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Wigan Council

Meet the scientists!


Councillor for:

Ashton in Makerfield for 7 years


Community Action but not tied to any political party

Council job:

Leader of Councillor Group, Overview and Scrutiny, Standards Board, Member Services Group, Councillor Group; Chair of Governors


Nuclear Consultant. Involved with looking at energy provision for the Country.


Paul Tushingham

Favourite Thing: The fact that Wigan has lots of shops and employment areas but within a few minutes in some beautiful open countryside.

Me and my council work

I am a “hands-on” Councillor and work hard for the people I represent. I don’t like “No” as an answer, and I will always try to ensure we get positive results. I have previously been a Youth Worker (over 25 years) and keen to ensure our young people are listened to and their voices are heard.

My work as a Councillor is wide and varied. Clearly there are a lot of meetings I need to attend, but I am always available either by phone, email, letter or via my surgeries. Being an active Councillor, and one that makes things happen, I receive lots of calls and appeals for help.

My Typical Day

Busy from the moment I wake until I go to sleep. Have a very active schedule and involved in lots of community support work.

In addition to my busy workload, I am also a Ward Councillor to the 3rd largest Town in Wigan Borough. Phonecalls to make; emails to respond to and listening to people with needs and concerns. I’m a 24/7 person!

What I'd do as "Youth Champion"

Continue to ensure that our Youth get what they are looking for and need rather than people sat in offices trying to dictate to our Youth.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Passionate, hard working, caring

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Scissor Sisters

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Going on a 50 storey free fall water slide!!! Scary, but glad I did it!

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To only know happy times; have more family time; to tour America

What did you want to be after you left school?

Always wanted to be involved in science and physics

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not really. A few times for not doing homework on time!!

What's the best thing you've done as a councillor?

Helping to save school fields from being built on

Tell us a joke.

What do sheep love eating? ……………… Chocolate Baaaas