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Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
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Councillor Sue Baxter
I moved to Wythall over thirty years ago with my husband and two young children escaping City life to enjoy the more rural surroundings and associated Community life. My hobbies include travel, walking and photography.
Councillor Helen Cleaver
I have lived in Wythall for many years, although I already knew and loved the area, from horse riding around the lanes and bridleways since the 1960s. In 2001 I joined Wythall Residents Association and in 2002 became a Parish Councillor. I currently chair the Planning Committee. I work in the area, at Phoenix Group. After years of spending hours travelling to and from work, its great not having to go far each day! I enjoy being involved in the local Community and I hope to do so for many years to come.
Councillor Ken Footman
Apart from my service with the Royal Air Force I spent my working life with a national retail company progressing through the various levels until I retired as the Retail Operations Director in 1993 with a degree in common sense from the University of Life.
When I moved to work in my Company`s Head Office in Redditch my wife and I chose to live in Wythall.
Since my retirement I have had the opportunity of becoming involved in issues which I considered would impact on the lives of residents. I was a founder member of the Green Belt Defenders, a group dedicated to protecting areas of Green Belt, not only in Wythall, but also the surrounding areas. Unfortunately this group has now ceased to be active.
In addition to my involvement with the Parish Council I have a non political interest in other tiers of local government, particularly the activities of Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire County Council.
Councillor Mrs K Kingston
There have been family connections in the Hollywood/Wythall area for around 50 years. As a child I remember visiting relations and thinking what a nice place it would be to live. Several years ago the opportunity to move here became a reality and I was fortunate to find a suitable home that met my needs. Close family live nearby and my grandchildren have attended the local schools and indeed, one still does.I worked in the housing industry for some 20 years, both on the social needs and the private side of housing provision. Since living here I have developed a keen interest in the future of local planning and given the continued growth of the area and changing boundaries I hope my past work experience will help in my duties as Parish Councillor. As a member of the Residents Association and the Parish Council I hope any input I have will be to the benefit of all residents in the area. My interests include cake making, walking and holistic therapies.
Councillor Mrs Sarah Hession
Having been back in Wythall for nearly four years and wanting to be involved with the local community, I was lucky enough to become a Parish Councillor last year. Always keen to make a difference, from a young age, I have always been involved in community activities outside of home and work; a Guide and Scout Leader many moons ago, a Special Police Officer when I lived in Warwickshire.
As well as working full time and family, I recently became the chairman for Wythall Carnival and am very excited about celebrating the Golden anniversary of Wythall Park, in August. Passionate about Wythall’s residents, I work with our local neighbourhood police team and run a Facebook page called, B47 Community Updates, which has community and police information.
Councillor Stephen Peters
I came to live in Wythall 1979, since when I completed my professional training as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor working for a large private practice in Birmingham and being involved on the International Convention Centre project. I subsequently became self-employed and that gave me additional free time to devote to working for the benefit of my local community.
After a couple of terms as a co-opted Parish Councillor, I finally succeeded in being elected in 2011.
My experience in all three councils (Parish , District and County) enables me to respond and assist local people with a wide range of issues.
My life is not entirely local politics and in my leisure time I enjoy cruising on the River Severn and involvement as a senior member of a national boating organisation.
Councillor Phil Rattigan
I have lived in Hollywood for over eight years now and done a variety of jobs including working within local housing for Birmingham City Council, manager of a narrowboat holiday hire, to name but two. During all this time my passion was working with young people and I did a variety of youth worker jobs, so back in 2003 I was able to mix my two passions youth work and outdoor pursuits with my current employer The Prince’s Trust. I now manage one of the Prince’s Trust programmes, working with some of the hardest to engage with, from 13 to 25 years old.
I have had an interest in representing people for a number of years serving as a union representative and then convener. I enjoy volunteering, however, this has normally meant working with those people in more marginalised groups. I, therefore, thought I would spend some of my time supporting those people who often have generously given me the opportunity to support those less fortunate. I look forward to representing the residents from within my Ward in a fair and measured way.
Councillor Mrs Diane Taylor
I moved to Wythall in 1981. I was originally born in Burton on Trent and moved to Birmingham to attend teacher training college. I stayed in Birmingham teaching in the inner city schools. I resigned from my teaching post when my twins were born and it was then we bought the farm. The cattery was opened in May 1982 and I have run the business since then. I am heavily involved with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy, whose role is similar to the Kennel Club for dogs. I visit schools with various animals in tow, give lectures at seminars and events such as The National Pet Show with the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership. I love to cook, read books and I enjoy playing bridge.
