Aldermen & Councillors

This is an introduction to Aldermen & Councillors. Here we should state what the role of an Aldermen and/or councillor is and briefly highlight an example r two of the important work they have done.

 

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Alderman Mark Cosgrove
  • Glengormley Urban
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Mark was first elected in 2005 for Carrickfergus Council. During his time on Carrickfergus council, he was the Deputy Mayor. He successfully moved to represent his hometown of Glengormley at the 2011 election and has been re-elected at all elections since. He was selected to be Group Leader of the Ulster Unionist Council group on Antrim and Newtownabbey council following the election in 2015.

Mark has been part of the Party's senior leadership team serving as Party Treasurer from 2008 to 2020 and having served as the Party's Economic spokesperson under Lord Empey's leadership was appointed to the position of Business Spokesperson by Steve Aiken. For the last 30 years, Mark has worked for Redhead International and operated as a Director and shareholder since 2001. Redhead was purchased by one of the world's largest logistics businesses for whom Mark is now responsible for the commercial side of the road freight product in the UK and Ireland. Mark also holds several non-executive directors roles.

Mark is a fanatical football fan. He has been a Northern Ireland and Leeds United home and away season ticket holder for more than 25 years. He is married with two children.

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Cllr Vera McWilliam
  • Ballyclare
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Vera was first elected in 1997 to  Newtownabbey Council and in June 2000 had the honour of being elected their first female Mayor. Vera also served as Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council in 2018. Vera has extensive experience working for constituents and has been Chair of the Audit Committee, Chair of Community Planning and Regeneration, and Vice-Chair of Operations.

Vera has been appointed by the Institute of Export and International Trade as one of three Directors to set up and develop their newly formed national charity foundation which will focus on providing financial support to students wishing to become proficient in trade and export skills. This will officially launch at the end of June 2021.

 

 

Cllr Norman Ramsay
  • Ballyclare
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Norrie was co-opted onto Antrim and Newtownabbey Council in September 2020 to replace Alderman Danny Kinahan. Prior to this, he worked in the transport industry as a Manager and HGV Driver for some 33 years. He now works part-time for Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA in Ballyclare Office. Presently he is the Secretary of the Ballyclare and District Police and Community Forum, Chair of the Ballyclare UUP Branch, and Membership Officer for South Antrim UUP Association. Previously served 10 years as Chair of his local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

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Cllr Robert Foster
  • Macedon
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Robert has been a Councillor on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council representing the Macedon DEA for 3 years.

A Chartered Project Manager by profession Robert is heavily involved right across the area taking a keen interest in working in collaboration with the community and business groups to deliver positive outcomes that enhance the area for all residents.

 

Cllr Leah Smyth
  • Antrim
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Community Planning and Regeneration Committee

 

Cllr Jim Montgomery
  • Antrim
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Audit Committee - Operations Committee

 

Cllr Roderick Swann
  • Antrim
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Planning Committee – Operations Committee - Lough Neagh Partnership – NILGA

 

Cllr Frazer Agnew
  • Three Mile Water
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Chair of Planning – Policy and Governance – Somme Association

 

Cllr Paul Michael
  • Airport
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Community Planning and Regeneration Committee – Policy and Governance Committee – Borough Arts and Cultural Advisory Panel – Reserve Forces and Cadets Association – Sixmilewater Trust - Massereene Wildfowl and Conservation Association, Treasurer - Countryside Alliance member - Chairman Royal British Legion Antrim 2016-17 and Conference Delegate NI - Chairman Police and Community Safety Partnership 2016-17 - Reserve Forces and Cadets Association N Ireland, (appointed Veterans Champion Antrim) 2016-17 - Member of the Antrim Borough Sports Hall of Fame for achievements in sport - Olympic Skeet Shooting NI International Team Manager - Olympic Skeet Shooting NI International team Captain - Olympic Skeet Shooting NI International member 2001-2010 - Olympic Skeet Shooting NI Five Nations Championship and Individual Champion at County, Ulster, Grand Prix, Northern Ireland, Ireland and England



