Councillor Andrew Lawrence Palfreeman, 2010 - 2011
Councillor Andrew Palfreeman

Party: Conservative
Term of Office: 2010 - 2011
Mayoress: Mrs Elizabeth Palfreeman
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Eric Firth
Charity Appeal: Combat Stress

  • Born in Batley - a proud Yorkshireman.
  • Graduated from Brunel University with an Honours Degree in Government Studies and Law.
  • Was Leader of the Conservative Group on two separate occasions, and appointed first Chair of Overview and Scrutiny.
  • Served as a Member of the Cabinet.
  • Proud to have hosted a Freedom Parade by The Yorkshire Regiment in Huddersfield in June 2010.
  • Great love is cricket.
Councillor Julie Stewart-Turner, 2009 - 2010
Councillor Julie Stewart-Turner

Party: Green
Term of Office: 2009 - 2010
Consort: Darrel Turner
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Andrew Palfreeman
Charity Appeal: Supporting people in crisis in Kirklees, 4 charities: the Mission Cafe and the Welcome Centre (Huddersfield), Care Dewsbury and Daybreak (Dewsbury)

  • Born in Richmond, Surrey.
  • Moved to Yorkshire in 1991.
  • Campaigned to save Lockwood and Salford Village Green.
  • A founder of the Yorkshire Games.
  • Became a Kirklees Green Party Councillor in May 2002.
Councillor Karam Hussain, 2008 - 2009
Councillor Karam Hussain

Party: Liberal Democrat
Term of Office: 2008 - 2009
Mayoress: Mrs Nasreen Akhtar - housewife and daughter-in-law of the Mayor.
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Julie Stewart-Turner
Charity Appeal: In aid of Dewsbury and District Hospital Diabetes Centre Appeal and the Laura Crane Trust.

  • Born in the Free State of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • He immigrated to the United Kingdom at the age of fifteen and has lived in the area for the past thirty years.
  • Served as Executive Member for Kirklees Racial Equality Council and as a trustee of a local mosque.
  • Elected to serve as councillor for the Dewsbury West Ward in 1998, the first Liberal Democrat to be elected in this ward.
  • Campaigned to save Crow Nest Park Museum and to bring improvements to local parks.
  • In recognition of his work, he was appointed Chairman of the Crow Nest Working Group.
  • In 2004, he was elected to serve as Vice-Chairman of West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority, becoming Chairman the following year.
  • Served as portfolio-holder for Environment and Leisure, Chairman of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing Management Group and District Spokesman for Kirklees on the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority.
  • Had four children.
Councillor Jean Calvert, 2007 - 2008
Councillor Jean Calvert

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 2007 - 2008
Consort: Mr Shane Eastwood - played football for Huddersfield District and Sunday Leagues. Supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club.
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Karam Hussain
Charity Appeal: In aid of the west Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust.

  • Born at Hill Top, Slaithwaite.
  • Educated at Slaithwaite Church of England Primary School, Colne Valley High School and Huddersfield Technical College.
  • Member of Slaithwaite Amateur Operatic Society and Woodhouse Operatic Society.
  • Elected to Kirklees Metropolitan Council in 1992.
  • Chairman of the Women's Rights Committee and launched the Domestic Violence Policy of the council.
  • Member of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
  • Chaired the Regeneration Committee for Deighton and Brackenhall Initiative Partnership.
Councillor Donald M. Firth, 2006 - 2007
Councillor Donald M. Firth

Party: Conservative
Term of Office: 2006 - 2007
Mayoress: Mrs Ann Firth - worked for Kirklees Metropolitan Council and a member of Almondbury Methodist Church.
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Jean Calvert
Charity Appeal: In aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Huddersfield Epilepsy Group.

  • Born at Fulstone Hall, New Mill.
  • Educated at New Mill Infant and Junior School, Holmfirth Secondary School and Batley Technical College.
  • Employed as an electrician in Holmfirth and remained there until retirement.
  • Elected in 1989, but lost his seat in 1995, regaining it in 1999.
  • Served on the Planning Sub-Committee (Huddersfield Area) and as the Lead member on the Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Transportation.
  • Chairman of the Holme Valley South Area Committee.
  • Elected to serve on Home Valley Parish Council for the Fulstone Ward in 1986.
  • Chaired the General Purposes Committee and Chairman of the Parish Council between 1995 and 1996.
Councillor Margaret Fearnley, 2005 - 2006
Councillor Margaret Fearnley

Party: Liberal Democrat
Term of Office: 2005 - 2006
Consort: Mr Barry Fearnley
Deputy Mayor: : Councillor Donald M. Firth
Charity Appeal: In aid of Kirkwood Hospice and the Laura Crane Trust.

