I have lived in Slaughterford for seven years, having moved back south from Edinburgh in 2010. I was trained as an architect, and following a career working on social housing and in private practice in London, moved to Scotland where I was involved in university teaching and latterly ran the design review service for Architecture and Design Scotland. Although now retired I maintain an interest in the built environment and am currently a member of the design review panel of the Design Commission for Wales. Although much of my adult life has been spent living in cities, I spent my childhood in Wiltshire and Berkshire, and am delighted to have returned to the landscapes of my youth. I was co-opted onto the Parish Council in 2014, and have found the role stimulating, I look forward to working with the residents of Biddestone and Slaughterford to ensure that these communities remain thriving and sustainable in the future.
I was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1950 but spent most of my formative years in Stoke-on-Trent after my father died when I was very young.
I went to Grammar School in Staffordshire and after gaining four 'A' Levels joined the Civil Service as an Officer of Customs and Excise. This interesting and varied job has taken me all round the UK covering most areas of tax and revenue collection, ending up in the VAT office in central Bristol.
I was fortunate enough, against some stiff competition, to gain early retirement in 2001 when
H. M. Customs and Excise was looking to reduce staff numbers before combining with the Inland Revenue to form the current Revenue and Customs.
I now work part time during term time only as a technician in the Design and Technology Faculty at Sheldon Academy where I get the chance to practice my carpentry and DIY skills.
Working life continues based on varied specialist Design Consultancy & Project Management Services. Initially for International Design Companies based in London and then separately for over 25 years in the UK & Overseas specializing in individual, significant & substantial turn-key projects. Design Concept through to full Project Management & Completion.
I have lived in the Village for 20 years and at the start of 2019 joined the Parish Council as a co-opted member with particular focus on a newly formed Village Conservation Project for The Butts an ancient land area of trees, hedgerow, grassland & wildflowers to further conserve, support & protect as a safe haven & habitat for all wildflora, wildlife & full community involvement.
Adam has lived in Biddestone since 2013, and was previously resident in Corsham for nearly 20 years. He recently retired from a career in Management Consulting. He has been involved in community affairs for many years, including running a local environmental group, volunteering for Citizens Advice and Sailability (sailing for the disabled) and previously being a trustee of the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham. He plays tennis at Biddestone tennis club and enjoys gardening, sailing and hiking.
George has lived in Biddestone since 2000 and previously lived in Clifton, Bristol, where he had been resident since leaving home. He has worked in Bristol for Rolls-Royce for over forty years and is currently a Manufacturing Engineering, Measurement specialist. He is a classic car owner and has had his car for over thirty years; he also has interests in Archaeology, Architecture and cooking.
Hayes Cottage, Challows Lane, Biddestone, SN14 7DT.
Moved to village 1981 and has been a PC Member for 20 years. Has mainly been involved in sports and village hall projects. Was Chairman of The Village Hall Committee that raised the £450,000 to build the Village Hall. Also involved in the development of the sporting activities at the Biddestone Sports Ground. This has seen the purchase of the sports grounds for the village.
Runs a packaging business in Corsham employing 65 people.
Originally from a small village outside Swansea, Jason lived in Bath for 20 years before moving to Biddestone in 2017.
Jason has worked in technology sales and management for the last 30 years and now also volunteers as an Enterprise Advisor with Notton House Academy near Lacock, supporting students transition from school to employment.
A keen walker and fair weather cyclist, Jason has an interest in ensuring that the communities of Biddestone and Slaughterford thrive while at the same time remaining unspoiled.
Moved to the village is 2015 after growing up down the road in Box. Joseph studied at The Corsham School before doing A Levels at Sheldon.
Joseph got to meet many in the village with tenures at both the Arms and the White Horse, and then for five years looked after people with Mencap.
Joseph then went on to complete an apprenticeship in Stonemasonry and is enjoying building his business in the village which is a namesake of his craft.
With interests in the outdoors, animal rights and equality Joseph is hoping to bring a young person's perspective in to community conversations.