Who We Are

The Council has fifteen members, representing Potton. Currently, one Town Councillor is also a member of Central Bedfordshire Council.

Each year in May an Annual Meeting of Town Council is held when the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Committees are elected.

How to become a Councillor
If you are interested in helping and serving your local community and would like to learn more about how to become a councillor go to the National Association of Local Councils website where you can access all the information you need on how to get involved.
http://www.nalc.gov.uk/
FOR COUNCILLORS REGISTER OF INTERESTS – Click Here

Councillor John Day

Adrian BellI moved to the area in 1999 when I started working for the RSPB. After living in Sandy for two years, I moved to Potton in 2001 as I seemed to keep gravitating there to socialise. I soon learned the town has a friendly community and atmosphere, with good facilities. I think it is fair to say Potton is the only place I have lived and felt part of a community.

In recent years, with increasing pressure from developments, I have sought to try to influence better environmental outcomes for the community and contributed to the environmental sections of the Potton Neighbourhood Plan.

It is privilege to support fellow councillors and the community to help Potton retain its character and natural environment and realise the community aspirations of the Neighbourhood Plan in order that Potton remains a good place to live and work.

In my spare time I enjoy watching wildlife, live bands and the occasional football match. I play guitar and sometimes paint and/or photograph wildlife.

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Councillor Denis Ellison

Denis-EllisonBorn in Stotfold in 1958, I have lived in Bedfordshire all of my life, moving to Potton in 1982 when I married my wife Debra in St Mary’s Church. We have two children – both grown up now, but both educated through the town Lower and Middle schools before Sandy Upper and then on in to the big wide world via further education.

Despite always living locally, my career as a corrosion engineer has taken me to every continent and given me the opportunity to meet and work with people from just about every creed and race in the world. I have now reached an age where such travel no longer appeals and have settled as the engineering manager of a small specialist company in Cambridgeshire carrying out integrity audits on the gas and oil pipeline networks within the U.K.

I have always look to being involved in the local community. I have been involved in the town Christmas lights over the last 20+ years. I was club secretary for Potton Colts for 6 years and I was a qualified referee in local football.

Socially I now enjoy my hobbies of cycling, dancing, fell walking, cider making and making preserves and pickles. I still have a motorcycle in the garage however time and life seem to have resulted in embarrassing low mileage over recent years. My ambition is to win 1st prize in Potton show with a home grown, and made, tomato chutney.

I have no political affiliation or membership and in being a councillor I look to give an open considered view of what’s good for the town and it’s community. I am currently the Vice-Chairman of the Council.

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Councillor Geoff Emery

Geoff-EmeryI have been a resident of Potton for more than 14 years and on retiring in 2007 as Managing Director of a large international software company, I was elected on to Potton Town Council where I served for a period of 5 years. In that time I was the Chairman of the Town Plan Committee and was responsible for starting the Youth Club, Environment Group etc. I rejoined the Town Council in 2014 and have served on the Planning Committee and remain the Town Council’s Youth Club representative.

I was Chairman and Trustee for the Potton Hall for All Committee until April 2019. I am learning to play the Cello and made my current instrument over a 3 year period. In my spare time I play Golf at the John O’Gaunt Golf Club and cycle.

I live in Blackbird Street and can be contacted through the Town Council or at home on 01767 261710.

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Councillor Andy Gibb

Andy GibbI’m a new comer to Potton having only lived here for 10 years but was born many years ago just over the border in Pirton, Hertfordshire. My interests include cycling, allotment gardening, the natural world and climbing mountains in Scotland whenever I can get away. I have two kids at Potton schools, work for Anglian Water and live in Bull Street. I am keen for the council to be interactive and responsive and to help Potton be as sustainable a community as possible. As a cyclist and living near the town square I am acutely aware of the traffic issues in town and will work to make Potton a safer place for us all. Potton has a great, active community and as a councillor I will work hard to help out and take part when I can.

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Councillor Richard Harris

Richard HarrisI have lived in Potton for a decade now, moving up from London via Ware and Luton. My wife and I think it is a great place to live and, by joining the council, I hope preserve that for all residents!

