Appleby Town Councillors

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Appleby Ward

Cllr John Pape

A: 12a High Wiend, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6RD
T: 017683 52148

I was born in Leeds in 1934 starting in employment in the motor trade when 15 year old. Married my wife Jennifer in 1960 and we have 2 sons. I moved Appleby for the fishing and shooting in 1974 taking over a shoe shop in the Moot Hall that also supplied country wear, together with shooting and fishing equipment. I have also taught budding Anglers for more than 40 years.  I trained as a Chiropodist in 1982 and practice in Appleby and the surrounding area. I joined Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council more than 25 years ago and was Mayor in 2016.

John Pape Acceptance of Office
John Pape Register of Interests

Cllr Stan Rooke

A: 22 Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6XB
T: 017683 52864

I was born in 1945 and spent 52 years living in London. My early career included over 7 years in the Metropolitan Police Force and then more than 19 years with British Telecom as a Logistics Manager. I moved to Appleby, with my wife Rita, in 1997. I joined Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council in 2003 and was elected Mayor from 2006 to 2008. I had to leave the Council in 2012 due to the illness of my wife, but rejoined in 2013. I find being a Councillor interesting, infinitely varied and on occasions challenging.


Stanley Rooke Acceptance of Office
Stanley Rooke Register of Interests

Cllr Duncan Curley // Deputy Mayor 2023

A: Castle Bank, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6SN
T: 07876 594747

I was born in Lancashire in 1966 and moved to Appleby with my parents and 2 brothers Robin and Daniel in 1978.  I went to school at Appleby Grammar.  I did a Chemistry degree and a PhD in London from 1985-1991 at University College.  I then converted to law and became a solicitor in 1995.  I practice in the field of litigation and disputes, with a main specialism in intellectual property law.  Having spent most of my career at large law firms in the City of London, I started my own firm, Innovate Legal, in 2007.  I joined Appleby Town Council in 2017 and have an active part in all aspects of Council business.


Duncan Curley Acceptance of Office
Duncan Curley Register of Interests

Cllr Pamela Davidson // Mayor 2023

A: Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6YB
T: 075278 05644

I am delighted and honoured to be Appleby’s Mayor for this coming civic year. I am looking forward to serving and representing this wonderful historic town and it’s residents, and having the opportunity to give something back to the community.

Pamela Davidson Acceptance of Office
Pamela Davidson Register of Interests

Cllr Martin Railton

A: Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6YB
T: 017683 52750

I have a strong interest in the cultural heritage of Appleby-in-Westmorland and wish to promote this to the benefit of the local economy. I have worked for 20 years as a heritage consultant and professional archaeologist, so have experience of the planning system. I now manage an archaeology consultancy in Appleby called Eden Heritage Ltd. I founded Appleby Archaeology Group and in 2022 was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Appleby-in-Westmorland. I joined the town council to see Appleby-in-Westmorland flourish and am keen to encourage sustainable strategies in all areas of town life.


Martin Railton Acceptance of Office
Martin Railton Register of Interests

Cllr Ian Mycock

A: 11 Holme Court, Appleby, CA16 6QT
T: 07557 280101

Prior to moving to Appleby, I was born, lived and worked in Manchester. I trained as an industrial chemist but soon realised that chemistry was not ideal for me. Next, I took on a local greengrocery business which grew to capacity and was great fun! My next venture was establishing an automotive accessory fitting business and after 30 years, I retired. With the development of the new Digital Market, I was keen to work with video, and briefly worked with other companies helping with their marketing. My wife and I visited Appleby and were captivated by the friendliness and beauty of the town and surrounding area, we decided to buy a house and move here. I hope, as a councillor, you will find me approachable and able to convey your thoughts and concerns to Appleby Town Council.

Ian Mycock Acceptance of Office
Ian Mycock Register of Interests

Bongate Ward

Cllr Andy Connell

A: 11 Mill Hill, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6UR
T: 017683 51847

I was born in Bradford and raised in Halifax, I took a history degree and, after working as a bus conductor and postman, taught History for a living. I came to Appleby Grammar School in 1973, got married in 1975, and for over forty years taught generations of local youngsters, including my own three children. I was first drawn into political activity through my interest in public transport. I was Mayor of Appleby, and currently serve as a unitary authority councillor, representing Appleby on Westmorland and Furness Council. I produced a book-length study of the history and mythology of Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair, which was published in 2015 and revised in 2019. I am interested in many sports and enjoy cycling, and watching live cricket and football.

