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 HousmanJason BoomRebekah Cox

The council has an office in the Council Office in Hebden Bridge staffed by the Clerk, Jason Boom (centre), the Neighbourhood Manager, Emma Housman (left) and Mayor's Secretary and Administrative Officer, Rebekah Cox (right).

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.

James BakerJames Baker

I grew up down in Brighton, living with my mother and younger sister. In 2004 I graduated from Brighton University with a Humanities degree. This accomplishment followed a difficult final year in which I developed a cancer that I had lost my father to. Aside from my illness I enjoyed my time at University immensely,  and threw myself into student politics campaigning against the introduction tuition fees and then the Iraq war.

Having graduated and won my battle with cancer I undertook a modern apprentice at Brighton & Hove Council, before starting work as a University administrator. This work took me up to Yorkshire, where I was lucky enough to find this beautiful area to live in. I love walking in the surrounding countryside, and participating in Yorkshire's folk music & dance scene. I've been living here a few years now and can't see myself leaving any time soon!

The past few years I have been working as the campaigns manager for the NO2ID campaign. In this role I have campaigned against the database state, and I'm immensely proud to have succeeded in stopping ID cards. My work as a civil liberties campaigner has taught me a range of political campaign skills, and I now want to put these to good use in fighting for improvements in our community. 


James Baker is also a Calderdale councillor for the Warley ward where his email is with this web page


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Christine Bampton-Smith - 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 sevices in our Rural Area.

My family and I have lived in Hebden Royd for the last thirty years.


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John Beacroft Mitchell - Cragg Vale Ward

John has been a councillor on Hebden Royd Town Council since 2003 representing Cragg Vale Ward (covering Cragg Vale, Scout Road and Brearley) and was the highest polling councillor in the 2011 elections.

He has taken a keen interest in forming partnerships between the council, local community groups and Calderdale Council to improve services and the local area.

John was the Mayor of Hebden Royd between 2009 and 2010 raising £58,000 for the Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale Fund, he founded with the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

He is married with two small children, lives in Mytholmroyd and is active in his local community.


John Beacroft Mitchell is also a Calderdale councillor for the Luddendenfoot ward where his email is with this web page

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Karl Boggis - Caldene Ward

Karl was born in Hebden Bridge moving to Mytholmroyd when he was four years old. He attended Burnley Road and Calder High School. He is perhaps best known for having run the Bridge End chip shop in Mytholmroyd and for his service to Calder Valley Youth theatre, St Michael's Amateurs and Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society. He was elected in March 2008.

"It is an honour for me to serve the communities of Hebden Royd as Mayor for the 2013 / 2014 term of office. I look forward to meeting and working with as many groups as possible and attending visits to our twinned towns on the continent."

Karl represents the Town Council on Mytholmroyd Gala committee and Royd Regeneration, sits on the Mytholmroyd Flood Action Group Core Committee and is a Governor at Burnley Road Academy.


Cllr Christine Davenport

Christine Davenport - Cragg Vale

Elected 3rd July 2009

I am Christine Davenport, the second eldest of four children. My mother was a mill worker, my father a master shoe maker. I was born in Keighley in 1961 but moved to Silsden in 1964 until moving back to Keighley in 1979. 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, although only my youngest daughter still lives at home, my oldest son is currently serving his 11th year with The Duke of Wellington, now The Yorkshire regiment. Since my partner’s death in 2001, I have tried to balance work and family in order to bring up my children in an honest, open manner.

I have worked in Hebden Bridge since I arrived in 1994. Firstly, as a part time shop assistant, dinner lady, classroom assistant,  Licensee of the Shoulder of Mutton in Hebden Bridge, until 2004. I now work fulltime in one of the local Charity shops where I am Deputy Manager.  I was a member of the local Hebden Bridge Carnival Committee for several years, including two as the elected Chairwoman; I have also even acted as ‘Tawny Owl’ for Hebden Bridge Brownies!

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.

Through a recent photography project, I’ve developed strong links and a passion for our Yorkshire fishing industry, actively supporting a family of Whitby trawlermen and meeting with politicians from all parties to help them retain their lifestyle and industry.  I am more community minded than politically minded.

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!

My favourite quotation: “Those who have never failed at anything have never taken a risk.”


Matthew TalbotRobin Dixon



James Fearon

James was elected to council in May 2011 and sits on Community Funding, Environmental Renaissance and Picture House Committees. He enjoys challenging discussions in the chamber and encouraging fellow councillors to look at issues from a slightly different angle. Actively involved with Northlight Studios he enjoys gardening and a night out at the movies.


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Nader Fekri - West End Ward

Nader is a History lecturer by profession. On Hebden Royd Town Council he is a ward councillor for West End ward and a Calderdale councillor for Calder ward. He is a school governor at Riverside School, and a magistrate on the Calderdale Bench.

He believes that town and parish councils are vital as the tier of local government closest to people and would encourage anyone to seek involvement.

He is married and has two sons. In his spare time he enjoys solving cryptic crosswords, reading modern European detective fiction, and following the trials and tribulations of Tranmere Rovers.


Nader Fekri is also a Calderdale councillor for the Calder ward with this web page

Matthew TalbotAndrew Halewood

Following a professional golfing career in which he played in the pre qualifying rounds for The British Open, Andrew became a sales & marketing professional. He has used his 30 years of experience to the benefit of companies such as Coca Cola, Sodastream & Schwarzkopf.

Progressing through the sales and marketing arena Andrew then became a member of the senior management who built Baines and Ernst, one of the UK’s largest debt management companies, recruiting and training the 250 strong sales force.

Andrew was appointed a Fellow to The Institute of Sales & Marketing Management in 2001.

Andrew has developed a series of training seminars, aimed at young people entering the workplace. He also launched the “What’s next after School” programme for 16 / 18 year olds entering the work place.

Eight years ago Andrews and his wife Blanch successfully adopted 2 children after a two year process and they are currently writing a book about their experience.

In his voluntary capacity, he was recently asked to attend the Calderdale Adoption Reference Group and asked to comment on a response to the Government’s new initiatives’ in relation to increasing the number of adopters within Calderdale on “Consultation for Post Approval Training”.

Andrew is committed to his family and where he lives, this currently sees him as Secretary to the Mytholmroyd Gala Committee and sitting on the committee of the local Scout Group.


Tony HodginsTony Hodgins

I was born on Scout Bottom in Mytholmroyd, having lived here most of my life I feel I know the area and it's 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'm involved with Voluntary Action For Calderdale as a volunteer photographer and also Community Action For Calderdale. I also volunteer for The National Trust as a guide at Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags, which gives me knowledge of self-sustainability and an ambition for a greener environment. I would also like to be involved in forming partnerships with local community groups.
I would Endeavour to carry on the excellent work done by local councilors in the past, and to make Hebden Royd a safe, clean and environmentally friendly place to live.


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Susan Press - Fairfield Ward

I have been a Labour councillor for Fairfield ward since 2003, served as Deputy Mayor in 2007-8 and was Town Mayor in 2008-9. when I raised over £4000 for the Overgate Hospice.

I was born in Manchester and moved to Hebden Bridge in December 1996. I'm a freelance journalist and NUJ member. I work for a range of clients including the Co-operative News and the University of Manchester.

I've been a Labour Party member for over 35 years and am Chair of the Calder Branch. I'm proud of what the Town Council has achieved in the last 11 years since I became a member. I am Chair of the Picture House Committee and serve on the Community Funding and Staffing Committees. I also volunteer for Oxfam and the Todmorden Food Drop-in every Saturday at St Mary's Church


Richard ScorerRichard Scorer

I was elected to represent Fairfield ward in May 2011.

I grew up in London and lived in Scotland, the USA, Birmingham and Manchester before settling in Hebden Bridge in 1999. I live on Palace House Road. My kids attend Calder High School and are keen members of Hebden Junior Brass Band! I work as a lawyer in Manchester and also serve as a board member/ trustee of the Lifeline Project, a national charity which provides drug and alcohol treatment services including here in Calderdale.

I love living in this area; I am keen to contribute as a councillor to enhancing our strong sense of community and where possible, helping to combat social exclusion and fostering a sustainable environment.


Steve SweeneySteve Sweeney

I have lived in the Calder Valley for 25 years and have three children who all attended local schools.

I started my working life in finance in the textile industry and later worked on computers for a major engineering manufacturer.

After volunteering at a local Youth Club I went back to College to retrain and over the next 35 years I worked as a Youth and Community worker for both the voluntary sector and Local Authorities.

I was made redundant and took early retirement last year, which freed me to take a more active part in local affairs. I have a particular interest in supporting the development of local community groups and supporting greater involvement of young people in the town.


Steve Sweeney is also a Calderdale councillor for the Todmorden ward where his email is with this web page

Jonathan Timbers - West End Ward

I've lived in West End Ward for over 21 years - in fact, three generations of my family now live in the ward: my mother, Aeisha (my wife), me and my daughter, Sophie.

I'm a governor of Hebden Royd School, with responsibility for special educational needs. Previously, I was a town councillor between 1995 - 1999.

In the past, I've been a teacher, redundancy counsellor (mainly in the engineering sector), solicitor, and now I'm a civil servant. In addition, I have close family ties with a number of ethical small business owners in the valley.

Over the years, I have also been heavily involved in 'Independent Labour Publications' ('the ILP'), the successor organisation to the Independent Labour Party , which founded the Labour Party and invented the concept of 'the living wage'.

I am also an (unconfirmed) Christian. Sometimes I go to communion at St James's; at other times, I attend Quaker meetings on Bond St.

My main interests are poetry, cricket and cooking for the family. I also enjoy reading about history, particularly local history and about the Roman and Byzantine Empire(s).

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.



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Scott Trickett - Cragg Vale Ward

Scott was brought up in the Orkney Islands, moved to Cragg Vale 15 years ago.

Living in Cragg Vale he is married to Amy and together they have 3 children (Marcus 8, Emily 6 and Natalie 3).

Since his time in Cragg Vale he has continually been involved in community activity. He  was elected onto Hebden Royd Council for the Cragg Vale Ward in May 2007. Scott works hard to ensure all areas within Hebden Royd are equally represented eg Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

Scott is a founding member of the Cragg Vale Community Association, which today 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.

Scott is Calderdale Forward as Town and Parish Representative (all parishes) since 2010, another 3 years remain in this post. Scott has direct influence over strategy setting for the parishes at CMBC level. He works hard to promote Hebden Roy within this area.

School Governor since 2010

Calder high catchment area - Historically much of Cragg Vale was in no catchment area at all. Scott successfully campaigned to ensure the catchment area included the entire parish boundary limits of Cragg Vale, Future generations of Cragg Vale Children will have less problems with entry into Calder High.

Traffic Speed - Throughout his time in the area Scott has continually campaigned about traffic/pedestrian safety in Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd area. He has led a community petitions, helped achieve 30 mph and continues to campaign at both council level and Calderdale strategy level about road safety.

Fly tipping -  During time on HRTC Scott has continually acted against fly tipping in the area and successfully achieved significant reductions.

Scott, a graduate engineer and export sales manager for local export business, speaks fluent German. During his time in the area he has helped bring significant manufacturing export business to the area. My simple goal is for a safe environment for our children to live and play in and to preserve / enhance the special characteristics of our community and area in Hebden Royd” says Scott.

Scott was elected to serve as Hebden Royd Mayor on 18th May 2011 for the year 2011/2012. Scott says, “This is my 5th year on Hebden Royd Council serving the communities of Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd and to say I am proud is an understatement. I am truly bursting with pride, in being given the opportunity to represent this ‘treasure’ of an area in which we live Hebden Royd. During my mayoral year I will give my all to make this area an even better than it already is.

Point of interest: Scott’s father is Lord-Lieutenant of Orkney


Emma Tsoneva

I have lived in and around Hebden Bridge for the last three years after spending ten years in central Europe. Living in a developing country, and witnessing first hand administrative and bureaucratic mismanagement encouraged me to think about the importance of local government and the need for it to be truly representative of, and accessible to, the people it serves.

I have been a member of the Labour Party for several years and am absolutely committed to its core values of social justice, equality of opportunity, tolerance and respect. I have a particular interest in protecting local public transport services, and am a member of the Council's Twinning and Grants committees. I believe that the Town Council has a duty to promote and respond to the needs of local people; as a Councillor I will campaign on behalf of my community to ensure its continued well-being and secure future improvements to our town.

I have managed a small business, and know the importance of local enterprise in building viable communities. As a mum and former school governor, I think that it's important to look ahead, to secure a sustainable future for our town. As a public sector employee, I am well aware of the devastating effects of economic cuts on so many people. During my time as a councillor I will support initiatives to limit the impact of these cuts locally and protect Hebden Royd in difficult times.

I am married with a four year old daughter and work at the University of Leeds.


Nigel YorkeNigel Yorke - Fairfield Ward

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

Nigel has two young daughters who attend Riverside School and Stubbings Infant School and he has previously served as a Parent Governor at Stubbings. Nigel is proud to work for the community of Hebden Royd and currently sits on the Allotments, Environmental Renaissance and Picture House committees.

Nigel lives in Hebden Bridge with his wife and daughters and an increasing number of pets. When he's not working he enjoys camping, walking and (though he doesn't always admit it) playing x-box.


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Dave Young - Birchcliffe Ward

I was 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 chair of the Staffing Committee. I am also a member of the Strategy and Review Committee and Environment & Allotments committee.

I was also elected as the Labour Councillor for Calder Ward on Calderdale Council in May 2011 and am a Member of the Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel, Chair of the Small Grants Panel, The Economic Taskforce Committee and a member of the Budget Review Group.


Dave Young is also a Calderdale councillor for the Calder ward where his email is with this web page

Birchcliffe Ward
Steve Sweeney
Emma Louise Tsoneva
David Kenneth Young
Fairfield Ward
Susan Mary Press
Richard Scorer
Nigel James Yorke
Caldene Ward
Christine Irene Bampton Smith
Karl Antony Boggis
Robin Dixon
West End Ward
Nader Fekri
James Edward Fearon
Jonathan Charles Timbers
Cragg Vale Ward
John Christopher Beacroft-Mitchell
Christine Angela Davenport
Anthony Scott Trickett
White Lee Ward
James Douglas Baker
Andrew Halewood
Anthony Robert Hodgins

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