Over 25 years in Corbridge.
I have lived in Corbridge with my wife Katie and five children Edward, Harry, Fergus, Reuben and Daisy since 1992. We moved to Leazes Terrace when Edward was just one year old and have since lived in Milkwell Lane, Styford, Leazes Terrace again, Stagshaw Road and now in The Stanners near the cricket club.
After the Conservatives historic election victory in May 2017 the Council Leader Peter Jackson appointed me as Cabinet Secretary and Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services. This is a diverse portfolio which includes core council activities such as finance, HR and communications as well as more unusual areas such as the coroners office.
I am Northumberland’s representative on the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee – the body that coordinates flood and coastal protection right across the North East, I’m a substitute member for the Northumberland leader and deputy leader in the North of Tyne Combined Authority Cabinet and the North East Combined Authority Transport Group.
My five children are all growing up. Edward lives in Cambodia and is doing a Masters Degree in International Development. Harry completed a Politics degree at Newcastle University and now works in energy sector recruitment in London. Fergus is at Lancaster University studying Film & Theatre and has recently completed a year in studying Boulder, Colorado. Reuben is studying Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. Daisy is an accomplished rugby player representing the North of England and has just completed A’Levels at Queen Elizabeth High School. She’s hoping to go to medical school in Exeter in October.
My wife Katie has been heavily involved in Corbridge community life as Chair of the Parish Council, Chair of Governors at Corbridge Middle School and a driving force in the creation of Corbridge Tennis Club.
I have a good understanding of local education with first hand family experience of Broomhaugh and Beaufront First Schools, Corbridge Middle School, Mowden Hall School and Queen Elizabeth High School.
I have over 30 years business experience and run the web channel of our family retail business.
I have always been heavily involved in the local community and have coached rugby at Tynedale Rugby Club for 20 years. I’m lead coach of the very successful girls section at the Corbridge club. I’ve held a number of important positions at the club including Welfare Officer, Coaching Coordinator and Chair of Youth Rugby and I currently coach the Northumberland U18s girls County team.
I coached a football team at Corbridge United for four years.
I’m actively involved in the Corbridge Traders group and initiated, commissioned and help manage the village community Visit Corbridge web site. Over 60 local organisations use the web site which had proved to be a valuable resource for the Corbridge community and visitors to the area.
In my spare time I am a keen cook, rugby coach, I play five a side football, cycle and keep bees.
- Northumberland Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources.
- Over 25 years in Corbridge.
- 20 years coaching at Tynedale RFC.
- Corbridge Parish Councillor.
There was very little support from our community for the Milkwell Development – up to 215 new houses above Corbridge Middle School. Many people remain concerned about safety, extra traffic, parking congestion, drainage capacity and the impact on our schools and medical centre. I’m working closely with the Middle School, the Northumberland County Council planners, highways officers and health and safety team, the Parish Council and the developers to ensure the impact on existing residents is minimised as much as possible. Do get in touch if you have any concerns.
Parking and Roads
Much of Corbridge was built before there were cars on the roads so what makes our village very special also constrains our ability to develop more parking easily accessble to the centre. I am focused on trying to develop more car parking to ease the pressure as well as improving our roads and amking use of public transport as easy and as convenient as possible.
A Vibrant Community
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