Cllr Ian Machin

IAN MACHIN 07796 610506

I was born, went to school, married, brought up 2 children and have lived in Spennymoor all my life.  My son and his wife live in Spennymoor and we care for their twins, our 4 year old grandchildren who go to nursery school in Spennymoor.

I have a Maths degree, an MBA and I am an accountant by profession. I had many roles in finance, sales, purchasing, product management and project management before becoming Financial Controller for an ICI business.  When this business was sold to a US company, I led their global business transformation project before becoming IT Director, still based on Teesside.  I believe my business expertise in sound governance, financial accountability, project management, change, people development and teamwork can be of benefit in local government.

I retired in 2014 to help my wife care for her 90 year old father and look after 1 year old twin grandchildren. I now volunteer for the Princes Trust helping Young People, 18-30, into work, volunteering, education and training.  My contribution is running business start-up courses, interview training and mentoring business start-ups. These are all targeted at helping young people, using skills and experience from my working life. Seeing them succeed at many levels is hugely satisfying.  I hope to become a school governor in April.

People are the most important thing in business, our children and their future are the most important thing to families. When I look at Spennymoor I see similar opportunities to change and improve the way the Town Council works for the benefit of the people of Spennymoor.  Some needs are clearly visible – Festival Walk, car parking, traffic around schools at the start and end of the day, using local contractors, infrastructure and services for a growing population. Other issues and needs are less visible due to lack of transparency in the way the Town Council is governed – accountability, spending and party politics which does not put the people of Spennymoor first.

Spennymoor Town Council needs people who will put local needs before Party Politics.

Vote for change, vote Spennymoor Independent.