regularly attend all parish council meetings in my Ward to ensure
that I am up to date with all issues and concerns. My greatest
achievements as a ward councillor have been securing the new
footpath and safety barriers alongside the A63 for children
going to South Hunsley School, and lobbying for and getting
the improvements to drainage in North Ferriby, a £2.2m
scheme that protects many homes from flooding.’
On East Riding Council, Julie enjoyed eight years on the Strategic
Planning Committee which gave her a good grounding to understand
the complexities around major planning applications such as
Humberfield Farm waste facility and Melton Fields as well as
numerous unpopular wind farms.
She has also served on other committees including
the Environment & Transport Overview & Scrutiny Committee
and the Audit Committee which provided an invaluable source
of information about the running of the Council.
She was Chairman of the Children & Young
People Overview & Scrutiny sub-committee for four years
and took on her current role as the cabinet member with the
portfolio of Children, Young People & Education and the
statutory lead member for children’s services in 2011.
She writes, ‘My ambition is for every child in the East
Riding to be safe and happy and to fulfil their potential and
I would like every one of our schools to be judged to be good
or better at their next inspection. I am concerned about the
lack of funding for schools in the East Riding compared to other
authorities across the country and I am very proactive in lobbying
Government for a National Fair Funding Formula.’
Julie is also a governor at North Ferriby CE
School and a trustee at the Hull based Sailors’ Children’s
Society. In her spare time she enjoys walking her rescue dog,
a black Labrador cross.