See also: Committees - The Mayor


Councillors are elected for a period of four years, the next election being in May 2023. 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.

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.


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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, where I now serve as Chair to the Governing Board, 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. I am committed to ensuring Mytholmroyd has a voice, in this very active corner of Calderdale, and that every resident of my Ward has fair representation and quality of life.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Pat FraserPat Fraser

Ward: Fairfield Ward

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.


Rob FreethRob Freeth

I was elected to the Town Council to represent Birchcliffe Ward in the recent local elections of May 2019.

I have lived in Hebden Royd since 1981 when I became Headteacher of Scout Road Primary School and have had my home here ever since. I now live in Wadsworth in the Birchcliffe Ward where I moved to in 2000. I have worked in education all my adult life having been Head of two schools in Calderdale, worked in international education in the Far East, the Middle East and Africa and finally, for 11 years, as a Headteacher in Bradford.

Since my retirement in 2017 I have continued my involvement in education being a Governor of Old Town Primary School and as Calderdale Branch Secretary for the National Association of Headteachers in which role I work closely with schools across the district as well as liaising with the local authority. I am also very actively involved in the Calderdale Against School Cuts campaign which reflects my deep concern at the negative impact of government austerity politics on, not just schools, but all public services including policing, health and social services.

I believe very strongly in communities working together with each of us supporting one another in partnership to create better lives and life chances for all. This has led me to organise and manage the Hebden Bridge Duck Race in 2018 and again in 2019 as part of Hebden Bridge Rotary Club and to play an important role in the organisation and delivery of the Hebden Bridge Vintage Car Weekend each August. Money raised through these and other events, which bring people together, has been used to support local schools, clubs, youth groups and community organisations as well as to provide aid locally, nationally and internationally in times of need.

As a Town Councillor I aim to do all that I can to support local individuals, groups and organisations committed to working together to build a thriving, united community in which all feel valued and are given a chance to succeed and achieve.

Ward: Birchcliffe


Patsi GuilfoylePatsi Guilfoyle

Ward: Fairfield

I have lived in Hebden Bridge since 2002 and was recently honoured to be elected by the residents of Fairfield ward to represent them on the Town Council.

I have worked for 35 years in the NHS as a nurse and since I became semi retired I have had the opportunity to devote more time to become active in our vibrant town. This was a main aim of retiring after observing how our community came together after the floods in 2015. I have helped clearing up in Hebble End post flood, and helped to complete an application for a legal right of way. I have helped with litter picking and reporting fly tipping in the area. I am also keen to help establish a neighbourhood or residents' organisation in Fairfield, where I have lived since 2013 and I am very enthusiastic about improving the environment and services for residents in the area. I will do my best that I can to provide a voice for any concerns or ideas that people have. Please speak to me or contact me via email. 


Nikki HarveyNikki Harvey

I am very proud to be a councillor for West End Ward after being newly elected in May 2019. I moved here in 2007 and live with my partner and two young sons. I love living in Hebden Royd and being part of such a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community.

I currently work as a mental health worker with homeless, asylum seekers and refugees for the NHS in Bradford. Prior to that I worked for nearly 10 years with older adults for the NHS in Calderdale. I am extremely proud to work for the NHS and advocate for the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in society. Being in these roles has made me acutely aware of the damaging effects of austerity.

I was a member of the Little Park Friends group that successfully fundraised and campaigned for the renovation of the playground on Victoria Road. I have been a local fundraiser for Marie Curie charity for many years. In the past I have been involved in the local Friends of the Earth and Civic Trust groups.

I have a history of community and environmental activism and will do all I can to support Hebden Royd being a beautiful and compassionate place to live for all its residents. Please get in touch if you live in West End Ward and would like any help or to share ideas. Thankyou.

Ward: West End


Bernice Hayes

Ward: White Lee Ward

Tony HodginsTony Hodgins

Ward: White Lee Ward

I was born on Scout Bottom in Mytholmroyd and have lived in this scenic valley for most of my life. It’s a pleasure to be part of this friendly community and feel I know the people extremely well.