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Alderman Angus Carson

Committee - Environment Committee - Community and Wellbeing Committee (Chair) - Audit Committee

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Cllr Philip Smith

Committees - Corporate Services Committee - Planning Committee - Audit Committee

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Cllr Carl McClean

Committees - Regeneration and Development Committee - Planning Committee

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Alderman Marion Smith MBE

Committees - Regeneration and Development Committee (Vice-Chair) - Environment Committee - Audit Committee (Chair) - Belfast City Airport Forum (Deputy) - North Down Development Organisation - Holywood Master Plan - Somme Museum Management Committee - Vice President UU Councillors Association - Helen’s Bay Residents Association - Clandeboye Village Association - Hon. Member –Royal Air Force Association - C.A.B Board member - Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Co-ordinator (accredited) - Libraries N.I. Board (Non-Executive member) - Board of Governors: - Kilcooley Primary School - Rathmore Primary School - St Columbanus College Bangor (co-opted) – Chair Friends of Bangor Community Hospital - Omnibus Partnership - Assoc Member Helen’s Bay Players - Assoc Member Bangor Drama Club - Member of Royal Ulster Yacht Club - Member Helen’s Bay Golf Club

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Cllr Craig Blaney

Committees - Corporate Services Committee - Regeneration and Development Committee

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Cllr Richard Smart

Committees - Community and Wellbeing Committee - Environment Committee (Vice Chair)

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Cllr David Chambers

Committees - Community and Wellbeing Committee - Corporate Services Committee - Audit Committee - Bangor Town Steering Group - Donaghadee Town Steering Group - Donaghadee Regeneration Committee

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Cllr Mark Brooks
Committees – Regeneration and Development Committee - Planning Committee - Diversity Champion for Ards and North Down Borough Council

 

Alderman Kenneth Twyble BEM

Ken Twyble was first elected to Craigavon Borough Council in 1993/1994 and gave leadership to the Council on two occasions as Mayor and on one additional occasion as Deputy Mayor. He participated in all the Standing Committees and served on various committees as Chair and Vice-Chair. He represented the Council on several external bodies such as the District Policing Partnership and East Border Region.

Following the reform of Local Government he was elected to the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and was appointed an Alderman. He has over 27 years of continuous service in Local Government.
In his professional life Ken was a Secondary level teacher for 37 years, serving all his career in one school - Killicomaine Junior High in Portadown. For the last 10 years he was Vice Principal. He retired in 2004, but continues to serve in the education sector on several bodies and Boards.

He has been a Lay Preacher in the Methodist Church for over 50 years, and for 3 years served as the Lay Leader of the Methodist Church in Ireland.

 

Alderman Glen Barr

Glenn is the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council during 2021/2022. He is a Councillor for the Banbridge District Electoral Area (DEA) on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council. Glenn was first elected in 2011 to the legacy Knockiveagh DEA of Banbridge District Council and has served as Chairman of the Planning and Regulatory Services Committee and Leisure and Community Services committee.
Alderman Barr has lobbied successfully for the introduction of speed control measures at local schools which have now been rolled out across Northern Ireland.

Glenn is the ABC Councils Veteran Champion, having served as Regular and Reservist for over 18years, making him ideal to Champion the Veterans cause.

A member of the Orange Order, Moneyslane Northern Ireland Supporter Club, Masonic and the West Down Somme Association, Glenn is a passionate supporter of Glasgow Rangers FC and Man City and following Northern Irelands' footballing highs and lows.
Glenn is Married to Andrea, with 3 children, Alex, Cody and Billy.

 

Cllr Jill Macauley

Jill was elected to the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in 2019 for the Banbridge DEA. Jill already had served three years as a local Councillor for the Mournes DEA of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Jill is currently the Vice Chair of the Council's Environmental Services Committee, as well as representing the Party on Economic Development and Regeneration Committee and Governance Committee.

