Town Councillors

TOWN COUNCILLORS

Godalming Town Council is made up of 20 elected councillors who cover five wards:

  • Binscombe
  • Central & Ockford
  • Charterhouse
  • Farncombe & Catteshall
  • Holloway

The Town Council is currently comprised of:

  • Conservative Councillors – 19
  • Liberal Democrat Councillors – 1

Andrew Bolton represents the Central & Ockford ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor.

4 Huxley Close
Godalming, GU7 2AS

Tel: 01483 429078
Email: andrew_bolton@btinternet.com

Andrew was born in Nottingham in 1950. He was educated at Newcastle Royal Grammar School and the University of Cambridge, where he read Mathematics.

He has been married to Maggie for over 27 years. He has spent his working life in computers and is now an accountant specialising in tax. He moved in 1987 to Godalming.

Andrew was first elected to Godalming Town Council in 2015. He also won a seat on Waverley Borough Council in 2015.

His local interests include the Go Godalming Association and GOLO, the local area residents’ association, St Marks Church and Community Centre and the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul.

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Anne Bott represents the Holloway ward.

Acorns
The Fairway
Godalming, GU7 1PG

Tel: 01483 420014
Email: annemareebott@hotmail.co.uk

Anne has lived in Godalming for 33 years. She currently works for the Surrey Assocaition of Local Councils providing support and guidance for Parish Councils across Surrey and for a Surrey Legal Practice specialising in local government. Anne became a Town Council in 2011. She is a Director and the Town Council representative on the Godalming Community Interest Company. She is married with two sons and a grandson living locally in Farncombe.

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Steve Bott represents the Holloway ward.

Acorns
The Fairway
Godalming, GU7 1PG

Tel: 01483 420014
Email: stevebottis@hotmail.co.uk

Steve has lived in Godalming since 1983. He is a graduate of Oxford University, a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Association of Corporate Treasurers. He has spent the major part of his career in the energy industry holding several senior appointments in the financial area and a number of directorships of start-up companies. Since leaving that industry he has held a financial post in a town council and a senior appointment in the pensions industry in London.

Steve was first elected to Godalming Town Council in 2011. He is currently a Governor of Farncombe Infants School and a trustee of the Clockhouse, Milford & Villages Day Centre.

Steve is married with two sons, educated locally and living in Godalming.

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Steve Cosser represents the Charterhouse ward and he is also a Surrey County Councillor.

3 Hillside Way
Godalming, GU7 2HN

Tel: 01483 414035
Email: stevecosser@btinternet.com

Steve has lived in the Godalming area for nearly 40 years. He is married with two children and five grandchildren, all of whom live locally. His career was in Local Government and he brings this experience to bear on his work as a Town Councillor. He is a Governor of two local schools and involved in a number of local groups. He has been the Surrey County Councillor for Godalming North since 2009 and was Town Mayor in 2011-12. Steve’s leisure interests include football and bowls.

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Tony Gordon-Smith represents the Charterhouse ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor.

15 Nightingale Road
Godalming, GU7 3AG

Tel: 01483 424483
Email: ragsmith@waitrose.com

Tony Gordon-Smith was educated at the City of London School; Nottingham and Oxford Universities. After lecturing in Nigeria and Nottingham he worked in industry on market models and business forecasts both in the UK and internationally. In 1982 he came to Godalming and taught at Charterhouse. He became Town Councillor in 2003 and Town Mayor in 2007. He has two sons and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include fine wines, painting (oils & water colour), writing and golf.

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Anne Gray represents the Binscombe ward.

3 Netherwood Court
Filmer Grove
Godalming, GU7 3AF

Tel: 01483 427159
Email: annebriangray@hotmail.com

Anne has lived in Godalming for 38 years. She trained as a specialist teacher of Physical Education and moved to Godalming in 1970 where she became Head of PE at Godalming College, then Curriculum Manager and a Teacher Trainer in PSHE in Surrey schools. Following early retirement Anne re-trained at Surrey Univeristy in Pre-Retirement Education and also in stress management and set up a training company delivering courses around the UK. She was also appointed as the co-ordinator of the Healthy Schools Project in Surrey schools. She later became an Educational Consultant for this project.

Anne then spent eight years living in Majorca and returned to Godalming in 2012.

Anne’s interest encompass the performing arts and fitness. She is the secretary of Godalming Operatic Society and is the co-ordinator of Go Perform. She gives ballroom dancing classes on a voluntary basis to Godalming Operatic Society and friends. She keeps fit by swimming and doing aquarobics and yoga.