It was a privilege to be elected as a Hebden Royd Town Councillor for White Lee Ward eight years ago, and in 2016 I was honoured to be made Mayor of Hebden Royd. During my term in office I met some truly inspirational people and represented our towns with pride.

Throughout my time as a local councillor I have worked hard on many local projects, most recently setting up the ‘Friends of White Lee Memorial Park’. After discovering its history I worked with the community and town council to ensure it was rightfully commemorated and the stone, plaque and bench that are now in situ are testament to this.

I was also instrumental in getting the lighting and benches restored in the Memorial Gardens that were damaged during the 2015 floods, and with the help of Calderdale Council this is now a well-lit area at night.

I’m delighted to have been involved in the cleaning up of some of the ‘grot spots’ around the ward, one of which was the former wasteland area at the end of Banksfield Terrace. Many spring bulbs were planted, and due to the continued maintenance of people living nearby it is now thriving and full of colour throughout the year.

My participation with many local community groups is very rewarding. Until January this year I was the former Treasurer of Royd Regeneration, and remain on the committee. The Mytholmroyd Christmas Market and lights switch-on has become a firm favourite in the village, and I’m delighted to have been involved with this community event since the beginning.

I also attend Flood Alleviation Scheme stakeholder meetings, and have served on the Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Town Development Board since its inception. I have been very much involved with all aspects of the Neighbourhood Plan where, among other things, we are looking at future developments for business and housing.

As one of the original three flood wardens in Mytholmroyd, this role has shown me first-hand the devastation that flooding can cause. We now have more than twenty dedicated people in these roles who are all volunteers and do an amazing job.

My interests are varied but include wildlife, music and walking our dog. I am keen to make this a green and environmentally friendly place to live, and support the Council’s ambition to become carbon neutral which is one of the reasons why I would love to continue my work on Hebden Royd Town Council.

I live with my partner, Hazel, and our ‘doodle’ dog in White Lee Ward.


Jane Hoyle

Jane HoyleI have lived in Mytholmroyd with my husband Kevin for nearly 40 years. Both sons attended Scout Road School and Calder High School. I have worked in Home Care, for Age Concern Calderdale managing projects and volunteers and as a Volunteers' Manager for both Bradford Council and the Acorn Centre in Todmorden.

I am currently a Lay Minister at St. John's Cragg Vale and St Michael's Mytholmroyd. I volunteer as a Practice Health Champion with the Hebden Bridge Group Practice. In that capacity, with a colleague, run a monthly Bereavement and Loss Drop-in. I am also a volunteer with Calderdale Help in Bereavement (CHIBS).

Among my hobbies are reading - I am a member of St Michael's Book Club, walking my Westie and membership of Mytholmroyd Community Centre Gym enjoying taking part in classes such as kettle bells, boxing and spin.

I have seen many changes in Mytholmroyd over the years. The current flood alleviation work, although causing some frustration, means that we have a lot to look forward to. We will soon have a revitalised village.

I joined the Labour Party two years ago as I became increasingly concerned about the cuts to services nationally and locally, which have led to hardship for many in our community. I therefore aim to serve alongside my fellow councillors in responding to the concerns of local people.

Ward: Cragg Vale


Richard Needham

Ward: West End

Richard NeedhamIt was a great privilege to be elected to represent Fairfield Ward earlier this month (May 2018). Born and brought up in Yorkshire what matters to me is the attachment and commitment to the community where I have made my home. And since living in Hebden I have become involved in local activities and become fully part of this community. I have also become a trustee of the board of Hebden Bridge Community Association that so successfully owns and operates the Town Hall - I am passionate about the difference that all such voluntary groups can make to the town.

In the past as a Councillor in Nottinghamshire I have worked with businesses on a Town Centre Group - in Hebden likewise I will strive to support the efforts to bring improvements, more activities and life to our town.

Currently, I manage a small children's charity in Lancashire. In the past I have worked as a Social Worker and in Children's Centres and am committed to supporting and giving voice to the most vulnerable. I hope that I prove to be an effective councillor, listening to people, ensuring that they are effectively represented and making a difference to the communities of Hebden Royd.


