Councillor Dave Shields

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Title: Lord Mayor of Southampton - 2024-2025

Party: Labour

Ward: Freemantle

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Contact information

Correspondence address: 
c/o Members' Services
Southampton City Council
Civic Centre
SO14 7YL

Phone:  07919 217407


Phone:  023 8083 2430/3340

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Committee appointments

Terms of Office

  • 03/05/2012 - 05/05/2016
  • 05/05/2016 - 06/05/2021
  • 06/05/2021 - 04/05/2023
  • 04/05/2023 - 06/05/2027

Additional Information

Biography :

Since May 2012 Dave has served Southampton City Council as the elected member for the Freemantle ward.  He was a member of the Council’s Planning & Rights of Way Panel and a member of the Leader’s portfolio team leading on the City’s cultural renaissance.


Last year he joined the Council’s cabinet with portfolio responsibility for health and adult social care.  He now chairs the City’s Health & Wellbeing Board and represents the City Council on the board of the Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group and on Solent Healthcare NHS Trust Council of Governors.


Current priorities are to:


-  achieve fully integrated local health and social care systems

-  reduce unacceptably high levels of health inequality in the city

-  refocus limited public spending on health and social care on prevention, promoting independence and safeguarding


Dave also plays an active part in regional and national networks to promote policies to improve people’s health and wellbeing and ensure greater public involvement in shaping publicly-funded care services.  He is currently a committee member with Healthwatch England.