Councillor Ken Wyatt

Profile image for Councillor Ken Wyatt

Title: Chair, Improving Places Select Commission

Party: Labour

Political grouping: Labour

Ward: Swinton Rockingham

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Surgery details

The first Saturday of each month at Swinton Library from 11am until 1pm

Contact information

Home address: 
32 Church Street,
S64 8QA


Bus. mobile:  07951 786561

Committee appointments

Terms of Office

  • 03/05/1985 - 04/05/1989
  • 05/05/1989 - 06/05/1993
  • 06/05/1993 - 01/05/1997
  • 02/05/1997 - 04/05/2000
  • 04/05/2000 - 10/06/2010
  • 11/06/2004 - 01/05/2008
  • 02/05/2008 - 03/05/2012
  • 04/05/2012 - 05/05/2016
  • 06/05/2016 - 06/05/2021
  • 06/05/2021 -

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

Born in Swinton.


My professional background has been with South Yorkshire Ambulance Service, working as an operational paramedic and in control and communications. I was awarded the services' Good Conduct and Long Service medal by the Lord Lieutenant. Recently I obtained a post-graduate certificate in Modern Governance from the University of Huddersfield. In 2011 I was appointed Director of Finance for a national association.


I was first elected to Rotherham MBC in 1985.


Outside the Council I perform a range of activities in the Criminal Justice System including non-executive Director of South Yorkshire Probation Trust; Magistrate; and Audit Committee Chair. Working with National Offender Management Service Officials and the Probation Association I chaired a National Working Group called The Specification Benchmarking and Costing Programme. I also chaired the Courts Board for the Humber and South Yorkshire from its establishment to abolition.


As a committee community activist, I am involved in a number of voluntary and community organisations in the local area including Swinton Sports and Health Group and the Area Housing Panel.


I have a strong interest in local history and heritage issues and served 7 years as a member of the Heritage Lottery Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber. I have been involved in a large number of projects which celebrate the rich local heritage of South Yorkshire. I have been the co-producer of a series of films including History of Swinton Volume I-IV which gives a comprehensive film history of the town from the earliest times to the present day. I have had many articles published on a range of subjects and I’m the author of a number of books on subjects of local interest and regular guest speaker.


Publications include:

  • “A Yorkshire Undertaking” a history of one of Northern England’s oldest family funeral directors (C.T. Butterfields Ltd.) written to commemorate the 130th Anniversary of the Company.
  • “The Lusitania's Musician” the story of Cunard Bandsman Ernest Dixon Drakeford who survived the sinking.
  • “A Guide to St. Margaret’s Churchyard (Swinton)”.
  • “Old Swinton in Pictures” more than 190 pictures with detailed captions.
  • “Civic Lives: The Story of a Town Clerk and His Family”. Leading lawyer Frederick Lee Harrop played in significant role in the development of modern local government, his family made a huge contribution to the lives of people in South Yorkshire and further afield.
  • “Kilnhurst Through the Ages (in Pictures)” with around 200 pictures and captions.
  • 150th Anniversary of St. Thomas’ Church, Kilnhurst. 
  • Swinton Pictorial.
  • Major contributions to community website -

Swinton Heritage Societyimage


I am a regular fundraiser for various local good causes and have a wide experience in project and event planning, organisation and delivery. Everything from a boxing tournament, to a beer festival to a fun day for children with autism; professional concerts; heritage projects and fairs.


Married to Helen, we have one son and daughter.


My other interests include:- Railways, Military History, Dog Walking, Real Ale, Pub Quizzes and Hobby Farming.


Should you wish to contact me I hold regular surgeries, am contactable by telephone, SMS text, email, I am also a user of twitter and facebook.







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We value the contributions that people make within their local area, through volunteering and getting involved in decision making, to really make a difference for everyone who lives there. By building on the work we've already done together we can continue to find new ways to meet the challenges facing Rotherham.


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