Scott Patient

Ward: White Lee

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.


Val StevensVal Stevens

I live in the centre of Mytholmroyd and have just been elected to serve as Town Councillor for Caldene Ward. I am Vice Chair of Royd Regeneration and a committee member of Mytholmroyd Arts. I have had a long interest in local government and what it can deliver for local communities. I served for many years as a City councillor in Manchester and I hope to bring my experience to benefit my constituents here. My main interests are services for older people, transport, environment and sustaining local businesses. My private interests are history, art, literature and keeping in touch with friends and family.

Ward: Caldene


Carol StowDr Carol Stow

Ward: Birchcliffe

I have lived in the Birchcliffe Ward for over 36 years and it was a great privilege to be re-elected as a Labour councillor to represent the ward for a further four years in May 2019. My children were born and raised here so I have first-hand experience of many of the local issues facing people of all ages. Having spent my working life as a speech and language therapist in the NHS I’m also well aware of the problems faced by many as a result of central government’s policy of austerity. As a town council we need to continue developing and supporting our community. Climate change and the impact that has on flooding is a huge local issue: this may be an international crisis but we all have our part to play and I look forward to helping make the town council carbon neutral.

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.


Geoff WoodGeoff Wood

I am newly elected to Hebden Royd Town Council for the Cragg Vale ward for Labour and feel very privileged to be voted in.

I have lived in the valley for 22 years and feel very much at home here. I have been committed to volunteering for the last 10 years, and have intensified that since the floods of 2015.

My daughter was born in Halifax and went to school in Midgley and Calder High School.

I was voted in as Chair of Royd Regeneration in early 2019, and I am also Vice Chair of the South Pennines LAG, where we have supported community initiatives, cultural projects, start ups and growing businesses with grant aid from central government. I am Vice Chair of Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd Town Board and am a Trustee of the Mytholmroyd Station Building, which we are getting close to reopening as a public amenity.

I trained first in agriculture and management and then in the visual arts, and yes I know that sounds like a strange combination. I have worked in regeneration across the country for government bodies, cities, local government and the private sector. I am also an artist and occasionally make artworks for the public realm as well as mentoring other artists and helping to commission them.

I know how to get things done and am committed to using my experience to serve the whole community. If you need help please get in touch and I will do what I can for you.

Ward: Cragg Vale


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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.


Birchcliffe Ward Rob Freeth, Carol Jane Stow, Dave Young Fairfield Ward Pat Fraser, Sue Fenton, Patsi Guilfoyle
Caldene Ward Christine Irene Bampton Smith, Karl Antony Boggis, Val Stevens West End Ward Sarah Courtney, Nikki Harvey, Richard Needham

Cragg Vale Ward June Cammack, Jane Hoyle, Geoff Wood

White Lee Ward Tony Hodgins, Scott Patient, Bernice Hayes



    Cllrs Cammack & Fraser
    Cllr Fraser
    Cllrs Patient & Hoyle
    Cllr Sue Fenton
    Cllr Val Stevens, 1 vacancy
    Cllr Sarah Courtney
    Cllr Harvey
    Cllr Boggis
    Cllr Pat Fraser and Cllr June Cammack
    Cllr Boggis
  12. HANDMADE PARADE (Grant Award)
    Cllr Stow
    (4 Posts – 2 from each) Cllrs Stow & Needham and Cllrs Hodgins & Bampton Smith
  14. HAPPY VALLEY PRIDE (Grant Award)
    Cllr Stow
    Cllr Cammack
    Cllr Bampton Smith
    Cllrs Geoff Wood and Rob Freeth
  18. TED HUGHES NETWORK (Grant Award)
    Cllr Stow
    Cllr Jane Hoyle
    Cllr Tony Hodgins


    Cllr Dr Carol Stow / Cllr Patsi Guilfoyle
    Cllrs Stevens, Fenton & Hoyle.
    Cllr Rob Freeth


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