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Julie Abraham - Biography

Julie came to North Ferriby in 1994 after meeting her husband, Mike, who already lived in the village.

She has two grown-up step children and an 18 year old son.

Keen to get involved in her community, Julie joined North Ferriby Parish Council in 1997 and was elected to East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2003 as a member for the South Hunsley Ward.

She writes, ‘I enjoyed getting involved in local issues through the parish council so much that standing for East Riding of Yorkshire Council seemed like a natural progression. I am proud to serve the residents of North Ferriby, Swanland, Melton and Welton and hope that I do a good job for them.

I 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.

Tribute to Councillor Vanessa Walker

My dear friend and colleague, Vanessa Walker, has lost her brave fight with pancreatic cancer, Vanessa faced the last ten months with such courage and a determination to make the most of the time left with us. She also did all she could to spread the word about how devastating the cancer is and how important it is to be aware of early signs. SEE

She has been an inspiration to all who knew her and her passing will leave a huge hole in many lives.

Vanessa joined me as a representative for South Hunsley Ward in 2015 and she was a joy to work with. Only last month she spoke at Planning Committee against the mega-warehouse at Melton.

Following her election, she immediately became a vice-chairman of a scrutiny committee at ERYC, and in 2019 she was promoted to the Cabinet with a portfolio for Adult and Carer Services. She also became Chairman of the East Riding Health & Well-Being Board where she introduced her own personal style to bring health partners together to work towards reducing health inequalities for our residents.

Vanessa was a long-standing member of Welton Parish Council where she held the role of Chairman for a time.

A light has gone out in many lives with Vanessa’s passing and I will miss her enormously. My thoughts are with Vanessa’s family and close friends who have been such a wonderful support to her and given her the ability and opportunity to enjoy her last months to the full. RIP Vanessa.

Julie Abraham

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