Councillor Profiles

Cllr Roy Adams
Ward: Galley Hill
Date first joined the council: 5/15/2018
Why did you become a councillor? Being active in the local Galley Hill Residents Association, I found that, when one of the councillors for the ward resigned, I had the time and opportunity to further serve the local community, especially the people of Galley Hill Ward. I believed that my previous experience in finance, business management and voluntary organisations could prove useful to the council.
Committee membership: Human Resources Sub-Committee (Panel);Planning Committee;Finance & Human Resources Committee;S106 Working Group, Publicity Panel,Redevelopment of 5-7  Church Street Working  Group;

Alderman Paul Bartlett
Ward: Galley Hill
Date first joined the council: I have been elected several times.
Re-elected onto the Council: 5/1/2016
Why did you become a councillor? I was a former MKC Borough Councillor and I wanted to become a Town Councillor because I care.
Committee membership: Planning Committee; Projects Committee

Bianca Bendig-Ceesay
Ward: Fullers Slade
Date first joined the council: End of 2019
Why did you become a councillor? I moved to Fullers Slade in 2001 and have been an active part of the Fullers Slade Residents Association since 2015. I wanted to give the residents on my estate another vehicle to make their voice heard and to impact decisions made regarding the future of Fullers Slade and it’s Stony Stratford surroundings.
Committee membership: Projects, Finance and Human Resources 

Cliff Brett
Ward: Stony Stratford North
Date first joined the council: I was first elected onto Stony Stratford Town Council in December 2014 and have represented the North Ward since.
Why did you become a councillor? I moved to Stony Stratford in 2008 and soon after I became involved with the Russell Street Day Nursery campaign. It was here where I gained a sense of community engagement and found the desire to work on behalf of the younger generations in particular. I now sit on the Town Council Projects Committee where there is a strong focus on family activities and Town events.  I am also a member of the Finance and Human Resources Committee, and the Property and Development Committee.
Committee membership: Projects Committee; Finance & Human Resources Committee; Property Development Committee.

Simon Cherrill
Ward: Fullers Slade
Date first joined the council: 5/1/2016
Why did yiu become a councillor? I have lived in Stony Stratford since 1988. As a resident I have always been a keen advocate of both Milton Keynes and Stony Stratford, supporting the listing of the original shopping centre and objecting to the inclusion of Area 11 as part of the WEA. Following my involvement with the Save Cofferidge Close and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Groups I was invited to stand for election in Fullers Slade Ward, with a focus on helping the residents navigate their way through the regeneration process.
Committee membership: Planning Committee - Chair, and Property Development Committee. 

Robert Gifford
Ward: Stony Stratford South West
Date first joined the council: 6/7/2001
Re-elected onto the Council: 5/5/2016
Why did you become a councillor? I've lived in Stony Stratford since June 1996 and been an active member of the community throughout that time. A town council offers a voice for the locality. I wanted to help articulate that voice and act as an advocate for our town in all its variety - as old as the Romans via Watling Street and as new as Milton Keynes through the communities of Galley Hill and Fullers Slade.
Committee Membership: Publicity Panel;Finance & Human Resources Committee;Human Resources Sub-Committee (Panel);Property Development Committee;

June Payne
Ward: Stony Stratford South West
Date first joined the council: 9/6/2012
Date re-elected onto the council: 5/5/2016
Why did you become a councillor? Wanted to be more involved in the community.  Stony Stratford was one of the first parishes in Milton Keynesto set up and I was minute secretary to the group which was set up to form the Neighbourhood Council.  I was subsequently elected on as a Councillor and served 4 years.  This was all previous to 2012.
Committee membership: Human Resources Sub-Committee (Panel);Planning Committee;Projects Committee;

Pete Thornburgh
Ward: Stony Stratford North
Why did you become a councillor? I have lived in Stony Stratford since 1988 and have been an active member of the community for a number of years. I have been interested in trying to put something back into the town by becoming a councillor; especially helping to run The Big Lunch and Apple Day events (joining the Projects Committee). I am also an allotment holder at Boundary Crescent Allotments, and have been for a few years. I am also on the Planning Committee and Human Resources Sub-Committee (Panel) and would like to carry on with these in the forseeable future.
Committee membership: Human Resources Sub-Committee (Panel); Planning Committee; Projects Committee 

Keith Tilley
Ward: Stony Stratford South East
Date first joined the council: 5/5/2016
Why did you become a councillor? I became a councillor after working with the Town Council as a member of their Events Working Group for their Big Lunch and Apple Day events. I feel passionate about organising family friendly community events that can be enjoyed by all. My involvement in the events led me to be interested in joining the Council and I applied as soon as the chance arose. I wanted to become a councillor to make a difference to the local community and to support our town and residents in any way I can. I am an advocate for allotments and have been actively involved with the Stony Stratford Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association who manage the London Road Allotments for many years. I continue to be part of the Events Working Group and look forward to taking the events from strength to strength in the future.        
Committee membership: Finance & Human Resources Committee;Projects Committee;

Tom Welch
Ward: Stony Stratford South East
Date first joined the council: 7/21/2020
Why did you become a councillor? I moved to Stony Stratford Parish with my family 25 years ago and have remained, apart from periods away for study, ever since. I think it’s a magnificent town and have loved watching it develop.  I am now thrilled to be brining up my young family here. I have always had a huge sense of civic duty – I was a school governor in the Parish and remain one at another local school – Im pleased to be part of the team looking out for our community during these very challenging times.
Committee membership: Finance & Human Resources Committee;Projects Committee;