Your Councillors

Dewi Jones

Dewi Jones

Chair

 I am originally from Llangennech in West Wales. I have lived in Michaelston-le-Pit since 1997 and been a councillor since 2011. My wife and I were teachers and local government officers including, in my case, periods as a Director of Education, a member of the School Teachers’ Review Body for England & Wales and a Senior Director for the National Strategies in England (School Improvement). I am now fully retired but continue to be involved in the education service as a school governor. I am best known locally as the proud owner of “Alys” a good natured Short Haired German Pointer, with whom I enjoy walking in the area.

Gillian Marks

Gillian Marks

Councillor

I have lived in Leckwith for thirteen years and am very content to remain here as I really like the area and its inhabitants. I am very busy looking after our dogs, cats, goats, ponies and chickens. These are mostly rescue animals. My other hobbies are gardening, Egyptology and genealogy. I have just retired as Chairman of the Council but will continue as a councillor.

Karen Oxenham

Karen Oxenham

Councillor

I have lived in Michaelston-le-Pit since March 2012, and absolutely love it here. I am originally from Talbot Green and, having lived near Bath and also in Worcestershire due to work commitments, I returned to Wales settling in Penarth in 1999. I started my career as an accountant in South Wales, and after some years moved into Sales roles in IT software development services. I now lead major projects to promote sales excellence and revenue growth across the global offices of a multinational Professional Services organisation. My husband leads an international technology company and my mum-in-law, a retired deputy head teacher and head of 6th form, also lives here in the village. In our leisure time my husband and I enjoy mountains (for skiing), beaches and coastline (for boating) and under my mum-in-law’s expert supervision, we are continually developing our gardening skills.

Nicky Keeping

Nicky Keeping

Councillor

I grew up on Dartmoor where I enjoyed a great childhood of roaming the moors with dogs and horses. I have lived in Michaelston le Pit for 13 years and continue to enjoy roaming the woods and fields with my two dogs.
I have been a counsellor for 7 years and have enjoyed working on small projects around the villages.
I and my husband are now retired, though we are put to work caring for our first grandchild.

Carole Robertson

Carole Robertson

Councillor

I have lived in the community for most of my life and since 1983 at Beggan Farm, Leckwith. I am married to Andy. We have a herd of organic Welsh Black cattle and we also run a furniture business. I have two grown up sons. I am interested in history, environmental matters and conservation, though most of my spare time is spent attempting to tame our garden.

Katie Heath

Katie Heath

Councillor

After moving away from Michaelston after school, I returned a couple of years ago and live on a smallholding in the village. I work full time as a project manager for a conservation organisation and when I'm not at work you can usually find me out in a field somewhere with my dog Lola or working on the house.

Bill Gaskell

Bill Gaskell

Councillor

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