Your Councillors


I have been a member of Etherley Parish Council for almost 14 years. I was and during this time served on Teesdale District Council from 2007 until 2009. I have supported the Parish in many ways, in particular getting involved with Community Events and activities organised through the Community Association, representing the Parish Council on the former PCCG (Police Community Consultative Group) and currently I am actively involved with Durham Constabulary Farm Watch.

Telephone: 01388 779394


I have been a resident of Toft Hill for 36 years and a member of the Parish Council since 2013. My main concerns within the Parish are the problems with road safety, particularly speeding issues and road side parking.

I now co-ordinator the Toft Hill and Etherley Speed Watch Group and work alongside our team of volunteers involved in this important work.

I hope that my input at Parish Council meetings helps to support the work of the Parish Council in resolving local issues.

Telephone: 01388 832858


I joined the Parish Council in 2009. I was born in London in 1951 and moved to Rhodesia with my parents when I was four years old. After spending 21 years in Rhodesia I moved to South Africa and up to the year 2000 worked in ministry and the church.

I decided to return home to the land of my birth and worked in London until joining my current employers. In 2004 my employers relocated their headquarters to the North East at ‘Etherley Literary Institute’ – locally known as the ‘Institute’.

Telephone: 01388 834395


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I have lived in the Parish for 45 years and been a member of Etherley Parish Council since 2013. Formally I served as a County Councillor for 4 years and as a Parish Councillor on Evenwood and Barony Parish Council for 10 years. For the past 25 years I have been a trustee and Secretary for a Nursing Home for people with Multiple Sclerosis. I am now retired after running my own business for the past 25 years.

Telephone: 01388 832949

Peter Ray

Telephone: 01388 832 646


I have lived in the Parish all my life and been involved in many organisations over the years. I therefore have a good knowledge of the area and our residents. More recently I have served as a steward at Etherley Methodist Church and help support ‘Messy Church’ which is run at the Church for young people.

I have been a Parish Councillor since 2005 and believe that by listening to residents I am better equipped to represent them by raising any concerns or opinions they may have.

Telephone: 01388 832453

Gary Siddle

My family and I moved from Hampshire to Toft Hill in 1996 and I became a member of the Parish Council in 2008.

Originally from the East Riding of Yorkshire and following service in the Royal Navy I joined Bishop Auckland General Hospital as a registered nurse.

I am now retired and as a Parish Councillor I am interested in the development of the Parish and its amenities. I am also concerned about the loss of local services and the numerous road safety issues which affect our residents.

Joan Thompson

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Sharon Walker

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Ralph Middleton

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