The Hull Power List 2018: The 45 most influential people in the city
Jean Bishop, Hull's Bee Lady
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Dec 2018
These are some of the the people who have the most power and influence in Hull, including some of the city's best known sporting, cultural and sporting figures.
From entrepreneurs who have built their business up into a national or global name, to some of Hull's best-loved sporting heroes, everyone on this list has an enormous impact on our city in their own unique way.
And power doesn't simply refer to wealthy -modern day power also includes qualities such as cultural influence, promoting good causes, social media presence and striving to ensure Hull continues to become the very best it can be for years to come.
Last year's list featured the likes of MKM founder David Kilburn, Hull City owners the Allams, and then City of Culture boss Martin Green.
Some of the 2017 names have returned for this year, with a few new faces added into the mix and no doubt a few missed out who should have been in.
So, in no particular order, here are the people making the most difference to those who live in Hull who we think deserve to be on Hull Live's 2018 Power List.
Bee Lady Jean Bishop
The lovely Bee Lady is Hull’s most recognisable charity campaigner. Her efforts, spanning back many, many years, have seen her reward with the Freedom of the Hull – a much-deserved honour.
Director of Associated British Ports for Humber, Mr Bird was appointed to the role in 2015 after predecessor John Fitzgerald announced he was leaving the role after 18 years of service.
ABP manages and operates the Port of Hull, which keeps the city and region trading, and the River Humber flowing.
Professor Susan Lea
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull. She has previously worked at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, and the University of Greenwich.
Paul Sewell OBE
Paul Sewell is the managing director of the Sewell Group, and has led the business on an impressive expansion project into new sectors such as retail and facilities management. The business is now behind the plans for a new Yorkshire Energy Park.
Neil Hodgkinson, Editor-In-Chief Reach Regionals North East, Humber and Lincoln. (Reach)
Neil Hodgkinson is editor-in-chief of the north east region of Reach Plc, the biggest regional press organisation in the country. A junior rugby coach, his responsibilities stretch from Newcastle down to Lincoln. He sits on the city Leadership Board and the board of Absolutely Cultured.
Jason Speedy is the factory director at Siemens Gamesa in Hull.
Neil is the managing director of Neil Hudgell Solicitors who are specialists in medical negligence and personal injury claims.
A lifelong fan pf Hull Kingston Rovers, Neil, became chairman in 2004 and has helped the club become a leading Super League side.
Hull FC owner and chairman Adam Pearson. (Peter Harbour)
Took over as sole owner of Hull FC in 2011. He’s currently following his ambitions to make the club one of the world’s leading rugby sides.
He has experience in previous executive positions with Hull City, Leeds United and Derby County.
One of Hull’s favourite adopted sons, famous for his countless hits with The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, as well as solo records.
Since 2009, he’s been trying to bring the best high street stores to St Stephen’s Shopping Centre in his role as centre manager. Not only that, he’s overseen the opening of new restaurants and fun attractions at the venue.
Louise Cheeseman is the managing director at Hull Trains.
The founder and chief executive MKM Building Supplies. Since opening in 1995, the company has become one of the UK’s largest builders’ merchants.
Kath Lavery, chair of Humber Business Week. (Hull Live)
Kath Lavery is the chair of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and among various other roles is also the chair of the Humber Business Week.
Egyptian Assem Allam is the owner of Hull City while son Ehab is the club’s vice chairman.
Although, in recent years, supporters haven’t enjoyed a harmonious relationship with the Allams, the family have arguably overseen the club’s most successful period.
It has seen the club enjoys spells in the Premier League, reach an FA Cup final and play in Europe.
Tim Rix is the head of J.R. Rix & Sons Ltd, one of the city's biggest and most established businesses. The company works across a variety of sectors, from petroleum and shipping to automobiles and mobile homes.
Humberside chief fire officer Chris Blacksell. (Richard Addison)
Chris Blacksell is the chief fire officer and chief executive of the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.
