NECA Leadership Board Membership

Durham

Vice Chair

Simon Henig

Simon Henig

Leader of Durham County Council and Vice-Chair of the North East Leadership Board, Thematic Lead for Finance and Skills and Employment. Labour

Simon Henig has been Leader of Durham County Council since 2008, guiding the council through its transition to unitary local government. He is Chair of both the Association of North East Councils and the County Durham Partnership. At national level, he is Deputy Chair of the People and Places Board of the Local Government Association. He is a Principal Lecturer in Politics at Sunderland University and has authored several books on the subject.

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Gateshead

Martin Gannon

Martin Gannon

Leader of Gateshead Council and Thematic Lead for Transport Labour

Councillor Martin Gannon was born in County Durham but has lived in Gateshead for over forty years. He is married with a daughter. He was first elected as a councillor in 1984. In 2010 he was appointed as Deputy Leader and then Leader in May 2016. He is actively involved in a number of major national bodies, including the Local Government Association. Locally he represents Gateshead on various regional bodies. Prior to taking up the role of Deputy Leader he was a Regional Officer for GMB Trade Union from 1987 to 2010.

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North East LEP

Lucy Winskell

Lucy Winskell, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership

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South Tyneside

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Sunderland

Chair

Graeme Miller

Graeme Miller

Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the North East Combined Authority Labour

Cllr Miller was appointed Leader of the Council in May 2018. He was first elected to the council in 2006 to represent Washington South ward where he is also school governor. Since 2020, Cllr Miller has served as Chair of the North East Combined Authority.

Before becoming Leader, Cllr Miller was the Cabinet’s portfolio holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services. Cllr Miller is particularly passionate about mental health as the basis for good overall health and wellbeing and he is a Health and Mental Health Champion for the city. He is a member of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust’s Council of Governors and Chair of Age UK Sunderland. He also represents the council and city on a number of bodies and organisations including the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board and North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

As Leader, Cllr Miller’s focus is continuing to work in partnership on the city’s economic regeneration, building on progress in relation to housing and infrastructure development and skills and employment opportunities.

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