Councillor Catherine Donovan

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Title: Deputy Leader of the Council

Party: Labour

Ward: Lobley Hill and Bensham

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Contact information

Home address: 
31 Liddell Terrace

Phone:  0191 420 5091

Bus. phone:  0191 433 2001

Bus. email:

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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.