Andy Connell Acceptance of Office

Andy Connell Register of Interests

Cllr Dot Anderton

A: Hanging Shaw Farm, Roman Road, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6JH
T: 017683 52389

I was born in October 1948 in Crumpsal, Manchester. We moved to Cumbria in June 1980 and I worked with children with special needs for 21 years. I joined the Council in 2007 and took on the job of sorting out all the work required on the Moot Hall. I became Deputy Mayor in 2009 and then went on to be Mayor for three years. It was an honour to represent Appleby Town Council on many special occasions. I am an Academy and Foundation Governor for Appleby Grammar School and am a member of Appleby Community Acting Together. My other interests are my grandchildren, gardening, my sheep, ducks and hens and going on holiday with my husband in our caravan.

Dot Anderton Acceptance of Office
Dot Anderton Register of Interests

Cllr Freddie Potts

A: 33 Rivington Park, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6UE
T: 017683 51177 ext 3

Freddie Potts Acceptance of Office


Cllr Cricket Kemp

A: Bongate Mill Farmhouse, Appleby, CA16 6UR
T: 017683 51934

I am currently self employed as an independent organisational consultant and management development trainer. I was born and raised in South Florida, America and my background is mainly in the education sector, however I also have experience in HR.  I taught primary and secondary school teachers in Northern Nigeria for 5 years, which was an amazing experience. My late husband, Ian Potts, was on the Council, so I decided to join and see what positive contributions I can make to Appleby.

Cricket Kemp Acceptance of Office
Cricket Kemp Register of Interests

Cllr Paula Heap

A: 47 Goldington Drive, Bongate Cross, CA16 6FE
T: 07415 371637

I moved to Appleby with my husband in 2017 and feel very much at home here and love the town. I am very community spirited and like to help out where I can.  I have had a varied working life, having worked in taxation for many years, before I made a career change to setup my own business as a Life & Business Coach and NLP Practitioner. Although I have no direct experience in serving as a Councillor, I feel that my work, business and life experience will be of benefit to the Council and the community as a whole.

Paula Heap Acceptance of Office
Paula Heap Register of Interests

Cllr Oliver Swann

A: Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6YB
T: 078828 53598

Oliver has a couple of decades experience in product development, from managing large telecom infrastructure projects which included upgrading Europe’s GSM network to launching the world’s first commercial mobile banking service. This was preceded by a brief career as a teacher of Physics when he wrote the UK’s first national curricular in electronics until eventually becoming a Management Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Oslo, Norway. He has lectured worldwide in e-commerce and risk management for the mobile industry and provides pro bono consulting services to environmental organisations. His most recent work includes developing knowledge management architectures for the media and home care industries including entity relationship modelling, taxonomy development, risk benchmarking, digital and social media strategy.

Oliver Swann Acceptance of Office
Oliver Swann Register of Interests

Cllr Jim Chalmers

A: Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6YB
T: 07793 315145

I have been a local resident of Appleby for 26 years, and have owned a business in the Town Centre for 13 years. I am involved with Appleby Emergency Response Group, a registered charity who support residents effected by emergencies in the town, for example flooding. I have lots of past experience in Finance, and am currently the Chair of the Finance committee. I recently re-joined the Council in May 2023, after a short break.


Jim Chalmers Acceptance of Office
Jim Chalmers Register of Interests

Cllr Philippa Turnbull

A: Pembroke House, 1 Clifford Street, Appleby, CA16 6TS

I moved to Appleby with my two children in 1992 and will never take for granted the strong community. I run the Crewel Work Company and Lady Anne’s Needlework Retreats, bringing American Tourists on retreats to Appleby. In my spare time I am a member of the Eden Wombles, a litter picking group based in Appleby, and a long time member of the Fellside Singers. As a Councillor, I want to support anything that improves the quality of life for residents, and improves visitor experiences.


Philippa Turnbull Acceptance of Office
Philippa Turnbull Register of Interests