Councillor Joyce McCarty was first elected to the Council in a by-election in July 1994 and became Deputy Leader of the Opposition in May 2007. Since 2011 when Labour took over the administration of the city she has been Deputy Leader of the Council. From May 2019, the Resources portfolio has been added.
Joyce works closely with the leader on strategic planning, transport and economic issues. Her main responsibility is to ensure that the Council works in the interests of fairness, tackling inequalities and promoting equality. Her leadership on financial inclusion is well regarded by partners across the sector in the city. Alongside partner organisations, Joyce is leading the city’s response to the impact of welfare reform on the residents of the city.
Joyce was born and brought up on Tyneside and has lived in the west end of the city for over 30 years. She worked in local government as a school improvement officer following a career as a teacher and is now retired.