Cllr Paul Smith (Mayor)
I first moved to Wotton-under-Edge with my parents in 1971 while at university. On graduating I spent my career as a Chartered Engineer in Birmingham. Upon retiring, myself and my wife Val, who was a teacher, moved back to the town in 2002, with our two children Hannah and Ben. Both my children went to Blue Coat and KLB before going onto university. I joined the Town Council in May 2003 at the same time as I was elected to Stroud District Council where I chaired a number of committees. After 12 years, I decided to step down from Stroud District Council in May this year to dedicate my time to the Town Council.
My interests outside council work include photography and music. I was elected as Mayor and Chairman of the Town Council at this year’s annual town meeting. I fell in love with the town when I first moved here in 1971. I want to be able to protect the town but also to move forward to allow the town to grow into its future. As Mayor, I look forward to the new civic year and working with fellow councillors to achieve improvements in the life of the town.
Cllr June Cordwell
I have been on the Town Council for 25 years and a previous Mayor. I was also Vice Chairman of Stroud District Council and serve on the Community Service and Licencing Committees. Through the years I have raised money for the town and much grant funding. I brought the Wotton Hopper bus and Ring and Ride to the town, helping the elderly to access the shops. I obtained £69,000 through the Youth Liaison Group for the conversion of the former Police Station to a youth centre and obtained further grants for its fitting out. As Chairman of the Regeneration Partnership, I started the committee responsible for the hanging baskets and continue doing the administration. I work with Stroud District Council’s Community Safety, Neighbourhood Wardens and housing departments and with the police on local issues. I am a retired teacher and when I have time, I enjoy my garden.
Cllr Lucy Farmer
I have lived in Wotton for 6 years so am definitely the new girl of the Council, which I was co-opted onto in June 2015. I have two young children and joined the Council to make sure that Wotton is not left behind, as the surrounding area is developed, whilst it is also developed in a way that is beneficial to our beautiful town.
Cllr Alex Wilkinson
I first came to Wotton from Bristol with my family in 2004. Two of our daughters attended school here, with my youngest about to go into the Sixth Form at KLB. Our children and granddaughter still live locally. When we first came to the town I ran a mortgage broking business, with offices in Wotton and Bristol. I am now semi-retired.
In 2005, the idea came about to re-start the Wotton Chamber of Trade and I was invited to be the new President. After a break of a couple of years, I was re-elected as the President in 2013 and currently hold this position. I first became a Town Councillor in 2007 and was recently co-opted again after a break. I am an active member of Wotton in Bloom and have been since its inception. By being part of such things, I hope to be able to work for the benefit of the inhabitants of our special town and surrounding areas.
When I have the time, I enjoy DIY, walking my dogs, music, travel and spending time with my family and friends.
Cllr Terry Luker (Deputy Mayor)
I joined the Town Council in May 2012. Both my wife Jen, and I have lived in this town all our lives and attended the Wotton schools as children. We have two children and both went through the Wotton school systems. My two main employments, were the Cotswold Collotype and South Gloucestershire Council. I have been interested in local history since 1959 when I attended the British school in Bear Street. In 2002 I published a book “The Synwell Side Of Town” which went down well in the town. In the past I was involved with local sport as a playing and committee member of Wotton Rovers. I still play skittles for Synwell Sports and Social Club. I passionately believe that our town should not be left behind other towns in the area.
At present I am Deputy Mayor, and Chairman of Planning Committee, and a Member of several committees: Finance & Special Purposes, Allotments, Footpaths/Amenity, South of Stroud youth Partnership, Combined and General Charities, and Youth Liaison.
Cllr Paul Barton
I have been a Town Councillor for two years and lived in Wotton for over fifty years.
I am involved with the Town Regeneration Plan and on the following committees: A Trustee of the General Charities, the Allotments, Youth Liaison Committee, South of Stroud Youth Partnership.
My interests include writing poetry, painting, music, wandering up the street on a nice day and chatting to all and sundry, gardening especially relaxing on the lounger with a glass of cool cider and binoculars to hand to see the buzzards circling and airliners on their way to foreign climes. I joined the Town Council to give something back to this town I love so much.
Cllr Nicholas Pinnegar
I was born in Kingswood, where I grew up. I went to Kingswood Primary School and then to KLB School. I joined the army for just over nine years where I was a mechanic and went to various places. On leaving the army I returned to Wotton, where I now live with my wife, Steph and our children. I now work in Bear Street Garage as service/parts receptionist.
