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.