Steering Group

The Steering Group provides strategic direction and is the decision-making body of the campaign, responsible for driving it forward

The Group is elected at the Annual General Meeting and presently consists of:


Bikatshi Katenga

Bikatshi has been involved with local politics since 2016 and has stood in both parliamentary and local elections in 2017 and 2018. She lives in Huddersfield and is mother to three children.

Philip Hardstone

Philip was born in the Heavy Woolen District of West Yorkshire. He is a former Justice of the Peace and a retired Council Housing Manager. He now lives in Bridlington. His specialty is in community empowerment.

Richard Honnoraty

Richard was born in Leeds. He worked in finance and systems, both in the public and private sectors, for almost 40 years before retiring. He was the third founding member of the Yorkshire Party along with Richard Carter and Stewart Arnold. He is a director of Transforming Yorkshire. His interests outside politics include transport and science.

Stewart Arnold
Special Advisor

Stewart is a Company Director and a part-time lecturer at the Hull University Business School. He has written widely on the subject of Yorkshire devolution over many years and Chaired the all party Campaign for Yorkshire 2002-3, which sought an elected assembly under the plans put forward by John Prescott. More recently, in March 2013, he helped set up the campaigning group, the Yorkshire Devolution Movement.

Cllr Andy Walker

Born and raised in Bridlington, Andy’s career with computing and software took him and family round the world. Settled back in Bridlington, Andy is Environment Spokesperson for the Yorkshire Party. He was recently elected to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Martin Hemmingway

Martin is a long standing Green Party activist and former Councillor. Originally from Goole, he now lives in Leeds. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Downing College, Cambridge in the 1970s.

David Mallender

David is a strong family man and pastor of a small independent community church in Bridlington. He originates from Barnsley where he successfully worked with young people, often from a deprived background. He is pioneering the first campaign branch and facilitating its activities in and around the Bridlington area.