Garton on the Wolds Parish Council

Garton on the Wolds has a very active Parish Council consisting of eight members. Along with their email details, they are:

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Councillor Steve Poessl - Chairman


Born at Sledmere and attended Wetwang infant school then Driffield secondary school.  Worked in agriculture and then moved on to be a pig unit manager for 23 years.  I now work in a residential home.

I have been a Driffield town councillor for 21 years and started to attend Garton parish council as a member of the public around 4 years ago and found the meetings very interesting so I joined the council 3 years ago.

Councillor Mike Hood - Vice Chairman

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My name is Mike Hood I have lived in Garton on the Wolds with my wife Lyn for 18 years, we have 4 children who have now grown and left the nest. I have worked in senior management within the Mental Health Services for thirty five years and the experience I gained will hopefully contribute to a well-run Parish Council of which I have been a councillor  for Garton since 2014.

In my role as a Parish Councillor I hope to support the local Parish Council and the local authorities by demonstrating the way the Council utilises its resources to the benefit of its parishioners.

Since my retirement I have provided consultancy work to the private health sector as well as being engaged by the local NHS mental health service and private establishments to chair hearings in respect to patients appeals to their detention under the mental health act.


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Councillor Ian Bell



I have lived in Garton-On-The-Wolds for 26years.  I studied for Higher education during 1963 to 1964 at Bishop Burton (now Bishop Burton College). I work for National Milk Records and have been a councillor for 6 years. I am independent from party politics and my interests are agriculture, athletics, aviculture, history, ornithology and gardening.




Councillor Alison Botten



I am originally from Kent where I worked in administration and IT. I moved to Garton on the Wolds in 1990 and soon after set up an art and framing business in Driffield. I now run our holiday cottages at Church Farm in the village, welcoming visitors from far and wide to our lovely part of Yorkshire. I am passionate about the Yorkshire Wolds and all the area has to offer. I have recently joined the parish council in June 2018 wishing to make a contribution to village life.

Councillor Daniel Wilson





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Councillor Craig Duncan



I work as a Self Employed Builder and live in Garton. I enjoy our beautiful countryside and am very pleased to be a part of our villages Parish council.




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Councillor Kerry Duncan

HR committee member.


I live in Garton and work as a Freelance Photographer. I am very passionate about helping to make the wonderful village we live in a better place for us all whilst at the same time preserving our countryside.




Councillor Julian Martin

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I moved to Garton-on-the-Wolds at the beginning of 2015 and live here with my wife and two young sons.  I work full time as a civil servant and have specialisms in Information Technology, contract management, and project management.  During my leisure time I enjoy walking in our beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

I was co-opted onto the council in February 2016 and am keen to play a part in the work of the parish council.  My initial contribution has been assisting with the development of the Council’s website.


Councillor Jonathan Watson

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HR committee member.


I have lived in the village for about a year and a half after previously being at Eastburn.  My wife has grown up in the village and I have 2 young children, one of which is at the school.  I am a window cleaner and have been for the past 15yrs.  I enjoy sport and socialising.

I joined the parish council as I would like to be in touch with the village and play a part in making it a safe, friendly and peaceful place for myself, my family and the local residents.

You can view Members' Registers of Interest on the East Riding website.

The council is supported by the Clerk to the Council, Catherine Simpson, who can be contacted by email on

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