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.
Councillor Christine Warburton
I have lived in Shincliffe since 1992. I love living in this Parish, I have raised my children in the village and have always been involved in the community.
When my children were pre-school I was chair of the Shincliffe Playgroup and was responsible for running the Playgroup sessions. I was a member of the Church PCC and looked after the Church Hall, managing the bookings etc. I moved on as my children moved to Shincliffe School and was Chair of the PTA for many years, being responsible for fundraising events and communication to parents. As a believer in community events bringing people together, and an avid gardener, I was one of the founders of the annual Shincliffe Show. Other roles I have taken on have been to make costumes for village pantomimes, co-ordinating the Parish Christian Aid collection and delivering many of the Parish leaflets such as SCAN. Most recently I have been one of the founders of the village Green Belt group.
I have been a dog owner and runner for most of my years here, so have an excellent knowledge of our local area, the footpaths, lanes and countryside. I know many people in our community and consider myself to be approachable, communicative and inclusive. As a teacher, I use my skills of communication every day. As a school manager, I am used to decision making and critical thinking to solve problems. I have a strong moral code and help to run chapel 3 times per week for my school community.
I became concerned in the pandemic that some of our community without access to technology were not being able to have their voices heard by the Parish Council. I carried out a village survey within Shincliffe Village and reported the findings of 70+ returns to the Parish Council. This was carried out in the hope that good communication, which I believe to be the key in communities working together, would be able to continue through these difficult times.
I am aware of the challenges our Parish faces and would like to be a positive force for good in helping us move forward as a community.