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Councillor Jonathan Shepherd (Chairman)

I have lived in Alton since I was 5 years old attending St Peters, Ryecroft and Thomas Alleynes at Uttoxeter.
After leaving school I joined the Metropolitan Police and was stationed in the centre of London ultimately working in various departments within the C.I.D. In 1993 I returned to live in Alton buying my house in Vicarage Row where I have lived ever since with my wife Josephine and daughter Bettina. I am currently self employed in building and landscaping projects.

I have a passion for the history of our village and surrounding area and have a good understanding of building history and archaeology. I worked with Birmingham University on the Roman Rocester digs and with Time Team on the Old Furnace and Hawksmoor dig.

In 2011 I joined the Alton Parish Council and since 2015 have been acting as Chairman. One of my aims is to help preserve the character of Alton and enhance its historical vernacular by sympathetic development. I also wish to strengthen community bonds and spirit. With this in mind I helped start the Alton Community Events Group and our team organize Apple Day, Carols at the Roundhouse, Open Gardens, street parties and litter picks. From 2017 to 2019 we also organized the popular village beer and classic car festival. I am a keen environmentalist and have an allotment behind the White Hart where I practice a no dig system. My other interests are canoeing, cooking and enjoying my 1945 MG TC.

3 Vicarage Row, Smithy Bank, ST10 4BL t: 01538 703272

Councillor Paula Gwinnett (Vice Chair)

I grew up in Alton in the 1970s and early 80s before heading off to University. After graduating as an Engineer, I worked internationally as a senior leader in manufacturing and operations. My late father's illness brought me back to live in the village and I plan only to leave the same way that he did!

Living in my childhood home, in Saltersford Lane, I now work part time as a Senior Lecturer in Engineering. I joined the Parish Council in 2019, hoping to serve the best interests of my neighbours and the community, which was so good to me growing up, and I also try to help young people locally through my governorship at a local secondary school.

My husband and I still manage to turn out for Leek Hockey Club on the odd Saturday and I enjoy playing tennis, walking in our beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands and spending time 'becoming a veteran' with my horse.

Saltersford Lane, Tythe Barn, Alton t: 07800 509898

Councillor Richard Wood

Starting in 2007 I renovated a derelict house in the parish and moved in 3 years later.

I spent my career as a chartered engineer in a variety of manufacturing industries identifying and implementing improvement projects. Now retired, I actively support Cheadle Library as a volunteer, and help maintain the churchyard at St Leonards church in Bradley. I enjoy walking with my wife and our dog throughout the Moorlands area, and am an enthusiastic DIYer.

I became a parish councillor in May 2019 to ensure Bradley in the Moors and other areas of the parish lying outside of Alton village are represented. I am the nominated councillor for Highways and Road Safety matters, which typically involves liasing with the County Council Highways to prioritise road repairs.

Church Cottage, Bradley-in-the-Moors ST10 4DF t: 01889 507252

Councillor Edwin Brindley

Born 27 September 1943 in Alton and remained resident of the village until 2021 when we moved to Denstone just 2 miles down the road.

Educated at St John the Baptist RC Primary School Alton and Alleynes Grammar School Uttoxeter.

Elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the 1970's and spent large portion of my working life in the Mechanical Engineering and Ceramics industries in the positions of Financial Director & Company Secretary in both.

Since retirement I have been involved with charitable projects and kept busy with the internal auditing of numerous local organisations.

In my earlier days I was an active member of both football and cricket teams in the village and well as playing for a number of other clubs in North Staffordshire, more recently my hobbies /interests seem to centre around gardening, golf and horse racing.

I am a regular attender to St John the Baptist RC Church Alton and a member of their Finance Committee. Now over 20 years experience as a Parish Councillor.

5 Greenfields, Denstone, Nr Uttoxeter, ST14 5DQ t: 01889 591626 and 07980 110460

Councillor Pauline Ballard

The Acorn, Hurstons Lane, Alton ST10 4AP t: 01538 702289

Councillor Nicholas Conway,

I moved to Alton in 2014 with my wife and three daughters having spent 17 years in Singapore working in the energy industry. I now work part time as a Non-Executive Director and management advisor to a number of Private Equity backed businesses in the North West. I'm a keen outdoor enthusiast and spend my free time rock climbing in the Peak District and when possible, throughout Europe.

I joined the Alton parish council in 2021 to support the Council and to assist with driving positive change within the village and local community. Currently I'm the liaison between the council and Alton Towers.

In addition to my role on the council I also support the ACE (Alton Community Event) group which organises community lead events within the village of Alton.

Rakesdale House, Alton ST10 4BT t: 01538 703494

Councillor Adam Dronzek

Born and raised in nearby Hollington I moved to Cheadle as a young adult, before acquiring my family home in Alton High Street in 2019. I live there with my wife and three children and we are slowly, sympathetically restoring the property.

An independent electrician by trade, I serve Alton and the local community for any electrical needs.

I have a passion for history, architecture and antiquities with a love for classic cars.

I joined Alton Parish Council in 2021 to try and conserve Altons heritage and look out for its future. I am also keen to promote community spirit within the village and do what I can to help.

20 High Street, Alton ST10 4AQ t: 07974 708804

Councillor Holly Anne Kelsall

I have lived in the village for four years. My sons attend the village school and my husband's business is in the village. I regularly attend the mother and baby group at the village hall with my daughter, and always try to support community events and projects. I have a vested interest in preserving the history of our village and ensuring that it remains a special and beautiful place to live. I am also a member of the congregation at St John's Church.

I have a Ph.D and a first-class degree in English Literature and Media studies and a PGCert in research methods.

I have worked as an English tutor for the 'Virtual school' providing support for looked after children in Cheshire. I have also taught on a range of modules at Keele University in Media, Communication and Culture and Sociology.

Malthouse Road, Alton. e:


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