Shipley Town Council

Shipley Town Council is the parish council for the town of Shipley in West Yorkshire. The Council was created on 1 April 2020, by Order dated 14 January 2020.

This temporary website will be used to provide contact and other information.


The first meeting of the Council took place on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 6.00pm.

Agendas for all other previous and future meetings can be found on the meetings page.


The Town Council has eleven temporary councillors; nine were appointed by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and two were co-opted by the Town Council from an open application process.

All current councillors will serve until the next scheduled local government elections (in May 2021), when all seats will be open to contest.

The current councillors were appointed or co-opted, rather than elected, because of the Coronavirus pandemic, which led to the postponement of the 2020 local government elections.

The Town Council has one full-time paid officer (the Town Clerk).

Councillor Mike Connors (Saltaire and Hirstwood Ward) – Chair of the Council; Chair of the Management Committee; and Chair of the Staffing Subcommittee.

Councillor Mike Connors

“I have lived in Shipley for 20 years and my two sons were born here. Shipley is a great place to live and the new Town Council is determined to make Shipley even better for all residents.

I am proud to lead the Town Council team. We want to achieve results for the whole community. I would like all residents of Shipley to join with us on our journey as we start out on various projects in the coming year, working together to succeed”.

Councillor Celia Hickson (Nab Wood and Moorhead Ward) – Vice Chair of the Council; Chair of the Allotments & Green Spaces Committee; Vice Chair of the Management Committee; and Vice Chair of the Staffing Subcommittee.

Councillor Celia Hickson

“I have lived in Shipley for over 25 years. Born in Denholme, I have lived in Bradford for most of my life. Married with two grown up children, I am a passionate community activist, campaigning on environmental, social justice and peace issues. I have many voluntary roles including as a magistrate”.

Councillor Ros Garside (Nab Wood and Moorhead Ward)

Councillor Ros Garside

“I have been involved with Saltaire Festival since itsearly days and I’m currently a member of the board. I am looking forward tosupporting improvements in Shipley as a member of the Town Council.

I live with my partner in Saltaire village. I came to Bradford in 2002 to take up a post as a senior manager in Educational Services for the Council. I am retired but continue to carry out some educational consultancy. I am also Chair of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education in Bradford and Chair of the Priestley Academy Trust”.

Councillor Mike Grady (Nab Wood & Moorhead Ward)

Councillor Mike Grady

“I have lived in Shipley for nearly 40 years with my family. I brought up two daughters here and have two grandchildren locally.

I have lengthy experience in local government, the National Health Service and academia and hold a Doctorate in Community Leadership and Health. I joined the Town Council because I want to give people across Shipley a voice, finding local solutions to local problems to make Shipley an even better place to live”.

Councillor Farzana Khan (Shipley Central and Dockfield Ward)

Councillor Farzana Khan

“I have been in Shipley for over 35 years and I work as an Accident & Emergency Consultant.

I am keen to see Shipley as a thriving community and a more beautiful, greener, convenient, and fun place to live in. It is a great privilege for me to have an opportunity to work towards this goal”.

Councillor Darren Longhorn (Shipley Central and Dockfield Ward) – Vice Chair of the Allotments Committee.

Councillor Darren Longhorn

“I live and work in the Shipley Central and Dockfield Ward. For my day job, I look after people at a software development company. I wanted to be on Shipley Town Council, because I’m passionate about localism and enabling decision making to be as close as possible to the people affected”.

Councillor Darren Parkinson (Saltaire and Hirstwood Ward) – Chair of the Climate Emergency & Environment Committee; Vice Chair of the Planning Committee; and Chair of the Finance Subcommittee.

Councillor Darren Parkinson

“I live in Hirst Wood with my partner and two children who both attend a local primary school. I work as a Learning Disability Nurse for the NHS, supporting disabled children and their families.

I have lived in Shipley for nearly 20 years and am active within my community, whether it be with the Hirst Wood Regeneration Community Group or through environmental campaigning with such as the Clean Air Bradford campaign group.”

Councillor James Roberts (Saltaire and Hirstwood Ward)

Councillor James Roberts

“I have lived in Saltaire since 2012 and am a member of several local groups, including the Canalside Allotments and the Saltaire History Club.

I was actively involved with the campaign to establish a Town Council, engaging locally through canvassing and social media. I look forward to working with the other councillors to help drive local priorities across Shipley”.

Councillor Dave Robison (Northcliffe and Norwoods Ward) – Vice Chair of the Climate Emergency & Environment Committee; and Vice Chair of the Finance Subcommittee.

Councillor Dave Robison

Councillor Jenna Spiers (Northcliffe and Norwoods Ward)

Councillor Jenna Spiers

“Mother of four girls, I have lived in Shipley since the age of seven. I work as Activities Coordinator for the over-50s at our local community centre. I also have a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

I was part of the campaign for the Town Council from quite early on. I’m passionate about our town and I endeavor to represent our community and the interests of Shipley residents”.

Councillor Anna Watson (Northcliffe and Norwoods Ward) – Chair of the Planning Committee

Councillor Anna Watson

“I have lived in Shipley with my family for over fifteen years. I work for a charity campaigning to protect people’s health by getting hazardous chemicals out of everyday products such as toys, food packaging and furniture.

My children attend local schools and I have been a school governor at Saltaire Primary School for over ten years. I am involved in many community campaigns as part of the local Friends of the Earth group and I co-convene Clean Air Bradford”.


Joe Ashton is Clerk to the Council and the Town Council’s Responsible Financial Officer.

Joe Ashton, Town Clerk


The Town Council has appointed four committees and two subcommittees.

The committees are:


Allotments & Green Spaces

Climate Change & Environment

Planning & Regeneration

The subcommittees, which report to the Management Committee, are:




Shipley civil parish (the area covered by Shipley Town Council) forms part of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District.

Shipley Ward is an electoral division of City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, covering all of Shipley civil parish and some parts of Lower Baildon.

Shipley Ward is represented on Bradford Council by three district councillors:

Councillor Vick Jenkins (Independent Socialist)

Councillor Martin Love (Green Party)

Councillor Kevin Warnes (Green Party)


Shipley is part of the wider Shipley parliamentary constituency, which also includes Baildon, Bingley, Bingley Rural, Wharfedale and Windhill & Wrose wards.

Shipley Constituency is represented in Parliament by Philip Davies MP (Conservative Party).


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