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Parish Councillors

The following people are the current Parish Councillors  

Suzanne Truman Davies
Chairman of the Parish Council, Representative on Nidderdale Plus, Nidderdale Strategic Partnership

Suzanne was co-opted onto the Parish Council in 2012 and then remained on the Council after an uncontested election. She was elected Chairman in 2016. She has been a Trustee of the Darley Playing Fields Association and is one of the Parish Councils’ Representatives on the Yorkshire Local Councils Associations. She also represents local Parish Councils on the Executive of Nidderdale Strategic Partnership. Suzanne moved to North Yorkshire in 1982 and to Darley in 1996 during which time she worked for a Harrogate research company for twenty years before retiring. Suzanne is married to Chris and they have two children, both of whom went to school in Ripon.




 Alan Cottrill co-opted back June 2016

Alan moved to Darley in 1988 when he secured a job in Harrogate with BT Payphones. More recently he has worked for a local housing association based in Shipley.  Alan and Carole have three children who have all attended playgroup and school in the village and now work in the area. As a family they regularly shop and enjoy life within Nidderdale, with local traditions, farming and the countryside important to them.  Alan is currently a trustee of Darley Playing Fields Association and his other main interests are building design and affordable housing, plus social and industrial history including traditional folk music and songs. He has helped out in Boys Brigade and church Youth Groups and is currently a volunteer with the Town Pastors - Harrogate ('Street Angels' patroling the town centre of a Friday or Saturday night.)       


Dave Dickinson
Parish Councillor

Dave has been on the Parish Council since the 1990s and has been a parish representative on the Board of the Nidderdale AONB. He is currently the Council representative on the Darley Memorial Hall Committee.

He keeps a watchful eye on the local footpaths during his daily walks with his dogs. Dave works as a print engineer and has lived in the village with his wife Maggie for 40 years. He owns several vintage cars and arranges a rally in Darley every 2 years. 


Helen Flynn  
Keith Hardcastle B.E.M.
Parish Councillor, Trustee of Charity of Isabel Day

Keith has been on  the Parish Council since 1976. He is also the Chairman of Darley Memorial Hall Committee and has been on that since 1965. Keith is a retired farmer who was born in Darley and he has lived in the village all of his life. He is married to Audrey. Keith was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2016 for Services to Farming in Nidderdale and to the Community in Darley. Reasons included his 40 years as a Parish Councillor and 50 years on the Darley Memorial Hall Committee.

 Andrew Johnston




 Dave McQueen
representative on Darley Playing Fields Association


Dave first came to Darley in 1984 whilst serving at HMS Forest Moor. He married local girl Sue and they bought their first home in the village in 1988. They have three grown up children who all attended the playschool, Darley School and St Aidans in Harrogate. During that time Dave and his wife had many years of involvement with Darley Playing Fields Association, and he is now the Parish Council representative on that body.  He also brings leadership, organisational, team management skills and common sense to the Council which he has gained through 26yrs in retail management. He hopes to provide support to the community to ensure the village he is proud to call home continues to be a safe, happy and beautiful location for his family and their families for generations to come.



Sue Welch (Parish Clerk)

Sue is a retired University Lecturer who has also run her own I.T. Consultancy company. She came to Darley from Leeds in 2007 and has been Parish Clerk since April 2008. She has also been Clerk to the DarleySchool Governors and is now a Governor of Forest Moor School.  Sue leads the local Heritage Group which compiled the books Darley Remembered and Darley Celebrations, and she is a volunteer at Nidderdale Museum. Sue is married to Mel, who is on the Darley Memorial Hall Management Committee, has been a trustee of the Playing Fields Association and is Chairman of Sport Nidderdale amongst many other roles. They have two grown up children, with grandchildren, who live further south.


Jerry Anderson (left the Council May 2016)
Parish Councillor, Trustee of Charity of Isabel Day, Representative on Darley Memorial Hall Committee

Jerry was co-opted onto the Parish Council in June 2004 and was elected during the 2008 elections. He first moved to the area in 1988 when he joined HMS Forest Moor and lived in the  ‘on base’ naval Married Quarters for 3 years. After a tour of duty with NATO in Lisbon, the family moved back here and have lived in Darley since 1995. A retired Lieutenant Commander, he served in the Royal Navy for 32 years. In 2010 he retired from work as a Civil Servant at RAF Menwith Hill where he worked in the Civil Engineering department for 6 years. Jerry has been a volunteer for several groups of adults with learning and/ or physical disabilities in Ripon since 2001 and is the Chairman, Secretary and main organiser for two groups. He is married to Carole, from Bradford, who was a Community Nurse in the dale for 8 years and now works as a Bank Nurse. They have 3 adult children who all attended Darley School
 Pete Flynn (left the Council May 2016)
Parish Councillor, Chairman of Nidderdale Safer Neighbourhoods Group
Pete joined the council in 2008 - standing and thereby forcing an election for the council for the first time in 12 years.  He is committed to local democracy and particularly keen to encourage transparency and openness.  He is Chair of Nidderdale Safer  Neighbourhoods Group - a group that meets quarterly and is designed to allow local people access to and the chance to meet (and challenge) local police, fire, youth workers on matters of local concern.  He is also a governor of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (a dance conservatoire in Leeds offering under- and post- graduate degrees in contemporary dance - and is only one of two specialist contemporary dance such colleges in the country) and acted as agent/organiser for the Skipton & Ripon Liberal Democrats at the last general election. He runs a small finance business based in Harrogate. Pete is married to Helen and his two sons were at Darley Primary School before now attending a local Harrogate comprehensive school.