The Chairman of the Council is appointed on an annual basis to undertake Civic roles and responsibilities during their year in office.

Chair of North Tyneside Council
Councillor Pat Oliver
and Consort, Judith Oliver

Deputy Chairman
Councillor Brian Burdis
and Consort, Councillor Carole Burdis

Role of the Chairman

The Chairman:

  • oversees business conducted in the Council Chamber
  • represents the Council at civic functions in North Tyneside and across Tyne and Wear

Previously referred to as 'Mayor', the position of Chairman was created in 2002 when North Tyneside voted to have an Elected Mayor. The Elected Mayor is the council's political lead.

The Chairman's role is mainly to:

  • attend events
  • mark openings and special birthdays

Chairman's events

If you would like the Chairman/Deputy Chairman to attend an event, please contact:

Ashleigh Willis
Chairman's Office
Cobalt Business Park
The Silverlink North
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

Telephone: (0191) 643 5347


Chairman's good causes

Each year, the Chairman chooses to support a charity or charities to raise money for during their year in office.  This year, Councillor Pat Oliver has chosen to support one good cause – True Colours Theatre.


True Colours Theatre is an inclusive theatre school for children and young people that live in the North East of England. They create a space for children and young people where they can experience performing arts in an inclusive, non-judgemental, and nurturing environment.

The majority of their members have additional needs such as Autism, ADHD, anxiety disorders and physical and life limiting conditions and various mental health issues. They want everyone to enjoy being able to express themselves in a structured, and supportive way, without fear of judgement, or criticism, and where differences are celebrated


For more information about how to support the Chairman’s good causes, please contact Ashleigh Willis in the Civic Office on 0191 643 5347.