Prestbury Parish Council has a constituency of 12 Parish Councillors. The Councillors have to stand for election every four years or, if there are vacancies in-between elections, Councillors can be co-opted. The Statement as to Persons Nominated for the current term (2019-2023) can be accessed for the Prestbury Ward here, for the Butley Ward here, and for the Fallibroome Ward here. A statutory annual meeting is held in May at which the Chairman and Vice Chairman of Council are elected by the Council members at the start of the Civic Year which runs from May to April. Declarations of interest can be found here.
Cllr Keith Podmore - Chair
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Being a member of Prestbury Parish Council since 2015, Cllr Keith Podmore has lived in Prestbury for eleven years and has recently been re-elected for the Fallibroome Ward.
Cllr Podmore is a Chartered Surveyor by profession, and was employed in a professional practice prior to setting up his own building company over thirty years ago. Whilst Cllr Podmore is now retired, he is still active on the Parish Council, having served as both the Chair of the Planning Committee and also as Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Cllr Podmore thoroughly enjoys the role of a Parish Councillor and sees the coming years as being a great opportunity to further develop Prestbury as a vibrant place to visit, and to enable all residents to enjoy the many advantages of the community.
Cllr Valerie Herbert - Vice Chair
Having lived in Prestbury for just over twenty years, Cllr Valerie Herbert has served as an Independent Parish Councillor since March 2016.
Cllr Herbert is passionate about the delightful village and helping to improve it. To that end, Cllr Herbert leads a dedicated team of volunteers to complement the work achieved by the Parish Council and Prestbury Amenity Society.
Cllr Herbert encourages as many residents as possible to lend a hand, even if it on an ad hoc basis, and for just a few hours. Please contact Cllr Herbert if you would like more information on how you can help the community.
Cllr Lillian Burns
Cllr. Lillian Burns is an independent councillor with no political affiliations who has lived in Prestbury for 35 years.
A Prestbury Parish Councillor for over twenty years, Cllr Burns serves on the executive board of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC) and represents ChALC (which covers Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester, Warrington and Halton) on the National Assembly of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). At NALC, Cllr Burns serves on the Policy and the Smaller Councils Committees.
A journalist by training, Cllr Burns researched and produced a report on Neighbourhood Planning in 2018 for NALC, along with an academic colleague, which has prompted the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to set about examining what improvements can be made to the neighbourhood planning system (https://www.nalc.gov.uk/library/publications/2755-where-next-for-neighbourhood-planning-2018/file).
Cllr Marilyn Leather
Having worked for over thirty years in the airline industry, Cllr Marilyn Leather has been a parish councillor for nine years.
Cllr Leather's interest rests in particular with highways, roads and pavements.
Cllr Leather is currently Vice Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee and a member of the Planning Committee. Cllr Leather also represents the Parish Council at Manchester Airport Community Liaison meetings, alongside Poynton Area Community Partnership meetings.
Cllr Leather is a patient representative on both an NHS Infectious Control Committee, at Macclesfield Hospital and the Antimicrobial Resistance Board, for Cheshire and Merseyside.
Cllr Thelma Jackson
Having represented the Prestbury Ward on Macclesfield Borough Council from 1999 to 2007, and as Mayor of Macclesfield Borough in 2008-2009, Cllr Thelma Jackson has welcomed the role of Parish Councillor since taking up office in 2012.
Having been a Governor of Prestbury Primary School and a current trustee of Friends of Prestbury Youth, Cllr Jackson has always been interested in helping to develop the future generation of residents.
Also sitting on the Prestbury Amenity Society and as a trustee of Prestbury Village Hall, Cllr Jackson is able to bring a well-rounded approach to Parish affairs.
