ANEC Chair - Councillor Paul Watson

Councillor Paul Watson, Chair, Association of North East Councils (Labour)

Cllr Paul WatsonCouncillor Paul Watson was elected as Chair of the Association of North East Councils on 27 October 2009.

He became Leader of Sunderland City Council in May 2008, after previously serving as Deputy Leader since May 2006. Prior to that, he was Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Community Cohesion.

Born in Sunderland, he served an apprenticeship at Sunderland Shipbuilders where he worked until 1981. He has been a self-employed businessman ever since.

Cllr Watson has an Honours Degree in Law awarded by Teesside University in 1998.

The Leader of the Council, as Leader of the controlling majority political group, Chairs the Cabinet and acts as the Council's lead political spokesman.

He is also Chair of the Port of Sunderland, one of the leading North Sea ports.

Cllr Watson represents the City Council at national and sub-national levels on a number of key organisations. He is an Executive Member of the Local Government Association; Chair of the Association of North East Councils; Chair of the Sunderland Economic Leadership Board; Chair of the Tyne and Wear Development Company and is a soon to take up a role as member of the European Union's Committee of the Regions. He also sits on the board of the Sunderland Football Club foundation.

Contact details: 

Sunderland City Council
P.O. Box 100
Civic Centre
Burdon Road

Tel: 0191 561 1322