Councillor Michael Banks
Michael has lived in Shincliffe for 11 years with his wife Susan. They have two grown up children and an empty nest now filled with a dog / princess called Roxy.
After a 30 year career with Durham Constabulary, Michael went back to university to study theology at Durham. He was then Independent Chair for Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership. Now retired, he worships at St. Mary’s and is a member of the Parochial Church Council, Diocesan Synod, Lay Chair of Durham Deanery and Chair of Josephine Butler College Advisory Board.
With Susan he set up Shincliffe Village Volunteers to assist those in need of support during Covid restrictions, the ethos being that ‘we will face what life sends as neighbours and friends’. Michael has joined Shincliffe Parish Council to assist in addressing current issues and challenges facing our community. His fervent wish is that this will be achieved in a spirit of civility and cooperation and that whatever our individual positions or opinions on particular issues, we remain, first and foremost, neighbours and friends’.
Councillor Brian Fairlamb
Brian retired from an academic life to work in the residential property business in Durham and elsewhere. Until recently he served as a board member on property management companies in the Durham area.
Having lived initially in Durham City in the 1980s, he moved with his family to his current residence, where he has been for the past 30 years. Brian has always appreciated living in the beautiful environment of Shincliffe and the surrounding countryside and has lately become more conscious of the need for vigilance in protecting this precious environment. He and his wife are active supporters in the recently formed group, ‘Shincliffe Green Belt Group’, and he decided to run as a parish councillor for Shincliffe in order to help to protect, preserve and improve the local environment so that residents in all parts of the constituency can enjoy the tranquil environment that has always been its principal appeal. To this end, he sees improved communication and openness as key for a progressive parish council.
Brian likes to travel in order to pursue his life long passion for history and art history, and he also enjoys languages and painting as well as live music. He is very much looking forward to returning to these activities following the lifting of Covid restrictions. He has managed to continue his 25 year interest and practice in Tai chi, and continues to follow Newcastle United and Leeds United
Councillor Elizabeth Pexton
Elizabeth (Lizzie) grew up in High Shincliffe and returned to her Durham roots in 2018, retreating from the bright lights of London. She now lives in Shincliffe Village with her husband Matt and their two young children. Having worked in Retail Development for a number of years, she now works in the Strategy Delivery Team at Durham University.
Elizabeth spends a lot of time out and about in the Parish with her family enjoying the walks and the parks and is keen to ensure that the Parish continues to be an enjoyable place to live.