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Staff & Town Councillors

Key Personnel

Ian Adkin

Town Clerk

Ian joined as Assistant Clerk in 2020, a week before lockdown and quickly found himself in the hotseat!

He later became Town Clerk in December 2020. He has lived in Hackney in Darley Dale for over 10 years and his role involves advising Councillors, balancing the books and making sure all the office technology works.

He is though most passionate about improving the town and the local environment in any way he can.

Call Ian: 01629 735248

Jason Hedley

Assistant Town Clerk

Jason was formerly a member of the Diplomatic Service, serving in the UK and overseas for a number of years.

His Environmental Management degree has been very beneficial to the Town Council when discussing environmental and planning issues in Darley Dale.

Jason grew up in the Peak District and now lives in Bakewell.

Call Jason: 01629 735248

Sarah Rivett

Community Engagement Officer

Sarah joined Darley Dale Town Council in November 2022 taking on the newly created role as Community Engagement Officer. The purpose of Sarah’s role is to forge connections with residents, groups and businesses, enabling them to have more of an influence and say in Darley Dale.

Sarah previously worked as a Community Development Manager for a property management firm. Prior to that, she worked in marketing for a London-based investment management company.

Call Sarah: 01629 735248

Antony Crowder

Footpath Warden

Antony has been working for Darley Dale Town Council for 19 years. He is local to Darley Dale and takes great pride in helping maintain the footpaths and is appreciated by many in the community.


Cllr Jason Farmer

Chair of the Council

Jason spent many years in retail and now runs a family business which owns a large portfolio of properties.

He was co-opted onto the Council in 2021 and was elected as Vice-Chair in October of that year and became Chair in January 2024. He is a member of The Whitworth Trust and is also Chair of the Planning Committee and is a member of the Finance Advisory Committee and Personnel Working Group. Jason is also the lead councillor for Darley Dale Twinning.

Jason represents the South Ward and joined the Council to make a difference and give something back to his local community, where he has lived all his life.

Call Jason: 07711 650304

Cllr Alan Atkin

Having lived in Darley Dale all his life, Alan wanted to become a Councillor to help give back to Darley Dale what it has given him.

Being the former Landlord at the Church Inn and the Square and Compass he knows how important the community of Darley Dale is. Now he is retired he has time to dedicate to the town.

Alan was co-opted onto the Council in February 2024 and he is one of the lead councillors for Platform Housing. Issues particularly important to him are looking after our environment and resident’s wellbeing.

Call Alan: 07836 775432

Cllr Julie Bishop

Julie moved to Derbyshire in 2001 and now lives in Morledge in Darley Dale. During her working career she has had various roles including working as a business development manager, an ambulance driver and air cabin crew for a large airline.

Julie was co-opted onto the Town Council in March 2023 and represents the North Ward. She is also part of the Planning Committee and is one of the lead councillors for Platform Housing.

Her motivation to become a councillor has stemmed from listening to people locally and feeling a need to help them have their feelings, views and ideas heard.

Cllr David Chapman

David is a retired engineering business owner. He was co-opted onto the Town Council in May 2024 to represent the South Ward. David is on both the Finance and Planning Committees and is a member of the Environmental Working Group.

David’s main interests are sustainable energy solutions for the local community and supporting residents in their views of planning applications. He is a former Director of Derbyshire Dales Community Energy which helps identify suitable local businesses for free solar installations offset by long term energy purchase agreements.

Send an email to David

Cllr Carolyn Curtis

Carolyn worked as a Funding Manager and Bid Manager before retiring. She served as a Parish Councillor in the Ashbourne area before moving to Darley Dale and now represents the North Ward.

Carolyn is a member of the Planning Committee and the Personnel Working Group.

Carolyn finds being a councillor a rewarding experience as it enables her to become involved with the local community of Darley Dale and appreciate the local issues that need to be addressed.

Call Carolyn: 07976 051762

Cllr Wendy Godber

Wendy was previously a councillor at Four Marks Parish Council in Hampshire, where she served for four years.

She previously worked for Camden and Islington Community Mental Health Trust and has been a volunteer Bereavement Counsellor at a number of hospices.

In 2017 Wendy moved to Darley Dale and was co-opted onto the Town Council in November 2022 to represent the North Ward. Wendy is a member of the Planning Committee and is the lead councillor for Fairtrade and is also a member of the Environmental Working Group.

Her passions for the Green Movement have always led her to support or become involved with the promotion of environmentalist projects.

Cllr Barry Mellor

Barry has had many years experience working at a senior level in the public sector. He is currently a member of the Independent Joint Audit Committee for Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner, a member of the Independent Advisory Group for Derbyshire Police and a member of the Independent Remuneration Committee for Derbyshire Dales District Council.

He is also the co-founder and chairman of Darley Hillside Residents Association which aims to influence and challenge, as necessary, any inappropriate developments in our area.

Barry was co-opted onto the Council in November 2023. He is the Chair of The Whitworth Trust and serves on the Planning and Finance Advisory Committees.

Darley Dale is his forever home having lived here for 22 years and he wants it to be the best place it can strive to be for all its residents. Barry’s main areas of interest are the environment, planning and business development.

Call Barry: 07831 104042

Cllr John Mordue

John Mordue worked for the local authority adult social care services sector for 30 years before retiring.

He was co-opted onto the Council in June 2021 and represents the South Ward. John is a member of the Environmental Working Group and is one of the lead councillors for allotments.

John has lived in Darley Dale since 1992 and his interests include allotments, the environment and promoting local community activity.

Cllr Ian Walker

Vice-Chair of the Council

Ian is a retired professional engineer having held senior board level positions in major manufacturing companies of power tools and defence electronics in Europe, the USA and the Far East.

He settled in Darley Dale in 1998 and was previously a Council and Whitworth Trust member. Ian was elected as Vice-Chair in January 2024 and is a member of the Planning Committee and Chair of the Finance Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Personnel Working Group and a lead councillor for the allotments and Darley Dale in Bloom.

Ian has a major interest in planning and community engagement and is a Council representative for the South Ward.

Call Ian: 07775 794828

Cllr James Wilson

James moved to Darley Dale in 2019 after being a regular visitor to the area for work. He has worked in the brewing industry for the last 14 years, with community playing a big role in his work.

He wanted to join the Town Council to make sure that the local community had a voice and to improve the area for everyone.

In particular, he wants to make sure that young people in the area get the help and support they need, and that the local environment is cared for and improved.

James joined the Council in May 2023 and is a member of the Planning and Finance Advisory Committees, a lead councillor for Youth Provision and a member of the Environmental Working Group. He is also a member of The Whitworth Trust.

Call James: 07470 713067

We currently have two vacancies to become a Town Councillor, so if you’re a resident or work in the town and you want to make a real difference locally we’d love to hear from you on 01629 735248 or email:

Other Local Elected Representatives

Derbyshire Dales District Council

District Cllr David Burton
T: 01629 734072

District Cllr Marilyn Franks

District Cllr Roger Shelley

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