Councillor Steve Brady
The Hull City Council leader who has served in the position since 2011. During his time in the role, he has helped oversee Hull becoming City of Culture.
Andy Koss & Will Gardiner
L-R Drax Group CEO Will Gardiner, Ambassador Johnson, Drax Power CEO Andy Koss and Stan Phillips, Agricultural Counselor. (Drax Group)
Andy Koss is the chief executive at Drax Power, and Will Gardiner the CEO of Drax Group, both big hitters in the region's energy sector.
We don’t just mean the power he packs in his punches. Olympic gold winner, Luke, is a hugely-successful boxer who has inspired many young people to follow their sporting dreams.
Diana Johnson MP
MP for Hull North, Diana Johnson. (Jerome Ellerby)
Diana entered Parliament as Hull North MP, for Labour, back in 2005. A barrister, she has a close history of involvement with the NHS and held non-executive directorships in a primary care trust and acute district general hospital.
Haltemprice and Howden MP David Davis. (Hull Daily Mail)
The former Brexit secretary is still the MP for Haltemprice and Howden, and is a big voice in Westminster.
Hull City Council's CEO, who joined back in 2013, bringing more than two decades of experience working in the private sector.
Chairman of the Horncastle Group who have achieved profits year on year since 1964. Andrew successfully disposed of the company’s manufacturing businesses back in 2002 to concentrate on the development of prospective industrial, commercial and residential sites.
The Mail’s managing director is also regionals revenues director for Reach Plc and a member of the LEP.
Humberside's Police and Crime Commissioner was elected to the post in 2016, succeeding Matthew Grove.
Mr Hunter spent three decades with Humberside Police, rising through the ranks to Chief Superintendent.
Simon Lunt is a senior partner at Gosschalks Solicitors, and picked up the Mail's Business Lifetime Contribution Award in 2017.
The managing director of Wykeland who are responsible for The Flemingate Centre in Beverley and the ongoing revamp of Humber Street.
The entrepreneur from Beal Homes is one of the other working on the regeneration of Humber Street which has seen a number of new bars and businesses open.
Rev Canon Alison White
Hull’s first female Bishop and she was only the second to have the honour in the UK.
Sean Royce took the reins of KCOM's Hull operations earlier this year, and is now the company's executive vice-president.
Mr Royce joined KCOM back in 1989, and has held a number of senior roles within the company.
Thomas Martin, chairman of Arco. (Jerome Ellerby)
The Arco chairman took up the reins of the century-old safety equipment company in May 2017.
Mark Jones is Hull City Council's regeneration manager.
The chief executive of For Entrepreneurs Only which is supporting the efforts of aspiring business people.
Karl Turner MP
Karl Turner is the Labour MP for Hull East. Born in the city, he was elected to Parliament in 2010.
The chief executive officer of Hull College.
Emma Hardy MP
Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy. (pharbour)
Hull's most recently-elected MP, Emma Hardy was elected for Hull West and Hessle at the 2017 general election.
Her role asNHS Hull CCG’s chief officer has a huge influence on all of our lives.
A great campaigner for LGBT rights and was one of the organisers of Hull Pride. He is regularly representing our city at LGBT events all over the UK.
The Humber LEP chair was recently crowned with the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2018 Lifetime Contribution Award. The former Northern Dairies boss served as the Labour Government's 'Rural Tsar' at the height of the foot and mouth epidemic, and remains a major voice both across the Humber and in Westminster.
Charlie Spencer OBE
The founder and executive chairman of Spencer Group.
Mark Page aka Mak
Founder of Humber Street Sesh which has provided up-and-coming music artists with an opportunity to show what they can do.
Adam Couch is the CEO of Hull food giant Cranswick.
Chief Constable Lee Freeman
Another who oversees sees a service which is essential to the people of the city. He is the man responsible for ensuring who all feel safe in our communities.
He is the leader of East Riding Council whose actions have an influence on many people who live in the city.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive. His decisions, and that of his group, have a huge influence on our lives.