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I have been the Wiltshire Councillor for Summerham and Seend since 2009 and I am a member of the Conservative Group on the Council. I am an active member of the Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Panel and take a keen interest in police matters in Wiltshire and Swindon. I regularly submit questions to the Police and Crime Commissioner for answering at the Police and Crime Panel. I attend police conferences on behalf of Wiltshire and Swindon. I also campaign on police and social matters.
At Wiltshire Council I am Vice Chairman of the Western Area Planning Committee where I have been a member for twelve years. I have been Chairman of the Melksham Area Board for eight of the past twelve years. I was formerly a Cabinet Member on Wiltshire Council and previously I was a Kennet District Councillor. I run a small holiday business in partnership with my wife and I am committed to representing my residents and their community affairs on Wiltshire Council...
My page on this website is to let you know how I am engaged with Wiltshire Council and how that affects our community in Summerham and Seend. This is a very sparsely populated rural Division which is currently spread over the three Parliamentary Constituencies of Devizes, South West Wiltshire and Chippenham. In the election this year I am standing for the new Council Division of Melksham Rural West which includes my current villages of Steeple Ashton, Keevil, Great Hinton and Semington, with the addition of Berryfields and Broughton Gifford.
I am also a candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.
I am a graduate who served as an officer in the Royal Artillery at home and abroad for twenty three years. I retired from the army in 1999 and went into business as general manager of a marketing company operating from Wiltshire, where I also acted as sales manager. After two years I took over a busy local holiday business which I now run in partnership with my wife. I understand both business and its involvement with the wider community. This experience has made me acutely aware of the pressures put on local businesses and local people by local government.
I have lived in Wiltshire for the past twenty years and I now live with my family on our business premises just outside Devizes. I am married with one grown up daughter, who is an international event rider. I am deeply involved in the local rural community and rural affairs. I have also been heavily involved in local political and community work over the past ten years and have a great deal of experience in these spheres to offer local people. I am actively supported in my business, political and country sports activities by my family. I stand for traditional rural values but I am supportive of positive changes and developments to the advantage of the community as a whole. I spend several days a year involved in voluntary work and have several charitable interests.
Prior to my election to Wiltshire Council in 2009, I served on Kennet District Council until that council was abolished to enable the formation of the new Wiltshire Council. During my time at Kennet I served as vice chairman of the influential Overview and Scrutiny Committee and a member of the Regulatory (or Planning) Committee and was asked to stay in this role until the election in June 2009. I was also selected as the sole Kennet District Councillor to sit on the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Board of the five councils which merged to form Wiltshire Council and again was asked to stay on in this role until the new Wiltshire Council was elected in June 2009. Whilst serving as a Councillor I have established a track record for getting things done whether it was a difficult planning application or a matter of changing Council policy. I also took a keen interest in community life and helped to initiate council funding of eight community projects in my last year as a district councillor.
In my first term as a Wiltshire Councillor, I was selected to serve on several council committees and was chairman of three, including the influential Melksham Area Board, the Wiltshire County Licensing Policy Committee and the Operational Flood Working Group for the north of the County before the 2013 local election. After that election I was appointed as the Cabinet Member for Communities, Campuses, Area Boards, Leisure, Libraries and Flooding on Wiltshire Council. In 2011 I was moved to take on the large Housing portfolio as well as retaining Leisure, Libraries and Flooding. I am also a member of the Western Area Planning Committee as well as Chairman of the Melksham Area Board. I am an active member of the Conservative Party and was heavily involved in our successful 2017 Wiltshire Council Election Campaign.
I understand Wiltshire rural life, I am a successful local businessman and I stand for family values. I am not an advocate of political correctness but I am a political and people person. I mix with people from all walks of life and I understand people. Please do not hesitate to contact me if the need arises: firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also contactable by phone: 01380 850 695 or 07770 774463 and will be happy to assist you in any way I can.
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