Jamie Driscoll was elected as the first ever mayor for the North of Tyne in May 2019. He will ensure our voice is clearly heard by government and champion the North of Tyne nationally and internationally. He will head up the North of Tyne Combined Authority and, together with the six local authority Cabinet members, be accountable for its activity.
Having a North of Tyne Elected Mayor is part of the devolution deal. Our deal secured £600m over the next 30 years, aiming to create 10,000 jobs and boosting the local economy by over £1bn.
The devolution deal is extra funding on top of the money Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils already spend. The deal means more decisions will be taken locally rather than by central government.
Mayor Driscoll worked as an engineer in Blyth and was former director of a Newcastle-based software development business. He is married with two children and lives in Newcastle.