Leader of the council

Leader of the council

Councillor Nick Forbes

Nick Forbes is a Labour politician, first becoming a councillor in 2000. He became Leader of the Labour Group in 2007, and Leader of Newcastle City Council in 2011.

He is a ward councillor for Arthur’s Hill.  

Nick has made economic growth a key feature of his council, securing new financial powers by negotiating one of the first round of City Deals with government and has been instrumental in securing a devolution deal for the North of Tyne. He has played a leading role in raising the profile of local government in a time of austerity and has been involved in national lobbying efforts for successive local government finance settlements.

Current roles include vice chair of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority, Acting  Chair of the Core Cities Cabinet, and Business Competitiveness portfolio-holder for the North of Tyne Combined Authority.  Nick chairs the Convention of the North and was instrumental in its creation, recognising the importance of establishing a powerful, coherent ‘voice for the north’, and hosting the inaugural event in 2018.

At a national level, Nick is the Leader of Labour in local government, heading up the Local Government Association (LGA) Labour Group, representing the views of more than 6000 Labour Councillors in Westminster. He is currently Senior Vice Chair of the LGA. He is also a member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee.

Nick was born and brought up in the North East, graduating from Cambridge University in 1997, Sheffield Hallam University in 1999 and the Open University in 2010. He trained in the NHS and worked as Chief Executive of Involve North East, a regional health charity.


Meet Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the Council

"As somebody who's lived and worked in Newcastle all my adult life, it's about making sure that people have good quality jobs, it's about making sure that people can get the education that they need to succeed, it's about a decent environment, it's about good quality health and social care facilities and it's about decent homes where people can feel secure in their local community." Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the Council.

Posted by Newcastle City Council on Tuesday, 13 August 2019

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

There are three members of staff based in the Leader's Office.

Anne Tunnah - Policy and Communication Business Partner
Phone: 0191 211 5173
Email: anne.tunnah@newcastle.gov.uk

Joe Keenan - Business Management Partner
Phone: 0191 211 5162
Email: joe.keenan@newcastle.gov.uk

Gemma Finney - Senior Business Support Officer
Phone: 0191 211 5151
Email: gemma.finney@newcastle.gov.uk

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