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 28 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. I work with Stroud District Council’s Community Safety, Neighbourhood Wardens and housing departments and with the police on local issues. I am Chairman of the Wotton Youth Partnership, who distribute funds to those in the community working with young people. I represent the Town Council on the Heritage Centre Management Committee. I am a retired teacher and when I have time, I enjoy my garden.
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 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 Terry Luker
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.
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 Jon Turner
I am 29 and have lived in Wotton all my life. I went to Blue Coat School and KLB. I work in the Co-op and have done ever since I did my work experience there. I enjoy helping the customers, many of whom I’ve got to know over the years.
I thought it would be a good idea to have a charity 5 a side football match between the Co-op and Renishaw. I organise this most years and it takes place if there are full teams.
My interests outside work include playing the cornet. I play in a brass band (Dodington Parish Band). I enjoy playing darts and have been a member of a team.
I am interested in history, politics and current affairs. I am very much a people person. I care about the future of Wotton, my home town, which has a great community spirit and where people look out for each other.
Cllr Michael Short
I have lived in the Wotton area since 2012 and joined the Council in early 2018. I am an IT professional and have been dividing my time between Gloucestershire and London since 2013. Prior to that, I worked as an independent IT contractor for 25 years, engaging with clients across Europe.
In my spare time, I enjoy running and also referee regional and national horseback archery competitions.
I am keen to play a part in helping Wotton to develop as it walks that difficult line between progress and tradition.
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 (Deputy Mayor)
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 have been Deputy Mayor (again) since May 2017. 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 up and around Wotton Hill on most mornings.
Cllr Richard Hale
I’ve lived in Wotton, with my wife and two children since 2015 and we have been overwhelmed by the welcome we have received and amazing sense of community we have found in this wonderful and unique town.
I work for an Engineering Consultancy firm out of their Filton Office and am currently working on a project at Rolls-Royce as Project Manager. My wife is a teacher and my daughter a pupil at KLB School and my son is in his final year at Blue Coat School. I enjoy walking and cycling and Wotton is perfectly placed for my family and me to indulge these pastimes. We have recently “rescued” three ex-battery hens and along with three other “new” hens these are now housed in a converted shed and run providing us with eggs and the joy of seeing them foraging in our garden.
We have enjoyed getting involved in the myriad community events and organisations here, from volunteering at the pool and the Under the Edge Arts Centre to helping out at the BluesFest and patronising the Picture House and local pubs. I am strongly in favour of the support that the Town Council provide for the Heritage Centre, Youth Centre, Swimming Pool, Bearlands & Synwell Playing Fields and the UTEA.
Wotton has so much to offer and I know I can help bring about positive change where it is needed, provide support and ideas where necessary and help push Wotton forward to be a place where we can all thrive and be proud to be part of.
Cllr Derek Thomas
My name is Derek Thomas and I have lived in the town all my life and I own a local business that my family established in 1896.
I want Wotton to be a vibrant town for both the commercial and leisure sectors and also a pleasant area to live in.
I would like to see a more positive and forward thinking Town Council embracing the need for change, involved in projects to attract more visitors, investment, employment and improve the facilities of the Town including housing. The Community Plan needs to be prioritised.
I also encourage the use of renewable energy and the use of electric vehicles to help provide a cleaner environment for us all. My own properties have renewable energy systems installed and are as a result zero carbon. I would also be interested in developing community energy projects.
My social activities include tennis, hiking, glider pilot and cycling.