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Jan Barker - Deputy Mayor

07 May 2015
07 May 2015

I have lived in St Annes for 30 years with my husband Steve, together bringing up our four children and now helping to raise nine grandchildren.

Trained as a teacher, I actually qualified and worked as a Youth and Community Worker, both in Blackburn and Clitheroe and was later employed as an Information Officer for Lancashire County Council.

Moving to St Annes in 1989, I worked for National Savings but took early retirement when the children left home for university - joining Steve who was then working for the British Council in Beijing. Living in China during a time of great change was very interesting but challenging in many ways and, returning home in 2011, it was a joy to be back with the family we love!

On my wish list for a perfect day out would be a summer picnic in our stunning countryside or maybe a fresh and breezy day at the beach. We do really have it all in our Beautiful Fylde.

I was surprised and very honoured to be asked by Mayor Peter Collins to be his Deputy. I will do my best to support him and his Mayoress Caroline and wish them all the best for a happy and productive Mayoral year. 

Consort to the Deputy Mayor, Mr Steve Barker

I was born in 1948 in Brierfield, Lancashire and brought up in the area, attending Nelson Grammar School, then Westminster University for a Diploma in Journalism before attending Keele University.

My wife Jan and I were married in London in the mid-Seventies. Most of my career has been spent in the UK Civil service, working on the front line of Social Security, in the resettlement of homeless men, staff training and Information technology; latterly I worked in London for the Treasury’s Office of Government Commerce. In 2002 I began an assignment in Beijing for the British Council, managing a Social Security project on behalf of the Department of International Development followed by a second project in China with the European Union before returning to the UK in 2011.

Starting in 1978 I have been a freelance producer and broadcaster for the BBC, since 1984 with BBC Radio Lancashire presenting the underground music programme “On the Wire”. I have also been a columnist and contributor for The Wire magazine since 1996.

These days most of the spare time Jan and I manage to get is spent in entertaining one or more of our nine grandchildren. I know Jan and I will have a very busy schedule in helping the Mayor Peter Collins and the Mayoress Caroline, but I am really looking forward to doing the best I can in making sure they have a successful year.

Election History

Thu 7 May 2015 Thu 2 May 2019 Not re-standing

Party Representation History

PartyRepresentation FromRepresentation To
LabourThu 7 May 2015 Thu 2 May 2019

Ward Representation History

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CentralThu 7 May 2015 Thu 2 May 2019

Current Committee Memberships

Not a current member of any Committee.

Past Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining DateLeaving Date
Council Member20 May 201502 May 2019
Licensing Committee Member20 May 201502 May 2019
Public Protection Committee Member20 May 201502 May 2019
Tourism and Leisure Committee Member20 May 201502 May 2019
Planning Committee Member05 July 201602 May 2019

Current Outside Body Appointments

Not a current member of any Outside Body.

Past Outside Body Appointments

Not a past member of any Outside Body.

Personal Register of Interests

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNature 
Planning Committee27 July 2016Personal & Prejudicial View
Wed, 14 Mar 2018Planning Training 
Mon, 29 Jan 2018The Work of the Environment Protection and Waste Enforcement Team 
Mon, 8 Jan 2018Planning Committee Tour of Sites 
Mon, 27 Nov 2017Safeguarding Seminar  
Wed, 11 Oct 2017Refresher on the Constitutional Debating Procedures 
Mon, 18 Sep 2017LoveMyBeach Briefing Session 
Fri, 7 Jul 2017121 MyCMIS User Training 
Mon, 12 Jun 2017Site Visit at BAE Systems' Warton 
Mon, 3 Oct 2016Prevent Strategy 
Mon, 19 Sep 2016Heritage Review for the Borough 
Wed, 27 Jul 2016Development Management and Planning Policy Training 
Mon, 27 Jun 2016Refresher Session on the Constitution 
Fri, 22 Jan 2016The Finance Settlement and Implications for Fylde  
Wed, 9 Dec 2015A Local List of Heritage Assets for Lytham St Annes  
Wed, 4 Nov 2015Review of Statement of Licensing Policy 2016  
Thu, 15 Oct 2015Social Media for community engagement and community leadership 
Tue, 29 Sep 2015Building and Sustaining Effective Working Relationships  
Mon, 21 Sep 2015ICT Training 
Thu, 6 Aug 2015Getting you ICT started – Getting to grips with social media 
Tue, 28 Jul 2015ICT 'Drop-In' Session 
Fri, 5 Jun 2015An introduction to the Public Protection Committee 
Fri, 5 Jun 2015Walk-through of the webcast of a Licensing hearing 
Fri, 22 May 2015Decision making under the Licensing ACT – Licensing training  
Mon, 18 May 2015Understanding Your New Roles – The Essentials  
Thu, 14 May 2015Getting you started (Part 1) ICT Information Induction Event 
Tue, 12 May 2015Welcome Event for Newly Elected Members  
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