Denise Craghill

Councillor Denise Craghill
Denise Craghill

I qualified as a librarian and worked in local government in Sheffield including running a specialist library in the economic development department and later on liaison work with the voluntary and community sector. I worked briefly in York libraries before becoming a fundraiser and events organiser for the Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). This included organising the Day of Dance at Saltaire for over ten years.

Originally from the Lake District, I have lived in York since 2000. I became a member of the Green Party in 1990 and have campaigned on a wide range of local and global issues, always believing in the power of individuals working together to make a difference.

I was a member of Fulford Parish Council for four years, chaired the Council of management at York Steiner School for 5 years and was a governor at Fulford School for a 4 year term.

I was a Green Party councillor for Guildhall ward for 8 years (2015-2023) and Executive Member for Housing during my second four year term. I’m proud during that time to have initiated the council’s new build certified Passivhaus housing. I also brought the council from a position where it had almost no capacity for addressing the urgent need to ‘retrofit’ the city’s housing stock (for warmer homes, lower energy costs and lower carbon emissions) to the position today where it has an ongoing plan to retrofit all our council homes and was able to lead a successful £3.5m local partnership bid to Innovate UK to create a Retrofit One Stop Shop for York. In 2019 I brought York’s successful Climate Emergency motion to council and have worked since then to drive forward its implementation.

I am currently a Director of York Community Energy and a member of the Buildings and Retrofit Group of the new York Climate Commission.  I’m currently working part-time as project coordinator for the Groves Community Association on their Repair & Share Project and I’m also a member of the Waste Group of the new York Climate Commission.

I live in Fishergate ward with my partner, Andy D’Agorne and have one grown up daughter. I recently turned my small south-facing front garden over to vegetable growing, which has made me feel even more a part of York’s expanding edible growing culture – and led to lots of interesting conversations with passers -by!

Denise says ‘I believe very strongly that action on climate change is not only deeply urgent and necessary, it also has huge potential to benefit so many people through reducing energy costs, improving our health and creating new green jobs. The transition to a zero carbon economy must be a fair one. With the right vision the solutions are all there and we need to get on and implement them.’

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