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"Now is the time to grow and be ambitious again. We now want to reboot the council."

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of the Council

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Gateshead Council serves a population of around 202,400. Covering the mainly urban areas of Central Gateshead, Felling, Birtley, Dunston and Blaydon...

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Gateshead Council has long been a high performing authority and in the past was renowned for its huge regeneration projects such as the Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for contemporary art on the quayside, as well as being home to the world famous Angel of the North.

But as council leader Cllr Martin Gannon says, tackling the day-to-day challenges of managing £143m of spending cuts over the past decade has diverted attention away from strategic long-term planning. ‘Gateshead has always been an ambitious council and was seen as an economic driver. But with nearly 75% of our budget now going on children and adult care it’s clear to councillors that we need to increase our income or there’s a real danger we won’t be able to deliver our statutory services. However, there’s no point in sitting back and just moaning. We need to take control of our own destiny.’ Cllr Gannon adds: ‘Now is the time to grow and be ambitious again. We now want to reboot the council.’

The management team under the Chief Executive, Sheena Ramsey has been restructured and five new senior posts need to be filled. They are Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation and Growth, Deputy Strategic Director, Children’s Social Care, Service Director, Housing, Compliance and Traded Services, Service Director, Financial Management and Service Director, Legal and Democratic Services.

Sheena Ramsey explains: ‘After ten years of austerity we’ve understandably become a bit inward looking. We need to get people out of their silos and become one council with one budget, using our resources effectively to achieve our Thrive agenda. We’ve got some brilliant employees but we need to bring in some new, creative and ambitious people to help us deliver our plans as well.’

Gateshead Council has an enviable reputation as a stable and well-run authority. We also know it’s a great place to live and work, indeed The Guardian’s ‘Best places to live rankings’ place Newcastle Gateshead at number one in the UK. We have ambitious plans to make the borough even better.

Over the next 20 years we are looking to continue to transform Gateshead. We have a huge amount of potential in terms of our regeneration and development plans, but we are also aware of the need to develop a very different approach if we are to truly meet the challenges ahead and respond to the fast-changing needs of our communities and businesses.

In essence, we need to become more responsive, proactive and flexible – and ‘business as usual’ simply won’t cut it anymore. That is why we have introduced a new senior management structure, but more importantly a new culture based upon our Thrive agenda which focuses on delivery and outcomes – to the direct benefit of our residents. A vital part of our transformation journey is the recruitment of five new senior leaders who will play a crucial role in the council’s next chapter.

Sheena Ramsey, Chief Executive

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of the Council

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