Councillors and Officers

Councillors are elected for a period of four years, the next election being in May 2015. Bye elections can occur before this date if there is a resignation.

The Council consists of 18 councillors who cover the 6 wards of Hebden Royd. See ward maps. And see below for list of councillors with the wards they represent.

The Chair of the Council is the Town Mayor, elected annually, at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council held in May each year.

The Full Council meets 16 times a year and considers environmental issues, including planning applications, and general issues.  There is also a meeting for electors known as the  Annual Town Meeting. There are three committees:  the Allotments, Environmental Renaissance and Staffing Committees. Other committees and working parties are set as required by the Council.

The Annual Town Meeting is a meeting of the electors of Hebden Royd, chaired by the Town Mayor, at which any elector can raise and vote on any issue of importance to the area.

Emma HousmanHarriet HarbidgeJason BoomRebekah Cox

The council has an office in the Council Office in the Hebden Bridge Town Hall staffed by (left to right above) Emma Green, Neighbourhood Manager; Harriet Harbidge, Administration Support Officer; Jason Boom, Town Clerk and Rebekah Cox, Administrator.

Attendance record for 2014-2015

Attendance record for 2013-2014
Attendance record for 2012-2013
Attendance record for 2011-2012
Attendance record for 2010-2011
Attendance record for 2009-2010

Register of Members Interests

Parish and Town Councillors are required by law to register, and keep up to date, certain disclosable pecuniary interests in the Parish or Town Council’s Register of Members’ Interests. This is available for public inspection by Calderdale Council at the Town Hall, Halifax during normal office hours. In addition, the registered information has to be published on Calderdale Council’s website and on the Town Council’s website. Use this page to search by either Parish/Town Council name or individual Councillor name.

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Christine Bampton-Smith

Ward: Caldene Ward

After the election in May I began my 24th year as a Hebden Royd Town Councillor and am now the longest serving member. I have seen considerable changes over the years in the role played by the Council and in the personalities who have made a contribution to the community through service with the Council.

My most challenging year was 2002-2003 when I was honoured by being selected as Mayor of the Council. The rewards were enormous in meeting so many people who contribute so much of their time and efforts into improving our wonderful area.

Over the years I have also been involved in the wider Parish and Town Council movement and have represented the Council as South Pennine Branch member and Yorkshire Rural Community Council.

I am committed to bring sustainability to our area. It is vital to keep all our services in our Rural Area.

Email: christine.bamptonsmith@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Staffing

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Karl Boggis

Ward: Caldene Ward

I was born in Hebden Bridge moving to Mytholmroyd when I was four years old. I attended Burnley Road School and Calder High School, where I was Deputy Head Boy in my last year. I am perhaps better known for having owned Bridge End Fisheries in Mytholmroyd and for my service to Calder Valley Youth theatre, St Michael's Amateurs and Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society.

Having been elected to Council in 2008, it was an honour for me to serve the communities of Hebden Royd as Mayor for the 2013/2014 term of office. I very much enjoyed meeting and working with so many hard working local groups and attending visits to our twinned towns on the continent.

Email: karl.boggis@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Staffing, Strategy and Review, WW1 Commemorations

LogoJune Cammack

Ward: Cragg Vale

I joined the Town Council following the May 2015 elections and represent Cragg Vale Ward. I sit on the Community Funding and Twinning Committees and represent the Town Council at meetings of the Hebden Bridge Twinning Society.

Email: june.cammack@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Community Funding, Appeals Panel

Catherine CrosslandCatherine Crosland

Ward: White Lee Ward

I was delighted and honoured to be elected on to Hebden Royd Town Council, to represent the White Lee ward. My family and I have lived in the White Lee area of Mytholmroyd for twenty one years. We are privileged to live in such a beautiful area, with so much character, and where so much creativity flourishes. As a councillor, I look forward to working to make this an even better place to live.

Email: catherine.crosland@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Picture House, Strategy and Review, Grievance Panel

Luke DaberLuke Daber

Ward: Cragg Vale Ward

I became a councillor of Cragg Vale Ward in 2015 having stood unopposed with my two fellow Cragg Vale councillors. I'm a Lib Dem which means I desire a more Liberal and Democratic society, on the local level though I'll just try my best to make the valleys I love a little better than the amazing ones that they already are.

I never aspired to be a councillor but when given the opportunity to try, I thought it would be a good way to get involved with my community and to give a bit back.

I have lived in the Calder Valley for 23 of my 29 years leaving only to study nursing and then gardening at Huddersfield and York respectively. I am now a gardener and a landscaper with a small business that I run with my Dad. My hobbies are reading, computer games and history.

