Members Information

Members of the council are elected by residents of the parish to represent the interests of the parish and to improve the quality of life for residents.

As an elected member they have to follow various codes of conduct and are legally obliged to attend council meetings.

Members are also required to complete a declaration of their interests and those of their partners to ensure transparency in the business of the council.

Individual Member Declarations of Interest have been registered with the Borough Monitoring Officer.
Should any person require information regarding members Interests, please contact the Borough Monitoring Officer directly on 01684 272011 or email


Member Information

Adrian Mears

I have lived in Leckhampton since 1971 and also in the Farnborough, London, Oxford and USA at various times. I am married to Barbara, and have two sons and five grandchildren. I retired in 2013 having formerly worked as a consultant, company director, advisor, top civil servant, research scientist and academic.

I have experience in planning, policy, strategy, business management, Whitehall, defence, industrial development, information systems, innovation, research collaboration and many areas of science, engineering and technology.

I have been a member of Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council since 2006 and became Chairman in 2013.

I am a member of St Peter’s Church, Leckhampton and my other main interests include walking, reading, family and charities.

Penny Henty
(Vice Chair)

I am a new Parish Councillor (for Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council) having been elected in May 2014. I have lived in Cheltenham since University, mostly in and around Leckhampton. I have 2 children at school here and an elderly father.

I have worked in the public sector for many years, mostly in policy, strategy and communications roles which I hope will be helpful to the Parish. I have agreed to be a member of the Council's Finance Committee.

I am also passionate about green issues, being a regular cyclist and walker, and so the protection of the countryside, especially Leckhampton Fields, is of particular concern to me.

As the sole carer for my father I am also interested in support for Older People, especially those with Dementia. I am also a director of Malvern Priors Residents' Association.

Elizabeth Barker

I have lived in Leckhampton for 27 years, and before that in Bristol, London and Australia. I have been a primary school teacher for many years and at present I am working on a supply basis.

My main interests include playing bridge, and I am chairman of Woodmancote Bridge Club. I am also a member of Charlton Kings Choral Society. I enjoy reading, gardening and researching family history.

I have been involved in planning matters with Cheltenham Borough Council for a number of years and I recently joined The Neighbourhood Planning Group of LWWHPC.

Rosemary Baillie I have lived in Leckhampton since July 1994. I have 4 grown up children, none of them sadly living in Cheltenham.

I have worked as Administration Assistant at the Assisted Learning Centre, Gloscat and also for the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Primary Care Trust, again as Administration Assistant, to the Coronary Heart Disease Team. For over 20 years I have carried out voluntary work at Leonard Cheshire Disability but have recently retired. I have been a member of LegLag almost since its inception and in general have supported the work they have and are still undertaking, especially looking into the traffic congestion and air pollution

Having 2 dogs I walk over the Leckhampton area daily so naturally interested in maintaining footpaths and rights of way.
Ian Bickerton I have lived in both Warden Hill and Leckhampton from 1988. I am married with 2 children who went to Leckhampton Primary school and Bournside.

My professional qualifications are Chartered Engineer (CEng), MIET and I have previous experience on Neighbourhood Planning, the Joint Core Strategy and the Cheltenham Local Plan as an ex Borough and a Parish Councillor for Warden Hill. I am a member of LegLag and am now back serving on the Parish Council for the Leckhampton Ward.
Stephen Cooke

I am a recently retired hospital doctor who has worked in what is now Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust since 1990. I have enjoyed living with my wife and family in Leckhampton for 27 years. Our children attended Leckhampton Primary School and are now grown up.

As a consultant in our local acute Trust I have been departmental head and a Governor. As a utility cyclist I restarted the Trust Bicycle User Group (BUG) which now has a thriving membership.

I am new to local politics having been elected as Cheltenham Borough Councillor for Leckhampton in 2018 and joining the Parish Council shortly afterwards. I serve on the Borough Council Planning Committee.

I believe in sustainable development for our local community, including good quality housing and schools, while seeking to retain amenity and green spaces.

Iain Dobie

I have lived in both Warden Hill and Leckhampton and my daughter went to Leckhampton Primary school, where I have served two terms as a governor. I am currently a governor at Warden Hill Primary.

I took early retirement from the Civil Service after being elected to represent Leckhampton and Warden Hill on the County Council in 2013. I was re-elected to GCC in 2017. In May 2018 I was elected as a councillor for Warden Hill on Cheltenham Borough Council and following this became a parish councillor.

I act as Spokesperson for my party at Shire Hall on Health and Communities, and chaired the Gloucestershire Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee for a number of years.

I believe I will deliver benefits to the parish council from the synergy of representing local people as a school governor/county councillor/borough councillor/parish councillor.

Peter Frings

I have over 35 years’ experience in the marketing services industry and has an Executive MBA.  I moved to Cheltenham in the 1990s and founded a business here in 2002. It has been one of the fastest growing businesses in Gloucestershire for 15 years, creating more than 120 local jobs in Cheltenham in that time. I have lived in the Leckhampton ward for the last 8 years, and stepped back from full-time work in 2017, although I continue to work part-time as a business and marketing consultant. 

I have a degree in Biology and Ecology and have been interested in green issues since the 1970s. My two priorities on the Parish Council are working on air pollution and sustainable transport, and enhancing Leckhampton's green spaces.

In my spare time, he enjoys cycling, walking and growing organic vegetables.

Martin Horwood

I am a Borough Councillor for Leckhampton as well as a Parish Councillor. I grew up in Leckhampton and today lives just off the Old Bath Road.

