Paul Amor (Discloseable Pecuniary Interest Form)
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.”
David Cocking (Discloseable Pecuniary Interest Form)
David Cocking moved to his home on the edge of the Abbey estate in 1992. During his career with a large multi-national company he and his family spent much of their time overseas before David retired back to Milton Abbas in 2015. 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 UK. If you live here they are all around us but we often don’t notice. But when viewed from afar it is only then that certain aspects of British culture and heritage stand out as being unique and of great value. It is those aspects that I would like to nurture and help conserve now that I am home again”. I am also finding it an excellent way to get to know some great people in the village and it is rewarding to be able to help where I can. The skills that David brings to the parish council are those developed throughout his career in senior leadership and management roles.
Stuart Driver (Discloseable Pecuniary Interest Form)
Stuart Driver moved in to Milton Abbas in Sep 2019, having joined Cobham Mission Systems (Wimborne) as a Programme Director in early 2018. He is married to Paula, and they have 2 adult daughters. Stuart started his career as an Aerospace Engineering Apprentice with the MOD and worked alongside Royal Air Force and Royal Navy colleagues for the next 20 years, progressing through a number of Engineering and Project Management roles. Transferring to the Private Sector in 2009, he worked as an Aerospace Programme Manager for GE Sensing in Leicester, then as the Operations Manager for Westinghouse Rail in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Returning to Aerospace, he now heads up the Engineering Operations and Project Management Office functions at Cobham, providing support and governance across a number of development projects. Outside of work, Stuart is a keen photographer, woodturner and an appalling guitarist…
“Paula and I actively sought out a more peaceful, rural home life when we moved from Chippenham. We absolutely love living in Milton Abbas and feel privileged to be part of the local community. I personally wanted to be a part of the Parish Council in the hope that my background, enthusiasm and practical skills could be of use to the community – plus I am keen to help preserve the village’s evident charm and history”
Kirsty Finlayson (Discloseable Pecuniary Interest Form)
Kirsty is a financial and professional risks solicitor and in her spare time takes a keen interest in public service, having stood for parliament twice, been a school governor and volunteered as an Army Reservist. Kirsty is an experienced campaigner and currently volunteers for 50:50 Parliament, an organisation which encourages women to stand for public office. She is also passionate about the environment and is currently studying towards an MSc in Biodiversity & Conservation.
Steve Gould (Discloseable Pecuniary Interest Form)
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 12 years during which time I chaired three Street Fairs.
Coordinator for Milton Abbas Neighbourcar – a volunteer car scheme that takes people to medical appointments.
I have been advising the Parish Council on transport issues for the last couple of years.
I bring a range of organising and administrative skills to the Council and a desire to deliver on promises.
Tom Ives (Discloseable Pecuniary Interest Form)
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.
Tayab Khandwala (Discloseable Pecuniary Interest Form)
Tayab moved to Milton Abbas in July 2016 with his wife, Arabella and has 2 young children, Rafan and Ayala. Prior to living in the village, the family lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the last 11 years where he worked for Toyota Tanzania in a Management role. Since moving back to the UK, Tayab has continued his career in the motor trade and is a Head of Business for Heritage Automotive Ltd. Tayab is also a passionate cricket fan and one day aspires to restore a cricket team in the village, (even if it is for one game a season). He is qualified cricket coach and runs a local under-9’s team, “Having a sense of community was a huge part of choosing to move to Milton Abbas, I hope the combination of my business skills and desire to make our village an even more friendly, engaged and safe community will enable me to serve the Parish Council well.’
Rowan Woodhouse (Discloseable Pecuniary Interest Form)
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.