Your Focus Team

The Low Fell Focus Team work all year round with local residents. We have been producing and delivering regular FOCUS newsletters, to over 4000 homes in Low Fell for over 25 years.The team includes your local Lib Dem councillors but it also includes other local people who help by delivering our Focus newsletter or with particular campaigns. If you would like to help us fight for Low Fell by delivering some of our FOCUS newsletters near your home please contact us. To join the Liberal Democrats please visit www.libdems.org.uk

2016 Focus Team

Ron Beadle, Daniel Duggan, Frank Hindle and Susan Craig

Ron, Susan and Daniel are the local Councillors for Low Fell and speak up for the needs of Low Fell at Gateshead Council. They have a regular advice “surgery” at Kells Lane School from 6 to 7 pm on the third Tuesday of each month (except August) and can be contacted by phone, email or post. Please let us know if you have any issues or suggestions we can take up to help improve Low Fell.

ronRon Beadle is a Professor and Lecturer in Human Resource management at Northumbria University. He was was first elected as a Councillor for Low Fell in 1996. Ron is also a former School Governor at Oakfield Infants and Joseph Swan schools

Ron has been a Liberal Democrat candidate at several general elections, including in 1997 in Sedgefield, in 2001 in Gateshead East and Washington West, and in 2005 & 2010 at Newcastle North, moving from third place in 2001 to a strong second place in 2010

Ron lives in Low Fell with his wife and two children.

Ron can be contacted by telephone on 0191 421 1269 or by email to cllr.rbeadle @ gateshead.gov.uk


susan

Susan Craig is a mother of two and works on a voluntary basis as a Fund Raiser Coordinator for Marie Curie Cancer Care. She has always lived in Gateshead, being born in Bensham in the sixties and moving to Low Fell when she was seven, and remained in Low Fell for almost 30 years.

Susan went to school at Kells Lane, where she won many medals for athletics. She also attended Greenwell and Dryden schools. At one time Susan worked at the Classic Cinema in Low Fell (where Forster Court now is). Susan has also worked in the area as a Nurse and Community Nurse for several years and ran her own business as a Holistic Practitioner for over ten years. In her varied career, she has also worked as Assistant Manager in the Low Fell branch of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Susan married her husband, Peter in 1988 and presently lives in Whickham. Peter was Chair of Governors at Harlow Green Infant School, where their two children attended and he is also a Lib Dem councillor on Gateshead Council.

Susan was elected as one of Low Fell’s Councillors in May 2008 (taking over from Charles Jevon) and was re-elected in May 2010 and again in May 2014.

Susan can be contacted on 0191 4880787 or by email to cllr.scraig @ gateshead.gov.uk


Daniel Duggan was born and brought up in Gateshead. He moved to Larne Crescent at the age of three and attended Glynwood Primary School and Emmanuel College. He has studied at the London School of Economics, Northumbria University and Durham University.

He was a volunteer at the Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau before working for a law firm in Newcastle and then for Northumbrian Water. He is now completing a PhD at Durham University where he is also a tutor.

Daniel has been helping with Focus for several years and has been leading on the campaign for better and more cost-effective street cleaning. and in May 2016 was elected as a Councillor for Low Fell, replacing Frank Hindle who stood down from the Council at that election.

Daniel can be contacted on 0191 487 4613 or by email to cllr.dduggan @ gateshead.gov.uk


frank

Frank Hindle was born in Benwell, Newcastle, and moved to Low Fell when he was 11. Since then, he has lived here for most of the time.

Frank taught Computing at Northumbria University in Newcastle and was Head of the Computing Division from 2001 to 2005. Frank left the University in Summer 2010 and is now self-employed, working on a number of political & software development projects. Frank was first elected as a Councillor for low Fell in 1991, when he defeated a sitting Conservative Councillor to become Low Fell’s first Liberal Democrat Councillor. In May 2016 Frank retired from the Council, but not from being active in politics and the local community. He is currently chair of Gateshead Liberal Democrats, and outside politics, of Low Fell Library Association.

Frank has been the local Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Education and Social Services, and vice-chair of the Council’s Healthier Communities Oversight and Scrutiny Committee. He was leader of the Lib Dem group and leader of the opposition at Gateshead Council from 2011 until standing down from this role in 2015. He has been an election campaign manager for Ron Beadle on several occasions, and for Fiona Hall when she was elected as a member of the European parliament in 2004 and 2009. Frank was a Liberal Democrat candidate in Gateshead for the 2005, 2010 and 2015 general elections.

Frank has been a governor at a number of local schools, including Glynwood Primary and Kells Lane Primary, where he was chair of governors from 1997 to 2013. At Northumbria University he was a member of the Academic Board and a staff member of the Board of Governors.

Frank can be contacted by telephone on 0191 487 9179, or by email to frank @ frankhindle.org.uk