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Leader of the Council - Councillor Iain Malcolm


Councillor Iain Malcolm is the Leader of South Tyneside Council, one of the 36 Metropolitan Councils in England.

He has served the residents of South Tyneside as an elected member since 1988. He undertook the role of Deputy Leader between 2004-2008 and has served as Leader of the Council since May 2008.

South Tyneside Council has adopted a Leader and Cabinet model. The Cabinet is the main focus for policy-making and decision-taking in the borough. It is made up of the Leader and nine other senior majority party (Labour) Councillors. The Leader is elected every year at a meeting of the full Council and appoints his or her own Cabinet. Each Cabinet Member is responsible for a particular area of Council policy, known as a 'portfolio'.

As Leader of the Council, Iain is responsible for carrying out, or delegating, all of the Council's 'executive' functions. The Leader can exercise functions themselves, or can delegate them to the Cabinet, to a committee of the Cabinet, to individual Cabinet members, or to an officer.

Whether they are delegated or carried out by the Leader, these must be exercised within the Policy Framework and the Budget set by the Council. The Leader has a key role in proposing the Budget and Policy Framework to the Council.

The Leader also has responsibility for a range of 'local choice' functions.

A more detailed description of the Leader's role can be viewed in the Council Constitution2.38MB.

Iain chairs several boards, including: the South Tyneside Partnership, which brings together key public services toward the achievement of a shared vision; the South Tyneside Health and Wellbeing Board and the Board of Newcastle International Airport.

Iain is also a key member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board and the North East Combined Authority, which leads collaboration across South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumberland and oversees key decisions made on transport, skills, jobs and inward investment.

Nationally, he is a former Chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) Urban Commission and served one term as a Member of the UK Delegation to the European Committee of the Regions.

Iain also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the South Tyneside Foundation Trust.

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