Lisburn and Castlereagh


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.