Email: luke.daber@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Community Funding, Environment and Allotments

Cllr Christine Davenport

Christine Davenport

Ward: Birchcliffe Ward

I was born in Keighley but moved to Silsden until moving back to Keighley. I moved to Halifax in 1991 before moving to Hebden Bridge in 1993.  I am a mother to six children and a grandmother to nine.

I have a love for photography; this helps me to get out and enjoy our coastal walks and waterways whatever the weather, as long as there is a nice country pub with a proper fire and down to earth folk who will share banter at the end of it! I have managed to add food/pub reviews to my hobby of walking and photography, allowing me to exercise all three hobbies in one swoop.

I would like you to think of me as an uncomplicated person from a normal background (educated in the University of Life!), someone who ordinary folk see as a friendly face, and can talk to and relate to in a relaxed way.  Confident and independent maybe, but that's because I believe in common sense, plain speaking and getting things done. My journey through life has given me many situations and challenges that could only have been solved by experiencing them, as a result I prefer to enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life!

Email: christine.davenport@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Community Funding, Environment and Allotments, WW1 Commemorations, Appeals Panel

Matthew TalbotRobin Dixon

Ward: Caldene Ward

I was very pleased to be co-opted back on to the Council and as I thought there is plenty to do. I am a member of the staffing committee.

I report back to Council about flood issues as I am a Flood Warden for Mytholmroyd. I have great hopes for the Mytholmroyd Station car park.

The Council is very well run by our Officers and I enjoy working on the various projects with them.

Email: robin.dixon@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Staffing


John DunfordDr. John R Dunford

Ward: West End Ward

I am a retired University lecturer who has lived in the area for over 25 years.

I was elected to Hebden Royd Town Council as a Labour councillor to represent the West End Ward in May 2015. I am also a Parish Councillor in Heptonstall. I am particularly concerned with Traffic management (including speeding and an increasing number of illegal traffic movements) and parking which affect both of the areas which I represent.

I am the Parish Council representative on Calderdale's Standards Committee.

I am also involved in the wider Parish and Town Council movement. I am the chair of the South Pennine Branch of the Yorkshire Local Councils Association (YLCA). I am currently Chair of that body and represent it at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Local Councils.

I chair the Patients Representation Group for the Hebden Bridge Group Practice which represents all the patients at all the surgeries within the Practice. I am the Treasurer of Hebden Bridge Walkers Action. I am Vice Chair of Governors at Colden School and sit on various committees concerned with Education at Calderdale Council.

I am also committed to listening to and acting upon any problems of all the people in my ward which lie within my remit. Where I cannot help I usually know someone who can!

Email: john.dunford@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Neighbourhood Plan, Staffing, Strategy and Review


James Fearon

Ward: West End Ward

James FearonI was elected to council in May 2011 and sit on Environment and Allotments and Picture House Committee. In 2015 –16 I had the honour and privilege of being Lord Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council.  It was the worst of years and best of years:  We had the horrific floods of Boxing Day. The infrastructure of our towns were practically destroyed, yet the resilience and community spirit of out town's folk was truly inspirational to behold. The community spirit was magnificent and allied with help from outside ethnic communities it reaffirmed my belief in how a community can work collectively to achieve the near impossible. 

I enjoy challenging discussions in the chamber and encourage fellow councillors to look at issues from a slightly different angle in order to create and be innovative. I am a practising artist, a fine art graduate of the Royal College of Art. I particularly enjoy a night out at the movies at our marvellous 1920s cinema which shows contemporary cinema at its best and at reduced rates!

Email: james.fearon@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Environment and Allotments, Picture House


Pat FraserPat Fraser

Ward: Fairfield Ward

I was very proud to be elected as Deputy Mayor of Hebden Royd Council for the year of 2016/17. I was elected as a Labour Councillor to represent Fairfield Ward in May 2015.

I grew up in Manchester and I was the first member of my family to attend university where I studied Law. I have had a career as a Law lecturer in Further Education Colleges in Chester and Manchester but I have now retired from this job.

I am soon to retire as an Education Support Assistant with Special Needs children at Sowerby Bridge High School. This is a job I have found very rewarding and which has been instrumental in further developing my listening skills and empathy towards others. I will be maintaining my interest and support of vulnerable and special needs young people by getting involved with various local charities and projects.

Lastly on a personal note I have three adult children, two sons and a daughter and five grandsons. I am regularly to be found walking my dog Mr Bill along the canal towpath and I live on Oxford Street so I feel very much part of the lovely Fairfield Ward.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is a matter you are concerned about within the ward. I will do my best to help or at the very least to listen.

Email: pat.fraser@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Community Funding, Picture House

Tony HodginsTony Hodgins

Ward: White Lee Ward

I was born on Scout Bottom in Mytholmroyd, having lived here most of my life I feel I know the area and its community extremely well.

I attended St James's School at Mytholm then Calder High and Percival Whitley College in Halifax.

