Councillor Hazel Stephenson
Lord Mayor of Newcastle 2016-2017
Hazel Stephenson was first elected councillor for Benwell and Scotswood on October 14 1999.
Following the election of a Labour administration to Newcastle City Council in May 2011, she was made Cabinet Member for Chief Executive and Corporate Services.
Hazel was responsible for community services; community buildings; ward structures; communications and marketing; consultation; human resources; health and safety; learning and development; Freedom of Information and information governance; legal services; exchequer services; ICT and assets.
In 2014/15 her role changed when she was made Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods.
She then became responsible for libraries, leisure, culture and green spaces. She also oversaw the delivery of decent neighbourhoods; protecting the natural environment; wildlife protection; street cleaning; graffiti removal; neighbourhood response teams; waste collection; recycling; garden waste collection; environmental awareness; local highway schemes; horticultural services; community buildings; ward structures; civic enterprise; cemeteries and crematoria; asset transfers and digital services.
In 2015/16 she stood down as cabinet member to become Sheriff. She was invested as Lord Mayor of Newcastle in May 2016 - the 800th anniversary of the mayoralty of Newcastle.
Hazel, a former careers and personal adviser, has also fulfilled a wide variety of other roles on and off the council. She is a member of Constitutional Committee and Planning Committee - but it is her work representing the people of Benwell and Scotswood which makes her most proud.
As co-chair of Benwell and Scotswood Joint Working Group, she has worked tirelessly over the years with residents and developers to see new homes built in Scotswood. She is a popular friendly face in her ward. She believes passionately in community and the idea of everyone working together for the common good. The theme of her mayoral year is "working together" with residents, community groups and churches of all faiths for the benefit of the area.
She has also represented the council on outside bodies such as Gateshead Newcastle Partnership and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority as did her father, former Lord Mayor, Cllr Terry Cooney.
Throughout her mayoral year she is supporting Charlie Bear for Cancer Care; the Firefighters' Charity; the Dog's Trust and Arthritis in Children Fund based at the Great North Children's Hospital at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Hazel is married to Trevor and the couple have two grown up children and two dogs.
The Lord Mayor's Office can be contacted by phone on 0191 211 5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org