The town has a unique heritage and faces many pressures to change…but not all are for the good and the Council appears to be a good place to ensure that a tight rein is kept on some of these issues.

Personally, I have no political affiliations and hope that I bring a range of knowledge to the Council proceedings, based on experiences working with the army, the police and, latterly, dentists!

In my spare time, I can be spotted in various public houses about the town (normally being berated about “potholes”), but I also enjoy gardening (badly), playing badminton (even more badly) and foreign travel.

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Councillor John Hobbs

John-HobbsI moved to Potton in 1979 to pursue a teaching career teaching Mathematics at a local Further Education College. I assumed many management roles during my teaching career, eventually becoming a Director at Bedford College, with responsibility for their Sixth Form, Teacher Education, Access Course and English as a Foreign Language provision.

Both of my children were educated in Potton and have benefited from being part of a very special community. I have been actively involved in many local groups and organisations, including Potton Playhouse and playing football for Potton Wanderers. I am also a former governor of Sutton School and have served as a committee member of Hall for All.

I retired in 2015 and am very actively involved within the community. I am currently chairman of the Potton Town Cricket Club Social Committee where I have coordinated many fund-raising events, including the May Day Fete. I also work as a volunteer for the Potton Consolidated Charities funded Samsung Tablet training for retired members of Potton. I also enjoy cycling and walking the local footpaths.

I served as a member of Potton Town Council for eight years in the 1990’s, during which time I was chairman of the Playing Fields Committee and was instrumental in providing a dog-free play area in Henry Smith’s Playing Fields and worked with Potton Timber to provide new play equipment. I was also instrumental in developing the Christmas lights in the Market Square, liaising with the local traders to raise funds to buy lights and eventually have official turning on ceremonies.

In my second spell as a Town Councillor, since 2015, I have led the development of our Potton Neighbourhood Plan, which will hopefully be adopted.

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Councillor Les Ivall

Les IvallI have lived in Potton since 2012 and before that down the road in Sutton for thirty five years. I was on Sutton Parish Council for twenty five years several of those as Vice Chairman. I was also a Governor of Sutton school for several years.

I retired in 2012 (although many people say I retired years ago) after forty years in the licensed trade.

Since moving to Potton my wife and myself have enjoyed living here immensely and having been co-opted and then re-elected onto the Town Council I hope I can assist in keeping and improving Potton as a fine place to live for all.

My interests are walking, acoustic music, playing guitar, singing and when suitable visiting my wife’s home country of Finland.

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Councillor Lindsay Kitchener

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Councillor Jonathan Lean

Jonathan-LeanI have lived in Potton now for 28 years with my wife, Kassy. We have raised 3 children here although they have now flown the nest. They all started their education at Potton Lower School and Burgoyne Middle School before moving to Sandy Upper. All 3 of them got good Degrees and 2 of them have gone on to gain PhD’s which is a testament to the standard of schooling in the town.

I retired in June 2015 from my job as International Sales Manager for a Pipe Fittings Manufacturer in Hitchin. During my working life I travelled the world extensively, principally in Asia but also as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

In my spare time I enjoy Golf, Tennis and DIY and I am happy that my retirement now allows me more time for these activities. I am also keen to expand my interests and hope to join the Bowls Club in the Summer. I am a member of Potton Tennis Club and represent them in matches against other clubs in Bedfordshire. Kassy and I are also members of Potton Vineyard Church. Kassy keeps very busy running the Church’s Good Neighbour Scheme which is designed to provide assistance to local residents with transportation or small jobs around the house which they are no longer able to manager by themselves.

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Councillor Carol Leggatt

I moved to Potton with my husband in 1974 following our marriage, being the first residents in Aldgate Close.  Prior to that I had trained as a nursery nurse with the Church of England’s Children Society.  I was a nanny in Regents Park for five years for Caroline and Terence Conran’s three children, often joined by his eldest two by a previous marriage.  I continued to be a nanny for a local doctor and MP on moving to Potton.