My many interests include photography, music, wildlife and walking in the countryside with our dogs.  My utopia would be walking on clean and well-defined footpaths in our area.

I was involved with Voluntary Action for Calderdale as a volunteer photographer and also Community Foundation for Calderdale. I also volunteered for The National Trust as a guide at Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags, which gave me knowledge of self-sustainability and an ambition for a greener environment. I am also involved with Royd Regeneration looking to improve Mytholmroyd.
Also working as a flood warden for Mytholmroyd has given me a first-hand experience of the devastation that flooding can cause.

I will endeavour to carry on the excellent work done by local councillors in the past, and to make Hebden Royd a safe, clean and environmentally friendly place to live.

Email tony.hodgins@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees:Committees: All committees as ex-officio as Mayor

Elizaabeth KingElizabeth King

Ward: White Lee Ward

I'm the Green Party Councillor for White Lee Ward in Mytholmroyd where I've lived for the last three years. I love the area and can often be seen walking with my two rescue dogs.

I have worked in the NHS and education and now work part time as a freelance University teacher. This leaves enough time to spend on things that matter to me – tackling climate change, the sustainability of local communities and the protection of animals. As a Town Councillor I'd like to work with others to promote and improve Mytholmroyd. It's a lovely place for people to live and visit, but I think we can make it even better.

Please contact me if you have any questions or ideas about how we can improve our area.

Email elizabeth.king@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Neighbourhood Plan, Strategy and Review

Jane Scullion

Ward: Fairfield Ward

Jane ScullionI was elected to Hebden Royd Town Council as a Labour councillor to represent all of the people of Fairfield Ward in May 2015. In 2016 I was also elected to Calderdale Council for the Luddendenfoot Ward.

I grew up in Scotland and settled in Hebden Bridge with my family twenty-seven years ago.  Living right in the centre of the ward (near the Co-op) means that I am very aware of local issues from parking problems to litter on the canal towpath. Our daughter attended Central Street, Riverside and Calder High Schools but, like many young people in the Upper Valley, she moved away for work opportunities.  I previously served as a governor at Heptonstall School.

My working career started in co-operatives and charities and I then worked as a manager in local government for several different councils before becoming a university lecturer in government and politics.  I am interested in how we live together alongside each other and how we might improve our towns and villages for all our communities here in Hebden Royd.

Email jane.scullion@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Staffing, Strategy and Review


Carol StowDr Carol Stow

Ward: Birchcliffe

I spent my working life in the NHS as a speech and language therapist. Having lived in Hebden Bridge for over 30 years and raised my children here I was delighted to be elected as a Labour councillor to represent Birchcliffe ward in 2015.

Nationally there is a tendency for people to feel disengaged and remote from politicians. Locally we are a community where people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a wide variety of ideas live together and have created a strong, vibrant community with a tradition of people speaking their minds. I want everyone to feel that they can engage with Hebden Royd Town Council. You will see me around Hebden Bridge and the wider area most days - please do feel free to ask me about any issues which you feel your town councillors should be considering.

Email carol.stow@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Community Funding, Picture House, Strategy and Review, Grievance Panel


Jonathan TimbersJonathan Timbers

Ward: West End Ward

I've lived in West End Ward for 25 years - in fact, three generations of my family now live here: Roma (my mother), Aeisha (my wife), Sophie (my daughter) and me.

Re-elected in 2012, I was Mayor of Hebden Royd from 2014-15. My charity was the St Augustine's centre, which supports asylum seekers in the Calder Valley. I researched a wrote about a local anti war campaigner, called Nancy Wheelhouse, who lived at 13 Eton Street, to coincide with our World War One commemoration. I spoke at the Elmet Trust's Ted Hughes festival about Ted as a major war poet.

I am a director of Hebden Bridge partnership, the 'town team', concerned with initiatives to improve the economic and community life of our town.  I also contribute to Royd Regeneration meetings.

On advice from the partnership, I launched the Hebden Royd and Hilltop Parishes Neighbourhood Plan. Based on your input, this will set some of our local planning rules and standards. It has now taken on a life of its own and I have stepped back a bit, leaving it to other capable parish and town councillors to take the lead.
Prior to this, I was a town councillor between 1995 – 1999, when I promoted car sharing.

I've been a teacher, redundancy counsellor (mainly in the engineering sector), solicitor, and now I work for a human rights organisation. I love poetry, cricket, music and cooking.

Please feel free to speak to me about any local issues you feel are important. I enjoy finding out what people think and I like to help, whenever I can

Email: jonathan.timbers@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: WW1 Commemorations, Neighbourhood Plan, Appeals Panel

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Scott Trickett

Ward: Cragg Vale Ward

I was brought up in the Orkney Islands, moved to Cragg Vale 17 years ago. Living in Cragg Vale I am married to Amy and together we have 4 children.

