Our Councillors
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Councillor Rob Savidge (Chair)

I have lived in Kniveton for over 14 years and I have been a member of Kniveton Parish council for over 2 years.

 I have also been a school governor for over 30 years, including Chair for over 10 years at a large primary school in Derby.  I am currently Chair of governors at Kniveton Primary School.

 I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society, with over 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry.

 I am married with 4 children and I enjoy sailing, golf and DIY.

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Councillor John Bradbury

 

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Councillor Rhoda Barnett (Vice Chair)

I moved to Kniveton in 2007 from Berkshire after my husband retired. He was born and brought up in Belper, so we knew Derbyshire well. We really like living here. I am a part-time self-employed public rights of way consultant, so I have an especial interest and knowledge of the public paths in and around Kniveton. I have been a member of the parish council since 2015. Living on Main Street, I am concerned about traffic speed and noise, and have worked hard to find measures to deal with these problems. Other issues which contribute to the quality of life in Kniveton, including the village environment and climate change, are of concern to me, and I hope that by working with the parish council we can make living in Kniveton even better.

 

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Councillor Keith Simmonds






 

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Councillor Gill Bates

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Councillor Michele Wrigley

Mother of one daughter and living in Derbyshire all my life, we settled in Ashbourne 25 years ago. As a qualified accountant, my family company has ran a holiday let & property business for over 20 years in the local area. Encouraging tourism into the area and supporting the local small businesses, has always been a high priority for me. 

 

COUNCILLORS

The Role of a Councillor

 

They are elected to represent the interest of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected Councillors depends on the size of the area, in Kniveton we are able to have NNNNNNNNNNNNNN Councillors.

 

Local Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'Local Council' is synonymous with ' Parish Council, 'Town Council' and 'Community Council'.

 

Local Councils are made up of locally  elected Councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least four meetings a year.  Most meet on a monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents.  District and County Councillors regularly attend parish meetings and report at the Annual Parish meeting. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.​

Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct, a set of rules on how Councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their financial interests in the parish, details of which are kept by the District Council.

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Kath Gruber (Clerk)

I joined the Council as Parish Clerk in April 2017. I bring a wide ranging skill set from Local and National Government roles I've held. I have a grown up daughter and a beautiful granddaughter and live with my husband, Jason, in Newton Derbyshire.

Born Hoylake, WirraL. Educated at Grammar School in Epsom, Surrey. Graduated in Chemical Engineering at Swansea University. Ran my own business in medical Equipment from 1981 until I sold it in 2019. Married for 39 years. Have lived in Derbyshire since 1976. Moved to Kniveton in 2020, became Parish Councillor in Kniveton in 2021. As I live on Main Street, I have contributed to the  efforts from the Parish Council to control  the excessive speeding and noise in the village, often from motor bikes, and will continue to do so. Enjoy walking our dogs around the location, and take part in community activities such as ringing the Church Bells and Singing and playing the Guitar and Harmonica in the Red Lion as and when required