Jill also is a member of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership for the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

From a Business and Marketing background, Jill has strong interests in her local community. Having grown up, worked and now running their family dairy farm and tourist accommodation outside Rathfriland with her husband Robert and four young children, Jill is passionate about working hard to support our rural communities, improving local services for ratepayers, town centre regeneration and support for local businesses. She is always keen to promote the many tourist opportunities within the Council Borough, South Down and indeed Northern Ireland as a whole.

 

Cllr Julie Flaherty

Cllr Julie Flaherty entered local politics in 2013 following years of campaigning for health issues associated with the care of her late son, Jake.

Julie was co-opted onto Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in May 2016 to represent the Portadown DEA for the Ulster Unionist Party. In June 2018 Julie took up the position as the first ever Lady Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

Julie has a keen interest in health and well-being of the children and young people of the Borough, and since re-election in 2019 has continued to champion bereavement and disability issues throughout the Borough.

 

 

Cllr Sam Nicholson

Economic Development and Regeneration Committee - Planning and Regulatory Services Committee

 

Cllr Jim Speers

Economic Development and Regeneration Committee - Leisure and Community Services Committee - UUP Group leader - Chairman of Navan at Armagh - Chairman of Board of Governors the Hardy Memorial,Primary School Richhill – a founding director and chairman of Richhill Buildings Presentation Trust - Member of Tandragee Steering Group and Markethill steering group - member of the Armagh Schools Steering group

 

Cllr Gordon Kennedy

Environmental Services Committee - Performance and Audit Committee

 

Cllr Louise McKinstry

Leisure and Community Services Committee - Performance and Audit Committee

 

Cllr Ian Burns

Environmental Services Committee - Economic Development and Regeneration Committee

 

Cllr Kyle Savage

Economic Development and Regeneration Committee - Governance, Policy and Resources Committee

 

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Alderman Jim Rodgers

 

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Alderman Sonia Copeland

Committees - Licensing Committee - Belfast Harbour Commissioner - Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall ltd Shareholders Committee - East Belfast District Policing and Community Safety Partnership - Trustee of Grand Opera House Trust - East Belfast Area Working Group - North Foreshore Members Steering Group - Dee Street Community Centre - Inverary Community Centre - Board member of Lagan Village Youth and Community Group - Board of Governors of Ashfield Girls School - Board of Governors Braniel Primary School - Board of Governors McArthur Nursery School

Alderman Tom Mckeown

As a member of the Ulster unionist party I have been a councillor since 1993 in the ballymoney borough council and now the causeway coast and Glens borough council.

My primary work as an aerial rigger in my local area compliments constituency work well.
The church of God in Ballymoney has been is my place of worship where I am a Church Elder and involved in many church activities such as BB, music team and other outreach work.

I have an interest in motor bike racing, Gardening and astronomy.

 

Cllr Sandra Hunter

Sandra sits as a Councillor within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area, and primarily sat on Moyle District Council. She represents the Causeway Ward. She lives and works close to the Giants Causeway as a beef and sheep farmer.

 

Alderman Joan Baird OBE MSc FCIH

Joan, with a background in Housing and Education, represents The Glens area of North Antrim. She sits on the Council's Committees on Planning, Leisure and Development and Corporate Policy.

Joan was Mayor of the Borough in 2017/18. Her main objective is to ensure her Constituents are well represented and her area remains sustainable and prosperous going forward. Her key interests are in the environment, agriculture and the economy. Joan is currently working on Council to provide much needed leisure facilities for Ballycastle and improved Broadband for the rural area. She is keen to see improvements in the local villages and economic benefits from tourism in her constituency.

 

Cllr Richard Holmes

Richard is an Ulster Unionist Councillor in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. Representing the Bann ward, he was first elected to council in 2011. Richard grew up on a dairy and beef farm and still lives on the family farm near Garvagh. He has spent a career in manufacturing working in planning and logistics, operations and as Managing Director within the SME sector.

