Jane Carson (Chair)

I was born and brought up in an agricultural community in south-east Scotland. My early adult life was spent working as a radiographer in hospitals in this country and abroad.

I moved to the Ulverston area with my husband and family 30 years ago and have been involved in the local community ever since; as a parent, supporter to my husband’s engineering company, keen wildlife supporter and parish councillor for a number of years, with a brief spell as a district councillor.

I know that most members of our community value highly the area in which we live. Together with other members of the parish council, I am dedicated to making our community as safe and harmonious a place to live as is possible.

Tel: 01229 583033 Email: 

Brian Campbell (Vice Chair)

I was born and brought up in New Zealand where I qualified and worked as civil engineer. I came to the UK in 1972 and continued my civil engineering career with Arup, one of the UK’s leading consulting engineers.

I moved with my wife and family to our present house in Spark Bridge 25 years ago and for the last 18 years have worked as a locally based consulting engineer. I have been active as a school governor first at Lowick and then for some years at UVHS. I was also involved in the local tourist industry as a Commercial Member of Cumbria Tourist Board and was on its Board of Directors for three years.

I am pleased to be continuing this community involvement as a Parish Councillor.

Tel: 01229 861510 Email:

The Clerk’s post is vacant.

Anne BurrowAnne Burrow 

My husband Philip has lived in Spark Bridge most of his life. We got married in 1971 and lived in Ulverston for 2 years, then moved to Spark Bridge in 1973, so we have been back for 40 years in July. I was a nurse for 37 years and retired in 2006 to care for my mum. She sadly died in October 2012.

In January 2013 I became Councillor for Spark Bridge and am willing to help and learn.

Tel: 01229 861278 Email:

Howard Graves

Although my early life was spent in South Manchester and I attended Aberdeen University and Teacher Training College, I have lived in Cumbria since 1973.  After starting my teaching career in the west of the county (and meeting my future wife there), I moved south to teach Humanities and be a Pastoral Head in Barrow schools.  I was also a staff governor at Parkview School for many years.  I and my wife have lived in Broughton Beck for over 33 years.

After retiring from full-time teaching, I have continued to be a supply teacher in Barrow but now have more time to devote to interests such as keep fit, running, fell walking and travelling.  I am a volunteer at St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston and have been a parish councillor since the end of 2011.

Tel: 01229 584359 Email:

Sheila Hobson

I moved to Rosside from Lancashire in 1981 after I was married and my husband started work at Vickers Shipbuilding. I then worked at the Education Offices until I left to have a family in 1984.

My two children attended St Mary’s RC Primary School before going on to Lancaster and Barrow-in-Furness for their secondary education. In 1994 I started to work for Orcina, a small local engineering company. My job changed as the company expanded and I became their accountant. I retired in September 2012.</p>

I enjoy all things outdoors. I have orienteered for many years as a member of Lakeland Orienteering Club, was a member of Hoad Harriers running club for a number of years pounding the local lanes and I even used to do a few fell races.

As a parish councillor, I look forward to the opportunity to put something back into the community I have lived in for so long and love so much.

Tel: 01229 582852 Email:

Peter Taylor

Despite being a Lancastrian by birth, most of my adult life was spent in Suffolk, where I was a secondary teacher, minister, school and workplace chaplain. I have been married to Mary since 1968 and we have two married daughters and three lovely grandchildren. We moved to Cumbria in 2008, primarily to care for elderly mums and we rented in Leasgill until we bought our house in Penny Bridge in 2011. Since being here I have taken up the role of Chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospice on a voluntary basis and am an Associate Minister at Ulverston Parish Church. I am also one of the local car volunteer drivers, a very vital service to many I find. I try to keep fit with walking regularly and a little running still, but it is a little wetter and hillier than Suffolk!

I am fairly new on the council but slowly wish to take as full a part as possible.


County Councillor

Janet Willis

janet-willis-photoI was born and brought up in the North East near Newcastle upon Tyne. After many years of holidaying in the South Lakes, I moved to Greenodd in 2002, when we bought Greenodd Post Office.

After running a high profile campaign to try to save the post office from closure in 2009, I was asked to stand as a County Councillor. I felt this was an excellent opportunity to repay the community that had helped me so much in the campaign.

I was elected as County Councillor for Low Furness in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. I was elected as District Councillor for Mid Furness in 2011 and I am currently Deputy Leader of South Lakeland District Council. I love my role as a Councillor, which gives me the opportunity to make a difference. My personal high has been the Greenodd Roundabout success


District Councillors

Andrew Butcher

Councillor Butcher

I was born and brought up in Singleton near Blackpool we moved to Pennington when I was 13 years old, I have lived in Pennington and Ulverston ever since. I worked in farming with my late Father, also in the Pharmaceuticals industry, I now breed Pedigree Texel sheep.