Cllr James Barker


Councillor for Rural West York

Email: [email protected]

James was elected to represent Rural West York in May 2019.

James spent his formative years in South Africa and Somerset. Post ‘O’ levels James started working as a trainee quantity surveyor for a construction company based in Bristol, where he attended Bristol Polytechnic where he graduated from in 1992.

Following 4 years in industry, he joined the RAF as an Officer Cadet in 1996 graduating as an RAF Regiment officer in 1997. 21 years of military service has seen him deploy to Iraq (three times) and Afghanistan as well as a number of other countries on exercises and training tasks.

Outside of work James is a warranted Scout leader, rugby coach and member of the school PTA.

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