 

Cllr Darryl Wilson

Corporate Policy and Resources Committee - Environmental Services Committee

 

Cllr Norman Hillis

Corporate Policy and Resources Committee - Leisure and Development Committee

 

Alderman Derek R Hussey

Derek was first elected to Strabane District Council in 1989 and has remained a Derg Councillor since, now sitting on Derry City and Strabane District Council having topped his DEA Poll.
A member of the Northern Ireland Forum from 1996-1998, Derek retired from Teaching as Head of Business Studies at Castlederg High and served in the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998-2007 as an MLA for West Tyrone.
Derek served as Deputy Mayor 2018/2019 and is currently Chair of Derry City and Strabane's Governance and Strategic Planning Committee.

 

Alderman Darren Guy

Darren is Ulster Unionist Party Group Leader on Derry City and Strabane District Council to which he was elected in 2019 to represent the Waterside DEA of Londonderry.

Darren currently is Chairman of the Health and Communities Committee on Council and is a member of the local Policing Community Safety Partnership.

 

Alderman Ryan McCready

 Ryan is an Ulster Unionist Party Councillor and was elected to the Assembly in 2019 to represent the Faughan DEA within the Derry City & Strabane District Council. Prior to entering Politics Ryan had served as a member of HM Armed Forces for 20 years and is a keen entrepreneur and innovator in the business sector. He is the Veterans Champion (RFCA) for the Local Authority and is a Commissioner on the Londonderry Port & Harbour Board.

 

Cllr Alex Baird

Alex is a retired Civil Servant and has served as a Councillor since 2005. Outside of Politics his main interest is Education where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Devenish College Enniskillen. 

Cllr Howard Thornton

Howard is a former police officer who has been involved in local constituency work over the past 10 years. During 2018/19 Howard was Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Cllr Robert Irvine

Robert was elected as a councillor in 2001 to the then Fermanagh District Council. Since local government reform in 2015 he has served on Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. Since leaving the Ulster Polytechnic in 1976 Robert has worked as a quantity surveyor and project manager in the construction industry. He ran a construction company with his father and brother for several years and still works on a part-time self-employed basis. He has served on several NDPBs as a non-executive board member in the health and education sectors, currently working on the NIFRS board.

Cllr Matthew Bell

Matthew is the Ulster Unionist Councillor for Omagh Town and currently the party's youngest Councillor, entering local politics in 2021. He is keen to promote unionism to the Belfast Agreement generation, and serves as a vice-chairman within the Young Unionists.

 

Cllr Allan Rainey

Environmental Services - Regeneration and Community - Policy and Resources – Planning - PCSP - Agriculture Liaison Group Dromore Community Education Partnership Management Board - Events Strategy Working Group - Fintona Regeneration Initiative LTD - Trillick Enterprise Leisure Ltd - Tullyvar Landfill Site Management Committee - Local Biodiversity Action Plan Steering Group - Rural Development Plan New LAG

Cllr Bert Wilson

Committees - Environmental Services – Regeneration and Community - Policy and Resources - Agriculture Liaison Group - Dept for Communities Transfer of Functions Working Group - Fermanagh and Omagh Tourism Partnership Forum Grant Aid Panel - Local Development Plan Steering Group – NILGA - Omagh Enterprise Coy Ltd - Remembering and Commemorating Events Working Group - Tyrone and Sperrins Destination Joint Council Working Group - Rural Development Programme new LAG

 

Cllr Diana Armstrong

Environmental Services - Regeneration and Community - Policy and Resources - Audit Panel - Community Planning Strategic Partnership Board - Destination Fermanagh Working Group - Elected Member Development Charter Steering Group - Elected Member Project Oversight Steering Group - Fermanagh CAB - Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism - Fermanagh and Omagh Tourism Partnership Forum - National Association of Councillors-NI Region - Necarne Liaison Committee - Peace IV Partnership - Rural Development Programme new LAG

Cllr Victor Warrington

Victor was born and raised in Rosslea, South Fermanagh where he lived until the early ‘80s. During that time, he witnessed some of the worst terrorism seen during the troubles.

