Former headteacher co-opted to town council

Date: Wednesday 16th January 2008

FORMER Appleby Grammar School head Ian Holloway (right) has become a town councillor.

Mr. Holloway, who has played an active part in the Appleby community since moving to the area through his job nearly 30 years ago, has been co-opted on to the council and attended his first meeting last week.

The 65-year-old, who is a past president of both the town’s rotary club and agricultural society, said he was keen to play his part in local government. “I just want to do my best for the people of Appleby,” he said.

A mathematics graduate who studied at University College, London, Mr. Holloway’s first teaching post was at a mixed school in Hemel Hempstead, from where he moved to Wood Green, Witney, Oxfordshire, which had 930 pupils.

Aged 37, he became one of the youngest ever headteachers at Appleby Grammar School when he was appointed in 1980 and succeeded Philip Dixon. Mr. Holloway, a married father-of-two, remained head for 17 years before stepping down.

For nine years he was a Warcop parish councillor and was chairman of Eden district’s parish councils committee for two years.

He was also a non-executive board member of the former Eden Valley Primary Care Trust until it became a part of Cumbria PCT. While in the role, he was also chairman of the audit committee and joint chairman of the Cumbria audit committee.

He served as chairman of the Eden Local Health Group, director and voluntary worker for Eden Community Alarms and trustee of the Appleby-based Eden Volunteer Centre. He is a long-standing member of Appleby Rotary Club.

In his spare time he enjoys gardening, caravanning and camping and is keen on words and numbers puzzles.

Mr. Holloway lives with wife Julia at Banks Lane, Appleby. The couple have two daughters, Catherine Butterworth, a teacher at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Sports College, and Susan, a reader in geography at Loughborough University. They also have four grandchildren.