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Gnosall Parish Council

(Including the wards of Moreton and Knightley)

Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.



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Councillor Pat Alker - Vice-Chairman


Pat moved from the North West to Gnosall with her husband and two young children in 1978 and has lived in the village since. Both girls were schooled in the village and have been members of the youth club, St John Ambulance and Guides Associations.  Pat became a Parish Councillor in 2010 and is passionate that Gnosall maintains and continues to develop facilities that will enhance the village and be of benefit to its residents and the surrounding village communities. In 1979 Pat began a career in the NHS and, after nearly 32 years service, she retired in 2010. As part of her retirement plan she became a volunteer Tutor with the Expert Patient Programme and for 2 years she helped people living with long term health conditions manage their health better.  Pat serves on the Procedures Review Committee, Grosvenor Enhancement Working Group, Communications/GMK Group and Personnel Committee. She represents the Parish Council on Gnosall Patients Forum, is a Co-ordinator for Neighbourhood Watch and is a member of the Stafford Borough Safer Neighbourhood Panel. Email: patricia.alker@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk.


Councillor Jordan Archer


Jordan moved from Hednesford, where he grew up, to Gnosall in 2014.   Jordan is a qualified horticulturist having trained at Rodbaston College in Penkridge. In the few years he has lived in Gnosall, he has volunteered for many Parish events and even got involved with the Christmas light switch-on only 6 days after moving to Gnosall and was a non-councillor member of the Open Spaces Committee.    Jordan is Youth Leader at GG’s Youth Club, located behind the Grosvenor Centre, after joining as a volunteer helper.  His main interests are gardening and backstage/technical management in theatre.  Jordan wanted to become Parish Councillor to help with Parish projects and to involve the younger members of the village in having more of an input in village projects.

Email: jordan.archer@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Mary Booth


Mary was brought up in Cheshire, got a degree in Modern Languages at the University of London, and then spent three years working in Sydney, Australia with her husband Richard.  She has three daughters and five grand-children, and has lived in Gnosall since 1974.  She has a Certificate (HE) in Local Council Administration and an MSc in Local Economic Regeneration and is keen to try and use this knowledge for the benefit of the community of Gnosall. Mary has 27 years experience as a councillor.

Email: mary.booth@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Chris Emsley

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Chris has lived in Gnosall since 1988 when he moved from the Wirrall. He is widowed with two grown-up daughters, both of whom work in education.

Having taken (very) early retirement after 35 years working for Midland/HSBC Bank he worked part-time for Gnosall Surgery for 13 years before retiring in 2018.

Chris joined the Parish Council after working on the Neighbourhood Plan working group. He is keen to offer whatever help he can to maintain the beautiful area that we are fortunate enough to live in.

Email: chris.emsley@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Gail Gregory - Chairman


I moved to Gnosall in 1992, as it was halfway between my work and my husband’s. For some years, we were a commuter couple – out early, back late and shopping elsewhere! We have neither dog nor children and are not churchgoers, so interaction with the village was minimal. However, early retirement in 2011, following my husband’s retirement due to ill-health, allowed us both to become part of village life – and how wonderful that has been!

I have been Secretary of GRID since its inception and am passionate about preserving the best aspects of village life, whilst ensuring that amenities for parishioners improve wherever possible. Being part of GRID has enabled me to get to know so many people in our village and that continues, albeit in a quieter form at present. I began volunteering at St Lawrence C of E Primary Academy just over 5 years ago, and was Chair of Governors for a time. I love listening to readers and running a weekly Reading Club, which I absolutely love. My teaching experience is at secondary level and it has been a delightful privilege to get to know the younger members of our community. I also help out at Youth Club where I see many of the same familiar faces!

Having been co-opted onto the Parish Council originally, just after the last election, I am delighted now to have been elected in my own right and also to have been elected Chair for a second year. Being a Parish Councillor has been both a challenge and a privilege. Working with such a great team of volunteers, all focused on improving life in our beautiful village, is a delight and honour. I am looking forward to the next 4 years!

Email: gail.gregory@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Roger Greatrex


Roger is originally from Stafford and has lived with his wife Ann in the Parish of Gnosall (in Knightley Ward) for 35 years. He has been a member of the Parish Council for 7 years and has acted as Chairman since 2011, as well as Chairman of the Planning Committee.  He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, and taught engineering at Telford College of Arts and Technology for 23 years. He currently has a narrow gauge railway supply business with his hobbies including industrial archaeology, restoration of steam traction engines and model engineering. He also owns a half size Burrel traction engine.

Email: roger.greatrex@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

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Councillor Kenneth Ingram


Originally from Wigan and working as a senior sales consultant for a British Coal computer subsidiary until early retirement in 1993, Kenneth has lived in the village, with his wife Kathleen, since 1982 and has a grown-up daughter, Carryl, living in Wigan. He has recently retired properly from running a successful mail order collector's model business on the internet. Kenneth's interests include card making, scrapbooking and stamp collecting. He is on the Communications Group as Chairman, the Procedures Working Group, Chairman of the Resources Committee and Chairman of the GFest2019 working group. He is also a Trustee of the Memorial Village Hall as well as representing the Parish Council on the Memorial Village Hall Committee and has recently retired as Chairman of Gnosall Players after 8 years and retired as Treasurer of Gnosall Players after 37 years. 

