All our councillors are volunteers, many having lived in the area for a long time and have a good understanding of the community and how changes to services impact it. Our councillors have good local knowledge and a wide range of skills and expertise, which they use to inform their decisions while working to tackle local issues and strive to make improvements for the benefit of all residents.
Vice Chair of Planning;
Member of Environment
I have lived in Holywell Green for 34 years and worked at Huddersfield Technical College (now Kirklees College) for 30 years as a lecturer in administration and IT. I have one son and my husband is very supportive, he is also retired and involved with various charities in Halifax.
I care about my community and area and want to contribute to the improvement of the environment and facilities for local people; for example, the improvement of Shaw Park which is ongoing. I would also like to improve our environment by getting rid of litter and invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam. I wish to help to provide facilities for young people by using the halls at the church or Sowood Community Centre for activities.
Chair of Environment Committee, Vice-chair or Communications Committee,
Member of Planning; Policy and Finance
My journey to becoming a Parish Councillor started with the Stainland and District Community Association back in 2006 and I served as its secretary before it was replaced by the Parish Council in 2018. During that time, I helped organise local events such as the Open Gardens Weekend and the Stainland Christmas Lantern Parade.
I have lived here for over 30 years and seen lots of changes that have diminished our environment and our community spirit. So, I am incredibly pleased to be able to begin the next stage of our journey with our team of councillors and residents working together to create a vibrant and thriving community.
I worked as a senior science technician at a school in Huddersfield and for 10 years was a volunteer at Holywell Green Primary School, where I helped to create the school wildlife area and to run the Gardening and Wildlife Club.
In addition to my role on the Parish Council as Chairman of the Environment Committee, I also volunteer at The Outback Community Garden for Halifax Opportunities Trust.
Chair of Policy and Finance Committee
Stainland has been home for my wife and I for over 35 years. I am now retired, having spent my working life in manufacturing industry; initially in textiles, and following that, 32 years in the plastics industry, working for an international company.
My experience covered both the production and commercial aspects of business, and I held Directorship responsibility, for both the UK and Companies of the Group, in four European countries.
I served as a Calderdale Councillor for the Greetland & Stainland Ward for 4 years from 2012 and was Deputy Mayor for a year, from May 2014 to May 2015.
I have been a school governor for Bowling Green School, a member of the Stainland & District Community Association and currently a Trustee of the Sowood Pre-School and Community Centre.
Chair of Planning Committee.
Member of Communications; Policy and Finance,
Vice Chair of Council,
Chair of Communications Committee,
Member of Policy and Finance; Planning, Staffing
I am an Associate Professor at the University of Bradford and have held senior positions managing staff, resources, and projects. Prior to joining University of Bradford, I was a freelance researcher and management consultant and expert organisational development. As an active citizen I have been involved at board level of several voluntary organisations, including Halifax Town Supporters Trust, the Shay Stadium Trust and the Holywell Community Pub Initiative. I have also served as a School Governor at Brooksbank.
I am currently the chair of the national charity, White Ribbon UK that is dedicated to engaging with men and boys to end violence against women. I have lived in Holywell Green since 1999 and keen to help support my local community.
Chair of Council
Vice-chair of Policy and Finance.
Member of Planning; Staffing.
I was elected to the Parish Council in 2019. I have previously worked for Deloitte Management Consultants and others as a specialist in business improvement and information technology assignments for clients in this country and abroad but I have now retired. In addition to my role on the Parish Council, I am now a Listening Volunteer for the Samaritans and I also work for the Court Service in counselling and supporting vulnerable witnesses giving evidence at trials.
I have previously been a member of a Borough Council, where I held chairmanships of those committees responsible for forward plans, major development projects and performance review. I am the author of the Council’s Business Plan for the period to 2023 and am engaged with others in making the Council work as efficiently as possible in the interests of all parishioners
Chair of Staffing Committee, Vice-chair of Environment,
Member of Policy and Finance;
I have a degrees in Chemistry and Business Administration. I spent forty years in supply chain, production and factory management within the pharmaceutical industry and am now retired.
My interests include cycling, motorcycling, cinema and theatre, travel and gardening; I have an allotment in Drury Lane. Most of my efforts have been directed towards the Environment Committee, which I served on as a member of the public before being appointed a Parish Councillor about a year ago. More recently, I have taken on the job of chairing the Staffing Committee, which looks after the council’s two part-time employees, the Parish Clerk and the Environmental Warden. As these are new appointees the main focus of the committee has been to manage the Induction and training programmes for these two new employees.
We’ve a strong programme of environment improvements identified and, with the Warden’s help, we’re concentrating on getting the parish flower beds in order before spring/summer in addition to a regular litter picking programme. If you’ve got just a little time to join us on a small gardening project or just generally tidying up, we’d be delighted to see you!
The Clerk to the Council is its Proper Officer and fulfils a statutory duty to perform those activities which are defined for this role in legislation. These include an obligation to act impartially as the Council’s professional advisor in any matters put before the Council for decision and to provide any necessary administration of its activities as may be assigned to this role.
The Clerk also acts as the Responsible Financial Officer and is accountable for all financial records of the Council and the proper administration of its finances, reporting on them as and when required.
I was appointed the Council’s Parish Clerk in April 2021. My background includes some 17 years of experience in business, IT and Financial Services in a variety of customer-facing roles and I have a degree in Accountancy and Finance. I have also worked as a School Administrator for a Junior and Infant School in the area.
I am Mum to three young boys who keep me extremely busy but, in my spare time, I play netball for a local team.
I look forward to engaging with the community in my new role as Parish Clerk.
A Parish Council can do many things to improve the community it serves by adopting ‘powers’, some of which are listed below. The principal council (in our case, this is Calderdale Council,) still has responsibilities for these issues but the parish council can also contribute. This means residents can benefit from the detailed knowledge of local councillors and the support and experience of Calderdale Council when making decisions.
- Light roads and public places
- Provide litter bins, parking places for vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles
- Power to enter into an agreement as to dedication and widening of roads
- Power to complain to the district council regarding protection of rights of way
- Provide and equip buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or educational objectives
- Right to be notified of planning applications
- Provide community transport schemes
- Provide allotments – duty to consider providing allotments if demand is unsatisfied
- Provide roadside seats and shelters
- Power to acquire land for or to provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them
- Power to provide traffic signs and other notices
- Plant trees etc.and to maintain roadside verges
- Repair and maintain public footpaths and bridleways
- Consent of parish council required for ending maintenance of highway at public expense, or for stopping up or diversion of highway