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Chairman of North Tyneside Council

Chairman of North Tyneside Council

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

Chairman of North Tyneside Council
Councillor Dave McGarr
with Consort, Mrs Maureen McGarr

Deputy Chairman
Councillor Cath Davis
with Consort, Councillor Karen Bolger

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:

Carol Girvan
Chairman's Office
Cobalt Business Park
The Silverlink North
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

Telephone: (0191) 643 5347

Chairman's charities

During their year in office, the Chairman and Consort organise events to raise the profile of their chosen charities.

In 2016/2017, the Chairman and Consort will support:

Out of Sight

A local charity based in Dudley which is a volunteer lead community project providing support for visually impaired children living in North Tyneside.  The charity provides free of charge provision for around 18 families with children who have very complex health needs such as cerebral palsy, conditions associated with meningitis, epilepsy and other rare undiagnosed life-limiting conditions which result in visual impairment.

The group was formed around 10 years ago and is currently working towards financing a respite holiday facility at a static caravan site on Amble Links.  The project, called Chloe’s Den, was formed following the sudden death of a founding member, Chloe’s Gilbert at the age of 9.  The caravan will provide families with a chance to recharge their batteries, make life long memories and give flexibility for any last minute cancellations that often occur due to the needs of the children.  The caravan comes at a cost of £45,000 and although the charity has raised half the money so far, they still need over £12,000 to suitably kit out the caravan with hoists, ramps and a wet room.

Chairman's commendation scheme

We want to build strong, active communities within North Tyneide. We think volunteering lies at the heart of this.

The Chairman invites members of the public to nominate a person our group who deserve recognition for their voluntary service.

The Chairman's Commendation and Young Mayor's Awards are open to everyone who volunteers within the Borough of North Tyneside. This includes young people.

All types of volunteering will be considered for an award, but activities must be outside of paid employment.

Nominees don't have to live in North Tyneside, but the activities they are nominated for must take place here.

You can make a nomination using the form below.

Nominations will be judged by a panel who will make the final decision on awards.

Nominees should have voluntarily contributed their time and effort in North Tyneside to one or more of the following:

  • creating a clean and pleasant environment
  • creating a safe and crime free neighbourhood
  • increasing training and working opportunities for residents
  • improving health, quality of life and wellbeing for other people
  • making a significant difference to an individual or their local community
  • supporting the provision within North Tyneside of sport, leisure, cultural activities, religions and community affairs, social services
  • helping others to reach their potential
  • responding to an immediate need, significantly affecting the lives of others
  • going ‘the extra mile’ as a 'local hero'

There are various levels of award: 

  • general commendation
  • bronze
  • silver and gold
  • the Young Mayor's commendation award

The closing date for nominations for the 2016 awards was Tuesday 9th May. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th June.

Successful nominees will get an invitation to attend the ceremony at Quadrant with an extended invitation for one guest.

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