Cookie Consent by Cookie Consent by Darlington Borough Council - #50Faces


Our #50Faces series will introduce you to some of the council's unsung heroes. We'll meet people doing all kinds of jobs, who each make a difference in their own way. 

1. Trisha English

A fantastic lollipop lady who works hard to keep the roads safe...

Trisha has become part of the scenery at her spot on busy Brinkburn Road; plenty of passers-by stop for a chat even if they aren't crossing the road.

She first became a crossing patrol officer - or lollipop lady as she prefers to be called - when her own children were young.

Read more about Trisha

2&3. Suzy Hill & Laura Pattinson

Familiar faces for library users of all ages...

Suzy joined the library team back in 2008 and Laura joined her in 2017.

Between them, they put on sessions and events for families, to try and encourage reading and book borrowing.

Read more about Suzy and Laura.

4. Sarah-Jayne Sams

Teaching Darlington's youngsters to swim...

Sarah-Jayne has been a swimming instructor for more than 20 years and says she finds it very rewarding.

Her goal is for no one to feel in danger in the water.

Read more about Sarah-Jayne.

5. Joseph Robb

Working hard to help keep families together...

Social worker team leader Joseph Robb works in the Keeping Families Together Team. No two days are the same in his job.

He says working for the council feels like a family.

Read more about Joseph.

6. Ellie Walker

Flying the flag for equality and diversity...

Corporate trainer Ellie Walker's job is to help council staff understand their responsibilities around equality and diversity.

A real people person, Ellie says no two days are the same in her role.

Read more about Ellie.

7. Sarah Travis

Helping drive economic growth in Darlington...

Sarah Travis works in the business support team and helps existing companies and those thinking of moving to Darlington.

Part of her job satisfaction comes from seeing a business achieve its aspirations.

Read more about Sarah.

8. Lee Hutton

Changing roles in challenging times

Lee usually works as the aquatic manager at the Dolphin Centre, but throughout the pandemic has worked for the community HUB.

He takes great pride in providing a good service and working in a great team who have really stepped up to the plate.

Read more about Lee

9. Margaret Enstone

Keeping Darlington on track for a greener future

Margaret has recently joined us as our sustainability and climate change lead officer. She works with teams in the council to create a plan for Darlington to become carbon neutral.

She makes sure to do her own part for the environment by walking when she can, taking public transport, and shopping locally.

Read more about Margaret

10. Andrew Goodfellow

A new role during Covid-19

Andrew has swapped his usual job as a swimming instructor to join Street Scene during  the Covid-19 pandemic. 

He is helping us spread the #recycleright message and enjoying seeing some of his pupils on his rounds

Read more about Andrew.

11. Matthew Hufford

Hello, my name is Matthew Hufford and I'm the community engagement coordinator here at Darlington Council.

I've been enrolled about six months and I've previously worked in customer services for about two years so you may have seen me um on the counter or spoken to me over the phone.

What my role is, and it's a lot different obviously in this last six months because of Covid. I'd like to be out and sort of seeing people more and doing sort of face to face in the community and but I tend to have been working on the housing Facebook page and giving you all the information that you may need which includes things like property adverts, giving you all the safety information about you your houses, and some good news stories which we all need.

The day-to-day of my work is very challenging, it's interesting and it's completely different to anything I've done before but I hope I'm growing in the role and getting more used to it and hopefully in the next couple of months you'll see more of me. I'm born and bread in Darlington so I'm looking forward to sort of working within the community and making the community stronger.

I'm also involved in the engagement strategy which is a four-year plan how to make engagement better so hopefully you'll see a lot more of me in the next couple of months and it'll be nice to see you all.

We're nothing without you...

Matthew works as a community engagement officer in the housing team, a role he’s been in for the last six months after previously being in customer services.

He has a passion for strengthening the community and looks forward to working face to face with customers. 

Read more about Matthew

12. Andy Wood

Hi, my name is Andy Wood. I am the Darlington Dog Warden, a job I’ve done for around 25 years

My job is always very interesting, even the times when a dog wants to try and bite me, which has sadly happened several times over the years.

It’s always very rewarding when you find a lost dog and reunite it with the owner.

One highlight of my job is that no two days are the same, as I’ve been called upon to help capture different types of animals from racoons and ferrets to swans.

I’ve also assisted the police and other agencies to deal with a stray or dangerous dog.

Since the start of the lockdown I’ve been asked to help the community in different ways too, including delivering medicines and food parcels to the vulnerable members of the community.

The council has also recently set up a new community group called DOGwatch with the aim of helping highlight issues and offer some useful advice in relation to things like dog theft.

I enjoy being the dog warden as I’ve met so many different people over the years and worked with a lot of interesting people.

Being able to make a difference and help people is always very rewarding.

Being able to make a difference is always very rewarding...

Andy works as Darlington's dog warden where he helps people every day. 

It's a very rewarding job where two days are never the same, and he's been helping the community in other ways during the Covid 19 lockdowns by delivering food parcels and medicine to vulnerable residents. 

Read about Andy.

13. Laurence Ward

It's so rewarding to see people improving their confidence and their lives through their love of art...

Lawrence uses his love and experience of art to inspire adults with learning disabilities to try out a variety of visual arts with some amazing results that have been celebrated in exhibitions around the world.

Read about Laurence.