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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 - 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:


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.


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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 and as vice-chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group was heavily involved in the development of the plan for Gnosall. In May 2015, Keith set up the Gnosall Heritage Group with the aid of like-minded parishioners with an interest in the history of Gnosall Parish. The group operates under the umbrella of the Parish Council, creating an archive of historical photographs, documents and artefacts. 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. email:

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.

Councillor Gail Gregory - Chairman


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 is a governor at St Lawrence CE Primary Academy, where she also listens to readers and helps run a Y6 Reading Club after school. After a working life in secondary education, she is very much enjoying this new age group. 

Her interests include theatre and the Arts, cookery, dressmaking (especially wedding dresses!) and all handcrafts as well as taking a supervisory role in the garden!


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 -

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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 has just retired 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 Chairman, the Procedures Working Group, Chairman of the Resources Committee and 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. 

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Councillor Tony Innamorati


After leaving Handsworth Technical Grammer School Tony initially trained as a Toolmaker in Birmingham before qualifying and finished his engineering career as a Works Engineering Manager within a large automotive accessories group.

He has 3 sons and 1 grandson and 2 granddaughters. 

Tony & Patricia moved from Birmingham to Coton Gnosall in 1988 after buying  Coton Post Office which Patricia ran until 1996 when they moved to Moreton. Tony has been actively involved on the Gnosall community scene since arriving in the village and participated in many activities he formed & Chaired The Gnosall LA21 group and published the Village Directory in 2001, he was previously on St Lawrence Churchs village Carnival committee. Tony was Chair of the adult advisory group of the S.C.C run  Youth Club until it was disbanded by the County Council, however, he has, retained his interest in supporting the Youth of Gnosall by joining the management group of the present Youth Club. He has previously served on the Parish Council's many committees representing the Coton side of the village and Moreton Outwoods & Bromstead. Whilst Chairman of Gnosall Parish Council in 1995 he initiated the formation of The Gnosall & District First Responder Group and trained as a First Responder. He is Currently  Chairman of the Gnosall Voluntary Car Scheme. He was a Director of Rural Link bringing public transport to the rural communities until funding was withdrawn by S.C.C.

Tony is actively involved with the management of Moreton, Outwoods & Bromstead Millennium Community Centre. 

Tony currently sits on the Planning & Open Spaces committees.

His interests are enjoying Traditional Folk Music & visiting Folk Festivals around the country. He also works as a volunteer Front of House Manager at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and enjoys the Local Countryside.

He looks forward to representing the interest of  Moreton and the wider Gnosall community


Councillor Vicky Kessey


Born in Stoke on Trent and moved to Gnosall 10 years ago, with husband Jason who I have been married to for 12 years. We have two young children Olivia and Grace. Having two young children growing up in Gnosall, I have been involved in local groups such as Girl Guides, Pre-School fundraising, Garden design at the local Primary School, Gnosall St Lawrence Church and currently volunteer at GG Youth Club. More recently I also help maintain the canal tow path and have become a member of the BKVT. 

Have worked in education for the last 16 years full and part time both in Further Education Colleges and Private based establishments where I have taught entry level subjects including Skills for Life, Independent Living Skills, Literacy, Numeracy and IT.

I have a passion for the outdoors, gardening and growing my own food and currently working towards an RHS qualification in Horticulture. I enjoy spending time with my family visiting various National Trust sites and cycling. 


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 earlyretirement 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.


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 -

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 on -

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.

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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 with a degree in English in July 2014 and is now teaching this at Blessed William Howard School in Stafford. Tom graduated from Birmingham University in 2016 with a degree in Mathematics, he is currently on a gap year and is spending some time in Australia. Doug's hobbies include Dog Training and watching Football and in the other available periods of time, he is the Chairman of the GGs Youth Club Management Committee!.   Email: