Whitchurch Town Councillors

All Town Councillors can be reached by contacting the Civic Centre on 01948 665761 or emailing the Town Clerk: clerk@whitchurchcouncil.uk

Cllr Bev Duffy – Mayor : North Ward

I moved to Whitchurch in 1988 and loved it so much I’m still here after 30 years! I am mum of two great kids and granny of three wonderful grandchildren.

My professional background is as a Biologist, working in secondary education with young people aged 11 to 19.

I am now retired and as I wished to serve my community I volunteered as a Town Councillor.  I am part of the Whitchurch Town Council team working for the benefit of the people of the town.  We hope to make Whitchurch a thriving market town, where people want to come and live, work, do business and raise their families.

Cllr Lee Broders : South Ward

After leaving HM Forces, I lived in South West Wales until relocating to our historic town of Whitchurch in 2003, where I run several businesses, including a Mediation Practice, Computer Consultancy and Photographic Studio.

Having always believed in giving back to the community, being a member of the RBL and other organisations, joining the Whitchurch Town Council was not a hard decision to make after completing my Master of Laws.

I hope to be able to represent the people of Whitchurch on the Council, facilitating the smooth and efficient running that will be beneficial to all those who reside here.

Cllr Alan Chesters : West Ward

Bio coming soon…

Cllr Andy Hall : West Ward

I was born and raised in our great town of Whitchurch and as such have always celebrated this amazing town and worked together with the community for its future.  I joined WTC to be a voice for young people and to encourage openness and transparency in local Government.

I work for Hereford and Ludlow College at County Training’s base in Green End using my degree and teaching qualifications the benefit of young people. 

I formally have owned three successful businesses locally employing over 30 staff and had the Honour of holding the office of Chairman of Whitchurch Chamber of Trade.

Cllr Simon Hamlyn : West Ward

I am a 3-Dimensional Designer by qualification with a career that has spanned international branded drinks, hotels and leisure, electronic entertainment, magazine publishing, internet businesses and, over the past 19 years, working in consumer and trade membership organisations.

I am currently Chief Executive Officer of the British Hydropower Association and have sat on several other boards as a Non-Executive Director.

I moved to Whitchurch, in late April 2017 with two terriers and two young, though quickly growing children! My ambition as a Councillor is to ensure that working with my fellow Councillors and local residents, we do our best to ensure that Whitchurch is a great place to live and at the same time, attracts both visitors and potential new businesses to the town.

Cllr John Martin : South Ward

John Martin moved to Whitchurch in 2011, having spent most of his working life in Asia, running trading companies and as a shipping consultant. Interests include antique brown furniture, carpentry and gardening.

Cllr Christian Gregory Peake

Although born locally, most of my life has been spent abroad.

I’m an avid traveller and a keen linguist. Growing up in France, studying in Italy and time spent in South America has enabled me to pick up those languages, however it’s a passion for culture, communication and people that helped unlock them.

I’m fortunate to have discovered a path I approach with excitement and I’m currently setting up my workshop in the heart of Whitchurch to design and make furniture and exploring other crafts.

I have a thirst for experience and discovering new creative disciplines and believe possibilities are limitless once you give yourself the freedom to pursue what you love.

Cllr Scott Radford : North Ward

I moved to Whitchurch with my family in February 2018. We have lived in different parts of the world, but we all find Whitchurch has a great variety of events and activities, especially for a town of its size. Like any community, there are challenges. But, that’s partly why I want to give my time and expertise to help the town overcome those challenges, as well as trying to enhance all the best aspects of living here. I will do my best to showcase all that Whitchurch has to offer, to attract both visitors and potential new business to the town.

Cllr Ruth Shepherd : West Ward

Ruth joined Whitchurch Town Council in January 2019. She is Chair of the Planning Committee, Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and an active member of the Personnel Committee.

Ruth owns and runs her own business, based in Whitchurch but working with clients nationwide and internationally, providing strategic and practical communications, stakeholder engagement and consultation services for public and private sector clients.

An active member of the Whitchurch, Shropshire and Marches communities, Ruth is a Non-Executive Director of The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, is Vice Chair of Shropshire Constructing Excellence, is an Enterprise Advisor, and a CITB GoConstruct Ambassador.

Cllr John Sinnott : South Ward

Bio coming soon…

Cllr Rose-Mary Snell : North Ward

I have lived in Whitchurch since 1971 and during that time I spent a good proportion of my working life as a barmaid. I enjoy a busy family life, having had six children I have 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

For five years I worked for the National Association of the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders, after that I went onto work for care in the community until I retired at 71.

I am a very active member of the Whitchurch Branch of the Royal British Legion and a Standard Bearer. In 2018 I represented Whitchurch at the Remembrance Ceremony in the Albert Hall, London for the centenary commemorations.

Cllr Mitch Haynes : North Ward

Mitch moved to the Whitchurch area in Spring 2018. Having lived in Carlisle and London over the years, historic Whitchurch was where he decided to take early retirement. Mitch had a long career as a security professional for global companies primarily based from London. Mitch is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals of the City of London.

Having settled in Whitchurch, Mitch is now a volunteer lock keeper at Grindley Brook and also Vice Chair and volunteer groundsman of Tilstock Bowls and Tennis Club.

Mitch is enthusiastic to learn more about the local area and is keen to support the town of Whitchurch as a Town Councillor.

Cllr Alan Cooper : South Ward

I was born and bred in Whitchurch third generation of which I am very proud. I was educated at the Town’s Infants, Junior and Secondary Modern Schools. I have had a varied career locally and nationally including being a Medical Practice Manager for 11 years. For the last 10 years I have worked for the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust at Telford. During this time I have progressed and extended my career taking on many new and exciting responsibilities, and I look forward to representing the people of Whitchurch as a Town Councillor.

Cllr Will McDonnell : North Ward

Will joined Whitchurch Town Council in September 2020 and serves on the planning committee.

Will has lived at Whitchurch since 2010. As a councillor his primary interests are all things to do with the environment, the look and function of the town, especially the high street, and the campaign for a new medical centre.

Having gained degrees in Business Studies and Economics, Will began his career with three multinational companies in business planning and financial analysis. He is a Fellow of the Institute Of Chartered Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of International Business Accountants.

Using his experience in managing several subsidiary overseas companies and with a significant background in (multinational) business planning, governance, risk management, and deal negotiation, Will believes he can help Whitchurch via the role of councillor.

Will became an author in 2010 and has written six ‘human condition’ novels and one book of poetry. His interests are all sports, reading (usually biographies) and a wide range of arts and music. He lived and worked in France for two and a half years in the late 1980s and enjoys exploring there and other countries.

Will is happy to discuss your constructive views via his email address above.