Nick Holder

Nick Holder

About Nick

I have lived in the area for over 7 years with my family, and love living here. I very much believe in community first and taking pride in the environment that we live in. I was elected to the Parish Council in 2017, representing Bowerhill, and I now want to take this experience forward to represent the wider community as a strong voice for the area. I understand the issues that Melksham Without faces and I want to use my local knowledge and experience to be a strong voice for the area and campaign on issues that will make Melksham Without a better place to live and work. I am committed to ensuring Melksham Without maintains its integrity and independence in order that the rural nature of the parish and the individual character of its constituent villages are preserved...

I currently work as the Deputy CEO for a regional charity providing care and support to empower and enable young adults with Autism and other mental health challenges to live more independent and full-filling lives. Prior to this I spent 2 years as the Managing Director of an Environmental Charity improving peoples lives though improving their communities and green spaces. My career has spanned the charity, welfare, transportation and retail sectors and has given me the opportunity to work locally, nationally and internationally. I was Educated at Kent University and have an honours degree in Politics and History. I also hold a Masters degree from the University of Stirling.

I currently represent Bowerhill on the Parish Council and have previously served as a Councillor in Corsham and in Hexham up in the North East where I was Deputy Mayor. I stood as a Conservative candidate for Newcastle Central in the 2010 general election and increased the Conservative vote by the highest percentage in the city.

As a parent governor of Melksham Oak. I work to ensure our children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. 93% of Wiltshire children are in Good or Outstanding schools and I want to make sure the life skills we teach our children and the qualifications they gain are relevant to today’s employment market. I have previously been a community governor of a primary school and a Trustee for the Creative Youth Network.

I live locally with my wife Kelly, a Director of a Royal Charter body working with Teenagers, and my son Tyler, a Year 11 pupil at Melksham Oak. Our grown up daughter, Joanne, is a Senior HR Manager in London. I also share my home with a range of animals which, at last count, includes 2 border collies, 4 chickens and Percy the cat.

I am passionate about maintaining our rural lifestyle, protecting green spaces and improving and maintaining those community areas and venues that bring people together. I understand that residents of Berryfield and Bowerhill are concerned about the number of new houses being built and the strain on the local infrastructure and I share those concerns. I am determined to ensure that these concerns are addressed. I have fully supported the plans for the new village hall in Berryfield, the new Primary School in Bowerhill and the extension to Melksham Oak. Should I be elected as your County Councillor I will work to ensure the currently medical facilities are maintained and modernised and that additional facilities are provided.