Victor is married to Jennifer and has one daughter, Melissa, who is a software and app developer.

Victor has always had a keen interest in politics and has been a active member of the Ulster Unionist Party for 20 years, serving as a councillor for the last 6 years.

Victor was diagnosed with MS in 2015 and now helps others with the condition especially in Fermanagh where he is the Lead Support Volunteer.

Victor is a keen football supporter.

Cllr John McClaughry

John was elected to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in 2019. He is a retired Police Officer from a farming background. He is a married with 4 grown-up children. John has a keen interest in local history. He is the current chair of the FODC Police and Community Safety Partnership.

 

Cllr Jenny Palmer

Jenny was first elected to Lisburn City Council in 2005. In 2016 she was elected to represent Lagan Valley in the Northern Ireland Assembly. Jenny has also worked within local communities for MEP Jim Nicholson before getting elected to LCCC in 2019. She is currently a member of the SEHT Local commissioning group and sits on SEUPB programme development steering group for PEACE PLUS. She is also a member of the NILGA Executive and a board member of LVRP as well as well as being involved in a number of community organisations. Jenny also has a passion for sport and has represented Northern Ireland in Football, Volleyball and Netball.

Alderman Michael Henderson MBE

Group Leader Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC)
First Elected 1997

Member of the UUP Executive and Council
Secretary of the Ulster Unionist Councillors Association

· Chairman of Leisure and Community Development Committee (from June 2020)
· Member of Environmental Services Committee
· Member of Capital Projects Committee
· Member of Health Working Group
· Member of Peace IV Partnership
· Member of Environmental & Sustainability Working Group
· Member of Belfast Region City Deal Panel
· Member of Ulster Grand Prix & Bike Week Steering Group
· Council representative on National Association of Councillors
· Council representative on Northern Ireland Local Government Association
Council representative on the Northern Ireland Local Government Councillors Association
representative of the Northern Ireland Local Government Councillors Association on the LGTG
· Council representative on Northern Ireland Local Government Association Regional Elected Member Development Working Group
· Council representative on Sustainable NI’s All Party Group on Sustainable Development
· Council representative on Strategic Community Planning Partnership
Former Mayor of Castlereagh 2003 - 2004 and 2012 - 2013
Former President of Lions Club International Newtownbreda branch
A Fellow of B I C Sc.

Cllr Jim Dillon MBE JP

Alderman Jim Dillon was first elected to Lisburn Council in 1977 and has served on the subsequent Lisburn City Council and the current Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council continuously since. He has served on all Council Committees during his political career and has held the offices of both Deputy Mayor and Mayor on two occasions.

In 2018 Jim received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) for his service to Local Government and in 2020 the Freedom of the City of Lisburn & Castlereagh was conferred on him, following which he exercised his right as a Freeman to herd sheep over the city's Jubilee Bridge.

Alderman Dillon is currently Chair of the Council's Economic Development Committee.

Cllr John Palmer

John is married to Councillor Jenny Palmer and they have three grown up children, and live close to Hillsborough Village.
John was elected to Lisburn City Council in 2011 and then to the new Lisburn & Castlereagh city council in 2014. He was re-elected in 2019 and represents the Downshire West DEA.

John is a member of the Planning, Corporate Services and Governance and Audit Committees and also represents Council on the Knockagh War Memorial Committee.

Prior to entering Politics John was self-employed in Petrol Retailing and Motor Repairs at Sprucefield and currently at Palmers Auto Services at Hillsborough.

John takes a keen interest in local history and is a member of The Hillsborough Old Guard, Hillsborough’s Local History Society.
He is also a member of the Loyal Orders and the Ulster Special Constabulary Association.

