July 18, 2024, 5:30 pm - July 18, 2024, 8:30 pm

NEWCASTLE – Pride in Leadership Launch in Newcastle

Join us for the Launch of Pride in Leadership in Newcastle, kindly sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland.

Eversheds Sutherland, Wellbar Central , NE1 4TD

Join LGBTQ+ business leaders for this special evening, sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland.

Pride in Leadership is a CIC that works to elevate, connect and support LGBTQ+ leaders and make them more visible. Having successfully built a community of LGBT+ leaders in Manchester and London, we are now coming to Newcastle.

We will be talking to Nick Forbes, former leader of Newcastle City Council.

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Running order

  • 5.30pm | Registration, with welcome drink and networking
  • 6.100pm | Introduction from Pride in Leadership.
  • 6.20pm | Speaker TBC
  • 7.20pm | Networking with food and drink
  • 9.00pm | Event closes


Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Wellbar Central

8th Floor


Newcastle upon Tyne



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Nick Forbes CBE

Nick was the first LGBT Leader of Newcastle City Council, a role he held for 11 years until 2022. He made inclusive economic growth a key priority, helping to create thousands of jobs. He negotiated one of the first ever City Deals with Government, unlocking major development sites in the city centre, and was an early champion of devolution in the Region. Nick led Newcastle to be one of the first UK cities to declare a Climate Emergency and worked hard to embed net zero commitments into every sector and area of city activity. He led the successful bid to establish the North East Community Forest and under his leadership Newcastle was awarded A* status by CDP for two successive years.

He supported Newcastle Pride’s successful bid to host UK Pride, and under his leadership in 2020 the Council was judged the most inclusive employer in the UK, achieving the highest ranking on the Stonewall list (also the first time the No 1 position had ever been won by a local authority).

Nick was also the Leader of the Local Government Association Labour Group for 6 years, and in this role was invited by Sir Keir Starmer to attend Shadow Cabinet meetings, representing the increasingly powerful voice of local and regional government within the Labour Party. He served for 12 years on the National Policy Forum and for 6 years on the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.

Nick is the Patron of LGBT Labour and was shortlisted as Stonewall Politician of the Year in 2014. He was awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Years Honours list for services to Local Government, which he and his husband Darren were presented with by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace on their first wedding anniversary.


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