Karen Overbury

Karen moved to Ponteland with her late husband Kevin in 1987, with the family expecting to stay for a couple of years. However, they soon settled, loving the village and surrounding areas so much they realised they could not imagine living anywhere else and decided to stay put.

Their two children were brought up here and Karen and Kevin enjoyed many aspects of village life, both involving themselves with the local schools, joining PTAs and governing bodies.

As her children grew and left school, Karen took her voluntary work in other directions and she has been a magistrate for 17 years and an ambassador and fundraiser for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle for eight years.

Karen worked as a journalist for 40 years, with her last job including editorship of The Journal homemaker in Newcastle, developing an interest in property and housing. Following her retirement in April 2017 she was co-opted on to Ponteland Town Council in June 2017.

She hopes that her long experience as a journalist, including many years as a property writer, will help her to understand some of the complexities of the work of Town Council, especially in relation to planning and housing. She appreciates the need for the village to move forward but is concerned that changes are for the benefit of the existing community and for the long-term.

Karen enjoys walking, is a dog owner and keen gardener and is keen to help to preserve the friendly feel of Ponteland and to preserve its green spaces and parks plus its charm, character and rural qualities. As a parent, she is passionate about the quality of education plus facilities for all ages. She is developing new interests in retirement and says she feels privileged to be helping the community in the role of councillor.



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