I was Cheltenham's MP for ten years and originated the Local Green Space designation which is now being used to protect much of Leckhampton's green space.

My professional career was in charity fundraising and marketing, including for Oxfam and the Alzheimer's Society.  I am a longstanding member of the Leckhampton Green Land Action Group (Leglag).

Vivienne Matthews

Vivienne joined the Council in 2011 wishing to make a contribution to the local area. Looking after the War Memorial is part of Vivienne’s responsibilities as well as being an active member of the Neighbourhood Forum working on the Council’s Neighbourhood Plan.

Protecting the area from being irreversibly harmed by the huge increase in traffic that the proposed developments would bring is an issue that concerns Vivienne and one that she fights hard to prevent.

Vivienne has lived in the local area for a long time and is keen for local residents to help protect the area for the future.

Chris Nelson

I am new to the world of politics, having been elected to represent Leckhampton within Cheltenham Borough Council in May 2014, then joining the Parish Council 2 months later in July. I am passionate about Cheltenham and Leckhampton and hope I may be of some use to our local community through the Parish Council. Previously I have completed a long career in the military and a shorter one in international business development in the defence industry.

My main interest on the Parish Council is the Borough's Joint Core Strategy housing plan, which I believe is a flawed process in urgent need of revision. This housing plan is the most important strategic issue to affect Leckhampton and Cheltenham in a generation and needs to be right; the protection of the Leckhampton Fields is a key personal priority of mine.

My other interests and responsibilities on the Borough Council include Planning and Development matters, the Police and Crime Panel, the Audit, Treasury and Budget Scrutiny Committees, and the Cheltenham Development Task Force.

I am also heavily involved in the management of the East Glos Tennis Club, and an active member of Studio Fit in Mead Road and Sacred Hearts Church.

Emma Nelson

I am the newest member of the Parish Councillor for Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council having been co-opted in January 2018.

Cheltenham born and bred, I have lived much of my life in the local area. I originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant then enjoyed a career of some 27 years working mainly in the private sector. I have served on several committees, particularly the last 10 years as Treasurer on Sacred Hearts Church Hall Committee.

With my financial background, I have agreed to join the Council’s Finance Committee.

I am married to Chris Nelson; we have four children and four grandchildren.  I care passionately about the future of Cheltenham and the local area.   I have always been keen to help the local community as much as I can and hope I shall achieve even more working with the Parish Council.

I am an active member of East Glos Tennis Club, Studio Fit in Mead Road and Sacred Hearts Church.

Tony Oliver

I was elected as a Borough Councillor for Warden Hill in 2016 and am also a Governor at Warden Hill Primary School. I was born in Cheltenham and have lived here all my life. I am married with two grown up children, who also live locally. My wife Heather was part of the first intake at Warden Hill School more than 50 years ago.

I spent over 40 years working in the Lloyd’s insurance market, as a senior manager and latterly as a consultant. I have recently retired and now split my time between council work, being a school governor and helping to look after our two grandchildren.’

James Parker

I am a new member of the Parish Council.  I grew up in Churchdown and moved to Leckhampton in 1994 when I married my wife Louise.

I have worked in the public sector for twenty five years in a range of roles, including strategy, planning, business change and financial management, which has helped me to develop skills I hope to be able to use for the benefit of the parish.

I am a keen cyclist and am interested in environmental issues, particularly the implications of planning decisions on the green spaces and traffic around the Leckhampton and Warden Hill area.


Parish Councillor Anne Regan has been a member of Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council for 31 years and served as a Borough Cllr for 18 years and is now an Hon Alderman.

Anne is a staunch believer of grass roots democracy and feels that being close to the people who live in the Parish and understanding their views is a great way to work with and for the local community.

Besides being a great supporter of Young Peoples issues Anne also has other responsibilities on the Parish Council for Warden Hill for Green and Open Space/flowers, Playgrounds, local businesses and shops, support for Older People and Community needs.

As a comment to our local residents Anne would ask for more people to come along to our Parish Council meetings where any concerns are listened to and acted upon where we are able.

Ian White I have lived in Cheltenham all my life mostly on the south side of the town, having moved to Warden Hill in 2001.
I attended Naunton Park Schools and GLOSCAT when it was a Further and Higher Education college and located in the Park Area of Cheltenham. For the greater part of my working life, I was employed by the Cheltenham based company Spirax Sarco, where I worked in a variety of roles in Research and Development of Electronic Products.
Warden Hill has a real community spirit which is characterised by the flowers planted by volunteers around the shops, the fortnightly Wednesday Social Group operating out of the URC Centre, the many local groups for adults and children (for example St. Christopher's Gardening Club, The Ladies Circle, the Brownies and Cubs.

I have always taken an interest in current affairs both locally and nationally and am, therefore, familiar with the County proposal for a new school near Warden Hill and the Gloucestershire 2050 proposals.
Margaret White I have lived in Leckhampton since 1957, and have three children, five granddaughters and five great granddaughters.  We are short of boys in my family!   

I worked for a Cheltenham based engineering company for thirty years, and during this time worked for the directors, responsible for staff members and organised many company events. 

Since my retirement I have been involved with matters of local importance relating to the environment about which I am passionate.

I have attended the Parish Council meetings on a regular basis for quite a while and am Secretary of the Neighbourhood Planning Group of the Parish Council, so feel I can contribute to the work of the Parish Council as a Parish Councillor, with others who also give their energy and time to help the local community


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