Darley and Menwith Parish Council

Darley and Menwith Parish Council is made up of 7 Councillors, who are elected every 4 years. The last election was in May 2018. 

The Councillors elected unopposed in May 2018 were Dave Dickinson, Dave McQueen and Sue Welch. At its meeting on 23 May, Sue Welch was elected Chairman for 2018/19.  4 further Councillors have since been co-opted  - Ernie Butler, Jo McAllister, Nigel Nicholas, Andrew Robertshaw.  
Click to the website of Harrogate Borough Council where the Register of Interests for all Councillors is published.

The Proper Officer of the Council is: 
The Parish Clerk, Martin Pearson, 3a Low Lane Darley HG3 2QN 
clerk@darleyparishcouncil.org.uk  Tel:  07541 518456

The links will take you to further information about the Councillors and to the Agendas and Minutes of all Council Meetings.

Chairman for the year 2020/21 as for 2019/20 is Sue Welch.  chairman@darleyparishcouncil.org.uk

Our Ward Councillor for Harrogate Borough Council is Tom Watson, Thomas.watson@harrogate.gov.uk,  Tel 01423 780840

Our Division Councillor on North Yorkshire County Councillor is Stan Lumley, Cllr.Stanley.lumley@northyorks.gov.uk, Tel 01423 712036

Your Councillors

Susan Welch

Susan Welch


Green Acres
Sheepcote Lane



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 was Parish Clerk from April 2008 until April 2018. She has also been Clerk to the Darley School Governors and a Governor of Forest Moor School, and is Chairman of RAF Menwith Hill British American Committee. Sue leads the local Heritage Group and wrote the books Darley Remembered, Darley Celebrations, and Darley Memorial Hall, and she is Chairman of 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.

Ernie Butler

Doulton Lodge
Main St

07939 929706


Ernie was co-opted in June 2018

Dave Dickinson

Dave Dickinson

Parish Councillor

Station Lane House
Main St



Dave has been on the Parish Council since the 1990s and has been a parish representative on the Board of the Nidderdale AONB and 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.

Jo McAllister

Stonehaven Barn
Main St

01423 780609


Jo has two children at Darley School.  She was co-opted in July 2018

Dave McQueen

Dave McQueen

Main St



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.

Nigel Nicholas

Main St

01423 781387


Nigel was co-opted onto the Parish Council in July 2018. He and his wife Sue moved to Darley, from Devon, five years ago to be closer to some of their family. Between them they have four children & ten grandchildren with one family living in Darley. Although he was still working when he moved to Darley, Nigel quickly became involved in village life and has been treasurer and trustee of Darley Playing Fields Association for four years. In that time, he was very involved in a small working party to successfully bring a village shop back to the village, at the same time securing the viability of the Playing Fields. 
Nigel is a recently retired accountant having worked as a Finance Director for large multinational companies as well as small start up companies. During his career, he founded, grew and sold his own business which was based upon helping young start up companies get off the ground. He hopes to continue to provide support to the community to help Darley be a safe and happy place for families to grow up in.

Andrew Robertshaw

Andrew Robertshaw

Potters Field


 Andrew retired to Darley in 2017 after living in Harrogate for 35 years. He was a Captain in the Merchant Navy working primarily in the oil sector and travelled extensively during his career. Amongst his wide variety of responsibilities was the enforcement of health and safety and environmental protection. 

Andrew has taken up the challenge in limiting over development of Darley village and subsequent impact on the AONB. He is the Darley Parish Council’s representative on the Nidderdale Safer Neighbourhood Group. Andrew is married and has two grown up sons. He was co-opted in June 2018.


Martin Pearson

Martin Pearson

Parish Clerk

3a Low Lane

07541 518456


Martin is a former tax specialist and is originally from Leeds. He moved to Darley from Bedfordshire with his wife Helen in 2012. He has taken on the role of Parish Clerk in order to become more involved in helping keep Darley a great place to live.
Outside of work, Martin is an avid cricketer (for Birstwith!!) and enjoys distance running, circuit training and walking
Martin started in post on 1st February 2019