The Mayor of Sunderland - Councillor Doris MacKnight
I have been married for 50 years and celebrated my Golden Wedding Anniversary in October 2017.
I have two sons and four grandsons, and since my sons were young I have been actively involved in the local community, helping to run play groups, parent and teacher associations, brownies and within my local church.
In 1993 I was asked to sit on the board of City Challenge and it was from there that I became interested in local politics and the Labour Party.
I became a magistrate in 1997 and have progressed to be a chairman in the adult court and the family panel.
Since elected I have had the position as chairperson of the Licencing and vice chairperson of the Regulatory Committees. I was a member of Children and Young People Committee and the Standards Board. On outside bodies I was also a board member of Gentoo and trustee of the Sunderland Old Boys School Fund and Impact charities.
I was inaugurated into Office as Mayor of Sunderland on 17 May 2017 and am very much looking forward to the year ahead, alongside my husband Keith who is acting as my consort.
During my year in office my focus will be to engage with the young people of Sunderland in any way possible and to help promote services and organisations who work with and support young people in our city.
My nominated charities are the Alzheimer's Association in Sunderland, The Phoenix Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital and Castletown Scout group. All funds raised during my year in Office as Mayor will be split between these three wonderful organisations.
Whenever Keith and I have spare time we like to visit historical places of interest together.
The Mayor of Sunderland Cllr Doris MacKnight will be supported by Consort, Mr Keith MacKnight who is also her husband. The Deputy Mayor of Sunderland Cllr Lynda Scanlan will be supported by her Deputy Consort, Mr Micky Horswill.