When our two daughters arrived, I continued to be involved in childcare – St Mary’s (now Potton) Pre-school, Brownies, help set up the Rainbows Group in Potton, child minding and I was a local school governor for around 24 years.  I was an organiser of Potton holiday playscheme.  I have represented Pre-schools on Central Bedfordshire Schools forum and funding panel.  I opened Woodentops in 1990 with a partner and continued to work there until my retirement in 2014.

I am currently a member of the Inner Wheel section of Rotary International and will become President of the Sandy Branch in June 2019.

Although this in my first time on town council, I have been involved on the side lines for a long time.  I was involved in the steering group meetings between Potton and our twin town of Langenlonsheim.  Following the signing of the Official Charter, I was Chairperson of the Twinning Association for several years.  Alan and I organised ten day trips for the young people of Potton to Langenlonsheim and reciprocal hosting here.

I am still involved with the Christmas Lights, primarily the switch on event and I also organise the bi-annual litter picks.  I would love to see us become a litter-free town!

I am passionate about Potton and the special community it has and I am looking forward to making a contribution as a Town Councillor.

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Councillor Angus Macdonald

angus-macdonaldI left my home in 1997 to take up an employment opportunity with Sainsburys. As my career progressed and the desire to move back to Scotland began to diminish, I started to search for my first permanent home. I moved to Potton in 2000 after my soon-to-be wife convinced me that this was the place to be – unsurprising from a local girl!

I’m pleased to say though that I thought she was right then and I still do today (although I’ll never admit that to her!). The town always feels welcoming and offers a character and spirit that is hard to find elsewhere.

I work in the IT/Banking industry and mostly work in and around London. I’ve a young family who attend the local schools and I am Local Authority Governor on the Potton Federation, having served in the same role at Burgoyne Middle School since 2009. I enjoy relaxing with the family, running, gardening and turning whatever I can get my hands on into wine – a genetic quirk no doubt originating North of the border!

I joined Potton Town Council in 2009 and was struck by the enthusiasm that councilors had for the task entrusted to them, for their town and for the people who have made Potton their home. I have no political affiliation and have always been motivated to do what I think is best for Potton, now and in the years to come. I am currently the Chairman of the Council.

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Councillor Ben Massey

I have lived in Potton all my life, apart from a short time in Sandy to get on to the housing ladder.  The longer I’ve lived here, the more I have grown to love my home town, and I am fiercely proud to live here!  I hope in my time as a councillor to help make Potton a safer and happier place to live and enjoy for all.

I work as an HGV (heavy goods vehicle) driver for a large roof truss manufacturer, which I really enjoy.  I have a deep interest in military history, mainly all things Navy!  I am also an avid fan of MotoGP and like a bit of rugby, Exeter Chiefs being my team of choice, but that’s another story…

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Councillor Chris Temple

angus-macdonaldMy wife and I moved from London to Potton in 2000 when I started working for the RSPB. We chose to live here because Potton has good facilities, a proper town centre and a friendly atmosphere. We have never regretted that decision.

Our daughter was born here. She has attended Potton Lower School and Burgoyne Middle School.

Potton has always adapted to changing circumstances, but the pace of change is much greater now. There are demands for more housing and better employment opportunities, all of which will alter the character of our town.

While many changes are inevitable, it is part of the job of the Town Council to ensure that we take advantage of opportunities for improvement while not losing the things which make Potton attractive.

As a Councillor I feel privileged to be able to play a part in trying to ensure that Potton remains a good place to live and work.
I am now semi-retired, so I can often be found shopping in and around the Market Square and making use of the facilities Potton has to offer.

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Councillor Adam Zerny

adam-zernyI have lived in Potton for three years and reside on Station Road with my wife and children. I was elected onto the council in 2009.

I am keen to see the preservation of Potton’s Victorian heritage and as the owner of a three-legged cat who recently lost a limb on the roads, am eager to ensure that Potton’s thoroughfares are kept safe for its two-legged residents as well as its feline denizens.

I am a triathlete and when not attending council meetings can often be seen running or cycling through the town’s streets. I have not yet swum in the brook.

I am a company director of an office supplies firm in the city.

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