Pauline Church

Pauline Church

About Pauline

My name is Pauline Church and I am the Wiltshire Councillor for Wilton and Lower Wylye Valley which includes Quidhampton, South Newton and Stoford. Since being elected in 2017 I have been portfolio holder for Children’s Safeguarding and I am currently Wiltshire’s cabinet member for Economic Development and South Wiltshire Recovery. I am also a Wilton Town Councillor sitting on both the Policy & Resources and Environment & Amenities committees. In addition, as part of my role as cabinet member for Economic Development I am a voting board member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP). I am passionate about Wilton and the surrounding area and working to improve our local community.

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My name is Pauline Church and I am the Wiltshire Councillor for Wilton and Lower Wylye Valley which includes Quidhampton, South Newton and Stoford. Since being elected in 2017 I have been portfolio holder for Children’s Safeguarding and I am currently Wiltshire’s cabinet member for Economic Development and South Wiltshire Recovery. I am also a Wilton Town Councillor sitting on both the Policy & Resources and Environment & Amenities committees. In addition, as part of my role as cabinet member for Economic Development I am a voting board member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP). I am passionate about Wilton and the surrounding area and working to improve our local community.

General background and experience

Educated at Westwood St Thomas' Comprehensive School (now Sarum Academy), I have lived in this area for over 40 years. My career has been focused in the accounting and banking sectors locally and in London lastly working as a Vice President at JP Morgan providing investor services solutions to global institutional investors and hedge fund managers. I helped settle and clear client transactions, provided safekeeping for assets and managed collateral and finance investment activities. As a life-long creative I was keen to listen to my passion and left JP Morgan 2012 to set up florist Paloma Lily in Wilton. Since becoming a councillor I have been know for “getting things done” and use polite persistence and hard work to help wherever possible. Working at Wiltshire Council as a councillor is like “corporate life with a heart” and I wish I was involved in local politics earlier!

My values

I love Wilton and the surrounding villages due to the amazing community spirit. Its heritage, architecture and natural assets make it a beguiling place to live and work not to mention accessibility to amazing countryside and our beautiful cathedral city.

I have a keen interest in child and adult social care having had personal positive experiences of Wiltshire Council's adoption and fostering process, home schooling and the challenge of securing funding to nurse my father at home during his last stages of life. Always ready to face a challenge I am tenacious and have a natural desire to "do the right thing". Our community is undergoing rapid change and I work to secure the necessary support and funding at a national and county level to best serve the future of our community.

We need to be economically vibrant and well supported to sustain a positive environment for those who live and work in Wilton, Quidhampton, South Newton and Stoford. Much is changing in our corner of Wiltshire; whether it's the requirement to provide more health and social care facilities for our growing population or a well-supported youth provision for our teenagers; my aim is to secure local community support in order that we can maintain and, if possible, improve these essential services.

Being part of the implementation team for Wilton Town Council's Neighbourhood Plan, it has highlighted the need to ensure we balance the commercial desires of landowners with social, economic, environmental and historical needs of the local area. I am the political decision maker for Wiltshire’s economic development programme and it is key we maintain provision of local employment land and provide our local businesses with the support they need to enable their business to flourish – whether through the SWLEP local growth fund, The Enterprise Network at Salt Lane in Salisbury or working collaboratively with local business chambers. Leading south Wiltshire recovery after the Novichok attacks of 2018 enabled me to break down the siloed working Salisbury had become accustomed to by bringing together a stakeholder team who now work collaboratively, through public consultation, for the greater good of Salisbury and south Wiltshire.

We are blessed with a well-connected road network but as our population and economic vitality increases so will the demands on our road infrastructure resulting in congestion and increased pollution particularly at the Park Wall Junction, A36 and the "pinch point" on the A30 in the centre of Wilton. I am a keen supporter of re-opening Wilton Parkway railway station and was responsible for securing £80,000 of funding from Wiltshire Council to undertake a feasibility study and business case for re-opening Wilton Parkway station. The station will make the most of our under-utilised park and ride spaces plus alleviate road congestion on the A36 and in Salisbury together with providing a tourism need enabling coaches to pick up and set down at Wilton Parkway.

Council work

I have been a Wilton Town Councillor since 2013 bringing my wealth of corporate, business and entrepreneurial experience to this historic council. As well as being a cabinet member I am committed to continue as a Wilton town councillor and continue to sit on both the Policy & Resources and Environment & Amenities committees locally and I am working with a group of fellow councillors on our Neighbourhood Plan.

I was appointed to Wiltshire’s cabinet within 1 year of being elected and have been involved extensively with driving and leading the programme for South Wiltshire recovery. Long term strategic projects are in flight to provide a step change in Salisbury and Amesbury’s economic circumstances by focussing on 5 key areas: Transport Infrastructure, Economic Regeneration, Culture, Tourism and Community Wellbeing.

Community work

Due to family, work and extended councillor commitments my community work is largely connected with activities related to Wilton including supporting the Mayor's Appeal, Rotary Club and Salisbury & Wilton Business Chamber. I also help local charities through my work as owner of Paloma Lily.

Personal and family background

I hail from a family of councillors; both grandfathers were honoured by The Queen for their council and community endeavours, plus uncles on both sides of the family have served as councillors, so you could say it is "in my blood". My commitment as a councillor could not be realised without the help of my partner, Richard, 19 year old daughter Serena and a wonderful group of close friends and family. I have lived in various parts of this area over the last 40 years including Wilton, Great Wishford, Harnham, Fovant, Alvediston, Alderbury, East Grimstead and Salisbury city centre. In our free time we love to travel and socialise with our friends and family

Help and advice

Please contact me by email pauline.church@wiltshire.gov.uk on any matter, however small, and I will do my best to help either personally or by raising your concerns to the area responsible. You can also follow me on social media channels Facebook and Instagram as follows:

https://www.facebook.com/cllrpaulinechurch/

https://www.instagram.com/cllrpaulinechurch/


Help and advice

Please contact me by email pauline.church@wiltshire.gov.uk on any matter, however small, and I will do my best to help either personally or by raising your concerns to the area responsible. You can also follow me on social media channels Facebook and Instagram as follows:

https://www.facebook.com/cllrpaulinechurch/

https://www.instagram.com/cllrpaulinechurch/