Hannah Kitching lives in Thurlstone, a small village just outside Penistone, in the heart of the constituency, with her husband and their two school age daughters. She has lived in the Penistone area for 14 years and loves both the rural lifestyle and proximity to local towns.
Before starting a family, and spending a number of years raising her children, Hannah worked as a sales manager and for the NHS as a physiotherapist. She studied as an undergraduate at Manchester University and has an MA from Lancaster University. Hannah and her husband now run a Sheffield knife manufacturing business, exporting “Made in Sheffield” precision made steel products around the globe.
Hannah got involved in politics in 2016, motivated by the UK’s vote to leave the EU. A committed and energetic campaigner and leader, she was the Lib Dem candidate for the South Yorkshire mayoral election in 2017 and was elected to Barnsley Council that same year, representing her home ward of Penistone West.
She is passionate about securing a fair deal for residents of all the communities across Penistone and Stocksbridge, many of whom feel let down by both Barnsley and Sheffield Councils. She is particularly committed to improving the area’s transport links – including extending the Supertram to Stocksbridge and North Sheffield, increasing bus connectivity and frequency and improving rail links.
Hannah has campaigned to save and protect our green spaces from unnecessary and unwanted development, including working tirelessly with campaigners to save Penny Pie Park in Dodworth. She is clear that all new housing developments must be supported by appropriate infrastructure investment, including schools funding and access to healthcare facilities.