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 six committees:  the Allotments, Environmental Renaissance & Events Committee, Community Funding, Strategy & Review, Joint Neighbourhood Plan Committee, Picture House and Staffing Committees. Other committees and working parties are set as required by the Council.

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 the Hebden Bridge Town Hall staffed by (left to right above) Emma Green, Neighbourhood Manager; Jason Boom, Town Clerk and Rebekah Cox, Administrator.

Attendance record for 2016-2017

Attendance record for 2015-2016
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.

Code Of Conduct.

Hebden Royd Town Councillors have all agreed to work within boundaries as outlined in the adopted Code of Conduct. This Code applies to elected Members and voting co-opted Members of the Council in all aspects of their public life.  This means that the Council expects Members to follow this Code when they are conducting the work of the Council, representing the Council on any external organisation, and otherwise acting in their official capacity.  

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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.


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.


Committees: Staffing, Strategy and Review, WW1 Commemorations, Neighbourhood Plan

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.


Committees: Community Funding, Appeals Panel

Sarah CourtneySarah Courtney

Ward: West End Ward

I am honoured to have recently been elected by the people of West End ward to serve on Hebden Royd Town Council as a Labour councillor. I hugely enjoy living and taking an active part in Hebden Bridge life. I spent over 5 years as a school governor at Central Street (and then the Hebden Bridge Federation of Infant Schools), am involved in Hebden Bridge Folk Roots and the local live music scene, and have volunteered for the Handmade Parade and Arts Festival. I also volunteered after the recent floods and am looking forward to being an active member of Hebden Royd Town Council helping organisations, businesses and groups to continue to recover and grow.

I moved to Todmorden nearly 30 years ago whilst doing A Levels in Halifax, but then left the area to continue my studies. I returned to the Calder Valley with my young family in 2001 and have lived in Hebden Bridge and surrounding villages for the last 16 years. I have worked for businesses in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, and currently work with students with autism in a local secondary school.

I am committed to getting the voices of people in Hebden Royd heard so together we can build on the strengths of our communities and make them the best that they can be, so if you live in West End ward please get in touch.


Committees: Picture House & Grievance 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.


Committees: Picture House, Strategy and Review, Grievance Panel

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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!


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

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!


Committees: Environment and Allotments, Picture House

Sue FentonSue Fenton

Ward: Fairfield Ward

I am the newly elected councillor for Fairfield Ward and looking forward to representing the great community of Hebden Royd on the Town Council.

I have lived in Hebden Bridge for thirty five years and, since retiring, I have been volunteering for a number of community projects including being a Trustee of the Community Association and organising the Open Gardens event.

Currently, I volunteer at the local Food Bank and am a Health Champion attached to Hebden Bridge Group Practice.

Please do get in touch if you are a Fairfield resident and there is something I might be able to help with.


Committees Community Funding, Environment & Allotments and Grievance Panel.

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.


Committees: All committees as ex-officio as Mayor

Stephne HarrisonStephne Harrison

I was elected to the Hebden Royd town council on the 23rd November 2017, to represent Caldene Ward. I live with my family on Nest Estate in Mytholmroyd and appreciate what the community has to offer, and relish being part of it. I value this  opportunity to represent my local community and aim  to provide a strong local voice and representation.

I am  actively involved in a number of community initiatives:-

  1. trustee of Mytholmroyd Regeneration Partnership  often referred to as Royd Regeneration, I consistently contribute to a number of community initiatives, and  am one of the  representatives  for local Mytholmtoyd businesses on the Royd Town Board.
  2. Am a founding member of the Mytholmroyd Business Network I seek to work collaboratively with both businesses and local community organisations to achieve the best possible outcomes for the whole community, contributing to the  development of a number of local initiatives that enhance the environment we live in, create investment  prospects, and opportunities.
  3. As a local school governor at Scout Road School, I value the need to ensure small schools are continually supported, to ensure all our local children have access to key opportunities & quality  education which allows them to thrive.
  4. I have played a key role and continue to do so, in the stakeholder workshops related to establishing flood defences, and have also contributed to the Neighbourhood Plan and will continue to ensure a robust voice and vested interest for Mytholmroyd and its residents  in any future developments.

Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have a local issue, concern or need some advice regarding a local issue.


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.


Scott Patient

Ward: White Lee Ward

Scott PatientI was delighted to be elected in May 2017 as a Labour councillor to Hebden Royd Town Council for the White Lee Ward, a place where my family and i have lived since moving here from Manchester nearly 10 years ago. I enjoy playing an active part in local life and value the area not just for its beauty, determination and creativity, but also for its profound sense of community. I hope as a councillor to strengthen those links even further.

Having seen first hand the devastation caused by the 2015 Boxing Day floods, I am proud to be a flood warden for Mytholmroyd and am keen to provide another voice on the Town Council for the people here during this time of regeneration and upheaval.

My 3 children have all attended Burnley Road Academy where I serve as a Governor. It has been an honour supporting the school throughout its rebuild following the floods. The staff, parents and children are a real inspiration and latterly have I have been thrilled to be involved with its new “forest activities”.

I really hope to continue to support the vital work that Royd Regeneration, the Station Partnership and all the other local groups are doing here in Mytholmroyd and hope that further support from Hebden Royd Town Council will prove invaluable.

As one of the younger members on the council I hope to bring the passion and energy I have in life to my role as a councillor. I enjoy music, reading and food but mostly I love the outdoors and can often be found running, cycling or walking my dogs around the hills and valleys, so please, if you live within my ward please stop me or get in touch so we can help to build an even better, cleaner and greener community for all of us and for our children.


Chris Phillips

Ward: Cragg Vale

Chris PhillipsI was co-opted on to Hebden Royd Town Council as a Labour Councillor for the Cragg Vale Ward on 29th November 2017.

I have lived in Cragg Vale for twenty-four years and I am looking forward to taking an active part in the democratic process via the Town Council as the first tier of local government. I am keen to help strengthen our community life and I will also be there to represent all the residents of Cragg Vale.

Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any issues or concerns you may have within the ward.


Committees: 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.


Committees: Community Funding, Picture House, Strategy and Review, Staffing

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


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


Committees: Environment and Allotments

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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.


Committees: Environment and allotments, Staffing, Strategy and Review

Birchcliffe Ward Christine Angela Davenport, Carol Jane Stow, Dave Young Fairfield Ward Pat Fraser, Jane Scullion, Sue Fenton
Caldene Ward Christine Irene Bampton Smith, Karl Antony Boggis, Stephne Harrison West End Ward Sarah Courtney,, James Edward Fearon, Jonathan Charles Timbers

Cragg Vale Ward June Cammack, Chris Phillips, Anthony Scott Trickett

White Lee Ward Catherine Jane Crosland, Tony Hodgins, Scott Patient



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    Cllrs Patient.
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    Cllr Bampton Smith & Patient
    Cllr Courtney
    Cllr Crosland
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    Cllr Courtney
    Cllrs Stow & Timbers (for Hebden Bridge)
    Cllrs Bampton Smith & Hodgins (for Mytholmroyd)
    Cllr Stow
    Cllr Cammock


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