Chairman of the County Council

Councillor John Handley


John was born in the town of Pontefract, West Yorkshire, which is famous for its sweets. His father worked down the mines for the whole of his working life. John qualified as a teacher in 1970 and got his first teaching post at Bicester School in Oxfordshire. While working there he met Margaret and they married in 1973. In 1975 John moved to a school in Langley Mill, Derbyshire and remained there until 1993 when he moved to be an advisory teacher for Derbyshire County Council. In 1994 he became the assistant head at a large comprehensive school in Chesterfield.

Margaret was also a teacher until retirement and is a member of Broxtowe Borough Council. She was proud to serve as the mayor of the Borough in 2012/13.

Margaret and John have two grown up children; David, who is married to Fiona, and Sian, both of whom live and work abroad.

John became involved in politics when he joined Greasley Parish Council in 2005. He was elected onto the County Council in 2013 for the Beauvale division and was re-elected in the recent elections for the new division of Greasley with Brinsley. In 2015 he was elected onto Broxtowe Borough Council to represent Brinsley and he is also a member of Brinsley Parish Council.

Having worked in education all his life, John is particularly keen to work with and support young people and he is a school governor.

In their spare time, John and Margaret enjoy travelling (in particular cruises), entertaining friends (as Margaret is an excellent cook) and watching cricket (as they are both members of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club).

You can keep track of all the work John carries out in his role as Chairman by visiting his Facebook page.

Chairman’s Charity - Nottinghamshire Hospice

John has chosen the Nottinghamshire Hospice as his Chairman’s Charity. He is keen to support the great work of this local charity and recognises that most people, through family and friends, have sadly had personal experience of terminal illness.

Nottinghamshire Hospice is a palliative care unit providing high quality care services to adults who have terminal and life-limiting illnesses, and their families and carers.

Palliative care improves patient’s quality of life by providing pain and symptom relief. It also helps patients and their families through spiritual and psychosocial support throughout the course of the illness.

How to support Nottinghamshire Hospice

Nottinghamshire Hospice has an active fundraising programme, and there are a number of different ways to support the Hospice’s fundraising:

  • Visit one of the Hospice's 12 charity shops across Nottinghamshire where you can purchase a wide selection of pre-loved items, donate your unwanted goods or volunteer
  • Donate using JustGiving
  • Giving by standing order. To set up a Standing Order, you must be the account holder of a personal bank or building society account. Contact your bank and provide them with the Hospice's bank details, i.e. Barclays Bank account number 20885134, sort code 20-63-25.
  • While you shop on Amazon: Just ‘favourite’ or ‘bookmark’ this Amazon link. Every time you enter Amazon and buy products via this link Amazon will pay the Hospice up to 4% of the value of your order at no extra cost to you.

You can also make a donation to the Nottinghamshire Hospice by sending a cheque made payable to 'Nottinghamshire Hospice Ltd' to: Democratic Services, Floor 2 Riverside North, County Hall, Nottingham, NG2 7QP.

Vice-Chairman of the County Council

The Vice-Chairman of the County Council is Councillor Sue Saddington.

Councillor Saddington represents the Farndon and Trent division and was first elected in 2005.

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