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Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward

Cllr Stephen Fenton (Group Chair)
104 Askham Lane, Acomb, YO24 3HP

stephen fenton ()Stephen has lived in York, on Askham Lane, since 2003 when he moved to the city to take up a new job. He currently works for the NHS in a management role.

Since moving to York, Stephen has been involved in a number of campaigns locally, including the fight to save the Beckfield Lane tip from closure. He is committed to giving residents in the west of York a greater say in the decisions that affect residents' everyday lives, and would like to see the council spend its limited resources on the things that matter most to people.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys playing and watching sports, and is currently the secretary of his local tennis club.

Cllr Ashley Mason
107 Albemarle Road, York, YO23 1EP

Cllr Ashley Mason

Ashley was born in York and grew up in South Bank attending Knavesmire Primary, Millthorpe School and then York College.
Before running a successful small business in the city, employing 40 staff, he spent 5 years with North Yorkshire Police. Ashley has a real passion for helping people and is focused on ensuring local people are provided with a high standard of public services.
He is involved in many local organisations including being a Trustee of York Blind and Partially Sighted Society. Ashley works hard with local Lib Dem Ward Councillors Ann Reid And Stephen Fenton to ensure Dringhouses and Woodthorpe remains a lovely place to live and work.

Cllr Ann Reid
62 Grassholme, York, YO24 2ST

Ann ReidAnn is married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren, Ann has lived in York since 1985. She was first elected to the Council in 1986 representing the Foxwood Ward and has represented Dringhouses and Woodthorpe since 2003.

In 1993/94 she served as Lord Mayor. Ann was a member of the Executive from 2003 to 2001 first with responsibility for City Strategy and subsequently as Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Housing.

In her spare time she likes reading and is a member of the Company of Cordwainers of the City York and a past Master.

Amongst her achievements has been the provision of the round-about at the Moor Lane/A1237 junction and improvements to the recycling system that saw a rise in the recycling rate from 12% in 2002 up to 44.5%

Fulford & Heslington Ward

Cllr Keith Aspden (Group Leader)
22 Heath Moor Drive, Fulford, YO10 4NF

Keith AspdenKeith was first elected as the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Fulford in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He has been member of Fulford Parish Council for many years, most recently as Vice Chair.

Keith has a particular interest in education; in 2004 Keith qualified as a secondary school teacher and he has since worked at a number of North Yorkshire schools. In 2007 he was appointed to serve as York's Executive Member for Young People and Social Inclusion and he has wide experience as a member of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

After the 2011 elections in York, Keith was asked to become the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Education and Young People. In this role he has campaigned against youth services cuts. In May 2013 he was elected unopposed to succeed Carol Runciman as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at the Group's Annual General Meeting.

Outside of politics Keith enjoys being involved in a number of other community groups in the Fulford area. In his spare time Keith enjoys cycling and playing squash and badminton.

Haxby and Wigginton Ward

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson
26 Earswick Chase, Earswick, YO32 9FY

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Ian was born and bred in Yorkshire and has lived in York since 1994, for most of that time in Wigginton. Now in his third term as a councillor, he is Chair of the Economic Development and Transport Committee and serves on the Planning and Health Scrutiny Committees. His previous council experience includes being Chair of York's Health Scrutiny Committee, serving on the Children's Services panel, the Area Planning Committee and the Social Inclusion Working Group.

Ian is a long-serving governor at Headlands Primary School in Haxby and, as a link governor, he regularly spends time with the children in the classroom. He supports the many events that are run at the school, including the summer fair and the Christmas concerts, which he particularly enjoys. Ian also works closely with local churches, community groups, Haxby Town Council and Wigginton Parish Council.

Ian's professional career was in developing and writing business computing systems. The first 11 years were in the civil service, followed by about 15 years as a manager and company director and the last 15 years running his own consultancy company. He is a qualified university and college teacher and has taught part time for about 20 years, including at York St John University. Since retiring, Ian has completed further study, gaining a further degree. His spare time interests include singing, theatre, walking and spending time with his extended family

Heworth Without Ward

Cllr Nigel Ayre
50 Galtres Road, York, YO31 1JR

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Nigel has lived in Heworth all his life and is a former pupil of Hempland School. After completing his Masters degree he settled in Galtres Road in 2003. He has been a local campaigner since that time and was elected Councillor for Heworth Without in 2007.

