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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.


Councillor Pat Alker - 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 decided to retire in 2010.  Both Pat and her husband enjoy sailing their GP14 at the Sailing Club, Gailey. Pat serves on the Planning Committee, Grosvenor Committee, Communications/Website Group, Procedures Review Working Group, Personnel Committee and Planning Committee Committee.  She represents the Parish Council on the Patients Forum.   Email: 

Councillor Mike Deegan - Vice Chairman


Mike has lived in Gnosall for 16 years and first moved to the local area from London in 1993. He is married with two children who both attended St Lawrence Primary School in Gnosall. He has spent twenty years working in nature conservation and was a member of the former Gnosall LA21 Group. Mike joined the Parish Council in May 2010 and is currently Vice Chair of the Open Spaces Committee, Chair of the Communications Working Group and a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. He is keen to support community initiatives and help enhance the local area to become an even healthier & more enjoyable place to live. Email -

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Councillor Keith Abbott -

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Keith and his family have lived in Gnosall since 1982 having moved from the North East of England. He has a son, two daughters and five grandchildren who all live locally. Keith headed up Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Staffordshire University until 1997 before taking up a post of Engineering Manager with GEC-Alstom and then Areva T&D in Stafford. Keith is a professional electrical engineer specialising in computer simulation, control engineering and mathematical studies. His work with Alstom was associated with high power electrical transmission projects employing power electronics which were exported worldwide. Now retired, Keith has been an active member of the Parish Council since 2010, chairing the Grosvenor Centre Committee and vice-chair of the Neighbourhood Plan working group. Email: 

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 s a councillor.

Chris Emsley

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Chris has lived in Gnosall since 1988 when he moved from the Wirral. 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 has worked part time for Gnosall Surgery for the last 10 years. Chris worked on the neighbourhood Plan Working Group, has recently joined the Parish Council and is keen to offer whatever help he can to maintain the beautiful area that we re fortunate enough to live in.  Email:

Councillor Sue Green -


Sue and her husband have been residents in Gnosall since their marriage in 1977; both their children were born here and later went to the village play group, village school and local colleges. Sue works full time in the Arts faculty of Stafford College and has been employed by the College for over 23 years, Sue currently sits on the Board of Governors representing Support Staff. Sue and her husband share an interest in the Arts, Antiques, Gardening and walking,(especially with their two cocker spaniels)  and are keen members of the National Trust. Sue joined the Parish Council in June 2013 and is an active member of the following Committees; Planning, Resources, Open Spaces and the Gnosall Neighbourhood Plan. Sue believes communication and consideration is paramount within our diverse community especially if we are to ensure the best is achieved both for our parishioners, and for the future of our much loved village and surrounding areas. Email -

Gail Gregory


Born in Lichfield and brought up in Cannock, Gail moved to Gnosall in 1992 as it was equidistant from her work in Bloxwich and her husband’s in Stoke. Fulltime teaching, latterly as a Secondary Head, meant that leisure time was limited and it is only since her early retirement in 2011 that she has been able to become involved in village life. As Secretary of GRID, she has been at the forefront of the drive to protect the village from indiscriminate development and is passionate about preserving the best aspects of village life whilst ensuring that amenities for residents improve wherever possible.

She has recently become a governor at St Lawrence C of E Primary Academy, where she is a volunteer, and hopes to be able to make a contribution to the educational life of the village. Her interests include theatre and the Arts, cookery, dressmaking, and all handcrafts as well as taking a supervisory role in the garden! email :

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.

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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 Stone. He is currently trying to retire properly from running a successful mail order Collector's Model business on the internet. Kenneth's interests include amateur dramatics, card making, scrapbooking and stamp collecting. He is on the Communications Group as Vice-Chairman, the Planning Committee, the Procedures Working Group, Chairman of the Resources Committee and is Chairman of the GFest working group. He is also a Trustee of the Memorial Village Hall as well as representing the Parish Council and Gnosall Players on the Memorial Village Hall Committee and is Chairman and Treasurer of Gnosall Players. Email - 

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 -



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 on -

Councillor Tracey Simkin


Tracey has lived in Gnosall all her life. She has been married to Mark for twenty-five years and has two children, Ellie and Sam.  Tracey has been a civil servant for thirty years, working in the Department for Work and Pensions.  She joined the Parish Council fourteen years ago and is Chairman of the Open Spaces Committee.  She is also a member of the Grosvenor and Personnel Committees and a dedicated Best Kept Village volunteer.  She believes strongly in keeping in touch with the community and represents the Council on the Memorial Village Hall Committee and Youth Club Advisory Committee. 

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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 -

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 graduated from Sheffield University in July 2014 and Tom is in his second year at Birmingham University. Doug's hobbies include Dog Training and watching Football. Email: