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Third Tuesday of the month - Kelvin Grove Primary School 6pm-7pm (except August and December)
7 Woodbine Terrace
Phone: 0191 4775804
Bus. phone: 0191 433 2074
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Born in Gateshead, I went to school in the Teams area and lived for 23 years on a council estate at Lobley Hill. Since 1973, I’ve lived in Saltwell and Bensham, including St Cuthbert’s Village and The Avenues. Both my sons were also born here and went to Bensham Grove Nursery, Kelvin Grove Primary and Joseph Swan schools. I'm a school governor at Joseph Swan and Kelvin Grove (where I was Chair for 18 years).
In 1986, I was first elected as a Saltwell councillor, a few years after setting up and leading the ‘Save The Avenues Campaign’ (STAC), which led to The Avenues Agency. Since then, I’ve continued to represent Saltwell with pride and commitment.
My last job was as a Senior Lecturer in Photography and Head of Digital Imaging at Northumbria University and I previously held posts in most sectors of education, including class teacher in a special school. Before that, I worked in both private and public sectors, including industry and London's Hospital Service, as a Management Services Officer. In Gateshead, I worked at Shephards Store and on Team Valley, at Waddington’s then the National Coal Board. I was also a postman in Central Gateshead.
I was elected as Leader of Gateshead Council in 2002 and held this role for 14 years. I was previously Chair of Northumbria Police Authority until the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners in 2002. I'm was also a Non-Executive Director of Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust. I’m a member of the Court of Newcastle University.
Nationally, I'm a member of Arts Council North Area Council.
I'm passionately committed to the arts, creative industries and cultural diversity of our region. I regard culture as a major driver for economic regeneration and employment in our area. I'm a member of several cultural institutions including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sage Gateshead and Live Theatre.
My wife Gael is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion at Northumbria University and also teaches Yoga in Gateshead. We have brought up and educated our two sons here and, as a family, we are committed to this area, which I will continue to work for.