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David Hunter represents the Binscombe ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor.

86 Furze Lane
Farncombe
Godalming, GU7 3NP

Tel: 01483 421231
Email: davidmalcolmhunter@yahoo.co.uk

David was born in South Africa, his father emigrated with his parents to South Africa from Durham in the early 1900’s.

David was president of the Sons of England Patriotic and Benevolent Society Transvaal South Africa from 1978-1986. He also served on the National Executive Committee; during this time the committee was instrumental in awarding six bursaries annually to students wishing to study English at University and were the patrons of the Sons of England home orphanage.

David has lived in Godalming since 2002. He is widowed and lives with his two sons. He has worked in the plant and earthmoving industry since 1971.

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Peter Martin represents the Holloway ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor and a Surrey County Councillor.

18 Windy Wood
Godalming, GU7 1XY

Tel: 01483 425644
Email: peter.martin@surreycc.gov.uk

Peter was first elected to Godalming Town Council in 1991 and was Mayor in 2005/06. He holds an Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Durham and is a qualified accountant. He spent 33 years in the international IT industry holding senior management positions in finance & marketing in London, New York and Paris.

Peter plays a prominent part in local affairs. He is a member of Surrey County and Waverley Borough Councils. He is Chairman of Governors at St Catherine’s School Bramley, Chairman of the Friends of Oglethorpe and an active member of many town organisations.

Peter works hard to represent all his electors. Above all he wishes to preserve the unique and lovely character of our town.

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Tom Martin represents the Holloway ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor.

 

 

Tom Martin and his wife have lived in Godalming for most of their life. He was educated locally in Godalming and Guildford. Tom now works for a multi-national IT company based in Guildford and is responsible for change and asset management as well as being a technical lead.

Tom is also a keen musician, playing the trombone occassionally and enjoying a wide variety of music. In his spare time, Tom enjoys cycling, skiiing, gardening and whatever roles his young daughter wants him to fill!

Tom was Mayor of Godalming in 2013, a role which he enjoyed immensely and is also a governor at Busbrudge Infant School which is very rewarding.

Tom is keen to maintain the beauty and character of Godalming and Waverley. He is equally well aware of the pressures many people face living in the area and is keen to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard within local government. He will strive to promote the issues affecting young and old alike with passion and commitment.

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Julie Noyce represents the Farncombe & Catteshall ward.

19 Overbrook
Godalming, GU7 1LX

Tel: 01483 429815
Email: julienoyce@btinternet.com

Julie has lived locally for 30 years and has two grown-up sons, both of which were educated in this area.  She has worked in the NHS, Local Government, British Telecom and The Meath.  Julie is currently working as Practice Manager in the family business in Godalming.

Julie is a current member of the Chamber of Commerce having an active role.

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Councillor Nick Pinches

Nick Pinches represents the Central & Ockford ward.

9 Hilltop Close
Guildford, GU3 3HR

Tel: 01483 234253
Email: nickpinches@hotmail.com

Nick is 29 and lives with his wife Sarah and three boys.  He previously served as a Councillor for Central & Ockford ward between 2007 and 2011 and is delighted to be representing the area again.

When he is not working Nick is an Assistant Scout Leader, Chairman of the Godalming Fairtrade Town Committee, Chair of Trustees for the Guildford Toy Library, a Trustee for Chennai Challenge and a keen gardener.

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Joy Poulter represents the Charterhouse ward.

27 Nightingale Road
Godalming, GU7 2HP

Tel: 01483 417051
Email: joy_poulter@sky.com

Joy has lived in Godalming, with her husband Mike for 40 years.  She has two married sons and five grandchildren.  She enjoys walking and she swims three times a week.  Joy also sings in her church choir.  She was the founding chairman of the GO Godalming Association and as such was responsible for some of its long-standing projects including Godalming in Bloom, Pancake Races, Sport Godalming and the Welcome Pack.

More recently under the banner of GO Godalming, Joy initiated the fund-raising and building of the Godalming Bandstand.  The regular Sunday afternoon concert series “Music in the Park” is now it its 10th year.  She was also the 2014/15 President of the Godalming Rotary Club.

In 2014 Joy was very proud to be awarded an MBE for her Services to the Community of Godalming.

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Councillor Ollie Purkiss

Ollie Purkiss represents the Central & Ockford ward.

21 Overbrook
Godalming, GU7 1LX

Tel: 01483 416307
Email: mail@purkissmail.com

Ollie is married with two daughters; the youngest is two and goes to a local nursery and the oldest is five and goes to Loseley Fields.  Ollie is one of the Friends of Loseley Fields, a group that helps organise events and fundraising for the school.