Cllr James Baird

James has served on Lisburn City Council from 2001-2005 and again on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council from 2011 to the current day.

Along with representing his local area James continues to work the family farm in Ballymacbrennan where he also runs a Skills Training business.

James has served on most of the Council Committees and has been the Chairman and Vice Chairman of both Environmental Services Committee and Governance and Audit Committee on a number of occasions, James is only too aware of the need for good management decisions and prudent investment within the Council area, not only to maintain a healthy economy but also to minimise any Rates increases.

As a member of the Local Action Group James is keen to help and encourage others who wish to benefit from DEARA grants to diversify or develop small businesses within the rural areas.
He is a member of various organisations within the community and believes that being a part of the community helps identify it's needs. James prides himself on delivering for the electorate, always being approachable and willing to listen to everyone's point of view.

Cllr Tim Mitchell

Tim has served as an Ulster Unionist Councillor for the Lisburn South DEA of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council since 2014.

In 2016 Tim joined Robbie Butler MLA's team where he holds the position of Constituency Office Manager. Prior to becoming involved in Politics Tim spent 33 years working within the retail industry.

Tim currently sits on the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Economic Development, Environmental Services and Capital Projects Committees, as well as repressing the council on the local Housing Forum working group. In addition he is one of the Ulster Unionist representatives on the Lisburn & Castlereagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership , (PCSP) committee.

Tim is a former pupil of Laurelhill High School. On leaving school Tim and entering full time employment Tim continued his studies, part time at Lisburn College, gaining a Higher National Certificate in Business Studies, before attending Queens University Belfast, where he gained a BA Honours (2.1) in History and Politics.

Tim is married, to Michele and has 2 children Elannabeth and Reuben.

Away from Politics Tim serves as an elder and Boys Brigade Leader in his local Church. He enjoys reading, running and spending time watching football.

 

Cllr Ross McLernon

Ross has been the Ulster Unionist Party's representative for Killultagh since being elected in May 2019 at the age of 21.

Before standing for council, he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Queen’s University Belfast. Ross is a member of Magheragall Methodist Church and alongside his role as a councillor, he also works within a family run business in the Killultagh area.

 

Cllr Alex Swan

Alex is from a rural background, married he served in the RUC/PSNI until retiring in 2014. He has had a lifelong interest in politics and has been a member of the UUP since his 20s.

Outside of politics his interests include gardening and most importantly of all his growing band of grandchildren.

 

Cllr Nicholas Trimble

Nicholas has served as a councillor in Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council since 2016. Prior to this he worked in a variety of private sector finance roles.

Nicholas is currently Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and also the Chairman of the Lagan Valley UUP Association.

Cllr Hazel Legge

Hazel was first elected to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in 2014, served on the shadow council until the new councils were formed in 2015 and was honoured to be re-elected in 2019.

Since being elected Hazel has served on all of the Council Committees as well as enjoying a very successful term as Deputy Mayor in 2017/18. More recently Hazel was Vice-Chair of the Leisure Services & Community Development Committee in 2019/20 and is currently Chair of the Elected Member's Development Steering Group, as well as sitting on the Health Working Group and the LCCC Housing Forum. From 2015-2019 Hazel represented the Council on the NI Housing Council and was appointed to the Board of the NI Housing Executive.

Hazel is also Chair of the Board of Governors of Dundonald High School as well as being a member of Dundonald Primary School's Board of Governors and also participates in the Business in the Community 'Time to Read' programme in Brooklands Primary School.

Hazel continues to serve as a member of the Ballybeen Improvement Group and sits on its Youth Education and Employment sub-committee.

 

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Stuart is a councillor on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council representing the Lisburn North DEA. He is also chair of the youth wing of the Ulster Unionist Party, The Young Unionists. Outside of politics Stuart works in Business Valuations for a global professional services firm as well as being an avid follower of all things sporting particularly cricket, football and rugby.

