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Mr Steve Harman

Steve joined Council as a lay member on 1 August 2013.

He is Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the sport’s governing and regulatory body; Director of Help for Heroes; and is active in a number of business start-ups.

Having received a university scholarship, from 1974-1977, he graduated in Geography and Anthropology from University College, Durham. He was captain of the Durham and English University Golf Team in 1977 and has remained engaged with Durham University in a number of ways. He gained an MBA from the University of Warwick Business School.

Steve worked with Dowty Mining (Coal) before joining Shell in 1981, spent much of his career working and living in Europe, Asia and America; as CEO of Pennzoil in the USA 2006-09; running Shell’s Downstream Joint Ventures 2010-2013. He left Shell in 2013 and now holds a number of non-Executive Director roles.

Born and brought up in Durham which he considers his spiritual home, he was raised in a coal-mining and teaching family. He is married with three children, one of his sons, Paddy, who recently left Durham University, captained the University First Hockey Team whilst a student at Hatfield. Steve is a keen racehorse owner and golfer. He is also a supporter and mentor to a number of charities and start-ups.

Steve became exposed to and involved in the extensive US Forces rehabilitation, recovery and re-integration programmes. He has maintained his involvement with services charity work in his current role as a Trustee and Director of the Help for Heroes Charity.