My story

Hello and thank you for visiting my website.

I was born and brought up in the North East and have lived in Newcastle all my working life. After University I trained and worked in the NHS for a number of years before becoming Chief Executive of a regional charity. I was first elected to the City Council in 2000, aged 26, and elected again in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. I represent Westgate Ward, which includes the City Centre and parts of the Inner West and Rye Hill. (You can find out more about Westgate Ward and my various roles as a councillor in the ‘Nick’s Roles’ section).

As I live and work in Newcastle, I know the city well. Thanks to the previous Labour Government, we now have some of the best hospitals, schools, libraries and cultural facilities in the UK. But there is still a lot more to do.

I know that there is a lack of affordable housing for young people. Too many children leave school with too few qualifications. There aren’t enough decent jobs in the area, and there are still too many inequalities which prevent people from achieving their potential.

I’m working to address all these issues, as well as improve the quality of life for people in my ward and the city. If you have any ideas, suggestions or problems that you want to share, please get in touch – I look forward to hearing from you.




Elected to Newcastle City Council


Elected as Labour Group Leader on the Council


Elected as Leader of Newcastle City Council


Elected as Leader of Labour Local Government

What issues are important to you?

I’d like to hear what issues you feel are important to you, so please get in touch if you have anything you’d like to share.