The North East Joint Transport Committee Membership

Durham

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Simon Henig

Simon Henig

Councillor Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council and Vice-Chair of the North East Leadership Board, Thematic Lead for Finance and Skills and Employment. Councillor Henig is responsible for oversight of key financial issues such as Fair Funding, and for leading collaboration work on the skills and employment agendas. 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

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Martin Gannon

Martin Gannon

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council, Thematic Lead for Transport. Councillor Gannon is Chair of the Joint Transport Committee and is responsible for oversight of all transport issues including regional transport priorities and collaborative transport initiatives. 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 of Tyne Combined Authority

Jamie Driscoll

Elected Mayor of North of Tyne Combined Authority Labour

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Joyce McCarty

Labour

North Tyneside

Norma Redfearn

Norma Redfearn

Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor of North Tyneside and Vice-Chair of the Leadership Board Labour

Norma Redfearn took up her four-year term of office as Elected Mayor of North Tyneside in May 2013. As the authority’s principal public spokesperson, her role is to give political direction to the Council and appoint the Cabinet and Deputy Mayor, which provides the executive decision-making function for the organisation. Norma, who lives in North Tyneside, has an extensive track-record in local government. She has previously represented the Riverside Ward in North Shields as Ward Councillor since 2004. During 2005-2009 she served as Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learning. A graduate of Newcastle University she has had a 30 year career in teaching, both in primary and secondary education. This included 14 years as a head teacher and four years in an education advisory capacity, before moving into education related consultancy. As a member of the NUT she served as a school delegate, executive member and is a past President of Newcastle Association and a National representative for Primary Schools.

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Vice Chair

Northumberland

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South Tyneside

Iain Malcolm

Iain Malcolm

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of the North East Leadership Board. Councillor Malcolm is responsible for oversight of NECA’s overarching aims; contribution to the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), overarching NECA work programme, relationship with Northern Powerhouse and BEIS; Inward Investment lead. Labour

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of the North East Combined Authority.

Iain Malcolm has served as Leader of South Tyneside Council since 2008 and has been an Elected Member since 1988.

Iain sits on a number of regional committees and chairs several boards including South Tyneside Health and Wellbeing Board. Iain also chairs Newcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Limited and serves as a Non-Executive Director and South Tyneside Foundation Trust.

Previously, Iain was Chief of Staff to the Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. In 2001, he was appointed Deputy Chair of Sovereign Strategy, which offers a range of consultancy services.

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Sunderland

Graeme Miller

Graeme Miller

Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, Thematic Lead for Economic Development and Digital. Councillor Miller is responsible for oversight of Economic Development and Regeneration Advisory Board (EDRAB) and key issues including Enterprise Zones and key employment sites, international trade and investment, Brexit and other relevant policy areas such as Industrial Strategy and UK Shared Prosperity Fund. 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.

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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