Who are your Councillors?

Meet the councillors working to help your community

Colton Parish Council consists of 9 councillors, with 3 councillors working in each of the 3 wards within the parish. Councillors are supported by the Parish Clerk who is also the Responsible Financial Officer.

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East Ward – Finsthwaite & Lakeside

Cllr David Hoyle – Joined 2010 – Vice Chairman since 2017 – Register of Interests

DavidHoyle - resizedDavid has  been involved with the Rusland Valley for over twenty years and lives at Thwaite Moss. He has a small holiday cottages business on Cartmel Fell and a retail business with his wife, Judi, in Marple, Cheshire.  He is experienced at working with local authorities and related organisations, has a background in financial management, tourism and retail, and interests in music, sport and the countryside.

Cllr Graham Jarvis – Joined 2017

Graham Jarvis - Dec 17 resizedGraham moved to Rusland in 2014, having previously spent much of his free times in Coniston. Graham was brought up on a farm in Suffolk and his wife’s family is from Langdale.
Graham qualified as a Probation Officer working mainly with the youth court, children’s rights and child protection. Graham has two children; Joe travels the world as an insurance loss adjuster, whilst Imogen is a teacher in Hong Kong. Graham has been restoring his Rusland house and garden.  His interests include natural history, rural matters, bee keeping, literature, art and classic cars.

There is currently one councillor vacancy for East Ward

Central Ward – Bouth & Rusland

Cllr John Watson – joined 2002 – Register of Interests


John  was born at New Close, and went to school at Colton then Cartmel.  He left school at 15 and worked with his father on the farm for 10 years.  In 1973 he set up in partnership with his brother, keeping 200 plus pedigree Ayrshires.  He is a member of the Ayrshire Cattle Society and the North West Ayrshire Breeders Club.  He is the present chairman of the Rusland Show Committee and has served on that committee for about 40 years.

Cllr Marion Brown – Joined 2017 – Register of Interests

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Marion was born in Lanarkshire in Scotland and now lives in Bouth. She runs a small consultancy business from home after working in the insurance industry for 20 years. She is actively involved in the community as; committee member for Hay Bridge Nature Society, secretary for Bouth Village Green, member of Bouth WI and supported Rusland Horizons Green Trails project. Marion enjoys walking, cycling & writing children’s books.

Cllr Ken Dean – Joined 2008 – Chairman since 2017 – Register of Interests

KenDean resizeKen was born in Accrington and lived in Bouth for 33 years. He is married to Sue who has lived in Bouth for most of her life and has two daughters who were educated at local schools. He is a Chartered Accountant and prior to retiring in 2006 was a Finance Director for Kimberly Clark. Ken’s interests include playing golf & gardening. In the past has been a governor of Cartmel Priory School and ran the local Leven Valley football team.

West Ward – Colton, Oxen Park, Nibthwaite & Spark Bridge

Cllr John Milburn – Joined 20?? Register of interests

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John farms at Stock Farm, High Nibthwaite having taken over the tenancy from his father in 1988. He has lived in the area all his life. He went to school at Satterthwaite and Coniston. On leaving school he was a farm worker at Lowick and then a groundsman for Cumbria Education. He is a member of the Bethecar Moor Commoners Association, running a hefted flock of Swaledale ewes, along with a  beef suckler herd. He has been a member of the Lowick & District Agricultural Society for the past 20 years.

Fiona Baxter – Joined 2017 – Register of interest

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There is currently one vacancy for West Ward


Karen Birch – Joined 2016

KarenBirchClerk resizedKaren moved to Grizedale after 13 years of living on the North Devon coast. She has previously lived in various parts of the Lake District moving around with work. She grew up in Staffordshire and went to Wolverhampton University. Karen also works for the National Trust. She is a school Governor for Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary which her twin girls attend and also on the PTA. When time allows Karen enjoys cycling, walking and kayaking.