Cllr Arthur Dicken
Cllr Arthur Dicken attended Liverpool College and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Working for ICI for thirty-six years, starting as a chemical engineer in process design, moving into production management in Runcorn, and Northwich, then as Works Manager of the ICI (now AstraZeneca) Pharmaceuticals Factory in Macclesfield. Later moving to Teesside as Engineering and Operations Manager of the ICI chemical manufacturing sites at Wilton, Billingham and North Tees, Cllr Dicken then became Manufacturing Director of the ICI Group in 1995. At this time, Cllr Dicken was a member of the National Manufacturing Council, the CBI NE Regional Executive and the Technology Foresight Panel for Manufacturing.
After retiring from ICI, Cllr Dicken worked as a facilitator in business support and economic development activities with the Tees Valley Development Corporation, then with the North West and the Cheshire & Warrington business development agencies. Joining McCourts as a consultant in the executive team, Cllr Dicken focused on effectiveness and business strategy development, returning to Cheshire to work on strategy with the EC Hospice, the King’s School and the David Lewis Centre.
In Macclesfield, Cllr Dicken was the past Chairman of the Enterprise Agency, Chamber of Commerce and Local Economic Partnership, vice Chairman of the TEC and a Trustee of the Silk Heritage Centre, a non-executive Director and Vice Chairman of the East Cheshire NHS Trust, Chairman of the Governors of the King’s School, a Trustee of Age Concern East Cheshire, Captain and Chairman of Prestbury Golf Club and Chairman of the Prestbury Branch of the Macclesfield Conservative Association.
Cllr Dicken is keen on golf, walking and DIY, has been married for over fifty years to his wife, Lynne, and has two married daughters and four grandchildren. Cllr Dicken became a parish councillor in 2008 through his involvement in the Plan for Prestbury, and was Chairman from 2011 – 2015.
Cllr Jon Hallowell
Cllr Jon Hallowell joined the Parish Council in 2017. Living in Prestbury from birth, he felt his skill set would be well suited to elevating the council's marketing and communication efforts to maximise the profile and benefits of events and activities the council runs to increase engagement and participation as much as possible. Cllr Hallowell is a member of the F+GP Committee and plays an active role on the Events Working Party, helping to co-ordinate events such as the Teddy Bears' Picnic, Summer Fete, and Christmas Fair. Cllr Hallowell has a background in Architecture and Graphic Design and has spent his professional career in Advertising and Consultancy, he is currently a co-owner of an international marketing agency in Altrincham. Cllr Hallowell brings many skills to the Parish Council and his passions outside of council activities include
acting as a visiting lecturer at Salford and Manchester Metropolitan Universities and juggling the needs of a 10 year old daughter and two cats.
Cllr Peter Holes
Having lived in the Village for over thirty years, Cllr Peter Holes was elected to the Council in 2019.
An accountant by profession, he has worked away from Prestbury a number of times, but his home and family has always remained here. Now semi-retired Cllr Holes is keen to be actively involved in village life and its preservation and development. Having worked on the organisation of the Village Fair for a number of years, Cllr Holes is now the Chair of the Prestbury Parish Council Events Committee and is also a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Cllr Daniel Franks
Cllr Daniel Franks moved to Prestbury with his wife and three dogs in March 2018.
He has been an active member of several charities and is the founder and co-organiser of the annual #allforcharity Tour de Manc bike ride.
Cllr Franks has worked in the Cyber Security sector for over 20 years and moved to Prestbury after selling his Manchester-based business.
Cllr Franks actively takes part in local litter picks and is proud of the local area he now lives in. He feels that his experience in both business and charity can make a positive contribution to the local Parish Council.
Cllr Denzil Murphy
Councillor Denzil Murphy moved to Prestbury almost 15 years ago and joined the Parish Council in October 2019.
Now retired from an Aviation career spanning 44 years, both military Fleet Air Arm and Commercial Aviation, Councillor Murphy is dedicated to assisting the Parish Council in its vital work wherever, and whenever, possible.
Having lived in villages in Devon and Cornwall for over 40 years Councillor Murphy has a deep-rooted respect for the countryside, and country living, and is keen to be directly involved with the preservation, popularity and enhancement of Prestbury village life.