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 30 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
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


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

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 has previously been a Tutor at Durham University.

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





Dawn Welsh was born and raised in Low Fell and is one of the third generation of the Kershaw family to have lived here. She attended Oakfield, Breckenbeds and Heathfield schools before studying Business at the University of Teesside. In the late 80’s she worked closely with her parents in the opening and running of Oasis ladies fashion in the Metrocentre and subsequent businesses. Following university her graduate training programme took her to live in Liverpool and Oxford before returning to Low Fell in 2001.

Dawn has predominantly worked for large multinational companies in technical business development within the construction industry supply chain. She is currently assisting a start-up company develop the UK market within commercial renewable energy generation and sustainable transport.

Passionate about social mobility and providing the next generation with the best start in life Dawn has been involved in youth health promotion and outreach work, in some of the most deprived areas of Teesside. She was also treasurer for the Sheriff Hill toddler group and an active committee member of Denewell Avenue Pre School.

Dawn lives in Low Fell and is married with two children. She can be contacted at