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Steve
Steve Mahon
Chair

Steve is a retired former retail Chief Executive with over 40 years business experience running large corporations across the UK, America, and China. Latterly Steve worked in business consultancy and as a non-executive director helping businesses to become more successful by challenging processes, people and activities.
Using a lifetime of rich and varied company experience, Steve joined the Parish Council in May 2019 via co-option and returned as a Parish Councillor to the Council during the 2021 local elections when he was also voted in as Chair. He now serving his second term as Chair since May 2022.
A committed team player he believes in the power of working on local issues, adopting a collegiate approach with his fellow Councillors, Clerk and Responsible Financial & Digital officer in getting things done and helping build to better Sandymoor for all.

Tom
Tom Willett
Vice Chair

"I moved to Sandymoor in 2016, joined the Parish Council in 2018 and was first voted in as Vice-Chair in 2021.
Prior to joining the Parish Council I was not very interested in politics, but the unique situation of Sandymoor as a rapidly growing area facing an ever-changing set of issues that would need addressing seemed really interesting and prompted me to volunteer.
What I'm most interested in as a Parish Councillor is understanding the concerns of Sandymoor residents and finding practical ways to solve the problems that they have raised with the Parish Council.
For example, in 2021 I helped carry out the "Have Your Say" survey of residents' views which was completed by over 200 Sandymoor residents, and has helped inform subsequent actions taken by the Parish Council. A big thank you to any residents reading this who responded to that survey!.
Outside of council activities, I work as project manager and research scientist at a medical device company based on the Manchester Unversity campus.
My hobbies include going for runs around Sandymoor, playing the piano and playing board games against my children, at which I usually lose."

Adam Irvine
Councillor

Adam has been a parish councillor since 2012, having attended the parish council meetings for roughly a year before that. He wanted to help bring about positive changes in Sandymoor and his main 4 things to join the parish council back then were: help the free school to come about and work with the community collaboratively, develop the playing fields on the masterplan, encourage and enable the local centre to be delivered and revamp and refresh the village green with facilities for all ages.
Outside of parish council, Adam is a community pharmacist involved in setting policy and innovative services across Cheshire and Merseyside. He is passionate about sports – following Formula One closely and involved in coaching youth basketball at two teams – one mixed team based out of Sandymoor Ormiston Academy as a training base and the other an all-girls regional team in Warrington.

John Secker
Councillor

"I was born in Blackpool, but moved to Cheshire when I started work with ICI, now sadly gone. I worked for ICI at the Heath for around 20 years, and then for a number of multinational IT companies as a manager and a proposal writer. We moved to Delph Lane in 1999 and have lived there ever since. In the following years, running and walking the dogs around the area we have seen Sandymoor expand greatly, and when I retired in 2020 I was very pleased to join the Parish Council. I firmly believe that local democracy is an important force for good, and for improving the lives of residents in small but significant ways. For example I am particularly keen to support the groups helping to clear litter from around the area.
Outside the Council, many things keep me busy. We have a narrowboat, and spend two or three months each year touring the canals. I play five-a-side football and go running several times a week, more slowly each year. And our four dogs ensure that I walk daily around Sandymoor."

Paul
Paul Wright
Councillor

"I have lived in Runcorn all my life and moved to Sandymoor in 2021 and joined the parish council in June 2022. I love the strong community spirit of Sandymoor and wanted to contribute through my role on the council. I have a background in the youth, voluntary and charitable sector and I am very keen to develop and enhance the council's engagement with young people across the parish."

Barbara
Barbara Schön
Councillor

'I have lived in Runcorn almost all of my life, moving to Sandymoor over 20 years ago with my husband and 2 children. I love living here, many of you will have met me whilst out walking my dog Luna.

I retired as a nurse in 2020, during my career I have been fortunate to work in different organisations, taking on many varied roles including, Quality Complience, Research, Management, Mentorship and Training.

Having joined Sandymoor Parish Council in November 2021, I have gained a fuller understanding of the role of parish councils. I understand that we are not able to change the world, but we can help to manage the changes to our small corner of it.'

Simon
Simon Hurst
Councillor

Simon has lived in Sandymoor since 1996 with his wife and two children, both of whom have grown up in community and attended Sandymoor School. Simon is a Team Leader and Principal Scientist with over 30 years of experience at a global manufacturer based in the Northwest. Simon has been a member of Sandymoor Parish Council since 2012 serving as a past Chair and currently as a Parish Councillor. Simon is also a Governor at Sandymoor Ormiston Academy having been appointed in 2013.
Simon is passionate about improving our parish and community for the benefit of all. As a team player, Simon is approachable and adaptable, and is committed to solving local issues. Outside of work and community activities Simon's main interests include running, sport and supporting his family in their continuing development. Simon also volunteered with St John Ambulance during the COVID vaccination programme.

Ruth
Ruth McKenry Brown
Councillor

"I am delighted to be a member of the parish council (joining in June 2022) and can't wait to make a positive contribution to the community. I sincerely love Sandymoor, from when I very first visited the area, I knew this was where I wanted to be, moving here in 2019 having worked locally since 2013. I am truly passionate about improving the area and more than willing to give my time and dedication to the parish."

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