Councillor Ken J. Wyatt

Ken J. Wyatt


Born in Swinton.

My professional background has been with South Yorkshire Ambulance Service, working as an operational paramedic and in control and communications. I was awarded the services' Good Conduct and Long Service medal by the Lord Lieutenant. Recently I obtained a post-graduate certificate in Modern Governance from the University of Huddersfield. In 2011 I was appointed Director of Finance for a national association.

I was first elected to Rotherham MBC in 1985.

Outside the Council I perform a range of activities in the Criminal Justice System including non-executive Director of South Yorkshire Probation Trust; Magistrate; and Audit Committee Chair. Working with National Offender Management Service Officials and the Probation Association I chaired a National Working Group called The Specification Benchmarking and Costing Programme. I also chaired the Courts Board for the Humber and South Yorkshire from its establishment to abolition.

As a committee community activist, I am involved in a number of voluntary and community organisations in the local area including Swinton Sports and Health Group and the Area Housing Panel.

I have a strong interest in local history and heritage issues and served 7 years as a member of the Heritage Lottery Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber. I have been involved in a large number of projects which celebrate the rich local heritage of South Yorkshire. I have been the co-producer of a series of films including History of Swinton Volume I-IV which gives a comprehensive film history of the town from the earliest times to the present day. I have had many articles published on a range of subjects and I’m the author of a number of books on subjects of local interest and regular guest speaker.

Publications include:

  • “A Yorkshire Undertaking” a history of one of Northern England’s oldest family funeral directors (C.T. Butterfields Ltd.) written to commemorate the 130th Anniversary of the Company.
  • “The Lusitania's Musician” the story of Cunard Bandsman Ernest Dixon Drakeford who survived the sinking.
  • “A Guide to St. Margaret’s Churchyard (Swinton)”.
  • “Old Swinton in Pictures” more than 190 pictures with detailed captions.
  • “Civic Lives: The Story of a Town Clerk and His Family”. Leading lawyer Frederick Lee Harrop played in significant role in the development of modern local government, his family made a huge contribution to the lives of people in South Yorkshire and further afield.
  • “Kilnhurst Through the Ages (in Pictures)” with around 200 pictures and captions.
  • 150th Anniversary of St. Thomas’ Church, Kilnhurst. 
  • Swinton Pictorial.
  • Major contributions to community website -

Swinton Heritage Societyimage

I am a regular fundraiser for various local good causes and have a wide experience in project and event planning, organisation and delivery. Everything from a boxing tournament, to a beer festival to a fun day for children with autism; professional concerts; heritage projects and fairs.

Married to Helen, we have one son and daughter.

My other interests include:- Railways, Military History, Dog Walking, Real Ale, Pub Quizzes and Hobby Farming.

Should you wish to contact me I hold regular surgeries, am contactable by telephone, SMS text, email, I am also a user of twitter and facebook.

My surgeries

  • Swinton Library - every Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm

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Ward: Swinton

Party: Labour

Position: None

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