Ward 1 Councillors

Email correspondence to the Councillors email addresses provided below:

Cr Declan Clausen

Councillor Declan Clausen (ALP)

dclausen@ncc.nsw.gov.au
0419 212 207

Declan Clausen was first elected to Council at a by-election in 2015 and is a representative of the Australian Labor Party.

He has served continuously as the City’s Deputy Lord Mayor since September 2017 and has been re-elected to serve for the duration of the current council term.

Declan is an energetic and committed Novocastrian who is passionate about sustainability, equality and the development of the City.

He holds a Masters in Sustainable Urban Development with Merit from the University of Oxford (UK), a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) with Honours I from the University of Newcastle, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has completed the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

Outside of his role on Council, Declan is the Executive Officer at Hunter Water Corporation, and a Non-Executive Director of Active Super. Years of service - seven.

Membership on City of Newcastle Committees:

- Chairperson, Strategy and Innovation Advisory Committee

- Deputy Chairperson, Asset Advisory Committee

- Alternate Member, Audit and Risk Committee

Membership on External Committees:

- Non-Executive Director, Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation

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Councillor Dr John Mackenzie (GRN)

jmackenzie@ncc.nsw.gov.au
0408 533 010

Dr John Mackenzie is a policy research consultant with over fifteen years’ experience in academic, government and consulting roles.

He brings to Council expertise in social research, impact assessment, community engagement and evaluation.

John has worked around the country on policy initiatives that bring communities together to find solutions to complex, divisive and intractable natural resource management problems, such as water allocation in the Murray Darling Basin and Indigenous water rights in Cape York and the Kimberley.

Years of service - three.

Membership on City of Newcastle Committees:

- Member, Audit and Risk Committee

- Member, Liveable Cities Advisory Committee

- Member, Public Art Advisory Committee

Membership on External Committees:

- Member, Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel

Councillor John Church (IND)

jchurch@ncc.nsw.gov.au
0414 294 944

John Church was first elected to Council in 2017 and was elected for a second consequtive term in December 2021.

He is a born and bred Novocastrian with a career background in media and small business and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

John is married to Lynne with three children and is passionate about this city and community.

Years of service - three.

Membership on City of Newcastle Committees:

- Liveable Cities Advisory Committee

Membership on External Committees:

- Member, Salvation Army Red Shield Committee and Advisory Board.

- Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors