European Parliament

Molly Scott Cato

MEP: Molly Scott Cato

Molly Scott Cato MEP On May 22nd 2014, Stroud’s own Molly Scott Cato was elected as the first Green MEP for the South West. Before taking on this full-time position as our MEP, Molly was a professor of economics at Roehampton University and has written a number of books on Green Economics. Molly has been […]

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County Council

Rachel Smith (Minchinhampton Division)

Rachel was elected in May 2017 to represent the Minchinhampton County Council Division, which includes Minchinhampton, Chalford and Brimscombe and Thrupp. Rachel is a qualified Music Therapist and has extensive experience working across the health and social care sectors, and in special education. She specialises in dementia care and other long term neurological conditions. At […]

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Eva Ward (Stroud Central)

Eva Ward was elected in May 2017, taking over from Sarah Lunnon, who had served two terms as Stroud’s first Green County Councillor. Eva has lived in Stroud since 1974, working as a social worker for Gloucestershire County Council for 28 years. She also spent 10 years working in Bulgaria supporting government agencies in their […]

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District Council

Martin Baxendale (Valley Ward)

Martin Baxendale is Chair of the Development Control Committee. He was elected in 2014 to replace Green Councillor Molly Scott Cato after she was elected as MEP for the South West.  One of Martin’s main priorities in office is to protect the Slad valley from inappropriate development. Martin is committed to opposing plans for large-scale development […]

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Jonathan Edmunds – (Whiteshill, Ruscombe and Randwick Ward)

Jonathan was elected in May 2014 to replace Green councillor Philip Booth who represented the ward for the previous 8 years.  Jonathan works as a sports development officer and has young children at Randwick school.  He plans to continue Philip’s work on reducing traffic speeds, and protecting green spaces and local amenities. Contact Jonathan […]

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Martin Whiteside (Brimscombe and Thrupp Ward)

Martin leads the group of eight Green councillors on the District Council, which run the Council in alliance with Labour and Lib Dems. Martin has represented the area of Thrupp and parts of Bourne,Brimscombe, Swellshill, Butterrow and Rodborough for 14 years.He also works as an independent Environment and Development Consultant, giving technical advice to rural […]

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John Marjoram (Trinity Ward)

John has been District Councillor from Trinity Ward in the Town of Stroud for 32 years. John has the distinction of being one of two Green Party members to win elected office for the first time in this country. John also represents Trinity Ward on the Stroud Town Council and over the years has served […]

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Simon Pickering (Slade Ward)

Simon Pickering is chair of the Environment Committee. Under Simon’s guidance, Stroud District has become the first Carbon Neutral Council in Europe. He has steered the introduction of a new waste and recycling scheme – achieving over 61% recycling and one of the best food waste collection schemes in the UK. Simon also chairs the Steering […]

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Norman Kay (Nailsworth Ward)

Norman was elected as a District Councillor in May 2016, and is also a Nailsworth Town Councillor.  He has lived in Nailsworth for almost forty years, and keeps a small flock of rare breed Cotswold and Llanwenog sheep.  Norman serves on the committee of the local Horsley village shop which is staffed and managed by […]

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Catherine Braun (Wotton Under Edge)

Catherine was elected in May 2016 to represent Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley and Stinchcombe.  She is a member of the Housing Committee, and has a particular interest in low carbon and affordable housing. Catherine is involved in many other district and local issues including work to reduce single use plastic, engaging with young people and supporting […]

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Jim Dewey (Coaley and Uley Ward)

Jim was elected in May 2016.  He has lived in Uley for 30 years and is very active in the local community, having been Chair of the local school PTA, coaching the under 13s cricket team, and recently singing in the choir.  As a district councillor he will work to support local services and village […]

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Karen McKeown (Rodborough Ward)

Karen McKeown was elected as a councillor for Rodborough in May 2016 and joined the Green Party in 2018. Her experience includes chairing Rodborough Parish Council and working as a senior manager within children’s social care.  She has worked as a probation officer and an HMI, inspecting local authorities. Karen is also a member of […]

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