Councillor David Down

Lord Mayor of Newcastle 2018-2019 

Cllr David Down was born in Portsmouth.  He worked for the City Council in the Engineer and Surveyor's, Town Clerk's and Environmental Health Departments, with a short, administrative stint in the MOD (Navy) in between.  In 1975, David had the conviction to resign from local government and begin working as a full-time volunteer with Initiatives of Change, an international charity committed to empowering people of all faiths and none to take responsibility for helping to change the world for the better, starting with themselves.  During the following 25 years, David had the opportunity to continue to take part in the many aspects of this work both in the UK as well as in other countries, including New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Switzerland.

In 1991, David married Barbara in Newcastle and they returned in 1995 with their two small children, Christopher and Andrew, to work in community development and inter-faith relations at the invitation of others active in these extremely important areas of community life.

David entered local politics in 1997 and was elected a city councillor for Castle ward in May 1999.  In 2004, ward boundary changes prompted David to seek election in Woolsington ward.  He diligently served the communities there until defeated in 2007.  He has been a Parklands ward councillor since 2008.  David began working in the Department for Work and Pensions in 2007, 'till retirement in 2013.

In his years as a city councillor, David has served on various panels, committees and boards.  There are too many to mention them all, but they include Communities Overview and Scrutiny; Economy Overview and Scrutiny, and Health and Adult Services; Equalities; Finance and Resources; Holocaust Memorial Working Group; Newcastle Great Park Advisory; Overview and Scrutiny Board; Public Services Scrutiny; Service Delivery Scrutiny; Standards; YHN Board and YHN Audit Committee.

As first citizen of this great city of Newcastle, David looks forward to carrying out the many and diverse duties that come with the responsibility of being Lord Mayor, especially meeting residents from all walks of life and all parts of the city, plus celebrating occasions and welcoming distinguished visitors to the city.

David's wife, Barbara, is now head of personnel for Initiatives of Change UK.  Their son, Christopher, who works for a social media company, and his wife, Zhao Lin, who is studying at University College London, live in London.  Andrew still enjoys living at home and works as a call centre agent.

The Lord Mayor's Office can be contacted by phone on 0191 211 5050 or email

Page last updated: 
1 June 2018
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