Paul Amor moved to the Old School House in Milton Abbas on June 1st 2016. Previously he lived in Penn Hill, Poole. He is married to Tanzi, and has 2 grown up children, one of whom still lives with him in the village. Since graduating, he has worked for JP Morgan Chase (a large US Bank) for the past 22yrs, and is currently Executive Director for Global Liquidity and Account Services, managing the Technology & Product delivery for the global Banking Division. “My core skillset is Leadership; managing the delivery of complex Programs. I am skilled in various areas of business from legal, contracts, regulatory/audit, vendor management, finance and accounting, project management, strategy & technology. I have also run various pillars to support our workforce, most recently I was head of Diversity, promoting inclusion and culture, as well as gender diversity. Over the years I have been part of our Good Works initiatives to help the local community, and have also been a sponsor for JPMorgan’s Technology Graduate, Intern & Apprentice schemes for our UK Banking business. I would hope my experience would be a benefit to Milton Abbas. I look forward to supporting the village to thrive, and be all it can be.”
Gavin Bridle has lived in Catherine’s Well for the last 8 years. He is married to Juliana and they have a young son and daughter both attending Dunbury School. Gavin is a civil servant based in London but as a project manager for his department he also works from home. Locally he is chairman of the Play Park Committee and is heavily involved in the current Play Park refurbishment programme. “My involvement with the Play Park has given me an insight into village life and working with the community. This has been challenging at times but ultimately I have found it to be thoroughly rewarding. I would like to continue this community spirit whilst trying to narrow the perceived gap between one end of the village and the other. Living in Catherine’s Well gives me the opportunity to listen to local residents concerns and wishes whilst relaying this to the Parish Council to help narrow the divide”.
David Cocking lives on the edge of the Abbey estate and has been back home permanently in Milton Abbas for the last 3 years. Mostly he has worked abroad in the oil industry; 30 years plus with B.P. He says that he and his wife Jill, are now semi-retired and are both much enjoying life in the parish. Why has he offered to sit as a parish councillor? “It is much to do” he says, “with living abroad. Here most of us take for granted some of the precious aspects of life in the U.K. If you live here they are all around us and we really don’t notice. But when viewed from afar it is then that certain aspects of British culture stand out as being unique. It is those benefits that I would like to nurture and help conserve now that I am home again”.
For most of my career I have worked for the Prison Service and over the years have acquired negotiating skills learned in difficult situations. This experience might I think stand me in good stead as a parish councillor! I have now in addition, a small computer that helps me run Steeptonbill Farm and its associated Farm shop. On a day to day basis, I am made very aware of the issues and concerns that confront the people of Milton Abbas. I believe I will have a positive impact on village activities as I always try to approach problems with a down to earth and rational outlook. It will be a great pleasure to be of service to the village.
I have lived in Milton Abbas for the past 17 years and in Dorset for 40 years and for the past 10 years I have been a parish councillor. I welcome all the new councillors joining us. I am sure it will bring new ideas and opportunities for the village. I urge all parishioners to help make it a successful term by participating in the PC meetings and giving us all your views and concerns. We are lucky to live in such a unique location, but we must also ensure that conservation is balanced with the modern day requirements of families who choose to live here.
I have a 1 year old daughter, Amelia, and have lived in the village for 3 years with my wife Susan. I passionately believe in going beyond simply following procedure and “doing things right” by “doing the right thing”. Through my recent listed building and planning applications I have the skills to draw up, read and visualise these applications, surveys and drawings. I will always welcome questions, comments and constructive criticism.