Councillor Catherine Donovan

Title: Deputy Leader of the Council

Party: Labour

Ward: Lobley Hill and Bensham

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Surgery details

Second Saturday of the month 10 - 11am at Bensham Grove Community Centre and fourth Tuesday of the month 5.30 - 6.30pm at Lobley Hill Community Centre (except August, Bank Holidays and Christmas).

Contact information

Home address: 
31 Liddell Terrace
Bensham
Gateshead
NE8 1YN

Phone:  0191 420 5091

Bus. phone:  0191 433 2001

Bus. email:  cllr.cdonovan@gateshead.gov.uk

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Responsibilities

Committee appointments

Additional Information

I grew up in First Street and still live in Bensham. I was a pupil at Corpus Christi Primary School and then attended the Sacred Heart Grammar School in Fenham.

 

I am proud that I worked for the NHS for 27 years. I qualified as a Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor and have now retired. As a Health Visitor, I worked for 17 years in Gateshead visiting families in their homes in most wards in the borough, including Lobley Hill and Bensham.

 

I believe that the knowledge that I gained as a Health Visitor has been invaluable in my role as a councillor, providing me with sound local knowledge.

 

I was elected as a councillor in Bensham ward in 2002, and have represented Lobley Hill and Bensham since the ward boundary changes in 2004. I am proud and privileged to represent the area where I grew up and still live.

 

I have been a Cabinet member since 2004 and have held the portfolios for Community Safety, Children and Young People, Housing, and Health and Wellbeing.

 

In 2016, I became Deputy Leader of the Council.

 

I have been a member of the Labour Party for 40 years.

 

I am passionate about Gateshead and the people who live here. As a borough we face many challenges but I am committed to working tirelessly to improve the lives of our citizens.