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Councillors

Gawsworth Parish Council comprises 9 Councillors.

Each year at the Annual Council meeting, the Council elect a Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The Chairman presides over all meetings she is present at, including the Parish meeting.

Cllr Evelyn Briggs

Chairman, Gawsworth Moss

Beech Cottage, Church Lane,Gawsworth, SK11 9QY | 01625 618 530 | briggsfamily@hotmail.co.uk

Evelyn has been a Parish Councillor since 2011. She has been active with organised village groups since arriving in the village in 2003, and took an active role in the building of the new Scout Hall. Evelyn is a Chartered Accountant and worked in a professional capacity until the desire to bring up their children shifted family priorities. She currently works for Citizens Advice as a General Adviser, specialising in Housing and Homelessness, and includes supervisory responsibilities.

Within the community, the current projects that Evelyn is active with include the refurbishment of the Village Hall and seeking an independent highways report on options for Gawsworth Crossroads. She is also pursuing information from Cheshire East Council on development plans within our Parish. Evelyn is keen to enhance community life for all residents within our Parish.

Cllr Matthew Hartley

Vice-Chairman, Gawsworth Moss

24 Wardle Crescent, Gawsworth, SK11 9RG | 07413 310 300 | matthew@parishmatters.co.uk

Matthew was co-opted onto the Parish Council in May 2015. He has lived in Gawsworth for 7 years with his wife Gemma and has two young children, one of which attends Gawsworth Primary School. With young children growing up in Gawsworth, Matthew is keen to see improvements to the parks and woodlands and addition to addressing the road safety concerns felt by many villagers.

Matthew has worked in IT for 20 years and prior to joining the council used his knowledge and experience to help address the challenges around superfast broadband becoming a digital champion for Gawsworth and many other local parishes.

Matthew is also a member of the Board of Governors for Gawsworth Primary School.

Cllr Peter Briercliffe

Gawsworth Village

7 Forge Close, Gawsworth, SK11 9EW | 01625 435 374 | petram625@btinternet.com

Peter originates from Chester and the Wirral  where he trained and qualified as a Mechanical Engineer. Working as investigative and safety engineer in specific disciplines his work took him to London as principal engineer in these subjects and he was a member of various Governmental committees and representing the UK at CEN meetings in Brussels.

In 1984 he returned to the Northwest and settled in Gawsworth. He is a keen member of U3A as well as  Transport Preservation.

 

Cllr Paul Lawton

Gawsworth Village

6 Warren Drive, Gawsworth, SK11 9RF | 01625 433 123 | pjlawton@aol.com

 

Cllr Rupert Richards

Gawsworth Village

Gawsworth Hall, Church Lane, SK11 9RN| 01260 223 456 | gawsworthhall@btinternet.com

Rupert, elected in March 2017, has lived in Gawsworth all his life and is keen to see the parish retains a rural identity.

 

Cllr Alison Simpson

Gawsworth Village

15 Warren Drive, Gawsworth, SK11 9RF |  | alisoncjsimpson@hotmail.co.uk

Alison was co-opted in October 2015 and has lived in Gawsworth since 2013. Alison moved from Macclesfield with husband Neil and their two children who both attend Gawsworth Primary School.

Alison, who is training to be a Nursery Nurse, has a huge passion for Gawsworth and excited to be part of the Parish Council as it works to maintain the beauty of the Parish and lead it into the next generation’s needs – faster broadband, safer roads and improved communication.

Cllr Lesley Smetham

Gawsworth Moss

Little Trees, Gawsworth Road, Gawsworth, SK11 9RA | 01625 426 173 | lesley.smetham@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Lesley has been a Parish Councillor since 1999. David and Lesley were born and educated at grammar schools in Luton, lived in Brussels for 4 years and moved to Gawsworth from Bedfordshire 30 years ago. Lesley has a lifelong interest in local history and governance, amongst other things, and was a school governor at Gawsworth School for a number of years. Lesley gained an MA (Environment Policy & Society) and a BSc with the Open University as a mature student and is also a Cheshire East Borough Councillor representing Gawsworth Ward which is comprised of the 8 parishes of Bosley, Eaton, Gawsworth, Henbury, L. Withington, Marton, N. Rode and Siddington.

Lesley is also on the Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee.

Cllr Lisa Tyrrell

Gawsworth Village

4 Waren Drive, Gawsworth, SK11 9RF | 01625 433 421 | lisa-tyrrell@outlook.com

Lisa was co-opted to the Parish Council in 2016 and has lived in Gawsworth since 2000. Lisa has two young children who both attend Gawsworth Primary School and activities at both the Scout Hut and Village Hall.

Lisa has been involved in the community for a number of years, helping with village events, including organising Easter Egg hunts!

Cllr Paul Woods

Gawsworth Village

27 Benbrook Way, Gawsworth, SK11 9RT | pawoodsty@btinternet.com

Paul was elected in March 2017 and moved to Gawsworth in 1988 with his wife Anne (a former Parish Councillor) and their two children. Paul has been involved in many village activities over the years including Scouts and more recently the village pantomime, the Christmas Festive Fun charity event, as keeper of the village PA system and in the Village Hall refurbishment group. Paul has a degree in Pharmacy and a Master’s in Medical Ethics and Law. He worked for AstraZeneca until 2011 and is now a consultant in business ethics and compliance.

Paul sees improving communications between the Parish Council and villagers and supporting optimal use of community amenities including the Village Hall as high priorities. He is also enthusiastic about preserving the village character of Gawsworth and the green belt.

Paul is the Council’s representative on the Village Hall Management Committee.

 

Register of Interests

Councillors must declare certain interests in the interests of transparency. At all meetings they are given the opportunity to declare anything that might arise from the agenda. Their pecuniary interests are also published, these detail any interests in land / property within the council’s area.

Cllr Alison Simpson
Cllr Evelyn Briggs
Cllr Lesley Smetham
Cllr Lisa Tyrrell
Cllr Matthew Hartley
Cllr Paul Lawton
Cllr Paul Woods
Cllr Peter Briercliffe
Cllr Rupert Richards