News

05.12.18

North of Tyne Combined Authority appoints new interim mayor

The elected mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, has been announced as the interim mayor for the newly-created North of Tyne Combined Authority.

Redfearn has been appointed by the cabinet to lead the combined authority up until May 2019, when North of Tyne will elect its first ever mayor.

The appointment of an interim mayor is legally required by central government when establishing a combined authority, and Redfearn will combine her new role with her current responsibilities for North Tyneside Council.

Following an election in May next year, the new mayor will lead the three North of Tyne councils (Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland) and hold responsibilities and powers over economic growth, housing policy, and enhancing places and communities across the region.

Candidates who intend to run to be the elected mayor have until April 2019 to declare, and four men have currently nominated themselves to stand as Labour’s candidate for the position.

Up until then, Redfearn will chair the cabinet and oversee the early delivery of the authority’s £600m economic vision, which was set out earlier this month.

The appointment was made following a recommendation from the appointments panel, and the leaders of the other two authorities have welcomed the appointment.

The new interim mayor commented: “This is an exciting time for anyone living and working in the North of Tyne area.

“As a long-time advocate for devolution in this part of the country, I feel we now have the tools we need to shape our own destiny, capitalise on our economic strengths, and build an economy that delivers for everyone and leaves no community behind.”

Redfearn added: “I am proud to be asked to oversee the authority during this interim period, as we work to lay the foundations for a bright new future.”

Redfearn was elected mayor of North Tyneside in 2013, and was then re-elected in 2017 following a 30-year career in teaching.

Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “Norma is a perfect person to lead the combined authority into this new era. She is a tireless champion of our communities and always has the region's best interest at heart.

“Our task now is to get on with creating more and better jobs in our part of the north, and I know Norma as interim mayor will be a great asset to us in this mission.”

At EvoNorth next year, devolution will be the centre of discussion between industry leaders and representatives, all focused on driving forward the Northern Powerhouse. Click here to find out more.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest news

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

New rules to change the future of Social Value

05/06/2019New rules to change the future of Social Value

The government has announced the introduction of new rules to change the future of social value and make the way housing developers stump up the money for infrastructure both ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

public sector events

events calendar

back

July 2019

forward
mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

featured articles

View all News