Email - kenneth.ingram@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk 

Councillor Janet Lammin


Janet has lived in the village, with her husband, since 2009 and her family have lived in the village for over 50 years.Janet worked for the Department of Work and Pensions for over 27 years, studied Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and then worked for a local Housing Association until she took early retirement in 2016. Janet is an active member of Gnosall Community and wants to help maintain, and help shape the future of, our ever expanding, beautiful village. Janet is very passionate about the environment and the community in which she lives. Janet is a member and Treasurer of The Gnosall Singers, loves reading, gardening, camping, walking and has two beautiful dogs, whom she loves dearly.

Email: janet.lammin@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Alan Mills


Originally born in Erdington Birmingham, I spent 22 years in The Army Catering Corps reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Second Class SQMS, and travelled extensively abroad, I left the services in 1992 and joined Compass Group the market leader in Contract Catering and FM support, managing various military and healthcare contracts throughout the UK.

I am married to Wendy and we have been together for 27 years. We have three sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.  Following my retirement from Compass Group in 2014, we moved to Gnosall in March 2016.

When my wife and I first moved into the village we were made to feel very welcome by all we came in contact with, my wife joined the local WI and Phoenix Club , and I took on the role of Secretary for The Gnosall Branch of The Royal British Legion for a period of 2 years, and have  also worked on the canal tow path.

I have always believed that each of us should give something back to the community we live in, and if you want things within that community to be more efficient and effective you must be prepared to get involved and put the effort in.

I believe that by becoming a local parish councillor it affords the opportunity to make a difference to the quality of life for people within the community, and seeing something change within the community as a result of decisions that I may have helped make, is something that would give you a sense of achievement and pride.

For the last 18 months I have been undertaking volunteer work with The British Para Olympic Archery Team at Lilleshall, and my wife carries out volunteer work at Clare House Hospice in Stafford.

My main sporting interest is Golf and I run a local Golf Society from the George & Dragon pub in Gnosall.

Email: allan.mills@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Graham Payne


Graham has served as a Parish Councillor for more than 20 years and during that time has been chairman for 6 years.  He was Chairman of the Grosvenor Centre for 7 years   He is now a member of the Council’s Resources Committee,  Planning Committee and Procedures Review Committee.  Graham came to Gnosall in 1982 and formed the Gnosall Division of St John Ambulance.  He is a member of the Gnosall United Charities Committee and is a School Governor at St Lawrence primary school. 

Email: graham.payne@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Stuart Bishop

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Stuart was born and grew up in Walsall, but has lived in the Parish since 1993 when with his wife Jackie set up home in Outwoods. He now lives in Coton.

He has previously held the position as Chairman of the Millennium Centre in Moreton and is currently Civilian Chairman of the Air Training Corp, 83 Squadron, Telford.

Stuart is a Civil Engineer and his hobbies include football and motorbikes.

Email: stuart.bishop@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Stuart Powell


Stuart has lived in Gnosall for over 40 years. He moved to the village as his first home with his wife Linda who was for many years the local news reporter for Gnosall. Stuart worked over 20 years at Goodyear Dunlop in his role as Training Manager for the UK and Ireland; he left Goodyear Dunlop to set up his own training business in 2010 and now runs Roadside Safety Ltd. Stuart was a founder member of Gnosall Lions as well as a committee member for Gnosall Carnival; he is also involved in the Stafford Tarragona Twinning group. Stuart is Parish Councillor for Moreton ward. If Stuart can help in his capacity as a Councillor please contact him.

Email: stuart.powell@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Tracey Simkin


Tracey has lived in Gnosall all her life.  She is married and has two grown-up children who have also been involved in many village committees and fundraising activities.   Tracey has been a Civil Servant for over thirty years working for the Department of Social Security. She joined the Parish Council eighteen years ago and is Chairman of the Open Spaces Committee.  Tracey believes strongly in keeping in touch with the community and represents the Council on the Gnosall Memorial Village Hall Committee and GG’s Youth Club.

Email: tracey.simkin@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Jennifer Tomkinson


Jennifer has lived in the Parish of Gnosall since her marriage to a local farmer over 30 years ago and she has a good knowledge of the area. She has three grown up children and her interests include gardening, attending antique fairs, eating out and family life. Jennifer joined the Council, representing the Moreton Ward, in October 2009 and is on the Open Spaces and Planning Committees. 

Email: jennifer.tomkinson@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk

Councillor Doug Webb


Doug and his Wife Sandra moved to Gnosall in 1987 when he took up a Lecturer's post at the BT College in Yarnfield. Subsequently, he became a Tutor Manager and then went back into Engineering and ultimately took a post as a Lead Consultant on BT's 21st Century Network Project., retiring in 2010. Doug is originally from Islington, London and Sandra from Deal in Kent. They have two children, Vicky who graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in English in July 2014 and is now teaching at The Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School and Tom who graduated from Birmingham University in 2016 with a degree in Mathematics, he is due to take up a teaching post at the Saint Paul's High School for Girls in Birmingham in the Autumn term. Doug's hobbies include Dog Training, (he founded The Church Eaton & District Dog Training Society in 1988 which is still running very successfully!) and watching Football and in the other available periods of time, he is the Chairman of the GGs Youth Club Management Committee.

Email: doug.webb@gnosallparishcouncil.org.uk