  • Elected to serve as councillor for Colne Valley Ward in 1997.
  • Served on the Huddersfield Planning Committee, Social Services Committee and the Education Committee.
  • Chairman of the Colne Valley Area Committee.
  • Member of the Environment, Social Affairs and Culture and Leisure Scrutiny Panels.
  • Past member of the Marsden Mechanics Management Committee and past President and Chairman of the Huddersfield Flower Club.
  • Trustee and founding member of Kirkwood Hospice.
  • Involved with the Haydn Wood Music Festival (as Vice-Chairman) and as Secretary of the Colne Valley Twinning Association.
  • Trained and qualified as a nurse at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary becoming a Ward and Departmental Sister.
  • Became a lecturer in Nursing Studies at the West Yorkshire College of Health Education and Huddersfield University.
  • Had three children.
Councillor Mary Harkin, 2004 - 2005
Councillor Mary Harkin

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 2004 - 2005
Consort: Mr Gerald Harkin (died in office, 21st August, 2004)
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Margaret Fearnley
Charity Appeal: In aid of Home-Start Kirklees, supporting families with children under the age of five.

  • Born and educated in Batley.
  • Studied Business Studies at Batley Technical School.
  • Employed as a secretary by Fox's Biscuits (now a subsidiary of Northern Foods p.l.c.).
  • Elected to serve as councillor for the Batley East Ward in 1990.
  • Served on the Education Committee, Social Services Committee and the Environment Committee.
  • Served as Chairman of Batley Area Committee.
  • Member of the Devolution Advisory Committee, the Grants Advisory Committee, the Licensing and Safety Committee and the Education Scrutiny Panel.
  • Member of the Management Committees of both Batley Surestart and Batley Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
  • Governor of Dewsbury College and Park Road Junior, Infants and Nursery School.
  • Member of Batley Family Community Resource Centre, Dewsbury District Society for the Blind and Environment Concern.
  • Chairman of the Wm Henry Coulter Trust.
Councillor Barbara Allonby, B.A., 2003 - 2004
Councillor Barbara Allonby, B.A.

Party: Liberal Democrat
Term of Office: 2003 - 2004
Consort: Mr Roy Allonby
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Mary Harkin
Charity Appeal: Launched in aid of the Forget Me Not Trust which has the aim of constructing a hospice in Calderdale or Kirklees for terminally ill children.

  • Elected to serve as councillor for the Lindley Ward in 1994.
  • Served on the Huddersfield Planning Sub-Committee and Appeals Panels, the Council Business Committee, the Historic Buildings Trust and the Yorkshire Museums Council.
  • Attended Royds Hall Grammar School and the School of Art at the University of Manchester.
  • Employed as a teacher of art at Huddersfield New College for sixteen years.
Councillor Margaret R. Bates, D.L., 2002 - 2003
Councillor Margaret R. Bates, D.L.

Party: Conservative
Term of Office: 2002 - 2003
Mayoress: Mrs Sandra Thompson
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Barbara Allonby, B.A.
Charity Appeal: In aid of the Dewsbury, Batley and Spenborough Centre for the Deaf and the Huddersfield Society for the Deaf.

  • Elected to serve as councillor for the Spen Ward in 1987 and served until 1991.
  • Re-elected to serve as councillor for the Birstall and Birkenshaw Ward and remained in post for four years.
  • Served on the Social Services Committee, the Planning Committee, the Women's Rights Committee, the Race Equality Committee and the Regeneration Committee.
  • Involved with Batley Family Community Centre Management Panel and the Dewsbury and District Police Crime Prevention Panel.
  • Involved with the Society for the Blind and the Centre for the Deaf in Dewsbury since 1987.
  • Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire in 2003.
  • Married with three children.
Councillor Mohan Singh Sokhal, J.P., 2001 - 2002
Councillor Mohan Singh Sokhal, J.P.

Party: Labour
Term of Office: 2001 - 2002
Mayoress: Mrs Asha Sokhal
Deputy Mayor: Councillor Margaret R. Bates
Charity Appeal: In aid of Kirkwood Hospice.

  • Represented Paddock Ward on Kirklees Metropolitan Council since 1989.
  • Employed as a bus driver for thirty two years.
  • Governor of Reinwood Junior School.
  • Represented Kirklees for ten years on the West Yorkshire Police Authority.
  • Served as Chairman of the Huddersfield, Batley and Spenborough Police community forums.
  • Member of Kirklees Racial Equality Council’s Management Committee.
  • Involved with Huddersfield Indian Workers Association for twenty years.
  • Trustee and member of the Sikh Leisure Centre.