Sheriff of Newcastle – Cllr David Cook
“Born 1945, third son of a railwayman and a schoolteacher and brought up in the suburb of Handsworth in Sheffield where I sang in the choir at St. Mary’s Church. I attended Athelstan Primary and King Edward VII Schools till 1963 then moving to Newcastle University armed with the knowledge the North East’s economy was built on coalmining, shipbuilding and engineering. One way or another I have been on Tyneside ever since witnessing the radical change of the economy in that time. I married a ‘Geordie’ nurse, Liz in 1971, now the Sheriff’s Lady, and we have a daughter, son, and one grand-daughter. I retired some years ago from a career in clinical biochemistry in academia and the health service and am this year stepping down from the role of school governor I have held for just over 25 years, latterly as Chair at Walbottle Campus School.
I am still involved with cricket, no longer as player, but as a league official and with my club. I also played football and hockey in local leagues. I am fond of classical music and New Orleans jazz. I was first elected as a Councillor for the Lemington ward in 2010. My busiest job outside the ward has been as vice-Chair of the City Planning Committee.”