COUNCIL MEMBERS

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.

 

2022/23  Mayor,  Cllr. Deb Edwards (NORTON WARD) (ELECTED MAY 2022)

Telephone: 01544 260074 or 07794 351569      Email: cllr.deborah.edwards@powys.gov.uk

Joined Council May 2017.

Deb says 'I have had the privilege to have been raised in this beautiful part of the world and have been lucky enough to gain employment locally and so to be able to stay and live here.' She worked for many years for the Royal Mail and so physically knows Presteigne and Norton well. She previously trained and engaged in the hospitality industry within the area. She hopes that residents will find her approachable, friendly and helpful.

Deb was also elected as County Councillor for the newly formed Llangunllo with Norton Ward in May 2022.

 

2022/23 Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Beverley Baynham    (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (ELECTED MAY 2022)

 

Email: cllr.beverley.baynham@powys.gov.uk   Telephone: 07976 928039 (PCC) or 07977042517.

Cllr. 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 grew up in the area and attended school in Presteigne. She originally joined the council as she wished to put something back into the local community, and over time has worked on numerous community projects. She has two children 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, the community and financial issues.

She is presently an LEA Governor of Presteigne Primary School and Newtown High School, representing the interests of the John Beddoes Campus.

In January 2014 Beverley resurrected Presteigne Carnival which ceased almost 20 years before, it turned out to be a huge success and has continued as a wonderful annual community event. Happy that the Carnival was once again established 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.

In May 2017 Beverley was elected as County Councillor for Presteigne and Norton. During the term of office, she was Chairman of Powys County Council. Beverley stood again at the 2022 elections, and was re-elected for the new Presteigne Ward.

 

Cllr. Leon Abecasis (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (ELECTED MAY 2022)

Telephone: 01544 262824 or 07805 727486             Email: leonabecasis@gmail.com

Joined Council May 2022.

Leon moved into Presteigne 15 years ago and has never felt more at home than he does here. He feels that is down to the wonderful people who live and work here. Leon and partner Annemarie have been working at The Salty Dog for the past 11 years and during that time; he has been involved in; fundraising for the Presteigne Little People Play Group, organised (along with the members of Connect) the very successful Presteigne Food and Flower Festivals and the Christmas Fair, fought the ongoing fight against the town parking charges and the adoption of the recycling centre, which helped to raise a substantial amount of money for the community, all this whilst cooking some scrumptious food.

 

Cllr. Rose Bamford (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (ELECTED MAY 2022)

Telephone: 07538 548020

Joined Council May 2017.

Rose grew up in Presteigne and attended John Beddoes, later followed by a degree in silversmithing and jewellery at London Metropolitan University. Presteigne has a great sense of community and she is keen to bring people together to work to protect our vital services and organisations. Rose has run her own business in Presteigne for the last 12 years. She has been involved in a range of community groups, including the carnival, fireworks and Presteigne Players, Rainbows, Presteigne and Norton Community Trust and Sheep Music which she organised in 2009. Her last five years on the council have seen her help to focus the council on the environmental issues that we face and establish a Climate Action Group, a Tree Group, which has planted a small woodland and arranged events to raise awareness, and overseen the successful grant bid for a new nature reserve in Presteigne. She is looking forward to continuing to develop the Council's response to the Climate and Ecological Crisis. 

 

Cllr. Juliet Gray (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (CO-OPTED JULY 2022)

Contact information to follow.

 

Cllr. Trevor Owens (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (ELECTED MAY 2022)

Email: t.owens.pntc@gmail.com        Telephone: 07910 072825

Joined Council May 2017.

Trevor has lived in or around Presteigne and Norton all his llife. He has enjoyed long associations with the football, cricket and Young Farmers Clubs and has also been MC at the Town Carnival. He works for the BBC and has been in the media world for over 30 years.

 

Cllr. Jem Poster (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (CO-OPTED JULY 2022)

Email: jemposterpntc@gmail.com      Telephone: 0154 598038

Joined Council July 2022.

Jem worked in adult education programmes in the Continuing Education departments of Oxford and Cambridge universities before moving to Wales in 2003 to take up the Chair of Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. Since taking early retirement in 2012 he has worked freelance, teaching and writing. He has lived in Presteigne since 2014. He is a longstanding member of the Green Party and a member of the Presteigne Tree Group.

 

Cllr. Fiona Preece (PRESTEIGNE WARD) ( ELECTED MAY 2022)

Email: fiona.preecepntc@gmail.com Address: 6 Greenfield Road, Presteigne, LD8 2AY.

Joined Council July 2017.

Cllr Fiona Preece has lived in Norton and Presteigne all her life.  Cllr Fiona Preece has lived in Norton and Presteigne all her life.  She joined the Town Council because 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 considers herself a hard worker and tries to be an approachable councillor. She currently works for Powys County Council. Since the Radnorshire Arms closed she has been liaising with the VSCC to help with their visits to Presteigne each October and in particular with the anniversary celebrations in 2019 .She considers herself a hard worker and tries to be an approachable councillor.

 

Cllr. Mark Price (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (CO-OPTED JULY 2022)

Contact information to follow.

 

Cllr. Mark Williams (PRESTEIGNE WARD) (ELECTED MAY 2022)

Telephone: 01544 260889           Email: mwilliamsptc76@gmail.com

Mark is a semi-retired journalist, editor and publishing consultant who has been (for almost 40 years) , and still is, actively involved in many local community projects, including as a trustee (and ex-Chairman) of Sheep Music, Presteigne Screen, Broad Sheep, covid stwearding, editor of the Brecon and Radnor Express, the panto etc.

He has had a long held ambition to serve the community more formally as a Town Councillor which he hopes his love and knowledge of this remarkable little town will stand him in good stead for.

 

THREE VACANCIES (ALL NORTON WARD) AS AT JULY 2022