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Les Cassie

Les Cassie represents Morpeth North at Morpeth Town Council.

Les moved to Morpeth in 1986 and has lived in Cottingwood Lane since 1996. He worked as a Professional Engineer with a large multi-national company and since retirement runs a forestry business. He has represented the Morpeth North area on Northumberland and Castle Morpeth Councils. Since 2007, on Morpeth Town Council, his main interests have been in using the Council's modest income to preserve and enhance the town.

"Since the merger of Castle Morpeth and Northumberland County Councils, Morpeth Town Council has taken on a prominent role as advocate of the needs and desires of local people. I have worked closely with the Flood Action Group in fighting for the flood scheme and with local residents opposing the care home development in Cottingwood Lane. It's vital that councillors are able to work closely with a wide variety of voluntary organisations in the town for the benefit of all."

Les can be contacted on Tel: 01670 516424 Mobile:07739259254 email:

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson represents Morpeth North at Morpeth Town Council.

Alison Byard

Alison Byard represents Morpeth Stobhill at Morpeth Town Council.

Alison says "I am originally from Northern Ireland but feel more at home now in Morpeth, having lived here for 21 years, first in Stobhill Farm and now in Stobhill Manor. I am a graduate of Leeds University and worked as a Customer Service Manager for a pharmaceutical firm in Newcastle until the birth of my son. I am now a stay at home Mum, married to Steve and with two children. My kids attended Stobhillgate First School and are now at Chantry Middle. I have been involved with various groups relating to children, including running the toddler group at St Aidan's Church Hall and the Morpeth 'BIBS' breast-feeding support group and of course, helping out at my children's schools. I love living in Morpeth and would like to help keep it a successful and attractive town, whilst retaining all of its history and character. Now that my children are more independent, I am getting more involved with my community and am ready for a new challenge!"

Alison can be contacted on Tel: 01670 515391 Mobile: 07963306549 email:

Joan Tebbutt

Joan Tebbutt represents Morpeth Kirkhill at Morpeth Town Council

Born in Hepscott Park, she has lived in various parts of Northumberland & Tyneside, moving to Morpeth in 1987. She previously represented Kirkhill on the County Council from 2005 to 2008 & represented Morpeth South on Castle Morpeth Borough Council from 2007 to 2009, where she served on the Planning Committee. Qualified as both a teacher & as a Social Worker, Joan worked in North Tyneside for 20 years & then worked for 11 years at Newcastle University in what was then called the Student Welfare Service. Now retired, Joan is even more active in the community. She is Chair of Governors at Morpeth County First School (Goosehill) and has a particular interest in Planning issues. In summer 2012 she was part of the small team who represented the South Morpeth Coalition at the Public Inquiry, successfully taking on Bellway's Barrister and team of consultants. That struggle still goes on & she is helping to compile the Coalition's objection documentation against Bellway's follow up application. Joan is also involved in working towards the preparation of Morpeth's Neighbourhood Plan. This will hopefully ensure that Morpeth will not be subject to speculative and aggressive applications from developers in future, as Morpeth people can decide where development will go and what it will be. This is a community effort that will take about 2 years and is led by the Town Council. Any resident is welcome to take part. Joan says: "2013 is the centenary of the death of Suffragette Emily Davison & so I believe it was particularly important for women to be elected to the Town Council. I hope all women use their vote, as women had to fight hard to get it, & democracy is all the poorer when turnout is low."

Joan can be contacted on Tel: 01670 511631 email:

Andrew Tebbutt

Andrew Tebbutt

Andrew Tebbutt represents Morpeth Kirkhill at Morpeth Town Council.

Andrew has lived in Northumberland since 1973 & in Morpeth since 1985. Married to Joan, they have three children who all attended schools in Morpeth. His career was in Social Work, latterly in training & staff development & spent 12 years as branch secretary of NALGO, the staff trade union. He also served at district and national level with NALGO in both education and welfare matters. Andrew has been a Councillor since 2001 when he was elected onto Castle Morpeth Borough Council. In 2003 he was also elected onto the Town Council; then in May 2008 he was elected onto the new Unitary County Council. Andrew is a dedicated & hard working Councillor who has undertaken a great deal of work and responsibility. Andrew was the County Council's Executive Member for Corporate Resources & took the lead on the budget, HR, Legal Services, Information Technology & Finance, including Revenues & Benefits.

Andrew is currently a Trustee of Groundwork North East, a Governor at Abbeyfields 1st School &Trustee and Company Secretary of the Mary Hollon Trust, a Morpeth based charity that he helped to "rescue" as it had been deregistered and ceased to function. Andrew has been on the Emily Wilding Davison Working Group since 2005, chairing the group since 2007 & being heavily involved in the preparations for the Emily Inspires! commemorations to mark the centenary of the Morpeth Suffragette's death in 1913.

Andrew says; "I wish to thank residents for re-electing me to both Northumberland County Council & Morpeth Town Council. I remain totally committed to represent all residents, regardless of whether they voted for me or not, and to provide help and support to individuals and groups facing problems. I know I have a reputation as "the man who gets things done" and I plan to live up to that. I certainly picked up a lot of new issues whilst canvassing, which I am trying to address as quickly as possible."

Andrew can be contacted on Tel: 01670 511631 Mobile: 07767338509