Councillor Ann Elspeth Denham, B.Sc., 2000 - 2001
Councillor Ann Elspeth Denham, B.Sc.

Party: Conservative
Term of Office: 2000 - 2001
Consort: Mr John Charles Denham
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Mohan Sokhal
Charity Appeal: In aid of the Kirklees Asthma Project.

  • Member of Castle Hill Civic Associates, All Hallows Church and Huddersfield Canal Society.
  • Served as a Friend of Opera North and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
  • Member of Kirklees Churches Partnership, Routeways to Success, the Media Centre Board, Kirklees Music Trust, South Kirklees Citizens Advice Bureau, Fe-mail and Huddersfield Canal Society.
  • A former teacher and employee of the Citizens Advice Bureau.
  • Governor of two schools.
Councillor Harry Fox, 1999 - 2000
Councillor Harry Fox

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1999 - 2000
Mayoress: Mrs Alison Elizabeth Horner
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Ann E. Denham, B.Sc.
Charity Appeal: In aid of equipment for Special Baby Care Units at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Dewsbury and District Hospital and contribute to a new Palliative Day Care Centre in Kirklees.

  • Began his career with Spenborough Borough Council in 1963 and served until 1974.
  • Elected to the West Yorkshire County Council in 1981 and served until its abolition in 1986.
  • Chairman of the Fire Committee between 1985 and 1986.
  • Elected to Kirklees Metropolitan Council in 1991 representing the Spen Ward.
  • Deputy Chairman of the Housing Services Committee and member of the Highways and Transportation Committee.
  • Member of the West Yorkshire Fire and Civil Defence Authority.
  • Worked as an assistant power engineer with B. B. A.
  • Spent twenty four years working for the City of Bradford Metropolitan Council.
  • Retired in 1994.
Councillor Michael Bower, 1998 - 1999
Councillor Michael Bower

Party: Liberal Democrat
Term of Office: 1998 - 1999
Mayoress: Councillor Marie Bower
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Harry Fox
Charity Appeal: In aid of the Lamplighters, an organisation that supports children with special needs.

  • Served his National Service in the Royal Air Force Air Sea Rescue and Marine Craft Section (disbanded in 1986).
  • Subsequently trained as a Registered Mental Nurse and worked at Storthes Hall Hospital (previously the West Riding Mental Hospital, closed in 1991).
  • Elected to Kirklees Metropolitan Council for Holme Valley North.
  • Joined Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1971 as a lecturer.
  • Retired in 1987 and lectured part-time until 1997.
  • Served on the Environment Committee and the Social Services Committee.
  • Served on the Holme Valley Parish Council from 1981.
  • Member of the West Yorkshire Fire Authority.
  • Vice-President of Huddersfield Giants.
  • Died in 2008.
Councillor Rita Briggs, 1997 - 1998
Councillor Rita Briggs

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1997 - 1998
Consort: Mr Bruce Frederick Nicholls Briggs
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Michael Bower
Charity Appeal: In aid of the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund.

  • Elected to Kirklees Metropolitan Council in 1973 and served until 1978.
  • Re-elected in 1990.
  • Member of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, Social Services Committee, Children and Young People Committee, Road safety Committee, Kirklees Early Years Services Committee and the Health and Adult Services Committee.
  • A degree in Social Administration and was employed as a careers advisor.
  • Member of Age Concern, Hall Educational trust, Community Health Council, Holme Valley Twinning Association, Adoption and Fostering Panel, Pennine Rural Development Committee and Kirklees Music School Board.
  • Had three children.
Councillor Allison Harrison, 1996 - 1997
Councillor Allison Harrison

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1996 - 1997
Consort: Mr David Harrison
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Heather Mary Farquhar Swift, O.B.E.
Charity Appeal: In aid of young people under the theme “Just Do It” – Focus on Youth.

