Committees

TWAM Joint Committee

(Image: Cllr Ged Bell, Chair of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Joint Committee)

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is governed by a Joint Committee which comprises 12 members drawn from the four local authorities on Tyneside. Each Council provides three members from amongst its elected members.

The Joint Committee meets a minimum of four times a year and the annual meeting of the Joint Committee is held in June every year. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually from the overall membership by the members.

The Joint Committee is responsible for:

  • the preparation of a policy statement for TWAM and its revision from time to time,
  • the monitoring and review of the work of TWAM,
  • the determination of the budget and staffing of TWAM, and
  • commenting on matters affecting museums, archives and records regionally, nationally and internationally insofar as they affect TWAM.
The 2016-17 membership is as follows:

Chair: Councillor Ged Bell, Newcastle City Council
Vice Chair: Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council


Member Substitute member
Gateshead Council Cllr John McElroy (Vice Chair)Cllr Linda Green
Cllr Jonathan Wallace
Cllr Sonya Hawkins
Cllr Neil Weatherley

Newcastle City CouncilCllr Ged Bell (Chair)Cllr Hilary Franks
Cllr Kim McGuinessCllr Greg Stone
Cllr David FaulknerCllr Robert Renton
Cllr Ian Graham
North Tyneside CouncilCllr Eddie DarkeCllr John Stirling
Cllr John O'SheaCllr Linda Darke
Cllr Alan PercyCllr Sarah Day
South Tyneside CouncilCllr Fay CunninghamCllr Anne Welsh
Cllr Richard PorthouseCllr Sheila Stephenson
Cllr Alan KerrCllr Allan West

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Joint Committee reports and minutes can be downloaded from the Newcastle City Council website.


TWAM Audit Committee

The Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Audit Committee is independent from the Joint Committee. It was established in 2006 and provides independent assurance on the adequacy of the risk management framework and the associated governance and control environment, independent scrutiny of TWAM's financial and non-financial performance to the extent that it affects the TWAM's exposure to risk and weakens the control environment, and oversees the financial reporting process.

The Audit Committee has an independent chair and vice-chair, who were appointed following the publication of a statutory notice. The appointment is for a two year period, with the option to renew for a further two years. The scope of the Audit Committee's work is defined in its Terms of Reference and encompasses all the assurance needs of the Joint Committee and the Director.

The 2016-17 membership is as follows:

Chair: Neil Rutherford
Vice-Chair: Sheila Ramsay

MemberSubstitute member
Gateshead Council Cllr John McElroyVacant
Newcastle City Council Cllr Ged BellVacant
North Tyneside CouncilCllr John O'SheaCllr Anthony McMullen
South Tyneside CouncilCllr Alan KerrCllr Fay Cunningham
Independent MemberNeil Rutherford (Chair)N/A
Independent MemberSheila Ramsay (Vice-Chair)
N/A



Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Audit Committee reports and meeting minutes can be downloaded from the Newcastle City Council website.