Peter Rippon was born in Sheffield and grew up on the Southey and Parson Cross estates. After leaving school at the age of 15 he worked in engineering for 22 years. On being made redundant in 1980 Peter decided on a complete change of career and studied Welfare Law. This resulted in him working for the Sheffield Advice Centres Group.
In January 1985 Peter secured a post with Nottinghamshire County Council Social Services in Mansfield where he worked until retiring in 2011. He also worked for 10 years as a part-time youth worker at Ecclesfield and Lindsay Road Youth Clubs.
Peter is married to Susan and they have 4 grown-up children and seven grandchildren whose ages range from 23 to 9 years old. Peter is immensely proud of his family and what his children have achieved.
Having always been interested in politics, Peter was elected to serve on Ecclesfield Parish Council in 1985. In 2003 he was elected to represent the Nethershire Ward on the City Council and following a boundary review he was then elected to represent the new ward of Shiregreen and Brightside which he is still proud to represent.
During his time as a City Councillor, Peter has served on numerous committees and chaired the West and North Planning Committee. He has also served as a Cabinet Adviser to the then Cabinet Member for Housing.
Peter is also involved in voluntary activities as a long-serving School Governor at Ecclesfield Primary School and is also Vice-Chair of HBH Academy’s Governing Body. He is a member of Shiregreen Community Homes Board and for over 25 years was Chair of Chapelgreen Advice Centre’s Management Committee.
In his spare time Peter enjoys walking in the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
Susan was brought up in the Southey and Shiregreen areas of Sheffield and attended Longley Infant and Hartley Brook Secondary Schools. She left school at 15 years of age and served a hairdressing apprenticeship, working until married with a family.
Once the children became more independent, Susan felt the time was right to pursue a career in the field of learning disabilities, working first at a long-stay unit and then for a charity as a Registered Manager supporting people in their own homes. This covered a period of 21 years and she is now retired.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys her garden, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Weekly List of Civic Engagements 22 March 2015