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The Team

Councillors group photoBack Row L-R: Colin Percy (Chairman), John Hanley, Diana Carney, Brandon O'Kane
Front Row L-R: Martin Jones, Marie Moore (Clerk), Luke Hilliard

Colin Percy - Chairman

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

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or Tel: 01661 854 335

Responsibilities: Chairman of the Parish Council.

Diana Carney

Diana is a Scarborough lass. She and her family came to Wylam over 30 years ago. She served as Parish Clerk for 14 years until 2018. Missing being closely involved in village life in Wylam and thinking that “an old hand” might be useful, she became a councillor in December 2020. A keen fiddle/violin player and erstwhile church organist, Diana also enjoys walking, swimming, baking bread and learning foreign languages.

Councillor Diana Carney

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Responsibilities: Details awaited.

Steven Duckworth

I’m from Blackburn, Lancashire originally and lived in London for over twenty years. In 2015 myself, partner and our gorgeous son moved to Wylam. We haven’t regretted it, for even a moment, since!

I’m an ex NHS clinician, now commissioner ensuring that hospitals have the resources they need in order to deliver high standards of clinical care. It’s a hugely rewarding role.

When I’m not working I am happiest spending time with family. I am also involved with a number of local and national charities, which keeps me busy. I’m also a governor at our fabulous first school. I love reading and listening to music. We also have a dog, which keeps us busy.

I enjoy working with the Council because it links me directly to the interests and concerns of the community. I’m a big believer in fairness, cooperation and sustainability and care deeply about reducing health and educational inequalities. Improving the environment.

Councillor Steven Duckworth

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or Tel: awaited

Responsibilities: Details awaited.

Luke Hilliard

I moved to Wylam three years ago and have loved living here more than I could have possibly ever imagined. Originally from Cornwall, I have a railway connection to the area as I used to live not far from where Richard Trevithick was born! So I've always grown up with with a love of steam engines and a fascination with industrial history. I'm a keen runner and you've probably seen me running around the village. I want to keep Wylam as lovely as possible and want to make it a safe place for outdoor activities. As well as making the village green friendly and focused on the community.

Councillor Luke Hilliard

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or Tel: 07446 030 058.

Responsibilities: Details awaited.

John Hanley

I’ve lived in Wylam for 20 years. It’s a great place to live and I hope I can help the Parish Council to continue to have a positive role in maintaining and improving life in the village for both residents and visitors.

My particular interests are the environment, local heritage and transport. I’m a keen cyclist and a member of the local informal cycling group the Wylam Sprockets.

Councillor John Hanley

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Responsibilities: Details awaited.

Martyn Jones

Originally from the North West of England, Martyn has lived in the North East for over 10 years and in Wylam for 4 of those. Graduating in Mathematics from the University of Leeds, and with a background in design, he now works with major brand owners on design architecture and strategy.
Martyn is also a keen pianist, former organist, and enjoys gardening and cooking (especially with home grown ingredients).

Martyn joined the Parish council in January 2021.

Councillor Martyn Jones

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or Tel: awaited

Responsibilities: Wylam Haughs Nature Reserve

Brendan O'Kane

Brendan has lived on Tyneside most of his life. He joined Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service at aged 18. After a 32 year career and having worked at all levels of the Fire Service team he finished his career as Assistant Chief Officer of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service.

During his career Brendan was seconded for a time to the Fire Service Inspectorate and Improvement Tem where he worked with other Fire and Rescue Services on making improvements to their services.

He has lots of experience working within a County Council framework enabling community groups to get their voices heard especially in the field of Community Safety

Brendan and his wife Cath moved to Wylam from the coast and fell in love with the village. They have 4 grown up children and are at their happiest when spending time with their granddaughter.

When the opportunity arises Brendan likes to get out on his bike and explore the more remote parts of Northumberland. He is also a long suffering Season Ticket holder at St James Park.

Councillor Brendan O'Kane

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Responsibilities: Details awaited.

Helen Walker

Helen has lived in Wylam for nearly twenty years and many people know her as a musician, trumpet player and teacher. She has a long career in education from primary teacher, Headteacher, Ofsted and Local Authority Adviser. Although now semi-retired, Helen continues to try and raise aspirations in the North East, through music and education and her non-profit, Musilience.

With many qualifications in psychology, Helen is passionate about empowering young people through music, story, film and positive well-being.

Councillor Helen Walker

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or Tel: awaited

Responsibilities: Details awaited.

Parish Employees

Parish Clerk - Marie Moore

Although I have lived in Prudhoe for 20 years I am Crawcrook born and bred. I do however however know Wylam very well and can often be seen out walking my beloved Cocker Spaniel Ella. Some of you will know her as the ‘naughty spaniel’ who has a big love of the river!

My entire career has been in Local Government primarily Community Regeneration and Funding which I thoroughly enjoyed and which was so rewarding.

Wylam is a wonderful village with a great community spirit and I am committed to helping the Parish Council represent its Community.

Parish Clerk

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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

Holly Waddell - County Concillor


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