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Cabinet member for Education and Skills

Cllr Veronica Dunn

Veronica Dunn is a Labour Councillor for Byker Ward and was first elected in May 2007.  She holds the Education and Skills portfolio.  

Veronica is responsible for ensuring that children and young people get the best start in life.  This includes ensuring good relationships with schools, safeguarding and children’s social care.  She is also responsible for the promotion of employment-related skills including apprenticeships.

In addition to being a Cabinet member, Veronica has committee responsibilities including Wellbeing for Life Board, Constitutional Committee and is a member of Byker Ward Committee and Voluntary Sector Liaison Group.  She represents the Council on the Newcastle Safeguarding Children’s Board.
She also sits on the Leazes Homes Board and the North East Purchasing Organisation Collaborative Sub Committee and is a Director of the Byker Company and is a substitute on the Cabinet of the Combined Authority.

Veronica worked as Assistant Education Officer with Newcastle City Council.  She was National President of Unison, the public service union, and was a member of the TUC General Council.

Veronica is married with a grown-up daughter and lives in St Peter’s Byker.

Meet Cllr Veronica Dunn - Know your Cabinet

"One of the reasons why I became a councillor was to help people and support them. Meet Cllr Veronica Dunn, Cabinet member responsible for Education and Skills. Find out more about Cllr Veronica's roles and responsibilities 👉 #knowyourcabinet

Posted by Newcastle City Council on Thursday, 8 August 2019


Integrated support for children, young people and families

  • Early Years and Nurseries
  • Family Centres
  • Connexions
  • Youth Offending
  • Drug and Alcohol services
  • NEETs
  • SEN
  • Children with Disabilities

Children’s Safeguarding and Social Care Services

  • Looked after Children
  • Child Protection

Relationships with education providers

  • Primary and Secondary Schools
  • 14 – 19 Skills Providers
  • Higher Education links
  • Lifelong Learning
  • School Improvement (including inspections, behaviour, attendance,  enrichment)


  • Promoting employment-related skills
  • Liaising with employers and training / skills providers
  • Promoting apprenticeships
  • Promoting a Living Wage

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