Title: Leader of the Council
Other councillors representing this Ward:
Phone: 0191 4826314
Phone: 0191 433 2000
I was elected as a member of Gateshead Council in 1984 and served in various roles including Deputy Leader for six years, before being elected as Leader of the Council in May 2016.
Prior to this, I worked for GMB Trade Union for 23 years undertaking a number of roles including Regional Officer, Head of Research, Health and Safety, and Media and Communications.
As Leader of the Council, I am involved in several national and regional bodies. I am Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee and a board member of North East Combined Authority, North East LEP, LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board and Gateshead College. I am also a Non-Executive Director of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust.