Your Councillors

Skipton Parish is divided into four Wards and four Councillors serve in each of those Wards. Details of each Councillor are shown in this section of the website, including details of any position(s) they hold on the Council.

 

Members Register of Interests

All Members of Skipton Town Council are, by law, required to complete a register of their personal interests. This will include, generally, details of any employment or business activities, membership of any public bodies, clubs or organisations and the details of any property interests.

 

The records are held by Craven District Council, but it is the responsibility of each individual Councillor to complete the register and to ensure that information is kept up-to-date.

Members have a period of 28 days from the date of signing their Declaration of Acceptance in which to submit their completed register of interests.

Subject to any GDPR regulations, copies of the completed forms will be available to view on the links below:

 North Ward Members Register of Interests
 East Ward Members Register of Interests
South Ward Members Register of Interests 
West Ward Members Register of Interests 

Ward Boundary Maps

You can find which Councillor represents you by checking which ward you live in. Maps of each of the four wards can be found below.

North Ward

Councillor Malcolm Courcier

Councillor Malcolm Courcier

Conservative

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In brief I moved to Skipton in 1988 from the south coast. Since then I have had several business ventures in and around Skipton. For the last 11 years I have been running and growing my bed & breakfast known as Town House B&B, which is now very successful. I have just agreed to take over the Yorkshire Rose pub at Guiseley, for my daughter Angela to run. There is also another venture which was put on a back burner due to Covid-19 which is https://skipton centre.uk this is a project I am planning to revisit and get off the ground, time permitting. These and trying to keep reasonably fit, as well as being a Bradford City supporter and season ticket holder, keep me fairly busy! If I do get any time for it, I'm also a keen amateur photographer


Councillor Mrs Sheila Bentley

Councillor Mrs Sheila Bentley

Independent

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Councillor Bentley is the Deputy Mayor

Member of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee, Planning Committee, Events & Tourism Committee and Management & Staffing Committee 

Councillor Mrs Claire Nash

Councillor Mrs Claire Nash

Green Party

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Claire moved to Skipton in 2006 from Leeds and became a town councillor in 2019. She joined the Green Party in the 1970s when she became aware that humans are wrecking the planet at an exponential rate. She has worked in librarianship, as a carer, as a Leeds city councillor and a school governor. On Mondays she can often be seen leading a walk around Skipton. She is keen to get people out and about wherever possible, and to tackle loneliness. She encourages civic pride, campaigns for road safety and against fuel poverty, is active in Skipton Civic Society and is a regular litter-picker.

Councillor David Noland

Councillor David Noland

Green Party

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David moved to Skipton just over twenty years ago to teach in Cross Hills. After a few years working away from Skipton he returned ten years ago. He is still an active member of Skipton Cricket Club where he coaches youngsters and still occasionally plays for the second eleven.

He was elected to Craven District Council in 2019 and to the new North Yorkshire Council this year. He takes a keen interest in Planning issues and has been elected to chair the Town Council's planning committee. He is keen to support local community groups especially those running allotments and sports and leisure groups.

He enjoys the Dales on foot and by bike. He is an active member of Craven Energy and his two children attend local schools.


East Ward

Councillor Winston Feather

Councillor Winston Feather

Independent

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Born in Otley, schooled in Ilkley. Very active in farming whilst living at Askwith. Also worked as a nurse and as a hospital clerk. Father of four, had a 20 year Merchant Navy career. Qualified Foreign Going Captain. Lived and worked in Saudi Arabia as a Shipping Surveyor. Wide experience in retail, running own shop and organising regular street music festivals in Canterbury. Now working as an Airbnb Superhost. Governor at Brooklands School. Interests include walking, cycling and travelling.

Councillor Chris Harbron

Councillor Chris Harbron

Independent

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Member of the Finance & Policy Committe, Public Services Committee, Events & Tourism and Management &Staffing Committee

Councillor Rick Judge

Councillor Rick Judge

Independent

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Councillor Judge is the Town Mayor

 Member of the Finance & Policy Committee, Public Services Committee and Management & Staffing 

Councillor Miss Annabel Heseltine

Councillor Miss Annabel Heseltine

Independent

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Member of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee, Planning Committee, Events & Tourism Committee

South Ward

Councillor Robert G Heseltine

Councillor Robert G Heseltine

Independent

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My philosophy in public life and duty is as a ‘one Nation Disraeli’. Our human race are rarely born as equals. By birth some will have substantial advantages, likewise ability is very different and diverse. Some will fly high, others will need the help and support that must always be available. With this strong belief in a tolerant compassionate society where we all accept our responsibilities and support those in need, my commitment to helping others remains resolute.

Councillor Aidan Higgins

Labour

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Member of the Finance & Policy Committee, Market Committee and Management & Staffing Committee

Councillor Karen McIntyre

Councillor Karen McIntyre

Independent

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I’ve lived in the Skipton South Area all my life so very happy to be elected Cllr for third time which will give me 16yrs on Skipton Town Council.

I have 5 children oldest now 31 and youngest 8 yrs old all have started their education at Greatwood School like myself.

I enjoy socialising with friends and walks out enjoying the canals and countryside.

Committee Membership

Events & Tourism

Public Services (Chairman)

Finance & Policy

Councillor Lewis Morgan

Councillor Lewis Morgan

Labour

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Member of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee, Public Services Committee, Events & Tourism Committee, Market Committee and Management & Staffing Committee.

West Ward

Councillor Peter Madeley

Councillor Peter Madeley

Labour Party

17 Alexandra Court
Skipton
BD23 2RG

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Member of the Finance & Policy Committee, Public Services Committee, Market Committee (Chair) and Management & Staffing

Councillor Brian McDaid

Councillor Brian McDaid

Labour

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Member of the Events & Tourism Committee, Audit, Scrutiny and Complaints Committee, Public Services Committee, Market Committee and Management & Staffing Committee (Chair).

Councillor Virpi kettu

Councillor Virpi kettu

Labour

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Member of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee, Events & Tourism Committee and Planning Committee

Stephen Morton

Stephen Morton

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Stephen comes originally from Northern Ireland and has lived in Skipton for 11 years (after a 20-year spell in East Lancs). He worked for many years as a public health doctor until retirement in 2017. Since then, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Central Lancashire in March 2018 and Chair of Craven College since January 2021.

His public health work spanned health protection, health improvement, promoting sustainability and tackling health inequalities. Most recently, he had a national role as Director of Sustainability and Public Health within Public health England and returned form retirement to spend a further year with Public Health England on the control of Covid-19.

His personal interests include promoting active travel, sustainable nutrition, tackling climate change and protecting biodiversity; he has recently worked as an advisor to the World health Organisation on health implications of the UN’s sustainable development goals (Agenda 2030). His policy priorities include good quality affordable housing, re-vitalising our high street, protecting our environment, promoting walking and cycling, enhancing green space and increasing its accessibility and the importance of local sustainable food production for our health and our environment.