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Councillor Paul Watson

Councillor Paul Watson

05 May 2011

18 September 1997

Labour and Co-operative


5 Floral Dene,
South Hylton,

0191 5347160

As Leader of the Council I provide leadership to the Council on all matters and particularly all major strategic, corporate and cross-cutting and commercially sensitive issues and the Budget and Capital programme.

I provide community leadership for partners, residents and other interests in order to improve quality of life and satisfaction in the City and co-ordinate and apportion the roles and responsibilities of Executive Members.

The Portfolio of Leader comprises the following responsibilities:-

- Strategic and policy overview,
- Communications, Reputation and Influencing,
- Strategic economic development and inward investment,
- Strategic partnerships,
- Sunderland Way of Working and strategic improvement programmes,
- International Strategy and Programmes, and
- Regional and sub-regional governance.

I was born in, and have lived all my life in Sunderland.  After serving my time as an apprentice, I worked as a shipwright at Sunderland Shipbuilders until I was made redundant in 1981. I have been self-employed ever since.  I married Susan and studied law at Teeside University, gaining an Honours Degree in 1998.

Since joining the Council I have been elected to chair the Association of North East Councils and I am also the regional representative on the Local Government Association, which is a national body for Local Government in England.  I also sit on the Executive body of this Association.  I am an elected member of the Committee of the Regions which is the official advisory body to the European Parliament and Commission.  Chair of the Sunderland Health and Wellbeing Board, Member of the LEP Board and its Strategic Economic Plan Sub Committee and its Skills Partnership Sub-Committee.  I have been elected as Chair of the new organisation known as Key cities which represents 22 cities such as Coventry, Preston and Derby who exist to represent the interests in six cities.  

Election History

Thu 18 Sep 1997 Wed 9 Jun 2004 
Thu 10 Jun 2004 Wed 2 May 2007 
Thu 3 May 2007 Wed 4 May 2011 
Thu 5 May 2011  

Party Representation History

PartyRepresentation FromRepresentation To
LabourThu 10 Jun 2004 Wed 2 May 2007
LabourThu 3 May 2007 Wed 4 May 2011
Labour and Co-operativeThu 5 May 2011

Ward Representation History

WardRepresentation FromRepresentation To
PallionThu 10 Jun 2004 Thu 3 May 2007
PallionThu 3 May 2007

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring Officer 
26 March 200826 March 2008 View
22 April 200927 April 2009 View
03 June 201007 June 2010 View
29 April 201105 May 2011 View
02 March 201207 March 2012 View
13 August 201213 August 2012 View
22 April 201325 April 2013 View
05 August 201308 August 2013 View

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNature 
 Page 1 of 16, items 1 to 12 of 186.
Cabinet06 June 2007Personal Interest View
Cabinet06 June 2007Personal and Prejudicial Interest - Withdrew from the meeting during consideration of the reports View
Cabinet20 June 2007Personal Interest View
Cabinet25 July 2007Personal Interest View
Cabinet25 July 2007Personal Interest View
Cabinet12 September 2007Personal Interest View
Cabinet12 September 2007Personal and Prejudicial Interest and withdrew from the meeting View
Cabinet10 October 2007Personal Interest View
Cabinet10 October 2007Personal Interest View
Cabinet25 October 2007Personal Interest View
Cabinet07 November 2007Personal and prejudicial interest - with drew from the meeting View
Cabinet07 November 2007Personal interest View

Current Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining Date
 Page 1 of 5, items 1 to 5 of 22.
Appeals Panel Member15 May 2013
Cabinet Member15 May 2013
Children's Trust Member15 May 2013
Council Member15 May 2013
Development Control (South Sunderland) Sub-Committee Member15 May 2013

Past Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining DateLeaving Date
 Page 1 of 23, items 1 to 5 of 113.
West Sunderland Area Committee Member16 May 201214 May 2013
Planning and Highways Committee Member16 May 201214 May 2013
Development Control (South Sunderland) Sub-Committee Member16 May 201214 May 2013
Children's Trust Member16 May 201214 May 2013
TWeDCo Land Member16 May 201214 May 2013

Current Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside Body Appointments

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