Cllr Tessa Darby

Cllr Tessa Darby

Tessa's register of interests can be found on the West Northants website.


Haydon secondary school in Northwood, Middlesex to 1987

Moulton College studying Equine Business Management

Various extra-curricular studies since then

I still enjoy taxing my brain and absorbing information


I worked with horses professionally around UK and abroad, establishing my career with Equine qualifications.

Then turned to my parents Family Business of operating open air general retail Markets, based in Ruislip but now the office is in Northampton.

Personal circumstances

My husband's family are from Northampton, but I was born in Ruislip North West London. We have two children who are enjoying school and the friends they have made here.

We have been happily living in Cogenhoe village since moving back from living in the Far East with the family.


I am from a hard working but large family, who have all gone on to achieve in their own spheres. I have always worked, apart from sabbaticals when the children were born. My husband reached the rank of Lt Col with the Gurkha Rifles, but is now retired. The family enjoyed the time with the Army, but are happy to roots down in Cogenhoe.

We live in Mill Lane and we brought the house from old Mrs Wainwright which was built by her father, so we are the second owners. We brought this in approx. 2007 and did a lot of work to it to create a lovely family home for us.


I still enjoy horse riding when I have time, which is not often with two kids at school.

I run around the local area to keep fit for me and our dog, we are very lucky to have such beautiful countryside on our doorstep.

I am a member of a local gym, but mainly use it for swimming and the Spa!

I enjoy playing netball, but have yet to join a local training session!

We enjoy a busy social life in and out of Cogenhoe.

Council Role


Parish Area

Station Road 36 - 82, Station Road 35 – 43C, Corn Kiln Close, Nene Rise


Village Hall & Playing Fields Committee
Emergency Plan working party

Why I joined the Council

We love living in the Village and the community it brings. I realise you have to put in as much as you wish to get out of life. I am not shy at voicing my concerns I feel strongly about, but I am willing to help make good things happen. I was part of the working party for the Diamond Jubilee Party at the Village Hall and the Picnic in the Park that has been on each year afterwards.

I am busy with the kids and work but thought I would try and give a bit of time to the Parish Council. I do try to see things from all perspectives even if it is not my personal view, and put this point of view to the room.