Introducing the Mayor and Mayoress
Councillor Kevin Barker and Mrs Kirsty Barker
Born in Leeds in 1948, Kevin attended The Grange Primary School and Foxwood Comprehensive School before undertaking various apprenticeship positions. He secured a post with a landscape construction company and then went on to work for Leeds City Council Parks Department where he had a fulfilling career spanning 42 years.
Kevin’s first managerial post came when he was just 19 years of age, managing a small team of people responsible for maintaining areas of greenspace in the west Leeds area. Kevin was involved in the management of all the Council’s parks, public open spaces, woodlands and school grounds and sports pitches.
During his time with the Council he was involved with the implementation of a bonus scheme and the preparation of contracts before becoming the Contracts Manager for Red Hall Services who were successful at securing every grounds maintenance contract for which they tendered. Kevin travelled to Durban in South Africa to help construct a park in one of the townships.
During his teenage years, Kevin found his love for music and spent evenings and weekends playing the drums in pubs and clubs around Yorkshire. He met his wife Rita whilst playing at a Bingo Hall and they have lived happily in Hall Green and Crigglestone for over 40 years. They have two children Neil and Andrew. Andrew is married to the Mayoress, Kirsty Barker and they have four daughters Cadence, Elissa, Lexi and Aria. Neil is married to Michelle, the former Deputy Mayoress. They have two children, Jade and Xander.
Elected in 2014, Kevin represents the Wakefield Rural Ward and is a member of the Planning and Highways Committee, the Town and Parish Council Liaison Group, the Corporate Parenting Panel and the Economic Growth and Skills Scrutiny Panel.
Kirsty was born and raised in Barnsley, living mostly in Mapplewell and she attended Darton High School. She and Andrew have been together for some 13 years and have recently relocated to Durkar, Wakefield. Kirsty has held a variety of jobs with her most recent at The Hepworth, Wakefield.
An admirable choice for Mayor and Mayoress, Kevin and Kirsty are honoured to serve the District and its people.