Ollie has worked in computer games in Guildford for sixteen years, initially as a programmer and now as a designer.  Before getting into games he worked in corporate IT and web design.

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Stefan Reynolds represents the Charterhouse ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor.

Brooklands, Red House Lane,
Elstead
Godalming, GU7 1LX

Tel: 01483 421601
Email: stef.reynolds@gmail.com

Stefan Reynolds was born in East Africa in 1970 where his English father and French mother were both working, and he moved to Godalming with his parents and sister in 1973. He studied locally at Busbridge School and the Royal Grammar School before embarking upon a career in publishing.

He spent 18 years working in sales and business development for five publishers, including Dorling Kindersley and Penguin Books, before starting his own publishing businesses in 2009. His business, Vantage Publishing Ltd, is the publisher of free local community magazines.  It launched VantagePoint Magazine in January 2014.

He is a member of the Lutyens Trust, the Godalming Trust, Brooklands Museum Trust and the Goodwood Road Racing Club.

He lives in Elstead with his two cars and his slowly reducing wine collection, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends and at his family’s house in South West France.

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Simon Thornton represents the Central & Ockford ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor.

39 High Street
Godalming, GU7 1AU

Tel: 07887 407378
Email: simonthornton62@hotmail.co.uk

Simon has been the owner of The Godalming Butchers since 2000 and has lived in Waverley for 38 years, the past 15 in Godalming.  He is very passionate about Godalming and its surroundings.

Simon is a strong team player who is not happy unless all of the community is benefitting from improved management and spending.  He has been a  Town Councillors since 2014 and a member of the Executive at Waverley Borough Council with portfolio responsibility for Leisure, Culture, Parks &  Countryside.

Simon has an eight year old daughter who is educated in Godalming and lives with him from Sunday through to Wednesdays each week.

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Kirsty Walden represents the Farncombe & Catteshall ward.

Flat 2, 42 Croft Road
Godalming, GU7 1DD

Tel: 01483 374575
Email: kirstyawalden@gmail.com

Kirsty is a communications professional who has worked in a number of large corporate organisations and now works as a consultant for a change and communications consultancy in Farnham.  She develops and delivers strategic programmes that help employees become more engaged with the organisations they work in.

Kirsty first moved to  Godalming in 2011 when she and her husband decided to make it home for their long-term future.

Kirsty is passionate about yoga, enjoys walking and getting involved supporting local events.  She is a big supporter of local businesses and champions the sense of community felt right across Godalming.

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Ross Welland represents the Farncombe & Catteshall ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor

19 Elm Road
Godalming, GU7 3SW

Tel: 01483 527445
Email: auser44@btinternet.com

Ross Welland has always lived in or close to the Godalming area. Married with two children, both at local state schools, Ross is keen to help Godalming remain a suitable place to bring up a family.

Ross works as an accountant, specialising in tax. That work requires not just an understanding of numbers but also of the way organisations work, and most importantly an understanding of people, as it is people rather than numbers that ultimately make things work.

In their spare time, Ross and his family spend much of their time in the local countryside, which they feel it is important to protect. Ross can also be found from time to time on the stage with various amateur dramatic groups.

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Liz Wheatley represents the Binscombe ward and she is also a Waverley Borough Councillor.

1 Sol-y-Vista
Frith Hill Road
Godalming, GU7 2EF

Tel: 01483 423492
Email: lwwaverley@aol.com

Liz grew up in Essex attending Westcliff High School for Girls and spent her early working life in the City of London as an advertisement manager for her mother’s trade magazine.

She and her husband, Mike, moved to Godalming in July 1988 and ran a book-keeping business from 1991 to the end of 2005.

Liz was very proud and felt very privi;eged to be the Town’s Mayor for Jubille year 2012/13. She enjoys being involved in the town’s activities: she has recently become a Rotarian, is the Speech, Drama and Musical Theatre Section Secretary of the Godalming Music Festival, a community governor of Loseley Fields Primary School, Chairman of the Godalming Mayen Association, Treasurer of the Farncombe and Binscombe Good Neighbours’ Scheme and o fthe Friends of St Peter and St Paul. She is also the Membership Secretary of Tilbourne Players, part of the GOLO team and an occasional volunteer at the Rural Life Centre.

Married, she has a son, a daughter and a grandson.

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Nick Williams represents the Farncombe & Catteshall ward and he is also a Waverley Borough Councillor.

26 Town End Street
Godalming, GU7 1BH

Tel: 01483 239997
Email: nickatlaw@aol.com

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