Councillor Les Turner
Married with one son I have lived in Wythall for over 34 years and have served on the Parish Council and Residents Association member for over 14 years. I am also a District Councillor.
My main involvement at Parish has been with Highways matters and Transport and I am the Council`s representative on the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group.
Now a retired Mechanical Engineer, I have previously worked for Lucas Aerospace, MG Rover and Rolls Royce Aerospace as a designer and a vibration analyst.
Among my other interests are swimming, watching sport and hill walking, along with holidays and enjoying good food and drinks with friends.
Councillor Miss Linda Wright
I was born in Three Oaks Road Wythall, christened at St Marys Church, attended Sunday School at Innisfree House School and worked as a Sunday School teacher there. A small portion of my life was spent in Highley, Shropshire from when I was five years old to eleven. I came back to Wythall and attended Woodrush School where I took my `O` levels, then I went on to do two year training course to become a Nursery Nurse. For thirty eight years I worked as a Nursery Nurse at a school in Kings Heath and I am now semi-retired. My great loves in life are the countryside and animals. I have run my own hedgehog rescue for over twenty years, rehabilitating sick hedgehogs and then releasing them back into the wild. My other hobbies are walking, painting and writing. I completed an eight year term on the Parish Council after I was elected in 1995. It was the time we were trying to save St Mary`s Church, sadly we were unsuccessful. I was co-opted back on to the Parish Council in 2008. It is good to serve the community of Wythall, a place I have called home for so long. I feel passionate about the green belt, I have watched it being eroded and working farms killed off because of EU regulations. We must work hard to save what green belt we have left, once it has gone it has gone forever. Being on the Parish Council I have a voice, be it a small one, but I will use it to help keep Wythall a green pleasant place to live.
Councillor Keith Yates
My wife and I had our first home in Wythall after we were married 44 years ago and have lived in the Parish ever since. We had three children who were all educated in our local schools. We are now proud grandparents.
After gaining experience as a hydraulic engineer, I formed a small company in 1987.My wife and I are now retired. We enjoy travelling and walking our dog in the countryside, making us especially appreciative of our Green Belt. Another of my interests is steam engines. My wife is involved in helping to make Wythall a Dementia Friendly Village. I have a strong interest in parish affairs and was more than happy to be co-opted onto the Parish Council so that I can ‘do my bit’ for our local community.
Councillor John Blewitt
I have lived in Hollywood since 2003, I am married and have 2 rescue greyhounds, you may see all of us walking around Hollywood and Wythall on a regular basis.
During my career I was an IT Trainer, working for amongst others, Suez, Mueller, West Midlands Police, and British Gas.
Now retired I set up the Stronger Together Mental health support group to help provide a network of friends and support to people battling a mental health condition.
I am proud to be a Parish Councillor for the Wythall parish and will do all I can to make a difference.
Councillor Margaret Dempsey
I have lived in Majors Green for 16 years and I decided to run for Parish Council because Majors Green has had little or no representation in that time. Living on a main road with a high level of fast moving traffic, I am well aware of the problems experienced by all residents.
I took early retirement in 2017 having spent 11 years as a Bereavement Officer for a neighbouring council. Previous to this I had worked in the Elderly Care sector as well as working as a volunteer on a Health Service steerage group.
I believe that a strong community is a safe community and that is where my focus will be for the next 4 years.
Councillor Omar Ahmed
I have lived in Wythall since 2013, and am currently employed in HR sector for Lloyds Banking Group in Rubery.
Since joining Wythall Residents Association as a committee member in 2019, other members whom I have had the pleasure to meet have tremendous experience in local issues have encouraged the younger generation to get involved. I took the decision with careful planning and in May of 2019 I was elected to the Parish Council. I serve under three committees: Finance, Planning and Community Services. My aim is to understand local issues and offer solutions to help our community.
I am keen on outdoor activities and especially enjoy golf. I am a member of the Hollywood Golf Society. I am also married and a father of three, they attend our local Coppice Primary School.
Councillor Kathryn Powell
I have lived in Hollywood for sixteen years since my family moved here when I was aged six. I attended both Meadow Green and Woodrush and my main hobby is running. I have run two half marathons in the last year and am training to do my third. I do this alongside working in Worcester four days a week and attending the University of Law Birmingham where I am doing my LPC and Masters part time. I love being a Parish Councillor and I am passionate about involving young people in all levels of politics, especially the local side.