Leader of the council

Leader of the council

Councillor Nick Forbes

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

Until the local elections 2022 he was a ward councillor for Arthur’s Hill. He will step down as leader of the council at the authority's annual general meeting in May 2022.

Nick 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 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.

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.

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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