February 23, 2019

The Parish Council Team


Peter M. Stott, Parish Councillor for Sand Hutton and Chairman

Peter was born and educated in West Yorkshire and then at the Royal College of Music. He has run his own business, worked in financial services and the building industry. Having purchased the “old school canteen” at the end of 2001, Peter moved into Sand Hutton early 2003 and quickly became involved in local groups and took an interest in village life. He is a member of the local Heritage Group and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), a committee member of the York and District Organists’ Association and Musical Director of the Benefice Choir.

Nigel Davis, Parish Councillor for Claxton

Nigel has lived in Claxton for the past 11 years. He was a police officer with North Yorkshire Police for 28 years, working in Settle, York, Selby, Malton and Tadcaster retiring in 2003. He has worked for The National Trust in York and presently works at the FERA Science Laboratories at Sand Hutton as a beekeeper. His leisure activities revolve around sustainable living and energy efficiency.

Sara Esler, Parish Councillor for Sand Hutton                                                                                                                                                            

Sara Esler moved to Sand Hutton in November 2000 and has brought up her three children here, they all went to the playgroup when they were younger.  Sara trained as a solicitor and worked previously in the Magistrates Courts Service in South and West Yorkshire, she now works as a will writer and is Clerk to the Governors at a large independent school in York.  Sara is loves living in this area and strongly believes in keeping villages rural and is a member of the Campaign for Rural England.

Caroline Hall, Parish Councillor for Sand Hutton

Caroline has lived in Sand Hutton for 11 years where she has played an active part in many village activities including organizing the Annual Village Produce Show and Christmas party. She has a keen interest in conservation and ecology (she is a volunteer guide at the Arboretum at Castle Howard), and in music, leading the local singing group “Women in Harmony” and being a Trustee of the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre.

Donna Rankeillor, Parish Councillor for Claxton


Jennie Whiteley, Parish Councillor for Claxton

Jennie runs Vicarage Farm in Claxton with her sister Vivien and husband Ken and they produce their own beef and pork, fabulous pork pies and other bakery products including gluten free baking for farmers markets and local customers. Jennie has a passion for the countryside and more traditional farming methods and has an extensive knowledge of the local area. After a career in nursing, Jennie came to help run the family farm in 1986 and has two grown up sons who are regular visitors to the villages.




Fiona Hill, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for Claxton and Sand Hutton

Fiona was “born and bred” in Thornton-le-Clay. After a travelling the world working in the travel industry, she is now back living and working on the family farm. Fiona is married with one little boy, who attends Foston School. She has been a Parish Clerk since 1997 and in 2012 obtained the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA). Fiona enjoys horse-riding, cooking and fun-packed family days out!