Political leadership

ANEC is a cross-party organisation and all of our members are democratically elected and accountable politicians. 

Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council (Labour) -view biography

Vice Chair
Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council (Labour) - view biography

Vice Chair
Cllr Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council (Labour) - view biography

The Leaders and Elected Mayors Group - view members

This group, consisting of the Leader or Elected Mayor of each of the 12 North East councils, meets regularly and is responsible for delivering ANEC's objectives.

Full Membership Meetings - view full ANEC membership

ANEC has a cross-party membership of 73 councillors from the North East's 12 councils. Meetings of the full ANEC membership take place at least twice a year.

Full details of ANEC's representation, meetings and objectives are available in ANEC's constitution.