A Brief Biography

mearnstopBorn in Newcastle in April 1957. I was educated at St Mary’s RC Primary School, Forest Hall and St Mary’s RC Technical School in Newcastle, before starting work with Northern Gas in 1974.

I was Chair of the Campaign for a North East Assembly and was a member of the North East Constitutional Convention Steering Group.

Formerly member of the North East Assembly, I Chaired the Scrutiny and Policy Development Board of NEA for almost 3 years.

Chair of Governors of 2 Gateshead Schools, Thomas Hepburn Community Comprehensive in Felling (19 years) and Kelvin Grove Primary in Central Gateshead (2 years). I was for about ten years Chair of Governors of Joicey Road Special School for children with moderate learning difficulties. I was awarded a distinction as runner up in the National DFES Teaching awards “Governor of the Year” category for the North East and Cumbria 2007.

Vice Chair of Gateshead’s Diversity Forum and I have a wealth of experience of working with Community Leaders from across our borough and I take particular pride in the linkages that I have helped to develop, over the years, with our significant orthodox Jewish community.

I take a keen interest in news, current affairs and Regional Politics. I am also a keen sports fan and regularly attend concerts encompassing a broad range of music.