Since my time in Cragg Vale, I have continually been involved in community activity. I was elected onto Hebden Royd Council for the Cragg Vale Ward in May 2007. I work hard to ensure all areas within Hebden Royd are equally represented eg Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

I was a founding member and am currently a committee member of the Cragg Vale Community Association, which is doing an extremely important role in attracting funding and helping prioritise project funding at local level to enhance all aspects within Cragg Vale Community.

I was elected to serve as Hebden Royd Mayor on 18th May 2011 for the year 2011/2012. This was the proudest moment of my time on Hebden Royd Council serving the communities of Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd and to say I am honoured was an understatement. I am still truly bursting with pride, in being given the opportunity to represent this 'treasure' of an area in which we live Hebden Royd.

Point of interest: Scott's father was Lord-Lieutenant of Orkney

Email: scott.trickett@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Environment and Allotments

Nigel YorkeNigel Yorke

Ward: Fairfield Ward

I moved to Hebden Royd from Manchester in 1999 and work in Halifax. I served 4 years as a Councillor for Birchcliffe Ward between 2003 and 2007 and was elected to Fairfield Ward in 2011.

I have two young daughters who attend Riverside School and Stubbings Infant School and have previously served as a Parent Governor at Stubbings. I am proud to work for the community of Hebden Royd and currently sit on the Community Funding, Environment and Allotments and Picture House committees.

I live in Hebden Bridge with my wife and daughters and an increasing number of pets. When I'm not working I enjoy camping, walking and (though I don't always admit it) playing x-box.

Email: nigel.yorke@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Community Funding, Environment and Allotments, Picture House, Grievance Panel

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Dave Young

Ward: Birchcliffe Ward

I was first elected as a Labour Councillor for Birchcliffe Ward in May 2003. I am 100% committed to the Town Council as the nearest tier of Local Government to the people.

I am a member of the Strategy and Review, Staffing and the Environment and Allotments committees.

I was also elected as the Labour Councillor for Calder Ward on Calderdale Council in May 2011 and re-elected in 2015 and sit on the Communities Scrutiny Panel, Chair of the Calderdale Small Grants Panel, and a member of Calder Ward Forum and Calderdale Engagement Working Party. I am also a Director of Hebden Bridge Partnership Board.

Email: dave.young@hebdenroyd.org.uk

Committees: Environment and allotments, Staffing, Strategy and Review


Birchcliffe Ward Christine Angela Davenport, Carol Jane Stow, Dave Young Fairfield Ward Pat Fraser, Jane Scullion, Nigel James Yorke
Caldene Ward Christine Irene Bampton Smith, Karl Antony Boggis, Robin Dixon West End Ward John Richard Dunford, James Edward Fearon, Jonathan Charles Timbers

Cragg Vale Ward June Cammack, Luke Daber, Anthony Scott Trickett

White Lee Ward Catherine Jane Crosland, Elizabeth Jane King, Tony Hodgins

 

2016/17 OUTSIDE BODIES

  • FRIENDS OF CALDER HOLMES PARK
    Cllr Young
  • HEBDEN BRIDGE TWINNING SOCIETY
    Cllrs, Cammack, Davenport & Timbers
  • HEBDEN BRIDGE BRASS BAND COMMITTEE
    Cllrs Bampton Smith & Cammack
  • HEBDEN BRIDGE PARTNERSHIP
    Cllr Timbers
  • MYTHOLMROYD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
    Cllrs Bampton Smith & Hodgins.
  • MYTHOLMROYD GALA COMMITTEE
    Vacant Post.
  • ROYD REGENERATION
    Cllrs Daber & Cammack
  • SWIMMING POOL ASSOCIATION
    Vacant Post.
  • HEBDEN BRIDGE WALKERS ARE WELCOME
    Cllr Dunford
  • YORKSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS – South Pennines
    Cllrs Dunford & Fraser
  • TOWN AND PARISH COUNCIL LIAISON COMMITTEE
    Cllr Dunford
  • HEBDEN BRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
    Cllr Scullion
  • HEBDEN ROYD FLOOD ACTION
    Cllr Crosland
  • MYTHOLMROYD STATION PARTNERSHIP
    Cllr Boggis
  • CALDER HIGH YOUNG PEOPLES COUNCIL
    Cllr King
  • OLD PEOPLES WELFARE COMMITTEE
    Cllr Crosland
  • DEFRA Flood Resilience Committee
    Cllr Dixon for Mytholmroyd
    Cllr Davenport for Hebden Bridge
  • HANDMADE PARADE
    Cllr Stow
  • GROUND FLOOR PROJECT
    Cllr Daber
  • HEBDEN BRIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL
    Cllr Fraser

As adopted 25/05/16

 

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