In 2009 he was appointed as Executive Member for Leisure Culture and Social Inclusion. In his time as Executive Member he oversaw the deal to reopen the Barbican Centre, the launch of York Explore and resolved the funding issues for the new £10 million swimming pool at Hull Road.

His career since university has been in retail, especially online and he started his own limited company in 2007. Outside politics he is a keen cricket and football player and enjoys music, films, reading and long dog walks with his family.

Huntington & New Earswick Ward

Cllr Carol Runciman
26 Earswick Chase, Earswick, YO32 9FY

carol runcimanCarol has lived in York since 1988. She has been Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick for 16 years and is also a long serving member of New Earswick Parish Council. Between 2003 and 2011 she was the Executive Member for Children's Services, when there was an extensive programme of school building as well as significant improvements in school results. Carol has served on a number of the council's committees, including the Standards Committee and is now Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health.

Carol is a governor of Joseph Rowntree School, New Earswick Primary School, where she is link governor for English, and of York College. She is also a Trustee of the Theatre Royal and serves on the Court of York University. Her career has been in Education and she was a senior manager in a Further Education College, then a local authority education officer. Carol is a long serving Justice of the Peace. Outside politics she enjoys music, both listening and performing and reading, often political biographies.

Cllr Chris Cullwick
11 Mulberry Court, Huntington, York, YO32 9TU

Cllr Chris Cullwick ()Chris has been involved in developing partnerships between the voluntary sector, businesses and the local authority for more than 30 years.Associated with the launch of Food Banks, Street Angels and the York City of Faiths initiative, Chris has been employed by York St John University and York Diocese and worked closely with City of York Council developing youth provision and contributing to a programme to tackle poverty.

He has served as a trustee of several charities including YACRO working with ex offenders, Spurriergate and for 8 years served as a governor of Huntington School. Chris is Master of the York Guild of Building. Chris and his wife Joy have lived in Huntington since 1987 when Chris was invited to lead St Andrews Church. He served Huntington and New Earswick in this capacity for 15 years before taking up wider responsibilities across the city.

Cllr Keith Orrell
18 Trent Avenue, Huntington YO32 9SE

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Keith taught children with special educational needs for nearly thirty years, culminating in being Head of a Unit for autistic children. Keith has wide political experience and was Parliamentary Candidate for Ryedale in 1997 and 2001, substantially reducing the Conservative majority.

He has been a member of North Yorkshire Police Authority since 2007 and is also a member of Huntington Parish Council. Keith is a member of Heworth Golf Club.

Westfield Ward

Cllr Sue Hunter
81 Green Lane, York, YO24 3DJ


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Sue was born in York and has lived in Acomb for most of her life, currently on Green Lane with her partner Nigel. Sue runs the local florist Floral Elegance and has done for the last 14 years.

Sue jointly formed Acomb Alive Traders Association with the aim to assist local business to promote and encourage the local community and surrounding areas to shop locally.

Her aim is to help create a better shopping experience, tidy up the area and regain the community life that Acomb Village had and will have again. Being a local lass, Sue believes she has a greater understanding as to what Acomb residents would like to see for their village.

Cllr Sheena Jackson
48 Slessor Road, York, YO24 3JG


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Sheena was born Scotland and has lived in York for 17 years. She worked for the City of York Council for 16 years as a Community Youth Worker based in Moor Lane Youth Centre, Foxwood Community Centre and Sanderson Court. These roles involved delivering a range of activities for young people aged 11-19 years. Sheena has also volunteered to help and support local activities in the Foxwood area.

Sheena will bring to Westfield the same effort that she has brought to all the young people that she has worked with. She is well aware of the pressure points and concerns of the local community of Westfield due to her work in the area.

Sheena is looking forward to bringing energy and enthusiasm into her role as Councillor to support residents in Westfield.

Cllr Andrew Waller
104 Askham Lane, Acomb, YO24 3HP


Cllr Andrew Waller ()Andrew was first elected as a councillor for Westfield in 1994, and was leader of the Council 2008-2011.

He was re-elected to the Council in October 2014 when he won a by election with a majority of over 1200 votes. Since rejoining the Council he has become the chair of the Economic & City Development Scrutiny Committee

He lives on Askham Lane, and is Treasurer of Chapelfields Community Association (which runs Sanderson House Community Centre), School Governor at Westfield Primary and York High Schools. He jointly set up the Acomb Traders Association, Acomb Alive! promoting business in the Front Street shopping area. He has campaigned on local services, including protecting community centres.