Huntington & New Earswick


Meet your Lib Dem candidates for Huntington & New Earswick this May.


Chris Cullwick

Current Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick

Address: 11 Mulberry Court, Huntington, York, YO32 9TU 
Email: [email protected] 

Chris has been involved in developing partnerships between the voluntary sector, businesses and the local authority for more than 30 years.

Associated with the launch of Food Banks, Street Angels and the York City of Faiths initiative, Chris has been employed by York St John University and York Diocese and worked closely with City of York Council developing youth provision and contributing to a programme to tackle poverty.

He has served as a trustee of several charities including YACRO working with ex offenders, Spurriergate and for 8 years served as a governor of Huntington School. Chris is Master of the York Guild of Building. Chris and his wife Joy have lived in Huntington since 1987 when Chris was invited to lead St Andrews Church. He served Huntington and New Earswick in this capacity for 15 years before taking up wider responsibilities across the city.

Keith Orrell

Current Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick

Address: 18 Trent Avenue, Huntington YO32 9SE 
Email: [email protected] 

Keith taught children with special educational needs for nearly thirty years, culminating in being Head of a Unit for autistic children.

Keith has wide political experience and was Parliamentary Candidate for Ryedale in 1997 and 2001, substantially reducing the Conservative majority.

He was a member of North Yorkshire Police Authority and is also currently a parish councillor in Huntington and a member of Heworth Golf Club. During 18/19 Keith Orrell will serve as The Lord Mayor of York.

Carol Runciman

Current Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick

Address: 26 Earswick Chase, Earswick, YO32 9FY 
Email: [email protected] 

Carol has lived in York since 1988. She has been Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick for 16 years and is also a long serving member of New Earswick Parish Council.

Between 2003 and 2011 she was the Executive Member for Children's Services, when there was an extensive programme of school building as well as significant improvements in school results. Carol has served on a number of the council's committees, including the Standards Committee and is now Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health.

Her career has been in Education and she was a senior manager in a Further Education College, then a local authority education officer. Carol is a long serving Justice of the Peace. Outside politics she enjoys music, both listening and performing and reading, often political biographies.

Carol currently holds the postion of Executive Member Adult Social Care and Health.

As Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Carol's key focus is delivering new care beds for elderly residents and ensuring a more patient-centred approach. Her main priorities include improving mental health services, updating older people's provision, and bringing services into communities so they are closer to residents' homes.

Her portfolio covers: Public Health, Domestic Violence, Services for carers, Adult Safeguarding, Assessment and Personalisation, Older People, Mental Health and Respite, Financial Inclusion.

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