Trevor Cessford, the council's new Civic Head

New Civic Head appointed by council

A Hexham councillor, born and bred in the town, has been appointed as Northumberland County Council’s new Civic Head. 

Cllr Trevor Cessford, a father of three and grandfather of two, says he is “delighted and honoured” at his new role after being Deputy Civic Head for the last year. 

Trevor has served as a county councillor for the Hexham Central with Acomb ward for the last five years, as a town councillor for over ten years and is a former Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hexham. 

His chosen charity for his year in office will be ‘Tynedale Hospice at Home’, which provides end of life nursing care, hospital transport and post bereavement support to children, adults and their families.  

Unlike many hospices, Tynedale Hospice at Home’s palliative nursing care is provided in the home where the patients and their families can be surrounded by familiar comforts and can be cared for in a place of their choosing. They have 40 members of staff and are supported by 200 volunteers. 

A former firefighter and high school maths teacher, Trevor is a proud Northumbrian and a keen supporter of the armed forces. 

He said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been appointed Civic Head. My main role will be attending civic events on behalf of the council and trying to raise funds, and the profile, of my very worthwhile chosen charity, Tynedale Hospice at Home.

“It will be a very busy year but something I will put my all into."

Trevor has played cricket locally for many a year as well as 5-a-side football and has been a season ticket holder at Newcastle Falcons rugby for a very long time.  

Among his other highlights have been parachuting five times, twice solo, and when he looped-the-loop in a Tiger moth biplane. On his holidays he likes nothing better than to go walking in some mountain range abroad. 

Trevor will be accompanied on his civic duties by his partner Nicoleta Stefan. 

During his year in office, he will be ably supported by the new Deputy Civic Head, Cllr Catherine Seymour, Ward councillor for Berwick North. 

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