Leader of the council

Leader of the council

Councillor Nick Kemp

Nick provides political leadership in the coordination of Council policies, strategies and service delivery. He also provides democratic leadership to residents and stakeholders, ensuring a collaborative approach to the development and delivery of services that meet people’s needs and aspirations.

Nick ensures that the Council’s approach to inclusive economic development and regeneration in the city is effective, integrated and enabling. He also provides political leadership in the development of local, sub-regional and regional strategy and partnerships, and promotes and enhances Newcastle’s reputation at national, European and international levels. 

Read the latest version of the Leader's Blog.


The leader is responsible for:

  • Overall leadership of the council
  • Devolution including Combined Authority Cabinet
  • Promotion of the city, locally, nationally, and internationally
  • External relationships
  • Strategic policy coordination
  • Communications
  • International Strategy
  • Oversight of major regeneration projects

Political lead for: Inclusive Economic Strategy

Deputy leader and cabinet

The deputy leader of the council is Councillor Karen Kilgour.

Information on Newcastle City Council's Cabinet can be found on our Leader and Cabinet page.

Leader of the council's office

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