local priorities
  • need and demand (for the project and public funding)
  • value for money
  • deliverability and sustainability

LAG membership

The LAG is made up of private and public representatives and each member represents an interest in one of the five CLLD priorities as well as one or more of the geographic areas covered by South Durham CLLD.

LAG Member


Steven Robson (Chair)

South Durham Enterprise Agency

Debra Swinburn

Evans & Co Solicitors

David Jackson

Bellrock Business

Helen Johnson


Andrew Coxon


Rebecca Coates

Auckland Project

Gary Thompson

Jag Design

Ian Machin (Vice Chair)


Linda Bailey

Durham County Council

Lisa Wall

Business Durham

Mark Franey

National Careers Service

Tony Cutmore

Cornforth Partnership 

Karen Hudson (Representative for Linda Bailey)

Durham County Council

Lee Copeland (Non-voting Member Accountable Body)

Principal AAP Co-ordinator

Catherine Pearson (Non-voting Member Accountable Body)

Funding and Programmes Team Leader

Claire Daly (Non-voting Member Accountable Body)

CLLD Programme and Appraisal Manager

Sophie Humble (Non-voting Member Accountable Body)

CLLD Support Officer

Barbara Slasor GaunlessGateway Big Local

Interested in joining our LAG?

If you would like to join the South Durham CLLD LAG, contact us for more information.

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