Chairman 2021-22

Cllr Derek Hardcastle has been elected as the Chairman for the new municipal year, and took up office at the Annual Meeting in Kirkheaton Parish Church.  Derek has been a Councillor since 2003, representing first the Lepton ward and now Kirkburton.  He is keen to support the many local community groups in the Parish, and is also an enthusiastic environmentalist.

Cllr John Cowan, a Shepley ward member, was elected to serve as Vice Chairman.  John has been on the Council for 6 years, and is an active member of a number of groups in Shepley. 

The Chairman is the official face of the Council and normally attends many community events in the Parish throughout the year.  Cllr Hardcastle is hoping that he will soon be able to take on this part of the role when the current restrictions are lifted.  If you would like him to attend an event you are organising, please contact the Clerk, preferably by email: or contact the Council office.

He will attend if he possibly can, but if he is unavailable, we will try to arrange for the Vice Chairman to attend.