Representative of Outside Bodies

List of councillors representing outside bodies



Julie Kerr

Councillor Julie Kerr was elected as the new Deputy Mayor in the Full Council Meeting held on 8th November 2023.

Julie has lived in St. Ives for over 50 years. She and her husband have 2 daughters.

She has volunteered in various local charities and is currently a counsellor for the Bridge Counselling Centre. Her hope is to work with other organizations to educate and raise awareness of mental health from schools to the workplace.

Julie is a founding member of Facebook St Ives Action Support Team, set up to help the Christmas 2020 flood victims. This is now a Flood Action Group for St. Ives who's aim is to work with the various authorities to try to prevent future flooding.


Shariqa Mokbul

Shariqa alongside her father and local business man, Mokbul Ahmed run the Montaz restaurant in the heart of the town centre. As of 2021, they are celebrating 35 years of success in St Ives!

Shariqa was born and raised in St Ives attending both Wheatfields and St Ivo Academy. Focusing on tourism and youth culture she is looking forward to making a positive impact on the town. She is hoping to bridge the gap between the Town Council and the Bengali Community and become a voice for the unheard.

I have been a resident in St. Ives for the past 40 years following a career relocation from Hertfordshire in 1984, and since then my two children have been born and grown up in the town, attending the local schools. 

I will be retiring in 2024 after spending the past 40 years as a Chartered Town Planner. My early career was spent working in local government and for the last 33 years I was a planning consultant for a long-established local firm of chartered surveyors, where I was a director and more recently a consultant. My professional career has provided an insight into the commercial world of property and development, as well as environmental issues including transport, flooding, historic buildings and ecology – all matters that have a bearing on the future of the town.

When we moved I recall the diverse range of shops in the town centre, the vibrant weekly market and the busy bank holiday market that stretched from the end of Station Road to Crown Street, when it would take you half an hour to work your way through the busy crowds that were drawn to the town. The town centre is now a different place with many challenges, and it is perhaps unrealistic to expect those days will return. However, my hope is that I can contribute to the regeneration of the town centre so that it is a more vibrant place, and I am open to hearing from residents of the town and the local business community with thoughts on how the Town Council might assist in enabling the enhancement of the town so that it is a better place for the future.

Chris Morgan

I moved to St Ives with my family in 1984, and have spent the last 18 years attracting many visitors from afar to visit St Ives, to ride on our electric river boat trips from the Quay and to spend time in the busy ambience of the town.

We must retain the fascination of our bustling ancient market town to drive the replenishment of our vacant shops and to keep St Ives as ‘The’ place to visit.

I was born in Shrewsbury and grew up in the countryside of the West Midlands. Schooled in Kidderminster, I have travelled widely in the world, working in my field of aerospace design.

Rebecca Chapman

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I have lived in St Ives for 40 years. I am a member of St. Ives
Eco and have been an active member of the Repair café initiative and St Ives
Against Rubbish (STAR) who try to understand and tackle littering in the town.

I hope to help shape the prosperity and community of the town, that I have come love. I am particularly interested in the promoting and accommodating ‘active’ travel and supporting the development of green corridors through and around the area.

I am keen to support the provision of facilities for tween and teens and any initiatives that will help the maturing population.

Our beautiful town has much to offer, and I believe that tackling modern issues with the environment, will have co- benefits for all. Enhancing our public space and providing a safe, accessible and healthy environment for all.

Jacqueline Spencer

Jacqueline Spencer


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I have been a resident of St Ives for 30 years and find it a most
pleasant place to live.

As a Solicitor I specialise in Conveyancing and also had a managerial role requiring a degree of people skills both with my clients and staff. I also am involved in local theatre both at Shakespeare at the George and latterly Huntingdon Drama club and I enjoy the community involvement that this brings.

Local affairs are of interest and I feel I would be able to make a contribution as a member of the team to the maintaining and enhancing our town for the benefit of both residents and visitors.


