Hello, I’m Lydia Bardsley, the clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council. I am a fully qualified clerk (Certificate in Local Council Administration), and have been working as a clerk since 2017. I also work part-time as clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for Clive Parish Council, as well as acting as locum clerk for other parish councils as and when needed. Like my other clerk work, the Ruyton XI Towns position is part time, so please bear with me if I’m not able to respond to queries immediately.
Whilst I don’t live in the parish itself, I grew up on a very small farm just over the border in Powys, and my fiancé and I have been living in the Oswestry area since 2011. I have a degree in modern languages (French and German) and management studies from Cambridge University, and have worked in a variety of industries, ranging from events coordination for a large land-based college (Reaseheath), to marketing and banking, to heritage and visitor services with the National Trust. I decided to transition to working (almost) full-time as a clerk as I particularly enjoy helping Parish Councils and communities work together to achieve their goals.
In my spare time I enjoy learning Spanish and Japanese, running, live music, watching Moto GP, and generally spending time with friends and family.