Transport North East Committee Membership

Durham

Vice Chair

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Gateshead

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Newcastle

Chair

Nick Forbes

Nick Forbes

Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council and Thematic Lead for Transport and Digital Connectivity, Combined Authority Labour

A councillor since 2000, Nick was elected Leader of Newcastle City Council in 2011. As well as chairing the Council’s Cabinet, he represents the city on a range of bodies and is Vice Chair of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority. A member of Labour’s National Policy Forum, Nick chairs FRESH, the campaign for a Smoke Free North East. He is also Vice Chair of the Core Cities Cabinet and leads for Labour Local Government nationally on Children and Young People issues. Nick trained in the NHS and is Chief Executive of Involve NE, a regional charity established to give a voice to communities in health and care service planning and delivery.

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North Tyneside

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Northumberland

Vice Chair

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South Tyneside

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Iain Malcolm

Iain Malcolm

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Thematic Lead for Economic Development and Regeneration, Combined Authority Labour

Leader of South Tyneside Council, Iain has been an elected Member since 1988 and chairs and sits on a number of regional committees. Previously he was Chief of Staff to the Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. In 2001, he was appointed Chief Executive of Sovereign Strategy, public affairs consultancy.

Sunderland

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Graeme Miller

Graeme Miller

Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council 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.