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

The Proper Officer of the Council is: The Parish Clerk, Sarah Inman  

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 2018/19 is Sue Welch.  chairman@darleyparishcouncil.org.uk

Your Councillors

Susan Welch

Susan Welch


Green Acres
Sheepcote Lane



Sue is a retired University Lecturer who has also ran 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. 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.

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

Potters Field


Andrew was co-opted in June 2018

Sarah Inman

Parish Clerk

Scaife Hill House
Whit Moor Rd
West End

07787 110111


Sarah Inman works part-time supporting university students with dyslexia and lives just outside the parish near Thruscross reservoir. Born in Derbyshire, she came to Yorkshire to train as a nurse and met her husband, Henry, whose family have long-standing farming connections around Knaresborough. Sarah was Parish Clerk for a number of years in Melmerby, outside Ripon, when her two sons were younger, before the family moved to Southwell, Nottinghamshire with Henry’s work. Having returned to North Yorkshire 5 years ago, Sarah decided to learn to play the cornet and has joined Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band, which rehearses in Darley every week. She is enjoying making friends and getting to know the beautiful countryside around Nidderdale as she pursues her interest in wildlife.