Cllr Mike Wild

Cllr Mike Wild

Council Chairman

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Mike and his family have lived in Burley since 2001, and he has been on the council since 2012. He is currently Chair of the Council, Chair for the Finance Committee and Chair of the Staffing Committee

With a background in the private sector, Mike is keen to see that the Parish Council benefit from the best practice that exists outside local government in order to both deliver the activities expected of the council, but also to look afresh at risks and opportunities brought about by significant changes taking place as a result of the Government’s localism agenda. This has ranged from introducing social media and a web site, through to supporting the work of the Neighbourhood Plan and offering a commercial view on the delivery of improved services within Burley

Mike is also on Executive committee of the Burley in Wharfedale Scouts and Guides

Cllr Duncan Ault

Cllr Duncan Ault

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As a long-standing resident of Burley in Wharfedale, I have always maintained a keen interest in the village and its activities.
I have been Chair of Burley Scouts and Guides and Burley Middle School governors and I have been Chair of Burley Community Trust for the past five years. My reasons for standing for the Parish Council are to ensure that it is inclusive, aware and supportive of the Community and its voluntary organisations, transparent with its plans and actions and aware of its financial obligations to the community.


Cllr Vicky Evans

I have lived in the village for over twenty years and brought up two sons who attended local schools. Since retiring as a Consultant Forensic Physician I have become much more involved in the village, especially with the library as a member of the Library Committee and volunteer. If elected I would listen to all views and ensure that the voices of the village are fairly represented at Council. I am passionate that the village should retain its character as a wonderful place to live in with amenities for all ages and a viable infrastructure to support it.

Cllr Bob Felstead

I have lived in Burley for 15 years, with my family. I have contributed to many village activities, such as Christmas lights switch on, supporting Scouts events, etc. Over the past 2 and a half years, I have taken an active role in campaigning against the Sun Lane development. Burley is a great village and whilst it should be a modern place to live, and meet genuine housing needs, a development on the scale of Sun Lane is not justified. In addition, the development is not likely to meet realistic “affordable housing” requirements. Working with a team of people in the village, I have been, and will continue to, fight hard to stop this development. I am not opposed to housing development, but it should be done in a way that provides the type of housing people really need (e.g. starter homes that people can afford to buy) and which doesn’t fundamentally alter the character of this village we all love so much.

Cllr Janet Lepley

Cllr Janet Lepley

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I moved from Otley in 2013. Since 2014 I have been a volunteer and am presently chair of the Summer Festival. I volunteer for the library and a member of the Save Our Library Site which successfully kept the public library for Burley. I enjoy living in the village and am prepared to put time and effort into supporting the continuing improvements for the residents of the Parish. I attend Parish Council meetings very regularly and strongly believe that the residents of the Parish should have more knowledge and opportunity to be involved in decisions that are taken by the Parish Council. As a Parish councillor I work for better dissemination of information and true consultation with the Parish residents.

Cllr Chris Turner

Originally from Chesterfield, Chris Turner has lived in Burley for 19 years, with his wife and 2 daughters who both attend Ilkley Grammar School. He works as a software engineer in Saltaire. Chris has been campaigning since the very early days, alongside other Burley residents, to oppose the Sun Lane development. He also has an interest in facilitating youth activities, having previously helped run DJing workshops for teens in inner-city Leeds. Chris is also an active member of member of Keighley and Ilkley Green Party, currently holding the role of Deputy Chair.

Cllr Gary Scott

Gary has lived in Burley in Wharfedale since 1997 and his 3 children attended school at Burley Oaks and then Ilkley Grammar. His wife Catherine is a primary school teacher.

Gary has been a member of the PTA at Burley Oaks and he was also actively involved in running teams for boys and girls as a coach for Burley Trojans Juniors Football Club. He was particularly involved in fundraising activities for the club to raise money to improve the provision of facilities for the children.

Gary spent many years working in Senior Human Resources roles for Lloyds Banking Group, Halifax and Yorkshire Electricity and he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He hopes to be able to bring his experience of business and his knowledge of the village to good use across all Parish Council activities. Gary is particularly interested in achieving the best facilities possible for all within the village and he is keen to look at ways to maximise usage of our existing buildings and to effectively communicate and promote our activities.

Debbie Cox

Originally from Leeds, Debbie settled in Burley with her husband 10 years ago after living and working in various locations around the UK and in Scandinavia.
Her hobbies are gardening, baking and hiking. Her background is in high volume catering with a multi-national organisation, but in recent years she has worked for them in HR. Her current role involves problem solving and project management, often with small means. Success in getting things done means having to think creatively and collaborating with all interested parties in order to get the best outcome. She hopes to bring this perspective and put it to good use in supporting Parish Council initiatives. As part of a workplace scheme she was fortunate enough to be involved in the build up of the work with Barnardos and supporting young people leaving care to live independent lives. It was this which sparked her interest in local affairs. She is keen to secure that the village both retains its character and is a vibrant place to live with a thriving local economy and an inclusive community spirit. Her particular interests as a councillor are the environment, sustainable living, the engagement of young people and an infrastructure which supports everyday life.