Borough Councillors

The Liberal Democrat Group as of 30th September 2022

Grappenhall

Mark Browne

Mark Browne

Mark is a retired solicitor and is currently Deputy Chair of Grappenhall & Thelwall Parish Council, where he also chairs the Planning Committee and Climate & Ecology Group which he set up; this group reaches out to and includes local residents. He feels passionately about protecting the environment and regularly takes part in community litter picks. Mark worked closely with former Councillor Ryan Bate to protect the Green Belt and stop inappropriate development. He helped organise the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the parish and in his spare time he helps train and raise guide dogs. Mail: Highfield Stables, Weaste Lane. Tel: 07583 140 557. Email: CllrMark.Browne@warrington.gov.uk

Helen Speed

Helen Speed

Helen is a former director of nursing and businesswoman. She is the current Chair of Grappenhall & Thelwall Parish Council Parks and Open Spaces Committee and a former Chair of Healthwatch Warrington, a voice for users of health and social care services. Helen is heavily involved in charitable work and chairs the locally based Care UK charity which supports people in need at home and abroad, including providing a local food bank, clothes and furniture. Mail: 105 Thelwall New Road, Thelwall. Tel: 07581 048 823. Email: CllrHelen.Speed@warrington.gov.uk

Lymm North & Thelwall

Bob Barr OBE

Bob Barr OBE

Bob is Leader of the Liberal Democrat group and spokesman on Planning, Regeneration and Housing. He is a retired University Lecturer, Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and still chairs the company spun out of his university laboratory. He is an urban and social geographer, which has led to his interest in the planning and regeneration job he now holds, he is also an IT specialist and was awarded his OBE in 2008 "for services to geography". Bob is particularly interested in housing and is particularly proud of the successful stock transfer which has passed control of all the Council's rented properties to the newly established Golden Gates Housing Trust. Bob is married to Caroline and they have two daughters. Bob is a keen social networker, he has a blog at www.cllrbobbarr.net and appears on Twitter as @CllrBobBarr. Mail: Pear Trees, 2A Dane Bank Road, Lymm. Tel: 01925 750 910 / 07890 559 920. Email: CllrBob.Barr@warrington.gov.uk

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson

Wendy grew up in Thelwall and went to school in Thelwall and Lymm. In the past she worked as a care home manager in Lymm. She has served on Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council for many years and has represented Grappenhall and Thelwall on Warrington Borough Council since 1999. She joined the Liberal Democrats because the Lib Dem councillors at that time, Barbara Mawer and Ted Lafferty had similar views to Wendy about serving the community. For four years when the Liberal Democrats led Warrington Council, Wendy was chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee. She is strongly in favour of bringing health and social care together to improve lives for people. Mail: 24 Cantilever Gardens, Station Road, Latchford. Tel: 01925 637 398 / 07920 288 968. Email: CllrWendy.Johnson@warrington.gov.uk

Ian Marks MBE

Ian Marks MBE

Ian and his wife Pam have 2 grown-up children and 4 grandchildren. He was educated at Cambridge University and worked as a senior manager in the glass industry. Ian was first elected to Warrington Council in 1983 and has served on Lymm Parish Council since 1979, being chairman twice. He was leader of Warrington Council from 2006 to 2011 and during this period was deputy leader of the North West Leaders' Board and a member of the Cheshire Local Enterprise Partnership. For many years he was a board member of Warrington Housing Association and he is currently a governor at Statham Primary School. He is chairman of Lymm Festival, a member of Lymm 41 Club and of the Twin Town Society. Ian's interests include playing tennis, gardening, travel and Warrington Wolves. Mail: 80A Whitbarrow Road, Lymm. Tel: 01925 753 051 / 07813 367 194. Email: CllrIan.Marks@warrington.gov.uk

Lymm South

Graham Gowland

Graham Gowland

Mail: 32 Wychwood Avenue, Lymm. Tel: 07890 046 028. Email: CllrGraham.Gowland@warrington.gov.uk

Stockton Heath

Peter Walker

Peter Walker

Peter has lived in Stockton Heath since 1968 and is married to Judith. They have four children and six grandchildren. He worked as an executive for a chemical and energy company. He was a Cheshire County Councillor from 1989 to 1998 and was the first Lib Dem to chair that Council. He was elected to Warrington Council when it became a Unitary Authority and was in charge of Finance and Resources when the Lib Dems took over the leadership of the Council in 2006. He also sits on both Appleton and Stockton Heath Parish Councils. Peter was Deputy Chair of the Police Authority for six years and was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire in 2006. He sits on the South Warrington Neighbourhood Board and chairs the board of governors at a local secondary school. He is a trustee of three national and local charities. When time allows, his interests include photography, cars, driving and fixing things! Mail: 75 Grappenhall Road, Stockton Heath. Tel: 01925 265 237. Email: CllrPeter.Walker@warrington.gov.uk

Judith Wheeler

Judith Wheeler

Judith was born and grew up in Appleton, attending local schools. After university she trained as a librarian and worked for the British Council for many years. In 2009, she qualified as a mental health nurse and now works for the NHS in the Older People's Community Mental Health Team in Liverpool. Judith was Councillor for Whittle Hall from 2004-2011 and enjoyed it so much she stood for Appleton in 2014, successfully taking over from fellow Lib Dem Judith Walker. In 2020 she moved into Stockton Heath and in 2021 successfully fought the election to hold Stockton Heath for the Lib Dems. Mail: 2 Cawdor Street, Stockton Heath. Tel: 01925 265 784. Email: CllrJudith.Wheeler@warrington.gov.uk