The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Councillor David Snowdon
I'm married with grown up children and I was elected as a Councillor for Washington East Ward, Sunderland in 2012 having lived in the Washington and Shiney Row Areas since the age of 2 years.
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) my wife Cllr Dianne Snowdon and I have agreed to a further year's tenure as Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland. This is both a great honour and privilege and one which we do not take lightly. It goes without saying that this year has been one of the most difficult and challenging years our nation has seen and as a City we have continued to go above and beyond to help our local community and ensure that our elderly and vulnerable residents are supported.
For those of you that don't know me, I'm married with grown up children and I was elected as a Councillor for Washington East Ward, Sunderland in 2012 having lived in the Washington and Shiney Row Areas since the age of 2 years.
My wife (and Mayoress) Cllr Dianne Snowdon between us have 5 grown up children and 5 grandchildren. I started my working career in the clothing trade but I have spent most of my working life in the finance industry, I ran my own business selling insurance and mortgages for more than 10 years then in the last 10 years I've used my skills to help deliver several projects including 'Making Headway' in South Tyneside which helped people get back to work, developing a Credit Union in East Durham and I'm currently delivering a social prescribing project for Sharp in Shiney Row working out of GP Practices across the Coalfields.
I have always been involved in my local community and have been a school governor since 2000 in both the Primary, Secondary and Special School Sector. I'm currently a governor at Barmston Primary School. I also have a good knowledge of social housing having served on the Sunderland Housing Group and then Gentoo boards as an unpaid Board Member, Tenant Board Member, Independent Board Member and Council Appointed Member. Locally for the past 17 years I've been a trustee at Washington Millennium Centre, where I currently hold the role of Company Secretary.
During my seven years as a Councillor I've been appointed to a number of committees including Chairing the Economic Prosperity Scrutiny Committee, being the Scrutiny Lead Member for Skills, Economy and Regeneration and Scrutiny Lead Member for City Services. I've served on the Development Control (Hetton, Houghton and Washington) Sub-Committee and Washington Area Committee. I'm also Chair of the Sunderland Orphanage and Educational Foundation a role which I hope to continue during my time as Mayor.
The Mayoress and I will continue to support our chosen Charities and Good Causes, Washington Mind and Veterans in Crisis in 2020/21.
I selected Washington Mind because I've seen first-hand the fantastic work they do in my local area. A benefit of my financial background is that I have been able to work with them to deliver courses and empower people to make better financial choices. This is extremely important to help people build confidence and resilience as none of us ever know what is around the corner. This year has been particularly evident of this sentiment.
My second good cause that I will be supporting is Veterans in Crisis, a relatively new organisation that started out with a pay as you go mobile but provides invaluable help for our Ex Military personal. As the father of a Royal Marine I understand some of the challenges our military face and the difficulties they can suffer when the time comes to integrate back into the wider community when they leave the forces, Veterans In Crisis is ran by Veterans for Veterans and do a fantastic job.
My Civic Chaplin will continue to be Reverend Nick Barr-Hamilton of St Georges Church in Harraton. St George's Church is an important community hub in Washington East Ward. You can find further information on services provided by St George's during the pandemic, on their website.
Councillor Henry Trueman and Councillor Dorothy Trueman will continue to support me as Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress for the ensuing year and I again am very much looking forward to working with them once it is safe to do so.