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Anne Francis - Chairman

Anne moved to Wylam in 1992, a random choice based on the fact that Wylam seemed a “quite nice place to live.” With three growing sons most of Anne’s early community involvement centred on local schools, the park, tennis club and numerous muddy football pitches. During this time she was also coerced into two stints as one of Wylam Cubs' leaders. After a varied career in nursing Anne escaped the rigours of the NHS in 2012 giving her the opportunity to pursue a second career in “Giving something back”. She has been a Parish Councillor since 2011, being elected as Chairman in 2014. Since 2008 Anne has been a committee member of Wylam Community Playing Field Association and is one of the major organisers of the annual Summer Fair. She is also a trustee and treasurer of Tynedale Hospice at Home. Anne is a member of Wylam Amateur Dramatics Society, an avid keepfitter and enjoys skiing in the winter and motorhoming in the summer. The “quite nice place to live” mentioned in the first sentence has become Anne’s well established home and she feels privileged to be a part of this thriving community.

Councillor Anne Francis Chairman

Contact Anne via our contact form.

or Tel: 01661 852 642

Responsibilities: Chairman of the Parish Council; Wylam Globe Editorial Group; Personnel & Employment Advisory Group; PC representative on Wylam Community Playing Fields Committee; Website Advisory Group.

Bill Nicholson

Bill was born in Wylam in 1983 and apart from leaving to study Law at university, he has lived in the village his whole life. He now works for a law firm in Newcastle. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, cricket and cycling. He plays the guitar and ukulele and is currently taking up the piano. He is a keen amateur astronomer and enjoys taking advantage of the local dark skies to stargaze - when it's not cloudy! Bill joined the Parish Council 3 years ago because having grown up in Wylam, he cares greatly about the village and its future.

Councillor Bill Nicholson

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or Tel: 01661 853 315

Responsibilities: Planning Advisory Group; Website Advisory Group; PC representative on Wylam Institute Committee.

Stephen Barlow

Stephen joined the Parish Council 3 years ago following a career change which helped him address his work/life balance. This allowed time to give something back to the community which he and his family have enjoyed whilst living in Wylam over the previous 10 years. With a background in engineering management he hopes his organisational skills will be of benefit to the council activities and is currently serving on two of the Parish Councils sub-committees and organising the council website. Stephen has a keen interest in outdoor pursuits walking, running and cycling. Stephen is a regular rider with the Wylam Sprockets and also helps out with the Wylam Rockets and Prudhoe Rockets football teams.

Councillor Stephen Barlow

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or Tel: 01661 854 914

Responsibilities: Ovingham Joint Burial Committee Chairman; Website Advisory Group; Planning Advisory Group.

Ruth Creighton

Ruth moved to Wylam in 1980 and joined the Parish Council 3 years ago when she retired from a career in the Civil Service. With her family she’s enjoyed the many benefits of living in Wylam. Both her children went through the local school system and have taken part in various village activities such as the Cubs, Brownies and football teams. Ruth sees being a member of the Parish Council as an opportunity to be involved in ensuring that this continues to be a community that everyone can be part of.

Councillor Ruth Creighton

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or Tel: 01661 852 668

Responsibilities: Member of Ovingham Joint Burial Committee;  Wylam Globe Editorial Group; Personnel & Employment Advisory Group.

Tom Martin - Vice-Chairman

Born and bred into horticulture, Tom moved to Wylam twenty years ago when he and Lois bought Wylam Nurseries and the attached bungalow. He has been a member of Wylam Parish Council for the last seven years serving as Chairman from 2010 to 2014. He did courses in horticulture at Kirkley Hall and a degree in Plant Biology at Newcastle University and in his younger days played and coached rugby at Ponteland Rugby Club. Tom has always taken a keen interest in nature, local history and the great outdoors. He has attended meetings of the East Tynedale Parish and Town Council Forum on behalf of Wylam Parish Council for the past few years and this year took over as Chairman of the Forum.

Councillor Tom Martin Vice Chair

Contact Tom via our contact form.

or Tel: 01661 854062

Responsibilities: Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council; The Haughs Local Nature Reserve Management Committee; Website Advisory Group; Wylam Railway Museum Advisory Group; PC representative on, and Chair of, the East Tynedale Parish & Town Councils Forum.

Tony Mitcham

Hailing originally from Wales, Tony moved to Wylam some 40 years ago when he took up a job in local government in the area. He has been a member of the Council for 15 years and has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman during that period. He was closely involved with the Wylam Playing Field Association and the development of the Jubilee Field in a number of roles, not least as a member of the grass cutting team. Tony’s family of four daughters and ten grandchildren live in the area and he continues to retain a strong enthusiasm for involving people in the life of the community and the difference that the Parish Council can make in achieving communal objectives.

Councillor Tony Mitchum

Contact Tony via our contact form.

or Tel: 01661 852 128

Responsibilities: Planning Advisory Group; Wylam Globe Editorial Group; PC representative on Wylam Institute Committee; PC representative on SCA Community Consultation Forum.

Brian Japes

Brian has lived in Wylam since 1970, from where his three sons all went through the local school system. Brian joined the Parish Council in 2000 and was Chairman between 2004 and 2009. As a member of the editorial group Brian has put the copy together for the “Wylam Globe” since 2005 and, over the years, he has represented the Parish Council on various external bodies. Taking early retirement in 1996 from a career in agricultural education, which included periods during which he managed the farm or specific farm units within those institutions. Brian's wife died in 2010, and since then he has lived on his own. Brian is a member of the Wylam Methodist Church, where he is currently responsible for looking after the property. Brian's other interests include walking, gardening, reading and, of course, his family which includes seven grandchildren.

Councillor Brian Japes

Contact Brian via our contact form.

or Tel: 01661 852 151

Responsibilities: Co-ordinator, Wylam Globe Editorial Group;  Wylam Railway Museum Advisory Group; PC representative at Northumberland County Council's West Area Community Safety Hub meetings.

Maureen Gillis

Maureen came to live in Wylam in 1969. Maureen was appointed Clerk to Wylam Parish Council in 1978. She won a seat on the Parish Council in 1987, served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman and represented the Parish Council on Wylam School Governors for many years. Maureen was a voluntary helper at Wylam Preschool Playgroup during the time her three daughters were growing up. Maureen left the council in 1999 because of other family commitments but was co-opted back in 2004 and continues to serve the community through the Parish Council.


Contact Maureen via our contact form.

or Tel: 01661 852 508

Responsibilities: Supervisor of Village Handyman; Personnel & Employment Advisory Group.


Parish Employees

Parish Clerk - Diana Carney

Diana and her family came to live in Wylam in 1989. She was appointed Clerk to the Parish Council in 2004, a new departure after several years teaching Spanish at Newcastle College. Her first job in North East England after returning from two years' contract teaching in Buenos Aires, Argentina was in Northumberland County Council's Planning department. This local government experience has proved very useful in her role as Parish Clerk. When not in the Institute Office, Diana enjoys playing the violin, piano and church organ, learning foreign languages, walking, reading and baking bread.

Diana Carney Clerk

Contact Diana via our contact form.

or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or Tel: 01661 852 498

Responsibilities: Parish Council Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

Parish Handyman - Matthew Hadden

Matthew has lived in Wylam all his life. He has been employed by Wylam Parish Council as Village Handyman since 2002. Matthew keeps Wylam's streets clean and tidy all year round and waters the hanging baskets during the summer months. He is a member of the Wylam Road Safety Group.

Mathew Hadden Village Handyman

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