Councillor Dixon is Leader of South Tyneside Council.
Prior to becoming Leader of the Council in November 2020, she served for many years as a member of the Cabinet, including as Lead Member for Culture and Wellbeing between 2008-2011, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety in 2012-2015, and Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing between 2016-2020, as well as Deputy Leader of the Council between 2019-2020.
Cllr Dixon was first elected to represent the Labour Party for the ward of Whitburn and Marsden in May 2002.
Cllr Dixon is the North East Combined Authority’s (NECA) Thematic Lead for Economic Development and Digital and chairs the NECA Economic Development and Digital Board (EDDAB). She is a member of the North East Joint Transport Committee. She is also vice chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Board as well as a member of its Investment Board. In addition, she serves as the co-vice-chair of the Association for Public Sector Excellence’s (APSE) Northern Region.
Professionally, Councillor Dixon co-owns and runs a restaurant, and has an extensive background in hotel management.