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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; Personnel & Employment Advisory Group; PC representative on Wylam Community Playing Fields Committee; Communications & Publicity Advisory Group; Property (3-4 Laburnum Terrace) 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; PC representative on the East Tynedale Parish & Town Councils Forum; Ovingham Joint Burial Committee; Personnel & Employment Advisory Group.

Tom Appleby

Tom was born in Hexham and has lived nearly all his life in Wylam.  He attended Wylam First School, Ovingham Middle School and Prudhoe High School and  is a graduate of Northumbria University.  Tom currently works at an Insurance firm in Newcastle city centre.  For most of his professional life, he has worked as a Paralegal for several local firms.

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or Tel: (awaited)

Responsibilities: The Haughs Local Nature Reserve Management Committee; Communications & Publicity Advisory Group; Wylam Railway Museum Management Advisory Group; Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership.

Jos Joures

Jos grew up in the village and went to school here. His career has involved the design and delivery of public services, including leading work across Whitehall Departments to advise Government Ministers and Parliament on how public services can be improved. He has experience of ensuring the citizen's voice is heard in determining how services are delivered in areas like transport, housing and education, and of influencing how those services are delivered to improve outcomes for citizens. In 2013, he was awarded a CBE for his contribution in improving services for disadvantaged young people and for the contribution he made to making pension saving more accessible for all. He is a volunteer for the Workers' Educational Association, a Newcastle United season ticket holder and can be seen around the village with his dog, Hughie.

Jos Joures

Contact Jos via via our contact form.

or Tel: 07977 206424

Responsibilities: Wylam Institute Community Association; Planning Advisory Group; The Haughs Local Nature Reserve Management Committee; Personnel & Employment Advisory Group; Property (3-4 Laburnum Terrace) Advisory Group.

Jim Martin

Jim and his wife moved to the area in 1990. Initially living in Hexham and then moving to the lovely village of Wylam in 2007.

His work with the police helicopter and then as chief pilot and fundraiser for the air ambulance with units at Teesside, Otterburn, and Appleby, gave him plenty of time and opportunity to meet and work with local community groups. He is very aware of how much effort goes into keeping these groups afloat.

He is keen to give his time to support all those volunteers and organisations who willingly give up their time to make our village such a great place to live.

His interests are travelling in their camper, walking and long days out in our beautiful local countryside - whatever the weather!

Jim Martin

Contact Jim via our contact form.

or Tel: 07387 0800 57 / 01661 854 942

Responsibilities: NCC Community Safety Hub (CoSH); The Haughs Local Nature Reserve Management Group, Communications & Publicity Advisory Group; Property (3-4 Laburnum Terrace) 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

Contact Bill via our contact form.

or Tel: 01661 853 315

Responsibilities: Planning Advisory Group; Wylam Institute Community Association.

Colin Percy

Colin is a native of Stockton-on-Tees, though with Scottish parents, so a move from Gosforth to another pioneering railway location here in Wylam in 2016 seems appropriate. He studied first engineering and then town planning (the latter in Newcastle) in the early seventies, moved to Edinburgh then returned with his now wife Liz to work in the region in 1978. First up was a brief stint at Northumberland County at the old County Hall and then he worked at Newcastle City until he retired (early) in 2009. Whilst there he served on the Council of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, though more as a planner than a wildlife expert. He took up rowing with the rest of the family down at Newburn about 10 years ago and now regularly cycles down to the club with Liz and then rows back almost to Wylam, when high tide allows. They also go walking and cycling more widely when rowing allows. Colin joined the Parish Council in May 2017, hoping to put his skills and interests to good use.

Colin Percy

Contact Colin via our contact form.

or Tel: 01661 854335

Responsibilities: Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership; Wylam Railway Museum Management Advisory Group; Planning Advisory Group.

Keith Trobe

Keith is a born and bred Northumbrian and has lived in various parts of the county (and further south) before coming to live in Wylam two years ago. He was a secondary school teacher for 20 years before leaving school at the tender age of 45 years (late developer), to set up his own education consultancy which he has run for a further 20 years. He also has worked as a Senior Examiner for an Examinations Board for over 30 years. His main interest is obviously education. In his spare time, Keith plays traditional music in various venues and ceilidh bands.

Keith lives in the centre of the village so is very well acquainted with the traffic, parking and associated issues! He has a particular interest in helping to develop community activities involving music and the arts – so he is open to any suggestions!

Councillor Keith Trobe

Contact Keith via our contact form.

or Tel: 07846 264549

Responsibilities: Ovingham Joint Burial Committee; NCC County Committee; Planning Advisory Group; Communications & Publicity 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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