  • Elected to Kirklees Metropolitan Council in 1985 as the youngest councillor.
  • Chairman of the Leisure and Cultural Services Committee and the Community Affairs Committee.
  • Chaired the Voluntary Sector Task Force.
  • Represented the Spen Ward.
  • She has two children.
  • Thus far, the youngest Mayor of Kirklees.
  • Works as an Administration Manager for Dewsbury Health Care National Health Service Trust within the Mental Health Department.
Councillor Kenneth Douglas Sims, 1995 - 1996
Councillor Kenneth Douglas Sims

Party: Conservative
Term of Office: 1995 - 1996
Mayoress: Mrs Pauline Sims
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Heather M. F. Swift, O.B.E. & Councillor Dorothy Lindley

  • Served on the Holme Valley parish Council.
  • Educated at Kingsway Secondary Modern School and Huddersfield Technical College.
  • President of the Holme Valley Chamber of Trade and Holmfirth band Contest.
  • Chairman of the Holmfirth Heritage Group.
  • Vice Chairman of Holmfirth Country Fair, life member of Holme Valley Community Trust and Holmfirth Rotary Club.
  • Director of Kirklees Historic Trust.
  • Runs a family automobile business.
Councillor Harold Sheldon, 1994 - 1995
Councillor Harold Sheldon

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1994 - 1995
Mayoress: Mrs Cynthia Margaret Sheldon
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Jack Hird, J.P.
Charity Appeal: In aid of Cancer Research.

  • First elected to Batley Municipal Borough Council in 1953.
  • Served as Mayor of Batley Municipal Borough between 1962 and 1963.
  • Elected to West Yorkshire County Council in 1973 and subsequently elected to his late wife's seat on Kirklees Metropolitan Council in 1987.
  • Served on Batley Sports Council, Kirklees Sports Council, Yorkshire and Humberside Council for Sport and Batley City Challenge.
  • Also served on the Citizens Advice Bureau and the West Yorkshire Police Committee.
  • Founder member of the Batley Boys Club in 1968 and of Healey Community Centre.
  • Governor of Howden Clough High School and Purlwell Infant and Nursery School.
  • Member of the Royal British Legion, having been involved in Operation Overlord, the return to Europe, which took place on D Day, the 6th June, 1944.
  • He has three children.
Councillor John Mernagh, J.P., 1993 - 1994
Councillor John Mernagh, J.P.

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1993 - 1994
Mayoress: Mrs Connie Wanless
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Harold Sheldon
Charity Appeal: In aid of Arthritis Care and a local trust Fund for infertility treatment.

  • Spent his working life as an electrical fitter for Hopkinsons Ltd.
  • Elected to the County Borough of Huddersfield Council in 1957.
  • Appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1968 and served as Chairman of the Huddersfield Bench.
  • Served as a governor of Huddersfield Polytechnic and the Technical College.
  • Served on the Theatre trust, the National Association of British markets Authorities and the Huddersfield Health Authority.
  • Died in 2002.
Councillor David A. Wright, O.B.E., J.P., 1992 - 1993
Councillor David A. Wright, O.B.E., J.P.

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1992 - 1993
Mayoress: Mrs Phyllis Wright
Deputy Mayor: Councillor John Mernagh, J.P.
Charity Appeal: In aid of Concern for Mental Health.

  • Appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1995.
  • Appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1980.
  • Former National Health Service administrator.
Councillor Jack Brooke, 1991 - 1992
Councillor Jack Brooke

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 1991 - 1992
Mayoress: Mrs Winifred Kane
Deputy Mayor: Councillor M. N. Drayton
Charity Appeal: In aid of cancer relief and the disabled.

  • Employed by British Railways at the age of sixteen.
  • Left to complete two years of National Service with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding), (now 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's)), later transferring to the 1st Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment (disbanded in 1968).
  • During his National Service he spent time with British Army of the Rhine and with the Regimental Police.
  • After demobilisation, he was employed as a coalface worker by the National Coal Board, serving as a delegate and committee member of the National Union of Miners for fifteen years.
  • He retired in 1984 after the closure of four local collieries.
  • Served on the County Borough of Dewsbury Council between 1966 and 1974, joining Kirklees Metropolitan Council in 1979.
  • Chairman of the Heavy Woollen Area Planning Sub-Committee.
  • Chairman of Dewsbury Sports Council.
  • Died in 2002.