Councillors

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Cllr Lyn Harley

Councillor Lyn Harley

I have been a member of the Parish Council since 2003.  I am currently the Chair of the council, Chair of the Finance & General Purpose Committee, and Vice chair of the Planning & Environment Committee.  Although now retired, as a shareholder, I work two days a week for the family business.  I am keen to remain active within Trowell and care passionately about the Parish and its parishioners.  I like to walk regularly and we like to travel as much as commitments will allow. 

Address: 10 Far Dales Road, Briars Estate, Ilkeston DE7 8YL. 

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Cllr Don Pringle

Councillor Don Pringle

I have served on the Parish Council since 2015, and am currently the Vice-chair. I have  lived in Trowell with my wife and family since 1990, we have 2 grandchildren at Trowell C of E Primary School.  I joined the Parish Council in May 2015, after retirement in September 2014 after 50 years of continuous employment, including serving in the Army for 30 years.  We are very lucky as a village to have good transport links to Nottingham, Derby, surrounding towns and villages. We also have great access to a network of paths and countryside. When I joined the Parish Council I wanted to ensure that they were well maintained, and where needed, enhanced to benefit the current, and future communities of the village. As a Council we regularly walk all of our footpaths, this happens beginning in April of each year, it you would like to join us or offer help, you will be made most welcome.

Address: 31 Nottingham Road, Trowell, NG9 3PF.

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Cllr Geoff Cotton

Councillor Geoff Cotton

I have lived in the village since 1988 and am married with two children and two grandchildren. I have worked in a variety of industries, and spent some time as a homecare manager. This entailed working with people in their own home who had dementia.  I look forward to working with the rest of the Council in its endeavours to improve all aspects of village life, and especially the lives of the people who live here.  I am the current vice chair of the parish hall and grounds committee.

Address: 8 Roehampton Drive, Trowell Park, Trowell, Nottingham

Helen Baxter
Cllr Helen Cumberpatch

Councillor Helen Cumberpatch

I am currently Chair of the Parish Hall & Grounds Committee.  I have lived in Trowell since 1991.  My two children attended Trowell C of E School where I was lucky enough to help out in the classroom, go on trips and help with “Friends of Trowell” fund raising events.  I have worked at Trowell pre-school, and ran the local Beaver Scout group for a number of years.  I have also run stalls at the Trowell Christmas events.  Although I now work full time, I want to be involved in the local issues which may affect the future of the village.

Address: 233 Stapleford Road, Trowell, Nottingham NG9 3QE

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Cllr Margaret Birkitt

Councillor Margaret Birkitt

Margaret, and her late husband Keith, came to live in the village in 1988.  Margaret has previously served as Chair of the Council. She has been involved as a volunteer at the Albany Junior School as a classroom helper.  Margaret has many interests including environmental issues.

Address: 5 Needwood Avenue, Trowell Park, Trowell, Nottingham

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Cllr Dr Graham Lewis

Councillor Dr Graham Lewis

I have lived in the area since attending Nottingham University from 1977 to 1983. I moved to Trowell with my wife Jill in 1987 and have lived here ever since. Our sons attended Trowell School and the local Beavers/Cubs/Scouts group, where Jill and I both helped out.  After university I worked for Rolls-Royce for 18 years before moving into the IT industry.  I was lucky enough to be employed in the Construction industry on two of the biggest UK infrastructure projects, building the Olympic Park and building the Thames Tideway Tunnel, both in London.  During this period I became very familiar with how large infrastructure projects are run, and the regulatory and public scrutiny processes they follow. This experience is directly relevant to the challenge of HS2 that Trowell faces. I retired in 2017 and have had the time to re-discover our local countryside and footpaths.  We are very lucky to have kept a rural feel to the parish, but still have good links to local towns. I would like to help preserve and enhance Trowell, and bring my experience to the Council to help deal with the challenges ahead.

Address: 8 Barleydale Drive, Trowell Park, Trowell, Nottingham NG9 3QS

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Cllr Cynthia McGann

Councillor Cynthia McGann

Cynthia joined the council in 2006, she’s married to Rob, they have two children & three grandchildren.  Before having her family, Cynth worked in an office and in various shops, afterwards she trained as an auxiliary nurse, but gave up work because of her disability.  Cynth did voluntary work in a computer training workshop, and taught office & workshop procedures, desk top publishing and NVQ in information technology.  Cynth uses her wheelchair or electric scooter to get around so appreciates some of the problems associated with access and disability.  She helps to advise the council on accessibility.

Address: 17 Barleydale Drive, Trowell Park, Trowell, Nottingham NG9 3QS

Cllr. Ben Melling
Cllr. Ben Melling

Councillor Ben Melling

I’m originally from Sutton-In-Ashfield, I have spent over 10 years as a professional practitioner in youth and community work, working across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I moved to Trowell in the late summer of 2019 after falling in love with the area, the people and location, with its fantastic links to both cities. I have many interests and passions including supporting Mansfield town, keeping fit, community work and of course eating food. I want to encourage equality and diversity and above all hope the Trowell grow by providing positive activities for its young people.

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Cllr Martin Westmoreland

Councillor Martin Westmoreland

Martin moved into the village in July 2014 with his wife and daughter. Martin was co-opted on to Trowell Parish Council in June 2017.  Martin is an Engineering professional (30  years in industry) and continues to work as an independent engineering management consultant.  Martin has a special interest in the environment and community, he wishes to be involved in issues that affect the Village of Trowell.

Address: 126 Ilkeston Road, Trowell, Nottingham, NG9 3PX

Cllr. Neil Jackson
Cllr. Neil Jackson

Councillor Neil Jackson

I Moved to the Village in 1999 with my wife Sandra and 3 Children. My daughter attended Trowell C of E School.  I work for a division of Ford Motor Company based in Tamworth. Having been in the Motor industry most of my career from an Apprentice to Company Director. I consider myself a socialist but do not believe that politics has any place in local government.

A founder member of STRAG and remained an active member up until construction began.  During the campaign I was the spokesman at the pre public enquiry and then took an active part in the main Public enquiry into the Broxtowe Core Joint Strategy.  I was also part of the Trowell Parish Plan Steering Group in producing the Parish Plan.

I am also the Partnership Director of the operational Board of Derby County Football Club Women. My role is to grow and develop Partnerships(sponsorship), whilst Promoting Social Equality in developing Girls and Women with the Game.

I believe I have a wealth of experience to offer the people of Trowell at a time where there is a lot of opportunity and challenges. Whilst ensuring the uniqueness and prosperity of the community of Trowell well into the second half of the 21st century.

Councillor Debbie Hopwood

Councillor Debbie Hopwood

I have lived in Trowell since 1992. My two sons were born in Trowell and attended Albany Infants and Junior Schools.

I enjoy walking in the local area and take an interest in local wildlife and environmental issues.

After many years working in IT, mostly at Rolls-Royce in Derby, I have taken early retirement and am now enjoying more free time. This has allowed me to become a councillor and be more involved in local issues.