Alexander Thompson

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Alex has lived in St Ives Town since moving here in 2007. He teaches Business and Economics at a local secondary school and has been a member of St Ives hockey club.

Alex is looking forward to serving and supporting the needs of the St Ives Town community.

Michael Gleadow

I moved to St. Ives with my family in 1990 from Hertfordshire and we could see that St. Ives has lots to offer and also has a great community spirit. We have thoroughly enjoyed living here and have made many friends.

My whole working career was in local government, specifically in environmental health, working at 7 district councils in Herts, Beds and Bucks. My aim to bring that experience to help sort out issues that come up and help the Town Council to provide good quality services.

My approach is to take a customer friendly approach to Council Tax payers and everyone that uses Council services.

St. Ives faces many challenges, climate change, the economy and also how the town develops and adapts for residents and businesses now and into the future.

My aim is to help it meet those challenges.

Lisa Valla

Lisa moved to St Ives 7 years ago to take up the post of headteacher at Eastfield Infant and Nursery School. After a total of 13 years in headship, in 2019 she became a school improvement adviser, in which she supports primary schools across Cambridgeshire.

Lisa moved to St Ives with her son and husband. She is involved with volunteer organisations across St Ives including St Ives in Bloom and St Ives Cares.

Lisa enjoys her role as a town councillor as it enables her to contribute to a community which she feels welcomed her family so warmly when she first moved into the town.

Andrew Riddell

Andrew has lived in St Ives for the last 2 years but has lived in the surrounding area for over 15 years of his life.

He is a pharmacist by trade and works locally. He has been recently co-opted in March 2023.

Andrew is a family man at heart and has 2 children. They attend schools, nurseries and a church locally. He is passionate about live music, caring for others, provisions for the youth and elderly and also faith. He is a member of the Free Church in St Ives and is a regular attendee with his family.

He was born in Inverness and is proud of his Scottish heritage. He spent most of his schooling in the Huntingdon area before embarking his adult life further afield to achieve his career trajectory.

James Cantwell

James was co-opted into the council in March 2023.

James works in the education sector and is involved across the county in football. James has a passion for open practice in education and widening participation in sports, and has been involved in a County Football Association’s Inclusion Advisory Group since 2022.

John Tiddy

John has lived in Houghton and St Ives for many years and has recently been elected to the Town Council in May 2016.

He served in the RAF for thirteen years and the Gas and Oil Industry as a Senior Geophysics Engineer worldwide for thirty years.

John is serving on the Town Planning Committee as well as being a member of the Norris Trust and the CIC.

Nic Wells

Nic was co-opted onto St Ives Town Council in November 2020. He has lived in Huntingdonshire for 40 years and has 4 children, 6 grandchildren and a stepson.

Nic and his wife moved to St Ives 5 years ago. He has recently retired from a career in IT technical and management roles.

He has previously served in other local Town and Parish councils and as a Governor of St Peter’s school. He is a keen supporter of local drama and nature groups.

Pasco Hussain

Pasco moved to St Ives in 1970 and attended local schools. He looks forward to serve the community as Town Councillor.

Margaret King

Margaret was elected to the Council in 2018. "I have lived in St.Ives for approximately twenty-five years and strive to do what is in my power to achieve necessary improvements for the benefit of residents whilst also maintaining St. Ives as a charming rural town of historical significance."

Philip Pope

Philip is a proud St Ivian and has served as a Town Councillor since 2012, serving as the Town’s Mayor for the municipal years 2017/18 and 2022/23.

Philip is the Landlord of Floods Tavern in the town centre and is part of many local groups. These include but are not limited to, being a trustee of ‘ACE-Friends of St Ives Corn Exchange’, a committee member of the ‘St Ives Youth Theatre’, a performer with ‘The Centre Theatre Players’ and his latest appointment as the Chairman of ‘CALMtown St Ives’.

“I feel honoured to be serving the residents of St Ives. I love our beautiful riverside town and the friendly welcoming community that live, work, volunteer and visit here”.