Nick Forbes is a Labour politician and became Leader of Newcastle City Council in 2011.
Nick has made economic growth a key feature of his council, securing new financial powers by negotiating one of the first round of City Deals with government. He has also worked with council leaders from across England to secure the best possible devolution packages for local government. He has played a leading role in raising the profile of local government in a time of austerity and has been involved in national lobbying efforts for successive local government finance settlements.
Current roles include vice chair of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority, Vice Chair of the Core Cities Cabinet.
At a national level, Nick is the Leader of Labour in local government, heading up the Local Government Association (LGA) Labour Group, representing the views of more than 6000 Labour Councillors in Westminster. He is currently Senior Vice Chair of the LGA. He is also a member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee.
Nick was born and brought up in the North East, graduating from Cambridge University in 1997, Sheffield Hallam University in 1999 and the Open University in 2010. He trained in the NHS and worked as Chief Executive of Involve North East, a regional health charity.