Baildon Town Council

Serving the people of Baildon

Welcome to Baildon

Clerk: Vacant Position
Baildon Library, Hallcliffe
Baildon, Shipley, West
Yorkshire BD17 6ND

Who we are & what we do

Baildon Town Council consists of 12 councillors who serve for a four year term. All Councillors are volunteers and receive no payment whatsoever. Cllr Gill Dixon is the current Chair of the Council and Cllr Paul Sharkey and Cllr Maggie Town are the joint Vice-Chairs. The Council Office is located in Baildon Library, on the Mezzanine floor, Hallcliffe, Baildon BD17 6ND.

Council Meetings - see the diary of meetings for more information.

For further information relating to the services offered by the Town Council please contact the Town Clerk who will be happy to give advice and assistance.

Town Council Elections

The next scheduled election of the Full Council, will take place in May 2023. In the event of a Councillor resigning from their post before that date, a member may be co- opted or elected.


Our councillors are elected or co-opted, if you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then please see election details above

Map of the Ward Boundaries


There are currently seven committees which carry out the work of Baildon Town Council. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Council are ex-officio members of all Committees. All committees are authorised to have members of the community who advise and provide expertise, these are called co-opted non-voting members.

All meetings are open to the public, except in a number of limited cases where the press and public have to be excluded for reasons of confidentiality.

The following committee terms of reference, which will explain what the committee and its members do, can be found in the documents section.

  • Governance Committee
  • Community Committee
  • Economy Committee
  • Environment Committee
  • Planning Committee
  • Staffing Sub Committee

Committee Members

The current committee membership is as follows:

Governance Committee - Cllr G Dixon, Cllr P Sharkey, Cllr S Hewitson, Cllr S Place

Planning Committee - Cllr S Hewitson (Chair), Cllr V Christensen, Cllr D Reed, Cllr G Dixon, Cllr J Ashton

Environment Committee - Cllr A Clubb, Cllr G Dixon, Cllr J Ashton, Cllr J Kean, Cllr P Sharkey, Cllr S Breen

Economy Committee - Cllr S Place (Chair), Cllr G Dixon, Cllr V Christensen, Cllr P Sharkey, Cllr S Hewitson, Cllr A Clubb

Community Committee - Cllr D Reed, Cllr A Dooley, Cllr M Town, Cllr J Kean, Cllr V Christensen, Cllr S Breen

Staffing Committee - Chairman, Vice Chairman and 2 elected members of the Governance Committee

Members Code of Conduct

Baildon Town Council Standing Orders

  • Standing Orders 11 03 19 (Word Document, 99 Kb)

    The approved Standing Orders approved at the Full Council meeting dated 11th March 2019.

Our Staff

As well as the councillors, Baildon Town Council is supported by one full time Town Clerk and five part time members of staff.

Louanna Winch

Louanna Winch

Town Clerk

I joined Baildon Town Council in March 2017 as their Town Clerk, having previously worked for the Home Office in London and for West Yorkshire Police. I am now a qualified Clerk, having completed my Certificate in Local Council Administration in 2021, I am also the Chairperson of the West Yorkshire Branch of the Society for Local Council Clerks.

I can be found working in the office at Ian Clough Hall twice a week, with the rest of my week being spent home working. I am committed to serve the residents and Town Councillors of Baildon.

I am married with two children, two step children and three Grandchildren, and I enjoy gardening and spending time on the East coast.

01274 593169
07938 062814
Katie Whitham

Katie Whitham

Deputy Clerk

I joined Baildon Town Council in August 2021 as Deputy Clerk, having worked in compliance in the mental health sector and administration management in the third sector. My training and background is youth and community work so it feels very exciting to be working in the heart of a local community, getting involved with people and the environment they live in. My role is to work with the Clerk in the day-to-day management and operation of council services and resources.

I work part time which gives me plenty of time to indulge my hobbies which include any kind of craft, reading, pampering my cat, and spending time with my husband – but not necessarily in that order.

07541 204289

Suzy Krupinski

Responsible Financial Officer

I joined Baildon Town Council as the Responsible Finance Officer in December 2020, and my role is to look after the council's finances. I'm part time but can usually be found working on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

I'm also an artist and quiltmaker, and when I'm not painting, sewing, or keeping the accounts, I enjoy walking outdoors as much as I can.

07861 266584

Rachel Gallagher

Volunteers Co-ordinator

I joined Baildon Town Council as Library Volunteer Coordinator in February 2017. My role is to recruit and train a team of volunteers who will support our experienced librarians to keep the library part of daily life in Baildon.

When I'm not at work, I live in Bingley with my husband and daughter and I enjoy camping, walking, sewing, drinking coffee (not all at the same time) and going on holiday to far flung parts of the world.

07938 063061
Mark Scrimshaw

Mark Scrimshaw

Environmental Warden

My role is to be out and about looking for any problems or areas for improvement in the local environment. If you spot something which needs action, please tell me!

My main interests are wildlife and the outdoors - I also work for a charity which introduces city children to the countryside. This involves taking groups of primary school children to farms, historic sites and areas rich in nature, opening their eyes to a world many of them have never experienced.

07729 800525
Richard White

Richard White

Bracken Hall Manager

I am the manager at Bracken Hall and have recently returned to Baildon after many years away, firstly studying in Wales, and then working on an environmental course at a university in South Africa.

I have known the Centre since its first incarnation, when it was run as a private business, and then through its Bradford Council days. I'm getting to know it all over again, and the many people involved in saving it, and operating it today.

07938 063062

Ruth Logan

Admin Officer

I am the part time Admin Officer, working usually each morning between 9.30 am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday (hours vary).

I am a Baildon resident and I am married with two teenage children who until recently attended local schools.

07763 229159