 

 

Cllr Maureen Morrow

Maureen has been married to Alex for 35 years and has 4 grown up children and 5 grandchildren.
In her working life over the past 30 years she has been a bookkeeper, iCT Trainer and mentor, Hotel Manager, project coordinator and Community Enabler.

Maureen was elected to Larne Borough Council Council in May 2011 and then onto the new Supercouncil in May 2014.
During that time she has had the privilege of serving as Mayor of Larne Borough Council 2013/2014 and Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 2019/2020. She was also Chair of the Borough Growth committee 2017/2018 and Chair of Peace IV committee.

Maureen is also a founder member of Mid and East Antrim Agewell Project and serves on its Board of Directors.

 

Alderman William McNeilly

William has been an Ulster Unionist councillor since 2001 and a party member for over 40 years. He has represented the Bannside area on both the old Ballymena Borough Council and now on the Mid and East Antrim Council, having twice served as Deputy Mayor. In the 2020/2021 term he is the Chairperson of the Direct Services Committee and also sits on the Policy & Resources Committee. addition to his council duties, William is a farmer.

 

Alderman Robin Cherry MBE

Robin is a farmer in the Braid area of Ballymena and has served on the both the previous Ballymena council and the current Mid and East Antrim Council. He is a past Deputy Mayor, a past president of the Ballymena Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the MBE for services to agriculture.

 

Cllr Keith ( Tina ) Turner

Keith is a former member of the Grenadier Guards and Royal Irish Regiment. He lives in Connor with his wife Karen and daughter Paula. Keith is Chairman of the North Antrim Constituency Association, has served on the Party Executive for 12 years and has been Party Group Leader on MEA Council, where he has served for two years having been co-opted to represent the Larne DEA. Keith has played professional rugby and cricket and now owns a trout fishery. He is a Church warden for St. Saviours C of I in Connor, runs the senior citizens' club and is a sponsor of his local football team. He served as Chairman of the Maine Rivers Trust and is a fervent advocate of countryside and environmental issues. Keith also worked for many years in Africa where he endeavoured to bring peace and stability to rural areas of Northern Kenya and Nigeria.

 

Cllr Andrew Wilson
 

Andrew is the Deputy Mayor of Mid & East Antrim. First elected in 2011, he is now serving his third term as an elected representative for Knockagh DEA. Aged 32, he is engaged and lives in Carrickfergus. He works for East Antrim representative Roy Beggs MLA. Andrew also serves as a Governor for two Primary Schools; retains membership of the local Policing & Community Safety Partnership and volunteers as a Boys’ Brigade Officer.

Outside of politics, Andrew is a keen sports fan and takes an interest in his family farm. He achieved a Master of Law (LL.M) Postgraduate Degree from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013.

 

Cllr Trevor Wilson

Trevor is married with three children and has served the people of Cookstown District as an Ulster Unionist Councillor since 1989. During this time, he has worked tirelessly to ensure that the voice of the people is heard and their needs catered for.

Trevor is Vice President of the Ulster Unionist Councillors’ Association, having served as its Chairman for the past 15 years. He is a past Council Chairman and sits on a number of committees including Peace 1V, Town Centre Forum, Rural Development and various other Council Committees. Currently, he is also Chairman of the Environment Committee.

Trevor holds a number of positions in the community. He is Chairman of Cookstown Enterprise Centre, Chairman of Mid Ulster Pipe Band Section and a member of Friends of Killymoon Castle.

 

Cllr Robert T Colvin

Robert is a Councillor on Mid Ulster District Council, representing Torrent DEA. He is a member of both the Planning Committee, and the Audit Committee. Robert is also a Board Member of the Historic Monuments Council, Lay Representative on NIMDTA and Member of the Disciplinary Panel of HSCB. He is involved in charitable organisations including Mission Aviation Fellowship as a Speaker and Regional Coordinator, a Trustee of the Speedwell Trust and Company Secretary of Moneymore Heritage Trust Limited. He is also a member of the judging panel of the Construction Employers Federation and is actively involved in the Methodist Church in Ireland. Robert was also former Chief Executive (Acting) of Craigavon Borough Council and he was responsible for leading the organisation through the reform of local government change process.

