Baildon is made up of six wards and each ward has two councillors. You can view a map of the boundaries here. Click on the councillor name in the list directly below to scroll down and view their full profile.


EAST WARD David Shaw and Gill Dixon

NORTH WARD John Turner and Les Vasey

SOUTH EAST WARD Vacancy and Vacancy

SOUTH WARD Joe Ashton and Julie Caan

WEST WARD Peter Ashton and Lynne Ware

SOUTH WEST WARD Lesley Brook and Jane Dunn

peter ashton


I am married with two children and have lived in Baildon for 30 years. I am a retired assistant headteacher with a 28 year career behind me.

I have been a governor of Ladderbanks, Ferniehurst and Titus Salt schools, including 8 years as chairman of the board of governors at Ferniehurst until reorganisation in the 1990s.

My hobbies include playing and watching football, badminton, walking, gardening and reading.

I am a member of the Assets Committee and the Planning Committee.

Register of Interests.

Email Email Peter Phone Call 01274 598532

gill dixon


I have lived in Baildon since 1986, and enjoy the semi-rural location on the edge of the moors, but also the proximity to Leeds and Bradford, all accessible from our local railway station! Having raised three sons here, who all attended local primary and secondary schools, I have been involved in many aspects of community life over the years, including 10 years as a school governor of Tong Park First and Ladderbanks Middle schools.

I have had a long career mainly in local government (Bradford and Craven) and am enjoying using my experience to local benefit. I look forward to working with others to help Baildon to go from strength to strength!

I am a member of the Assets Committee and the Environment, Regeneration and Safety Committee.

Register of Interests.

Email Email Gill Phone Call 07787 555737

joe ashton


I was born and raised in Baildon and attended local schools. The wellbeing of the area is very important to me but my route to becoming a town councillor was not particularly planned. I was originally co-opted to Baildon Parish Council (as the Town Council was then known) in October 2008, to fill a "casual vacancy" and have served continuously since.

Prior to 2008 I helped to establish the parish council, as a member of Baildon Community Council from January 2002. This was a role I originally took on to represent younger people. Over this time I also held various other voluntary positions, including Baildon Futures Partnership, Shipley Area Partners' Advisory Group and an Associate Governor at Salt Grammar School (now Titus Salt School). I established and served on both Baildon in Bloom and the Ferniehurst Dell Improvement Partnership.

Between 2006 and 2010 I studied at the University of Sheffield, following which I worked for local government in Merseyside and North Yorkshire. Outside of politics, my interests include horticulture, reading, rambling and theatre. I have appeared in several local productions, including with Baildon Players.

I served as Vice Chair of the Council Council in 2010/11 and again in 2013/14 and 2014/15. I served as Chair of the Council in 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2015/16. I have also served as a member or the chair of most of the Council's committees and have previously represented the Council at district and regional level. Currently I am a member of the Bracken Hall, Community, Environment and Planning committees.

Register of Interests.

Email Email Joe Phone Call 07989 692677

john turner


I have lived in Baildon for most of my life, raised two children who were educated at Baildon schools and am committed to the development of the town as a welcoming, safe and vibrant place.

I am now retired having been the Chief Executive of a national charity. Formerly, a Director in the Voluntary Sector and Senior Social Worker in Local Govt as well as serving in H.M. Forces.

I am a member of the Horticultural Society with an allotment and hen run at Charlestown. I am a keen motorcyclist, Bradford City season ticket holder and have played football, cricket and golf for Baildon teams in the past.

I am a member of the Economic and Environment Committees.

Register of Interests.

Email Email John Phone Call 07929 450732

david shaw


I first moved to Baildon 17 years ago, where I met my future wife. We finally moved back to Baildon the year before last. We have two great children who attend local schools. In my professional life, I manage the Yorkshire office of a national recruitment company.

Since joining the Town Council in December 2013, I have joined the Bracken Hall Committee, the Health and Youth Committee, the Planning Committee and the Staffing and Complaints Committee.

I have a great interest in the future of Baildon because this is now my home and where my children will make their homes. I will endeavour to do all I can and work with anyone interested in providing services for the youth of Baildon.

Please feel free to contact me about any issues that you may have, my phone is always on.

Register of Interests.

Email Email David Phone Call 07764 535606

lesley brook


I have lived in Baildon all my life and live here out of choice. I love the area and enjoy where I live, which is the Higher Coach Road.


I just wanted to be able to make a difference and help those that live in the area where I do.


I am a member of the Planning Committee. I am the Council's representative on the Roberts Park Management Liaison group and one of the two Link Councillors for Dementia Friendly Baildon.

Register of Interests


Email Email Lesley Phone Call 01274 597737

julie caan


I am married with five children, two of whom attend the local schools, and my elderly mum also lives with us.

I have been self-employed for over 12 years and I am currently the Postmistress at Station Road Post Office/ convenience store which I run with my husband and some great staff.

I love living in Baildon and feel it's the perfect place to raise my family. I hope by joining the Town Council I will have the opportunity to engage with the local community more and be able to make a difference within Baildon.

I am a member of three committees: the Assets Committee, the Community, Health and Youth Committee, and the Environment, Regeneration and Safety Committee.

If I can help in any way please do not hesitate to email me.

Register of Interests.

Email Email Julie Phone Call 07515 850520

les vasey


I came to Baildon from Harrogate 50 years ago as a young police recruit, when Baildon had its own Police section. I liked it so much I decided to get married and settle down here. We now have two grown up children and four grandchildren who attend local schools.


After retiring from the service as a Chief Supt in Bradford I worked for the Bradford Health Authority tackling drug misuse across the district. For 20 years I also provided support for a local Christian drug rehabilitation charity for homeless young addicts.


As Chair of the former Bradford Community Health Council I helped improve local services in Bradford. I also ran my own business for 10 years. I currently support the Bradford Police Museum Charity at City Hall where I act as a part time guide.


My ambition is to improve the quality of life of residents of Baildon and helping young people achieve their full potential in a safe environment.


I am currently the Vice Chair of the Planning Committee and the Chair of the Community Committee.

Register of Interests


Email Email Les Phone Call 01274 426611

lynne ware


have lived in Baildon since 2004 and am a secondary school teacher. I serve as governor of Shipley College and volunteer at the historic Shipley Glen Tramway.


Local history and environmental heritage are of particular interest to me. I am a member of the Planning Committee, the Assets Committee and the Bracken Hall Committee.


Register of Interests.


Email Email Lynne Phone Call 07985 991820

jane dunn


I live with my partner, and son when he is in England, in Baildon where I have lived all my life. My son attended local primary and upper schools as I did. Some of my extended family still live in Baildon as does my mother. I am really interested in community issues and because my mother attended the Link I recognise the value of this excellent community resource.

I have had a long career in housing and am particularly interested in dementia care and local services for the elderly. As a passionate reader I am very interested in Baildon library and would like to see it upgraded and developed, to increase all children’s life chances.

In my professional life I worked in housing for over 20 years as Housing Manager and my interests are planning and housing. With the experience I have of homelessness and welfare benefits I also volunteer at CenterPoint Foyer as a mentor for young people and St Vincent de Paul as a work club assistant. My leisure interests are walking, skiing and reading.

Register of Interests.

Email Email Jane Phone Call 01274 599917

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