Election 2021 Candidates for the Nailsworth Town Council Election.

Colleen Rothwell2021-election-colleen-rothwell.jpg

I moved to the District 1980 with my family, from the North, where I had been employed in the Sheffield Public Health Laboratory Service. We moved into Nailsworth in 1988, where our children went to school. It was absolutely the best place to raise the family, and during that time we saw many changes, such as the development of the Cycle Track.

My current employment is massage based therapy, and so I re-oriented myself to charity work full time during the lockdown, and have also been very supportive of Nailsworth Climate Action Network.

I have a personal focus on the development of children in the post-Covid phase, and have some ideas about how to take this forward.

Having had training in micro-biology, I have returned to study, and am researching the possibility of the decomposition of unwanted plastics by fungi. As usual, scaling up such ideas is the challenge.



Natalie Bennett2021-election-natalie-bennett.jpg

I have lived in the Forest Green area of Nailsworth since 2016. I currently work for a charity that helps young people, the long term unemployed and others to make progress in learning and work. I also have previous experience of working within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Service for two local authorities.

I love how friendly and vibrant the town is. I care about the people that live in Nailsworth and I am currently a Town Councillor. I am committed to continuing to work hard alongside residents and with local community groups and organisations to help deliver positive change, so that our community and local businesses continue to thrive. I am also keen to ensure there are activities for young people and provision for young families.

Shelley Rider2021-election-shelly-rider.jpg

I'm Shelley one of your new town councillors. I've lived in Nailsworth for 18 years and it really feels like home. I work as a Breakthrough mentor working with people with complex needs on benefits, housing, training and education and social inclusion. I spend a lot of time supporting people access the community and working towards independence. I play the saxophone and write poetry so am interested in cultural life in the area. I am very interested in bringing the community together to deal with current challenges and hope that everyone can find a voice on the Town Council.

I hope to represent you as best as I can and would like to influence a few key areas such as climate change, housing and jobs. I look forward to putting your ideas and voice forward so do contact me if you need to.

Steve Robinson2021-election-steve-robinson.jpg

I was born and educated in Nailsworth. I have been married to Liz for 51years and we have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. During my working life I spent 25years in the family butchery business and over 50years as a Youth Worker, both full-time and part-time. I qualified in Youth & Community Work at Liverpool University.

I have a great deal of experience in council work, having been a Nailsworth Town Councillor for 12 years, 6 of these as Deputy and Mayor of Nailsworth.

During my time on the Town Council I am proud to have organised several public meetings to retain free car parking, to extend the library opening hours and to prevent the closure of Nailsworth Youth Club.

“The reason I became a councillor was that I feel passionate about our town and its residents. I am committed to working for my community to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

Mike Kelly2021-election-mike-kelly.jpg

I've lived in Nailsworth for 12 years, love the town's friendly and vibrant community and would like to work to help the town develop and thrive after the pandemic. First elected as a councillor in 2011, I've been Deputy Mayor since 2019. I planned the town's first Heritage Open Day in 2019, bringing in hundreds of visitors, and initiated the current outdoor café areas during Covid-19. These schemes have both boosted local businesses and trade. I am committed to improving accessibility and led on this in the recent Miles Marling field improvements and Market Street sensory garden. An official speaker for Guide Dogs for twenty-five years, I plan to give further talks when possible with my new Guide Dog Nicky.

Together with other dedicated councillors, I'm working on strategic environmental and town improvement schemes which will benefit Nailsworth's community and long-term prosperity. I welcome the opportunity to continue these important projects.

Paul Francis2021-election-paul-francis.jpg

I have lived in Nailsworth for 26 years and served as a town councillor since 2016. For as long as I have lived here, I am reminded on a daily basis that Nailsworth is a special place. Having served on the Recreation and Amenities Committee, I have an interest in looking out for our green spaces and to protect them against unwanted development.

My aim is to continuously improve the services available to the people of Nailsworth.

Robert Maitland2021-election-robert-maitland.jpg

I feel very lucky to live in Nailsworth with my wife Jane and fox terrier, Henry. I stood again for the Town Council because I want to make our special town an even better place for everyone to live and work. I am not a member of any political party.

Since joining the Council, I have taken a full part in meetings and projects, both in person and more recently on Zoom. With a career in in public service as an urban planner and then heading university programmes in tourism, I have focused particularly on:

  • Planning: seeking planning policies that both protect our green spaces from unwanted development, and respond effectively to climate change.
  • Our town centre: making our town centre an even more attractive place for local people and visitors – particularly post pandemic
  • An efficient and resilient Council: doing more digitally, making meetings more focused and communication more effective. 

Angela Norman2021-election-angela-norman.jpg

I have lived in Nailsworth for 42 years and my previous experience is with adult education and community development.  Having seen changes in the development of the town over a period I am keen to see that Nailsworth continues to thrive and retains its appeal to all the local community. 



Jonathan Duckworth2021-election-jonathan-duckworth.jpg

I have lived in the middle of Nailsworth since 1997 and brought our children up in the town. I have extensive experience across the UK in retailing and shopping centre management. I served on the board of the Cotswold and Vale Primary Care Trust and fought to keep health services local, particularly Maternity.

I was Deputy Mayor and have been Mayor since 2016. During my time as Mayor I have updated the democratic and accounting processes; decisions of council are transparent and it is clear where Council money is spent. I researched and presented the evidence that made SDC reverse their intention to impose Parking Charges on Nailsworth.

The Pandemic has brought huge pressures to town. I devised and set up the Town Council Coronavirus Helpline, recommended setting up online meetings and proposed a democratic way of running council in Lock Down.

We have endured a difficult year with COVID and I look forward to a strong recovery.

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