Other councillors representing this Ward:
1st Monday of the month - Millennium Centre, 10am - 11am
4th Saturday of the month - Birtley Library 9.30am - 10.30am
4th Saturday of the month - Eighton Banks Village Hall, Black Lane - 10:45-11:45am
All except August, Bank Holidays and Christmas
Phone: 0191 4875459
Phone: 0191 433 2074
I was born in Gateshead in the last century and was educated at Fell Dyke School and the now defunct Gateshead Grammar School for Boys.
I have been a member of the Labour Party since 1988 and a labour supporter for over 45 years.
Most of my working life was spent in the printing industry where I was an active trade unionist serving as FOC (Father of the Chapel, shop steward) and also as a Health & Safety representative for many years.
Having been made redundant in 2007 I retrained to support people with learning difficulties, and did so at Azure then Mencap for 5 years.I then worked for a local cancer charity, FACT,until 2014 when I decided to concentrate solely on my Councillors responsibilities.
I was first elected to the council in 2008 and had the honour of being elected as Mayor of Gateshead 2010-2011 which was the 175th anniversary of democracy in the Borough. In my year in office I attended over 500 engagements.
I am currently on the committees of Eighton Banks Village,The Mount Community Association, Birtley Hub and SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). I am a member of the board of directors at The Gateshead Housing Company.
I am a school governor at Eslington/Furrowfield schools.I am also an elected member of Lamesley Parish Council.
In my spare time I attend Wrekenton Methodist Church and also watch Gateshead FC, time permitting.