Councillor David Stoker
David is a semi retired academic, who has worked mainly at Durham University Business School, where he was one of the Directors.
More recently, he has become a management consultant specialising on developing talent.
He has been a Liberal Democrat County Councillor on Durham County Council for 18 years, currently representing Durham South Division, which includes Shincliffe Parish.
He is less experienced as a Parish Councillor having joined in May 2018. He has two adult children and one grandchild.
He is a connoisseur of quality sport and has also supported Sunderland for 50 years.
Councillor David Duell
David has lived in High Shincliffe for twenty five years and was elected to the Parish Council in 2013.
Now retired from a post of assistant principal of a local college he has spent most of his working life in education in the region. He now works as a consultant to the sector on an occasional basis. He is a trustee and director of the regional Open College Network.
David is a scientist by training. He is a chartered biologist and member of the institute of biology, holding both first and master’s degree qualifications. He has a strong interest in environmental matters and is a trustee of Durham Wildlife Trust.
David is keen on outdoor pursuits – he enjoys hill walking, climbing and skiing – as well as being a big rugby fan. He is a member of Durham City bowls club and is learning to dance (badly)!
Councillor Peter Ferries
Peter has lived in Durham for 16 years, and in Shincliffe Village since 2007.
After early experience in local government, Peter changed career and became established in the distribution of industrial piping products, setting up his own business in 1990. He gained wide experience in management, IT, finance and technical matters, and is a keen supporter of people development. He ran the successful business until his retirement at the end of 2009.
Peter spends his retirement actively, enjoying walking and outdoor activities. He is a sports fan and enjoys cooking for family and friends.
Peter considers Durham to be a very special place to live, and that Shincliffe Parish is especially unique in charm and character. He is keen to support the community and to use his endevours to enhance the neighbourhood for all residents.
Councillor Wayne Fradgley
Wayne currently lives in Whitwell Grange with his wife Angela having spent most of his life living in County Durham. Wayne has worked primarily as a Process Engineer in the chemical industry, and has had the privilege to travel to provide technical support to chemical plants in Europe, Asia and South America. He currently works for a large chemical company based in Billingham supporting the development and maintenance of research test rigs.
In his spare time Wayne enjoys spending time outdoors. He enjoys walking locally with Angela and the family dog. He visits the Lake District regularly where he enjoys walking the fells and canoeing the lakes. Wayne has a keen interest in football, and although his playing days are now behind him, he has avidly followed Sunderland AFC through thick and (mainly) thin for over 30 years.
Councillor George Lee
George lives in High Shincliffe with his partner and their 1 year old daughter. His background is in Finance, IT Systems and Project Management and George is a Chartered Management Accountant, a Chartered IT Professional and a Prince2 Practitioner.
George joined the Parish Council because he wanted to give something back to the community, to the place where he grew up, and it became apparent just how much work goes on behind the scenes that he was blissfully unaware of!
Elected onto the council in 2013, George became Chairman in 2015 and also chairs the Finance Committee. Family life is important, but he does enjoy ‘trying’ to keep fit. George enjoys crossfit, cycling and golf, but also takes a keen interest in Formula 1.
Councillor Andrzej Olechnowicz
Andrzej was born and brought up in the North West, in Oldham, worked in the South East for many years, and since 1999 has lived in Shincliffe Village and worked in the History Department of Durham University. He is married to Claire and they have two sons, both of whom went to Shincliffe Primary School and Durham Johnston. He thanks his lucky stars a lot for having landed up in County Durham.
He became involved in politics once Tony Blair had gone, and the Coalition government took power. He has been a Parish Councillor since May 2013, and was Chairman between 2014 and 2015, during which time the traffic problems in the Village were probably the most intractable standing issue.
His employer’s striving for excellence keeps him (largely pointlessly) quite busy, but there are odd moments for gardening, and squash – and family life.
Councillor John Wright
John has lived in the Shincliffe area for 22 years, initially in Shincliffe Village and then Sherburn House. He is married with two grown up children and two grandchildren (and counting).
After a career with BP in the UK he returned to the North as the Bursar of one, and then two colleges at Durham University. Working in that capacity is much more than being a bean-counter; a college is a community, both conservative and progressive, enthusiastic and committed.
He has had a long-held commitment to his local community, working as a magistrate for twenty years as well as promoting student relationships outside the colleges as a trustee of Student Community Action.
Music is a consuming interest which became allied to fund-raising in the past through the organisation of concerts on behalf of Marie Curie and St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
He continues to study music with the Open University and also plays the flute and cello on a regular basis with friends. He also enjoys rambling, knees permitting.
John believes that the Shincliffe area is very special and wishes to play a part in ensuring that it remains a vibrant and forward-looking community, enjoyable to live in and pleasant to look at.