My interests are walking and cycling which I do a lot whilst out in our motorhome exploring this country.
I was co-opted onto this Council recently, hoping to improve thing around Wotton for everyone. I went to Army Cadets in Wotton as a cadet, and then as an adult instructor, both before and after the army, so would like to help all youth organisations.
Cllr Andra Proctor
A resident of Wotton until the age of 31, I attended The Chipping C of E primary school and KLBGS. I met my late husband, Derek Merrett, whilst employed at Cotswold Collotype as a typist/secretary, he was a master printer. Eventually I was employed at the National Provisional Bank in the High Street followed by secretary to the Financial Director at Tubbs Lewis (now Renishaw). With the prospect of Cotswold Collotype closing, my late husband joined the Prison Service and was posted to Worcestershire. I became a civil servant in 1988 until I retired in 2006.
In 2011 I decided that it was time to go ‘home’ and moved back to Wotton where my mother, brother, relatives and many friends still lived. I always kept in touch with what had been happening in Wotton so it felt that I had never left. In 2015 I married Brian and we both joined the Bowls Club and Cotswold Edge Golf Club, my other hobby is paper crafting.
By joining Wotton Town Council I hope to promote my love of Wotton and help ensure any future plans are not detrimental to its beauty and the surrounding countryside.
Cllr Dr John Cordwell
John has been a Town Councillor since 1979 and Wotton’s County Councillor since 1981. Over the years he has served seven terms as Town Mayor and has also been Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council and has held other leading positions on the County Council. He takes a particular interest in local history and has written three leaflets about the town. His main areas of interest on both councils are in planning and transport issues and in public rights of way. He worked in the nuclear power industry at Berkeley as a metallurgist and is currently a copy-editor and proof-reader when his council duties allow.
Cllr Roger Claydon OBE
I was co-opted on to the Council in 2011 and elected in May 2015. I served as Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Planning Committee in 2012/13 and was elected Mayor and Chairman of the Council in 2013/14 and again in 2014/15, when I stepped down for family reasons. I moved to Kingwood village with my wife, Jill, in 1996 when my work was re-located from London to Bristol and moved to Wotton in 2001. Our two children attended KLB. I am a Chartered Engineer by profession and retired from the Civil Service in 2008 where I was awarded an OBE in 2004 for my service with the Ministry of Defence. Although not a “local” by historical standards, I care very much about the future of Wotton and joined the Council to make my contribution to the community. I am a keen hill walker and am normally out with my dog, Scrumpy, up and around Wotton Hill on most mornings.
Cllr Norman Clement
In 2013 I was voted onto the Town Council and represent Trustees of General Charities and am also rep to Synwell Playing Field.
I have lived in Wotton-under-Edge with my wife and four children for the last 47 years. I was employed by Berkeley Power Station for 30 years. During that period, I became chairman of all of the trade unions at Berkeley Power Station. Also, I held the position of Chairman of Dursley Rugby Club and Stinchcombe Stragglers Cricket Club. The reason I applied for the position on the Town Council was the loss of 800 jobs in Wotton during the last 10 years and the lack of car parking for the people of Wotton.
Cllr Alastair Kendall
I moved to Wotton with my wife in 2006. I have had a varied career beginning as a design engineer in electronics; 26 years as a vicar in the Church of England; a training consultant for a charities database; a lone parent and Health Benefits Adviser at Stroud Jobcentre and my present role as Senior Data Assurance Adviser for the Higher Education Council for England. My current role involves making sure that Government funds are fairly distributed amongst universities and colleges that offer higher education.
In my spare time I enjoy walking the dog in the woods around Wotton. I am Associate Priest in the Wickwar Benefice and am constantly challenged by a long list of DIY tasks in our home.
I have just been co-opted onto the Council where I hope to contribute from my wide experience in community development to helping build an even better town.
Cllr Chris Young
I have lived in Wotton all my life and am married to Rose. We have three children (actually now they are men). Like most people I have worked for a Dursley engineers for several years to gain an apprenticeship, before moving on to two Wotton engineering companies for the next 32 years. I now run a small window cleaning business in the locality.
For 33 years I was a member of the Wotton Fire Station (which I can thoroughly recommend), eventually ending up in charge. I have played football for most of the local teams, played golf at Cotswold Edge and, in the last few years, have gained my pilots licence from Gloucester Airport.
Hopefully, I can help to maintain and improve the running of Wotton in the coming years.