James Sheppard

James Sheppard

About James

My family have been ‘rooted’ here since the 1700s, which gives me a tremendous sense of the importance of the community and the history of the area. I was born in Savernake Hospital and went to school at St. Michael's in Aldbourne and St. John’s in Marlborough.

After leaving education I worked on the family farm in Aldbourne. Having farmed in Somerset the family moved back to the Marlborough area in 1995 after buying Poulton Farm Estate...

What I do

I am passionate about the landscape in which we live, work and play, so I am fortunate to have been a farmer. I have been Chairman of both Marlborough NFU and of Wiltshire NFU. This role enabled me to connect farmers with decision-makers and lobbyists. I also have a keen interest in resource use. I was a founding member and Director of KCEL (Kennet Community Energy Limited). This was a new and innovative organisation, which aimed to help fund local community energy projects.

During my time as your Wiltshire Councillor I have been chairman of the Marlborough area board and was privileged to have been Chairman of Wiltshire Council for 2019-20.

We are fortunate in this area of Wiltshire to have such a variety of cultural activities. My special interest is music - brass bands, in particular. Aldbourne Band was formed 153 years ago and was proud to have been Chairman of this highly ranked and successful band for 15 years. 

What I can do for you

I will listen to your views and concerns. Being a local person I can relate to village issues. I am very aware of the importance of working closely with and attending Parish Council meetings.

I believe that local politics should be about local people and would work hard to represent your views at County Hall.

I have been your Wiltshire Councillor for Aldbourne and Ramsbury since 2013. For me, it is a privilege and great opportunity to represent the villagers in the area where I grew up. I am very keen to hear your view on local and Wiltshire matters. If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions about Wiltshire Council, do please get in touch by phone (07771 541057) or email cllrjames@icloud.com