Councillors' Details

Steve Criswell

‘Born and bred’ in Somersham, Steve’s professional background is in farming, fruit growing and garden design. More recently his councillor role has dominated. Steve has served on Somersham Parish Council since 1990, following in the footsteps of his father Jeff and grandfather Bernard. He served as Chairman from 2010-2013. In 2004 Steve was elected to the district council to represent Somersham and 5 adjacent villages. At the council he has chaired Overview & Scrutiny panels continuously since 2006. Important areas of involvement and influence include Housing, Public Health, Welfare, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Leisure Centres. 2006 saw Steve elected onto the County Council, with responsibility for the 8 villages of Somersham and Earith Division. By 2008 he was appointed to serve on the Cabinet, first to lead on Service Transformation and latterly Community Infrastructure. He stood down from Cabinet in 2012 and has since led on important local initiatives.

Recent parish council activity has concentrated on developing the Community Plan and planning the delivery of localism priorities such as highway improvements, public health, assisting older residents, time-banking, supporting business and environmental initiatives.

Despite his considerable workload and wider involvement on 3 councils, Steve insists his biggest reward comes from representing the community and helping local residents.

John Blundell

Geoffrey Wooster

01487 841359

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

Paul McCloskey

Paul McCloskey

Vice Chairman

01487 841641

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

Register of interests

Paul has been a Somersham Parish Councillor since 2005. He is a retired RAF Aero Systems Engineer who runs a management consultancy part-time, delivering Risk Engineering and Bid Management solutions into the Central Government, Health and Defence Sectors. As a councillor Paul sits on a number of working parties including Finance & Risk, Localism, Christmas Lights and Personnel; he also chairs the S4U Newsletter working party. He represents the Parish Council on the Hunts Flood Forum and also previously was a member on the Hunts District Council Standards Committee. Paul currently serves on the Board of the Somersham Sports and Leisure Association and is also on the FOSL Trustees Board, supporting the Somersham Community Library where he is a book champion and a volunteer. Additionally, Paul is the Honorary Secretary to the Somersham Nature Reserve Group and is an active volunteer in the Somersham Time Bank.

Away from Parish duties, Paul is a volunteer for the RSPB at Fen Drayton. He was also a local volunteer for the Cambridgeshire CAMTAD (Campaign for Tackling Acquired Deafness) and now serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of Cambridgeshire Hearing Help, its successor, where he helps run local surgeries to support and manage hearing technologies throughout the county. Paul also sits on the organising committee of the Hunts & District Branch of the RAFA as its Newsletter Editor. He is also an Independent Member on two Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Partnership Boards viz, the Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Partnership Board and the Older People’s Partnership Board.

Paul is proud to be able to support his local community in any way possible and believes that vibrant self-help is the only way in times of increasing public austerity.

Mervyn Greaves

Mervyn Greaves

Councillor

01487 842255

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

Register of interests

I have lived in Somersham, with my wife Kathleen, for over thirty years. Our two daughters were born and brought up here and both attended Somersham primary school followed by Ramsey Ailwyn and Abbey schools.I am employed in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

I am active in the village as a member of the Christmas lights working party, a bellringer at Somersham Parish Church and an occasional unit helper with Girlguiding Somersham. I am a member of the Finance and Amenity sub-committees of the Parish Council.

I joined the Parish Council because now our family have grown up I wanted to contribute more formally to the life and activities of the village.

Kevin Hawkins

I have resided in the Huntingdon area since arriving to take up a post at RAF Brampton in 1992 and purchased a house in Sawtry before retirement from the Army and moving to Warboys, and finally Somersham in 2002.

Since then I have been employed by major IT corporations which kept me very mobile and unable to have any time for involvement in local affairs. Something which I have always regretted. Since April 2016 I have been semi-retired, retaining a directorship in H2 IRM, a risk management consultancy, and volunteering part time as a case worker for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman’s Families Association (SSAFA), working with ex-servicemen who have fallen on hard times.

I am developing a keen interest in local affairs and the way the village is developing in our rapidly changing times. In particular, I see the development of our environment, our youth and the way we handle our ageing population, as extremely important.  

I have time to identify issues which are important to local residents and to attend meetings as necessary.

Tony Hulme

Tony Hulme

Councillor

01487 840152

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

Register of interests

As I get closer to retirement from Downing College in Cambridge I find that I am becoming more invloved with local groups like the Time Bank and I have thought it would be nice to involve myself again with the Parish Council. I am interested in road safety and the welfare of our youth so would eager to add to these aspects.

Dianna Skeggs

Dianna Skeggs

Councillor

07919 890808

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

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I have been in and around Somersham for basically + 60 years. My family have lived here since 1825. I feel that I could be beneficial in the development and running of the village for all people. I am following in the steps of my ancestors, many of whom have participated in the development of the town, having been on the Parish Council as well as the Church Parochial Council.

I have vast experience in business both national and international as well as a life time’s learning. I am a believer in the individuality and independence of each person. Having a love for the town I wish to see development in a sensitive manner with emphases on the environment – Nature and the Living quality for all. I have a great sensitivity over the waste of all resources, especially, in this instance money and all interference with the life of people.

Richard Sutton

Richard Sutton

Chairman

01487 840150

clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

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I moved into the village, with my wife, during the May Bank Holiday in 1975. Despite being welcomed with a snow storm we are still in the same house.

I have worked for local undertakings including Cambridge Water, a bed manufacturer and a food producer in the Computer departments until I retired. For the past 15 years I have been on the Parish Council working, as we all do, for the benefit of the village.

It is rewarding work, even if unsung, because people only notice when things are not right. My hope is that I can continue to do my best for the village as long as possible.