The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor David Snowdon
I'm married with grown up children and I was elected as a Councillor for Washington East Ward, Sunderland in 2012 having lived in the Washington & Shiney Row Areas since the age of 2 years.
My wife Cllr Dianne Snowdon has agreed to be my Mayoress , between us we have 5 grown up children and 5 grandchildren, I started my working career in the clothing trade but I have spent most of my working life in the finance industry, I ran my own business selling insurance & mortgages for more than 10 years then in the last 10 years I've used my skills to help deliver several projects including 'Making Headway' in South Tyneside which helped people get back to work, Developing a Credit Union in East Durham and I'm currently delivering a social prescribing project for Sharp in Shiney Row working out of GP Practices across the Coalfields.
I have always been involved in my local community and have been a school governor since 2000 in Primary, Secondary & Special School Sector, I'm currently a governor at Barmston Primary School. I also have a good knowledge of social housing having served on the Sunderland Housing Group and then Gentoo boards as an unpaid Board Member, as a Tenant board Member, Independent Board Member and Council appointed Member. Locally I've been a trustee at Washington Millennium Centre for the last 17 years, where I currently hold the role of Company Secretary.
During my seven years as a Councillor I have been appointed to various committees including Chairing the Economic Prosperity Scrutiny Committee, being the Scrutiny Lead Member for Skills, Economy and Regeneration and Scrutiny Lead Member for City Services. I've served on the Development Control (Hetton, Houghton and Washington) Sub-Committee and Washington Area Committee. I am Chair of the Sunderland Orphanage and Educational Foundation a role I hope to continue to do during my mayoral term.
I was inaugurated into the Office of the Mayor as the Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Sunderland at the Annual Council and Mayor Making Ceremony which was held on Wednesday 15 May 2019. Assisting me will be my Mayoress, Cllr Dianne Snowdon who has stood down from her role as Chair of Scrutiny to allow her to take up this post. Our aim is to work together to raise the profile of our two chosen Charites and raise as much funds as possible for them. We aim to involve the community and business more to help raise the profile of the Mayoralty.
My Charites and Good Causes for 2019/20 will be Washington Mind and Veterans in Crisis Sunderland.
I've selected Washington Mind because I've seen first-hand the fantastic work they do in my local area and I have worked with them deliver courses and empower people to make better financial choices, this is important to help people build confidence & resilience as none of us ever know what is around the corner.
My second good cause that I will be fundraising for are Veterans in Crisis Sunderland, a relatively new organisation that started out with a pay as you go mobile but provides invaluable help for our Ex Military personal, As the father of a Royal Marine I understand some of the challenges our military face and the difficulties they can suffer when the time comes to integrate back into the wider community when they leave the forces, Veterans In Crisis is ran by Veterans for Veterans and do a fantastic job, if I can help by raising their profile and some funding my mayoral year will be a success.
My Civic Chaplin will be Reverend Nick Barr- Hamilton, for St Georges Church in Harraton, my civic service will be held in the church on 7th of July 2019, I will also be attending other services and events at the church which is an important community hub in Washington East Ward.
Councillor Henry Trueman will be supporting me as Deputy Mayor for the ensuing year and I am very much looking forward to working with him.