Shadwell Parish Councillors

The Parish Council has a maximum of nine members. The current parish councillors and their contact details are shown below:

Debbie Potter (Chairman)

Debbie Potter

Debbie has been with the Parish Council from its inception in 2002. As well as being Chairman, Debbie serves on the Finance and Personnel committees as Chairman. She is a founder member of Shadwell in Bloom and serves on the committee of that organisation as secretary and treasurer. Debbie also serves on the committee of Shadwell Library, Arts Centre and Café, and represents Shadwell at a numerous forums run by the City Council.

In her spare time she enjoys walking, cycling, badminton, gardening, eating and drinking and going on holiday.

Contact Debbie at or on 0113 2657575

Norman Taylor

Norman Taylor

Norman has been a member of the council since its inception in 2002. He is also Chairman of Shadwell in Bloom and a trustee of the Recreation Centre. Norman serves on the Finance Committee and is our lead councillor on village maintenance.

Contact Norman at or on  0113 2737393

David Ford

David Ford

David joined the Parish Council in May 2018.  He was born and brought up on a farm on the outskirts of the village and has been involved in village life ever since. He has a degree in hospitality management and has worked in the catering industry for over thirty years. He currently manages a catering contract in the city centre. David currently serves on the Personnel and Finance committees.

Contact David at or on 07760 508890

Denise Trickett

Denise Trickett

Denise is vice-chair of the Parish Council and serves on the Finance, Planning and Personnel committees. Denise is also a leading light in the Shadwell History Society and Shadwell Library,  Arts Centre and Café. Denise is now retired after an extensive career in education in Leeds.

Contact Denise at or on 0113 2737250

Vidya Venkatesh

Vidya rejoined the Parish Council in August 2023 and serves on the Planning Committee. Vidya is also the older people’s champion and is working with other members of the community in developing Shadwell into a ‘Dementia Friendly Village’. Vidya is a dentist by profession.

Contact Vidya at

Nirmal Tulwa

Nirmal Tulwa

Nirmal chairs our Planning Committee and also serves on our Personnel Committee. Nirmal is a trustee of the Recreation Centre and is leading efforts to redevelop the centre for the benefit of the village. Nirmal works as a consultant in trauma and orthopaedics in the NHS. He has been involved for several years in Shadwell Junior football club and is keen to support the younger age group.

Contact Nirmal at or by phone on 07894 908012

Daljit Sehmi

Daljit Sehmi

Daljit,is a teacher and has lived in Shadwell with her husband for 18 years. They have two daughters, Nikita and Amreeta. In her spare time Daljit loves going to the gym and going for long walks around the village and she recently challenged herself to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks! Daljit currently serves on our Planning and Finance committees.

Contact Daljit at or by phone on 07788 855168.

Peter Gruen

Peter was co-opted onto the Parish Council in August 2023 and serves on the Planning Committee.

Peter and Caroline have lived in Shadwell these past 40(!) years; first in the Ash Hills and now at the Slaid Hill end. We’ve been very happy here and so it is a great privilege to serve on the PC.

Peter has previously been a City Councillor for 35 years and has watched on how effective and responsive the Shadwell Councillors have worked for our community.

Whenever possible Peter and Caroline take their exercise walking around the perimeter of the village or in the gym. Travelling to new and different parts of the world is also a hobby.

Contact Peter at or by phone on 07787 525520.

Other People

Mike Woods (Clerk)

Mike Woods

Mike took over as Clerk to the Parish Council in March 2017 and works 11 hour a week. Mike previously worked for Leeds City Council and has many years’ experience in local government. He is a qualified accountant.

Contact Mike at

Matthew Robinson (Harewood Ward Member)

Matthew Robinson

Matthew was elected to represent the Harewood ward in May 2012. He sits of the Outer North East Area Committee, the Leeds Schools Sports Association, Aberford Almshouse Trust and Leeds Sports Federation. In addition Matthew is also a Governor on the Shadwell and Bramham Federation of Primary Schools. In addition to his work as a Councillor, Matthew also works for an education charity which seeks to address educational inequality by developing the next generation of leaders in challenging schools in the most disadvantaged areas of the country. Matthew has an MA from Leeds University and BA for the University of York and enjoys football, golf, reading and walking his dog Max.

Contact Matthew at

Sir Alec Shelbrooke (MP)

Alec Shelbrooke in front of the Palace of Westminster

Elected Conservative Member of Parliament for the Elmet & Rothwell constituency in May 2010. The constituency comprises a number of villages including Shadwell. Prior to his election to Parliament, Alec represented Shadwell as a Leeds City Councillor in the Harewood ward. In Government, Alec has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Transport and Northern Ireland ministers and as Minister of State for Defence Procurement. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2019. Alec holds regular surgeries by appointment at various locations around the constituency. Appointments can be made by contacting his office using the details below.

Phone: 01937 838 081
Address: Sir Alec Shelbrooke MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA