The Town Council has thirteen Members, nine representing the Ward of Presteigne and four representing the Ward of Norton. Brief details on each Councillor are included below.

2016/17 Town Mayor, Cllr. James Tennant-Eyles (NORTON WARD)


Cllr. Tennant-Eyles has a wide range of experience in the fields of, business organisation and finance, property development and maintenance, and  people management – in business and domestic situations. He has a wide knowledge and lifelong experience in building and engineering techniques and he also has practical skills in these fields. He is involved in a large number of community organisations in the area –

Presteigne and Norton Town Council since 2004.  Councillor and Mayor in 20010/11, and 2016/17. He has undertaken various projects for the Council. In 2006/7 he organised the  takeover from Powys County Council of Went’s Meadow Toilets. In 2009/10 he was liaison officer during the set up of the Community Allotments. Ongoing projects are to provide social housing in Presteigne and to provide additional facilities at the skateboard park. He is heavily involved with the Town Council's ongoing projects to take over assets from Powys County Council to ensure the future of a range of vital community services.

Presteigne Memorial Hall. In 2014/15 he successfully applied grant funding of £85000, on behalf of the Memorial Hall Committee and with the funds he ran a project which provided the building with a new insulated roof, double glazed doors and windows, new toilets, improvements to the stage, and demountable ramped seating for use each year for the Presteigne Pantomime and other events.

Presteigne Youth Project Ltd. He initiated this project in 2011. It provides the Youth Centre in Presteigne. He is Chairman of the board and he manages the project on a day to day basis. He is also financial Director for the Project.

Presteigne Chamber of Trade since 1996. He has been Chairman for four years and Treasurer since 2006. in 2010 he was elected and remains , President. In 1998 he raised funds for complete renewal of Christmas lights, and in  2005, organised the upgrading and thereafter annual certification of Xmas lights. He was responsible for the installation of the lights each year between 1998 and 2013.

Presteigne Trust since 2001. Formerly Chairman, now Director. In 2003 he obtained funding and set up the Tourism Project. Annually this project funds  the Town Leaflet and Town Tourist Trail and provides the Town Website. Cllr Tennant-Eyles maintains the Website for the Trust on a daily basis and has recently overseen the funding for, and a full upgrade of  the site, including responsive capability. He is Treasurer for the Trust. 


2016/17 Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Ms. Bev Baynham    (PRESTEIGNE WARD)


Cllr. Mrs. Beverley Baynham has been a councillor since 2008 and was Mayor for the first time in 2013. She is a traditional local farmers daughter who joined the council as she wished to put something back into the local community. She has two children of school age and works as the Chief Officer for a local charitable organisation in the private care sector. She has particular interests in facilities for children, affordable housing and financial issues. Beverley sits on the Council Working Group for the Local Development Plan and is Allotments Liaison Councillor. She is presently an LEA Governor of Newtown High School, representing the interests of the John Beddoes Campus.
In January 2014 Beverley set about resurrecting Presteigne Carnival which ceased almost 20 years before. Not only did she manage to organise everything for July 2014, it turned out to be a huge success and a wonderful occasion for the whole community to come together. Beverley continued in the role as Chair of the Carnival Committee in 2015 and another successful Carnival was enjoyed by the town. Happy that the Carnival was once again established as an annual event Beverley relinquished her role on the committee.  
Beverley is qualified to Level 5 in NVQ's and Level 3 in the Association of Accounting Technicians. She considers herself to be a hard working, enthusiastic and approachable Councillor.

Cllr. Garry Banks               (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

Cllr. Banks has not supplied a personal email address or any background information but has agreed his County Council contact details may be used and these can be found at this link -

Also County Councillor for Presteigne and Norton.

Cllr. Colin Kirkby MBE     (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

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Cllr. Kirkby has been a Town Councillor since 1987 and is now the longest serving member. He has been Mayor 7 times. He has been responsible for a number of hands on projects during that time including the setting up of the Withy Beds nature reserve; the purchase of Lower Went's Meadow - three acres of ground for recreational use by the river Lugg on which the allotments were added; purchase of Silia Woods an important arboretum and backdrop to the community, which was gifted to the Woodland Trust; the setting up and running for 20 years of the Presteigne recycling centre which won 6 National Awards and put over £40,000 back into the community; obtaining grants for and leading the volunteers in the development of the Upper Went's Meadow after purchase by the Town Council, which included the refurbishment of an old barn, a community physic garden, footpath infrastructure, community orchards and the building of a skateboard and mountain bike track. He chaired the steering group and helped raise funding for the Welsh Assembly Funded Zero Waste Project which ran for three years from 2010 and achieved the highest recycling rate at that time in the UK of 74%. More recently he acquired an area of ground on the side of the Warden which has been dedicated to Cllr Eddie Taylor MBE and is managed as a hibernaculum. This was followed in 2013 by persuading Welsh Water to gift the old reservoir on the Warden to the Town. He continues to Chair the sub-committee which looks after the Went’s Meadow which he has done since the formal opening in 2001. He is currently leading a proposal to secure the future of the Assembly Rooms as an Arts and Culture Centre for Presteigne and Norton retaining the building for the Library and MBA.

Other community interests have included being a Retained Fireman for 10 years, a board member of the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts for 15 years and Chair of the Board of Governors at the local secondary school John Beddoes for 10 years. Was the Radiation Monitor for 2 years until the scheme was reorganised. After 7 years of service he has recently left the Board of Trustees for the Judges Lodging Trust, but remains internal auditor to Stapleton Group Parish which he’s done since 2002. With his wife, Ruth, he initiated the town twinning with Ligne, France in 2000. Colin is currently President of the Twinning Association. In 2013 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the Environment and to the Community of Powys (Presteigne).

Cllr. Ms. Hilary Marchant      (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

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In 2010 Hilary came from Belfast to Presteigne, planning to stay for a few months, but loved the area and the people so much that she decided to move here permanently.  She is a member of the office staff in Presteigne Primary School, works as the Finance and Box Office Manager for the Presteigne Festival, and also is the relief librarian for the public libraries in Presteigne and Knighton.

She has a child currently at school so takes a particular interest in education and provision for young people.  She is also interested in helping the town benefit from potential tourist income without adversely affecting its unique local character; and would like to do her bit to give something back to the place which has made her and her family so welcome. She is currently the Town Council representative on Home Presteigne.

Cllr. John Matthews     (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

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Cllr Matthews has run his own business in Presteigne for 27 years and joined the Council in 2012.

Cllr. Howard Owens  (PRESTEIGNE WARD)

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Cllr. Owens is a long serving Member of the Town Council, having spent 24 years as a Councillor. During this time he has served as Mayor three times. He has held several roles within the Young Farmers movement, Club Chairman, Radnor County Chairman and County President. He is Senior Deacon at Presteigne Baptist Chapel and was Chairman of Presteigne and Norton Community Support for three years and remains a trustee. He has always lived on the family farm and his working life was spent in partnership on the farm, from which he is now semi-retired.

Cllr.  Brian Price  (NORTON WARD)


Cllr. Price has been a Norton resident for more than 30 years and during this time he has served the community in a number of ways. He has been Town Councillor since 2008 and served as Mayor in 2012. He currently represents the Council as a Governor for Presteigne Primary School.

Now retired, his working life was spent as a dentist, including his own practice in Knighton. He was also Dental Advisor for Powys FHSA and a member of the All-Wales Dental Committee. For the 12 years prior to retirement he worked for NHS Business Services Authority as a Dental Reference Officer, a post which included appraisal & implementation of clinical standards for dentists in England & Wales together with inspection of patients & practices and investigation of complaints etc.

He is a previous Parent Governor at John Beddoes High School and was treasurer for the Parent Teacher Association there. He has also previously served with the Knighton First Responder Group of the Welsh Ambulance Service. He is a member of Knighton & District Rotary Club and a member of both Norton Show & Norton Sports Committees.

Cllr. Fiona Preece   (PRESTEIGNE WARD)


Cllr Fiona Preece has lived in Norton and Presteigne all her life. She has joined the Town Council as she would like to work to help all clubs and organisations in the area. She currently helps to run Presteigne Cubs, and she is also involved at district level for Scouting in Radnor. She works for Powys County Council in the catering and cleaning department and is a parent governor at Wigmore High School which both her children attend. She considers herself a hard worker and tries to be an approachable Councillor.

Cllr. Paul Robinson    (NORTON WARD)

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Cllr. Robinson spent most of his working life setting up and managing University Departments and Colleges for the training of specialist teachers of Physical Education and Sports Science. These institutions were at Loughborough University, UK ,(2yrs); McGill University, Montreal,(2yrs);  National College of Physical Education, Ireland, (8yrs);  University of Kent, Canterbury,(4yrs);  Established, Designed and Managed the College of Physical Education for the Singapore Government, (8yrs); and a new department at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, (4yrs). In both Singapore and Hong Kong he was a consultant and advisor for P.E. and Children's Exercise and Health for each respective Government. On his return to the UK he worked at the University of Worcester as Professor of PE and Sports Science and supervised 8 PhD and MPhil students, (9yrs). He has published more than 110 papers in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics of Human Movement. At present he is an external supervisor for PhD students and continues to advise the Ministry of Education, Singapore . Visiting Fellow January 2013, 8 weeks observing and advising the Ministry on Physical Education teaching practices in Singapore Primary and Secondary schools.

Cllr. Robinson joined the Council in May 2008. He has been involved with local communities throughout his life. He is a former Scout Master and set up and ran gymnastic clubs in Ireland, Singapore and Hong Kong. He has also coached basketball and athletics.

Cllr. John Wilding   (NORTON WARD)

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Cllr. Wilding is a farmer and builder and lives in Norton. His family has lived in Norton for over 90 years. He has served as a Town and Community Councillor for 18 years and has served as Mayor for three terms of office.