On this page we present those local Green Party people who have been elected to represent you at District, County and European level.  To find contact details for party officers, please go to the contacts page.  To find out more about candidates standing in upcoming elections, please go to the elections page.

European Parliament

Molly Scott Cato

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 involved with Transition Stroud for a number of years, concerned with community agriculture and the local economy. She is a leading figure in the green movement and has a clear vision for constructive engagement in Europe.

Find out more on Molly's web site, and follow her on Twitter.


Gloucestershire County Council

Rachel SmithRachel 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 the County Council Rachel is a member of Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee and Constitution Committee. She is committed to working on sustainable and accessible transport for all, and is a member of the county council's Cycling Advisory Group. Rachel has a keen interest in transparency and openness to improve accountability in our local democracy, and is pushing to have open contracting principles established at Gloucestershire County Council.
07709 302038

Eva Ward

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 child welfare reform programme.

She is a member of the Health and Care Overview Scrutiny Committee, and also sits on the Corporate Parenting Board, a group concerned with the best interests of children and young people in the care of GCC as well as care-leavers.

Eva works closely with Stroud Town Council to tackle local concerns including road safety and other community environment and health matters.
07523 838184

Stroud District Council

On Stroud District Council we have a "Green Group" consisting of 9 Green Party councillors.  Working together, this group is big enough to have a strong influence on council decisions.

Martin BaxendaleMartin Baxendale - Valley Ward

Martin 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.  He is committed to opposing plans for large-scale development on Baxters Fields.  He successfully opposed plans to sell off Stroud Subscription Rooms to the private sector, and persuaded Stroud District Council to stop investing in fossil fuel industries through its pension fund.
 01453 764746

Jonathan EdmundsJonathan 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 ameneties.
01453 762661

Martin WhitesideMartin 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 development projects throughout Africa and Asia with a focus on resilience to climate change and environmental and socially sustainable change.

Martin is also a keen cyclist, gardener and mountain walker.
01453 757874

John MarjoramJohn 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. He serves as Vice Chair of the Development Control Committee on Stroud District Council.

John also represents Trinity Ward on the Stroud Town Council and over the years has served a number of occasions as Mayor of the Town of Stroud. John has been active in the peace movement and is now prominent in the campaign to demand a second public referendum for leaving Europe. John is a Quaker and considers himself a Deep Green.
01453 750962

Simon PickeringSimon 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 Group for the nationally acclaimed Stroud Natural Flood Management Project.

Simon is the Senior Ecologist for Ecotricity, where his role is to ensure that renewable energy projects are built where they don't harm wildlife.  He is also one of the faces of wind energy - promoting careers in the renewables industry.
01453 824654

Norman KayNorman 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 the local community.  He leads the local defibrillator campaign and is active in projects in the Nailsworth community.

Norman is especially interested in planning matters and in the encouragement, where possible, of social housing.
01453 833458

Catherine BraunCatherine 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 the Wotton, Charfield and Kingswood Greenway Group which is working to develop a new traffic-free route for walkers and cyclists.
07811 767685

Jim DeweyJim 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 amenities, campaign against damaging planning decisions, and reduce our carbon footprint.
01453 860795

Karen McKeownKaren 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 the Clifton Diocesan Safeguarding Commission which monitors safeguarding practice within the Catholic Church. Karen is strongly committed to social justice and chairs the Mid-Gloucestershire group of Amnesty International.
07876 650487