General information about councillors

Information and contact details for your local councillors

Barnsley has 63 councillors, divided between 21 small geographical areas called ‘wards’. Each ward is represented by 3 councillors, and each councillor holds office for 4 years. If you are unsure which ward you live in you can find out by using our interactive maps.  A poster of photographs and telephone numbers for all Elected Members is available to download, you can also find a list of wards and their councillors at the bottom of this page.

Councillors are elected by ‘thirds’. This means that elections are held for 21 seats, one in each ward, every year for 3 years in a row. This is followed by one year when there are no elections. Elections next take place in May 2014.

At present, Barnsley has 53 Labour councillors, 4 Conservatives, and 6 independents. Only people who live, work, are eligible to vote in the Barnsley borough can stand for election. Councillors have a duty to the whole community and a special duty to represent their constituents, including those who did not vote for them. 

All councillors meet together to agree the council’s overall policies and budget. Each councillor will also serves on a Ward Panel and an Area Delivery Panel.

Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but do receive a basic ‘allowance’. The amount paid is set out in the council’s Members' Allowance Scheme. The Scheme sets out a list of ‘approved duties’, and councillors undertaking these duties can be reimbursed for the costs of travel, arranging care for dependents, and some meals. A small number of councillors also receive a ‘Special Responsibility Allowance’ for undertaking extra duties.

More information about each individual councillor is available of their own web page.

Councillor Tim Shepherd 

Councillor Ken Richardson Msc

Councillor Brain Mathers

Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE

Councillor Jim Andrews

Independent group leader: Councillor Phillip Birkinshaw
Conservative: Councillor John Wilson 

Find your ward councillors 


Central Ward

Councillor Martin Dyson, Councillor Doug Birkinshaw, Councillor Margaret Bruff

Cudworth Ward

Councillor Charlie Wraith MBE, Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Councillor Joe Hayward

Darfield Ward

Councillor Brian Key, Councillor Caroline Saunders, Councillor Pauline Markham

Darton East Ward

Councillor Roy Miller, Councillor Lesley Duerden, Councillor Harry Spence

Darton West Ward

Councillor Linda Burgess, Councillor Alice Cave, Councillor Sharon Howard

Dearne North Ward

Councillor Alan Gardiner, Councillor Jennifer Worton, Councillor Dave Sim

Dearne South Ward

Councillor Ralph Sixsmith MBE, Councillor Sharron Brook, Councillor May Noble

Dodworth Ward

Councillor Brian Perrin, Councillor Phillip Birkinshaw, Councillor Jack carr

Hoyland Milton Ward

Councillor Tim Shepherd, Councillor Mick Stowe, Councillor Robin Franklin

Kingstone Ward

Councillor Tom Sheard, Councillor Donna Green, Councillor Kathryn Mitchell

Monk Bretton Ward

Councillor Margaret Sheard, Councillor Steve Green, Councillor Ken Richardson

North East Ward

Councillor Dave North, Councillor Jeff Ennis, Councillor Dorothy Higginbottom

Old Town Ward

Councillor Anita Cherryholme, Councillor Phil Davies, Councillor Liz Grundy

Penistone East Ward

Councillor Paul Hand-Davis, Councillor John Wilson, Councillor Robert Barnard

Penistone West Ward

Councillor Ann Rusby, Councillor Joe Unsworth, Councillor Dave Griffin

Rockingham Ward

Councillor Chris Lamb, Councillor Emma Dures, Councillor Jim Andrews

Royston Ward

Councillor Tracey Cheetham, Councillor Caroline Makinson, Councillor Tim Cheetham

St Helen's Ward

Councillor David Leech, Councillor Sarah Tattersall, Councillor Jenny Platts

Stairfoot Ward

Councillor Karen Dyson, Councillor Wayne Johnson, Councillor Brian Mathers

Wombwell Ward

Councillor Richard Wraith, Councillor Margaret Morgan, Councillor Robert Frost

Worsbrough Ward

Councillor Gill Carr, Councillor John Clarke, Councillor Betty Barlow


Further Information

For more about Barnsley Council Meetings visit our eDemocracy section.

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