 

Cllr Meta Graham

Meta was elected to Mid Ulster District Council in May 2019 to represent the Clogher Valley DEA. In June 2020 she became Deputy Chair of the Council. She also works in the constituency office of Rosemary Barton MLA (Fermanagh & South Tyrone). Prior to being elected, Meta worked in the retail sector for many years.

Meta is married and has 3 grown up children and is the very proud grandmother to 8 grandchildren. She is a farmers daughter and still has strong connections with the farming community.

She is a member of Aughnacloy Presbyterian Church and is Vice Chair of South Tyrone Ulster Unionist Association.

 

Cllr Walter Cuddy

Walter represents the Dungannon DEA on Mid Ulster Council. He runs a Post Office and retail business in the centre of Dungannon and is particularly interested in the economic recovery & future development of Dungannon town and the surrounding District. He is also involved in several local community and sporting organisations/clubs in the Dungannon area.

Cllr Mark Glasgow

Mark has been an Ulster Unionist Councillor since 2014 and is involved in the work on his family's Dairy Farm outside Cookstown. He also holds positions and is involved in the work within his local Orange Lodge, Royal Black Perceptory and his local church. Outside Council Mark is employed in the private aviation industry/air ambulance sector. He also serves on two Boards of Governors.

 

Cllr Robert Burgess

Robert Burgess, 60 years old, married to Jayne for 35 years, Four children; Rosemary married to Thomas, 4 grandchildren, Andrew married to Sara, Hugh and Alexander Education: Attended Alexander Dickson Primary, Saintfield High School, Newtownards Technical College. Robert joined the family dairy farm at 16 until he married and moved to his own farm in Saintfield where he currently farms an organic mixed unit of suckler herd, breeding sheep and grain enterprise along with his son Hugh. Co-opted onto Down District Council in 1999, Vice Chairman of Council 2003/04 and Chairman of Council 2004/05. Current Newry Mourne & Down District Committees - Chairman of Planning, Cultural and Economic Development, Finance Working Group, Newry Mourne and Down Economic Forum, Partnership Panel, Belfast Regional City Deal, International Relations Forum, Strategic Project Working Group, LAGS. External Bodies - NILGA - Vice President, UK Forum, Economy and International Affairs Network, Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership - Vice Chairman, NAC - Executive Member, East Border Regions – Board of Directors, Audit and Governance Chairman. Ulster Farmers Union - Executive & Chairman of County Down Committee. Involved in local community and cultural organisations.

 

 

Cllr Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis. Ulster Unionist Councillor on Newry Mourne and Down council, representing Slieve Croob DEA.

Married, father of three from Clough, South Down. Victims advocate, Governor at Cumran Primary and local community activist.

Alan is the Ulster Unionist Representative on NMDC's Policing Community and Safety Partnership. Holding position of chair for year 2021/2022.

 

Cllr David Taylor

David was raised in Newry and currently resides in Bessbrook with his wife Valerie and son George. He has served as a Councillor since 2011 and is currently the Group Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party Representatives on Newry, Mourne & Down District Council. He was previously employed as a political assistant to former Newry & Armagh Assembly Member Danny Kennedy and is currently employed within the victims sector serving as a welfare support officer in the South Armagh area. He has a keen interest in community activities and is an active member of his Church and local community and cultural organisations.

David sits on the Active & Healthy Communities and Neighbourhood Services Committees on Newry, Mourne & Down District Council. He is also a member of other statutory bodies within Council including the Southern Health Working Group, Equality & Good Relations Forum, Newry Regeneration Board, Brexit Forum, Sustainability & Climate Change Group and Peace IV Group.