Cllr Paul Kent
Paul has lived in Fenstanton for 28 years and has been Chairman of the Parish Council for the last three years; he was re-elected as Chairman for the current year. During his career Paul lived in Kenya for five years as an ex pat in the role of Financial Services Director for a major high street bank. After running his own company for eight years, Paul retired from business in 2012. Since then he has been serving his community as a Parish Councillor. He has also become involved in a variety of voluntary organisations and has been a Church Treasurer for many years. Paul’s main objective on the Parish Council is to ensure that local residents’ views are represented at Parish, District and County Council levels. His personal interests include visiting English Heritage and National Trust sites, international travel, walking and spending time with family in Southport and Liverpool from where he originates. Paul has two daughters, two grandsons and a granddaughter.
Cllr Nigel Ferrier
Nigel moved to Fenstanton just over 12 years ago. His company develops and delivers branding and marketing campaigns for a series of blue chip companies and some of you may know him from Fringe in the Fen which he and his wife, Lynda, established and delivered with a local committee. Nigel has extensive experience of many kinds of committee work and decided he would like to contribute to the work of the Parish Council after seeing that it has taken a change in direction with evidence of real and appropriate change. Nigel recognises the challenges the Parish will face with the enlargement of the village after the new housing developments are complete.
Cllr Colin White
Colin has lived in Fenstanton (in three different houses) since 1971 when he moved from North London. He has been married to Roseann since 1967; they have three children and seven grandchildren. Colin began his working life as a Telegram Boy for the Post Office moving up the ladder to Assistant Inspector before transferring from London to Cambridge. He then worked for ARC, Mission Electronics and Travelex (Tesco) in management positions. Colin has been associated with various organisations within the Parish but most prominently with the Parish Council since the early 1980s. He has been both Chairman and Vice Chairman and sat on all Committees. Colin tries to represent the views and best interests of the Parishioners at all times and will continue to do so. In retirement Colin now enjoys walking Frank the Whippet; providing a taxi service for his grandchildren and escaping on breaks to see new places.
Cllr Geoff Pryke
Geoff has lived in Fenstanton for over 47 years, with his wife and two children (now flown the nest) both of whom attended local schools. Geoff is a former Government Servant and spent 28 years as a leader with the local Scout Group. Currently he runs his own Tax Consultancy business with a view to assisting clients with their self-assessment problems. As a long-standing member of the General Purposes Committee of the Council, Geoff was involved in the new Pitfield Close Play Area and has various other projects coming up. When he gets the time Geoff enjoys gardening and fishing.
Cllr Joseph Middleton
Joseph moved to the village after a stint in London working at a major trauma hospital, opting for a calmer life (and greener backdrop) in Fenstanton and choosing a career in general practice. Alongside day-to-day work, Joseph volunteers with Festival Medical Services, a charity that was a recent recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, providing medical cover at events like Glastonbury Festival.
Along with his veterinarian husband, they take care of Bunty the dachshund and go on walks around the local countryside and lakes, all of which is considerably flatter than the mountains and hills of his hometown in South Wales!
Joseph is keen to champion green and environmentally minded initiatives in the local region and support local independent businesses.
Cllr Sam Polhill
Sam’s family have lived in Fenstanton since the 1930s, and his Grandfather, Tony Hart, was active in numerous village associations – including the PC – for most of his life. Sam has recently graduated from the University of Warwick, and, having returned to the village full-time, decided to follow in Grandad’s footsteps by becoming a Parish Councillor. He is particularly keen to represent the views of parishioners not typically involved in village decision-making, such as young people. In his spare time, Sam enjoys running, reading (particularly around the subject of British politics), and also volunteers at St. Ives Food Bank.
Cllr Peter Hayes
Peter has lived in the village since 1982 and was formerly employed as an industrial pneumatics machine engineer for approx. 50 years travelling extensively throughout UK. Peter trained in Scotland, Holland, USA and Japan. He is particularly interested in the traffic and parking problems in the High Street and throughout the village but looks forward to working on any Parish Council projects for the benefit of residents
Cllr Susannah Collison
Susannah has lived in the village since 2007 with her husband, their two children and dog. She worked as a History teacher at schools in Bedfordshire before having children and now works as a Teaching Assistant at a local school. She is keen to work with the Parish Council as the village continues to grow and is particularly interested in supporting opportunities for young people in the parish
Cllr Roy Mcgee
Roy began a career in the leisure industry in Great Yarmouth, which is where he originates, and subsequently went on to live and work in Leeds and then Bristol. He moved to Fenstanton in 2000 together with his wife Heather and worked, until his retirement in 2007, in outside catering. Since his retirement Roy has spent his time on his hobbies, these include: indoor lawn bowls and gardening; his keen interest in gardening has led him to some involvement in Fenstanton Open Gardens. Roy is disabled and a wheelchair user and, as such, is particularly interested in accessibility.
Cllr Kevin Forbes-Mitchell
Kevin is married, with one son and moved to Fenstanton three years ago, having previously lived in Cambridge. He is a former HR / Recruitment Manager, most recently working for Cambridge University, based at the Medical School at Addenbrookes. He has previously worked in Australia and The UAE. As a ‘new’ resident to the village at a very exciting and challenging time in its development, he is very keen to bring a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ to the Parish Council.
Cllr Jerry Schofeldt
I have lived in Fenstanton for 36 years when I moved from Bedford to take over the
King William IV where I ran it for 17 years. While I was there my wife and I bought an old carpet shop on the high street and converted it to a bed and breakfast called the Gallows. After leaving the King William I bought The Oliver Cromwell in St. Ives where I stayed until retirement in 2019. Throughout this period I have enjoyed living in Fenstanton and made many friends. It’s time to give a little back and by joining the Parish Council I hope to use my knowledge of the village and my skills and experience as a businessman to make a positive contribution towards the future of Fenstanton and its residents.
Cllr Amit Puntambekar
Amit’s family have been a fixture in the Fenstanton since 1988, running the local village shop. Originally, Amit had planned to study a PhD at Cambridge, and was writing up his application whilst helping out part time in the Shop. Gradually he fell in love with the village, and put his plans on hold to take over the business. Keen on supporting the local community, he would like to see a bringing together of generations and more communal areas where this could happen.
Cllr Mark Richardson
I have lived in Fenstanton for eight years but also lived in St Ives for twenty three years.
I was a toolmaker for seven years then went Into sales. I have also been a driving instructor for over ten years, then worked on the busway before medical needs stopped me working.
In my leisure time I have been involved with local football, playing, managing and was chairman of St Ives Rangers for over ten years. I’m also on a national housing committee, a role which I enjoy.
I have two grown up children that work locally and I live with my cat Toffee. As I get older I’m increasingly aware of our planet and tend to do what I can in my own small way to help protect it.