Councillor Linds Wright
Lord Mayor of Newcastle 2017-2018
Linda Wright was elected to serve the Newburn Ward in November 1996 in a by-election following the death of Councillor Bob Brown. She along with her mother, Councillor Belle Nixon were the first mother and daughter to serve together on the Council. Linda is proud to be the 100th female councillor. Her mother was also Lord Mayor during council year 1997/98, exactly 20 years ago.
Linda has held several positions from 1996 to date. She was Chair of the Cityworks Committee prior to the move to Leader and Cabinet style of democracy when she held the role of Cabinet Member for the Environment. This was a large portfolio which included Registrars and Cemeteries, Cityworks, Licensing & Regulation, Air Quality, Trading Standards, Leisure and Parks to name but a few, it was jokingly nicknamed the Cradle to the Grave portfolio!! She held this position until 2004 when Labour lost control of the city. Linda held on to her seat and continued to serve the residents of Newburn Ward. In opposition she became a member of the Regulation Committee where she became Chair after Labour regained control of the city, a position she was elected to again for the year 2017/18. She was also Secretary of the Labour Group for ten years, stepping down last year when she took on the role as Sheriff and Deputy and Lord Mayor.
As a ward member for Newburn, she passionately works to try and get the best deal she can for her residents. Sometimes it is a very bumpy ride and a satisfactory outcome is not always achieved but she prides herself that she has at least done the very best she can.
Linda was born in Throckely and her family have lived in the village for five generations mainly working as miners. Her father was first in many generations not to go down the pits. He trained as a fitter and turner serving his apprenticeship with Vickers Armstrong. Linda states that for all of her life until her father retired, he worked at Spencer's Steel works in Walbottle.
Linda was educated at the Walbottle Campus where she engaged in a two year commercial course. She continued her education at Newcastle College of Further Education where she went on to gain high levels in shorthand and typing, skills which she has used for most of her working life. She worked for ten years at Bainbridge, starting out as a Junior Secretary and finishing as Secretary to the Goodwill Manager. She left Bainbridge to have her boys then went back to work in 1987 at Newcastle College where she had numerous roles throughout her 26 years, retiring in December 2012. It was here that she finished her education studying for a National Certificate in IT Apps which she achieved with Distinction. She also had her last child 18 months after she stared working at the College. Linda went back to work and spent four very happy years working for the Academic Health Science Network as a PA retiring for good at the end of March 2017.
Linda is very proud of her three children Mark, Michael and Hayley and like their Mam they were all educated at Walbottle where they all did very well. Hayley went on to Northumbria University to obtain her degree. Linda has been married to Colin for 42 years and they have five grandchildren.
Linda has also represented the Council on outside bodies, i.e. Tyne and Wear Trading Standards, a Committee which her Mother also attended. Linda was also the Council's representative on the Association of Civic Hosts which she chaired for many years. She is a very busy lady but love to relax by walking her dog - a very deaf aged border terrier! Linda enjoys going to the theatre when she can to watch ballet and dance. She loves to read and always has a book about her person and is a passionate knitter and if you ever visit her in the Lord Mayor's parlour the knitting will be there somewhere. She hates to have idle hands.
Her charities are Marie Curie, Elswick in memory of her Man and sister who also supported this charity in their Mayoral year. The Children's Heart Foundation at Freemen Hospital and the Nicole Rich Foundation - this is also a local charity supporting Nicole and her sister Jessica who suffer from Batten's disease. She hopes that by supporting this little known charity she will be able to help raise awareness of the disease which affects children. There is no cure at the moment only treatment and moving forward we need to help raise funds to find a cure.
The Lord Mayor's Office can be contacted by phone on 0191 211 5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org