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Councillor Mike Smith

email: rmsmith@staffordbc.gov.uk
Ward: Woodseaves
Telephone: 01785 280 648



I was born in Stone, educated at Trentham Junior School and Longton High School in Stoke on Trent.  I served a five year student apprenticeship with English Electric and Beaconside Stafford.  I then moved to work in Manchester in Engineering Insurance.I was first elected to Stafford Borough Council in February 2002 and re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.  I was the Cabinet Member for Sport & Leisure for sixteen years  and was recently appointed Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources.  I have been a member of High Offley Parish Council for a similar period.

For many years I was a keen athlete competing for Staffordshire in the national school championships and I ran the first London Marathon.  I am a member of Newcastle Staffs Athletic Club and North Staffs Road Runners Association where I was the statistician for ten years.
I am a keen gardener and currently Vice-Chairman of the Haberdashers Arms horticultural show.  I am also interested in vintage machinery, mainly agricultural and railways, being a volunteer for a new build locomotive.
I am married with two grown-up children and four grandchildren.

Councillor Sally Celecia

email:sallycelecia@hotmail.co.uk
Ward: Shebdon
Telephone: 07929 444 332



I was born in Nairn in the Highlands of Scotland and came, at just school age, to the South to Maidenhead in Berkshire.  After attending Maidenhead High School I completed a two year bi-lingual secretarial course at the Lycee Francais in London.  Then followed various posts in a number of large London companies involving PA and translation duties finally culminating with joining British Airways.  During this period I completed 19 years in a whole variety of customer service roles at airports, BA travel shops, sales executive, call centre and then, to get my feet off the ground and see a bit more of the world, I spent the last four years flying as cabin crew shorthaul and longhaul from Gatwick Airport.  In between two periods of employment with BA I worked for ten years at Wedgwood in Marketing and Information Technology.

I have lived in Staffordshire since 1977 in Eccleshall and for over twenty-five years in High Offley.
 
My daughter and her family live in Versailles in France and the rest of the family in Spain.  My interests include being passionate about gardening and plants and I am Secretary of the Staffordshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society, a National organisation.  Going back to my roots I attend Scottish dancing regularly at the Caledonian Society in Tettenhall.  I enjoy cycling and naturally travel is one of my favourite occupations.

I feel I have a good rapport and contact with many of the local residents and because of my knowledge of the area I can empathise with their concerns and issues as they arise. I am a fairly new member of High Offley Parish Council and am very pleased to have been afforded the opportunity to be of service to our local community.

Councillor Emma Halls

email: emma_halls@hotmail.com
Ward: Woodseaves
Telephone: 01785 284 522



Born and brought up in Aberystwyth, I left Wales to study at the University of Sussex and in the United States. I started work in the telecommunications industry in 1996 and have now been with Vodafone for twenty years, where I love the dynamic and innovative environment.
 
I moved to Haughton in 2004 and lived briefly in Gnosall, before moving to Woodseaves in 2013. We chose Woodseaves for the wonderful school, beautiful scenery, and strong sense of community, providing an ideal environment to bring up our children.
 
Ade and I have six children, with the youngest three still at home with us. Our eleven-year old son has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, so we understand the challenges that living with disability can bring. We also operate a small business based in the village.
 
I am passionate about literacy in schools and am a volunteer reader at Woodseaves Academy. I am very pleased to now be able to contribute to my community in a wider sense, drawing on my skills and experiences to do so.

Councillor Roy Hockenhull

email: mailto:royhock@hotmail.com
Ward: Woodseaves
Telephone: 01785 284 273



I lived initially at a small farm at Halmer End, five miles northeast of Newcastle-under-Lyme.  After university and agricultural college I worked for eleven years on a farm near Crewe before running a council farm at Sheriffhales with my wife Sandra.

Five and a half years later we moved to The Hollies where we built up the stock numbers to 250 cows and 200 followers, which kept us very busy.  Despite this Sandra was a Councillor in High Offley for twenty years.  With her retirement from the Council and our decision to sell our herd, I became a Councillor in 2015.

We have three grown up children and have recently become grandparents.

Our joint hobbies include travel and running bars.  The latter raises money for the Village Hall and for young farmers  where with the help of others who also give their time freely, a considerable sum is raised. Keeping fit is also a priority so we attend keep-fit classes at the Village Hall and barn boot camp at The Hollies. I also try to play to play football once a week.

Councillor Donna Turpin

Email: donna.turpin0924@sky.com
Ward: Woodseaves
Telephone: 01785 280 170



I was born in Dudley and lived in the West Midlands for twenty-one years of my life.  Upon buying my first home with my soon to be husband we settled into Blackberry Way in Woodseaves.   We married from Blackberry Way and this became our family home upon the birth of both of our two children and continued to be for fifteen years.  I currently work as a Buyer in Telford for an Engineering Manufacturer; we automate systems for the likes of BMW, Muller and Tata Steels.  I have been a Buyer for the past twenty-five years; a job that I thoroughly enjoy.                     

In my personal time I like to play netball, I ran a team for four years but now play for two different teams: Gems in the Stafford League both mid-week and on Sundays and Tibberton Dynamos on Thursdays at The National Sports Centre, Lilleshall.  I also enjoy family time and working on the renovation of our current home.

I was on the committee for Woodseaves Village Hall for a number of years and have also been a Governor for Noah's Ark Pre-school, Chair of Newport Infants School PTA and Chair of Moorfield Primary School PTA.  I am currently Secretary for Burton Borough PTA.

We moved to Shebdon in 2014 taking on a renovation project to make ourselves a lovely family home which we are currently working on.  I love the area we live in, the beautiful countryside and thoroughly enjoy being part of this community.
Councillor Phil Mason

email: philmason16@outlook.com
Ward: Woodseaves
Telephone: 01785 284 610


I was born and raised on the Surrey/Kent border, leaving Fairchilds High School to attend Hadlow College of Agriculture, Tonbridge on a farm management course.  In 1976 I changed career direction into the onshore (UK & Europe) oil and gas industry where I worked, firstly on the drilling side up to Drilling Supervisor, managing a number of oil and gas exploration drilling rigs. I then progressed to a Planning and Land Management role within the same industry, which resulted in me forming my own successful company from 1990 to date.

I have lived in Woodseaves since 1982, when my wife and I moved into our cottage, which has required an enormous amount of DIY and still does! Both our sons, now in their 20's, were born and grew up in the village and have fond memories of their childhood, enjoying all that our home and surrounding countryside has to offer.

My interests include DIY (fortunately), gardening, fishing, clay shooting, travel, football, classic cars, F1, caravanning and walking.
Councillor Mark Turvey

email: mark.d.turvey@gmail.com
Ward: Woodseaves
Telephone: 01785 284 243


        
I was born in Slough, educated at Langley Grammar School and Reading college of Technology where I studied electrical and electronic engineering. I completed a three year apprenticeship with Post Office Telecoms, later to become BT and worked in Slough telephone exchange before moving to Stone to take up a role as an Engineering Instructor at the BT training Centre. After twenty-five years with BT I transferred to a Management Consultancy carrying out various roles before leaving as Associate Director of Accenture Workplace Services.

I have lived in Woodseaves since 1986, at first living on the Newport Road, before moving to the Green.

I am married with two grown up children who were born in Woodseaves and completed their early education here. My interests include DIY, walking, caravanning, playing football and motorcycling. I have previously been a committee member for Woodseaves Scouts and spent over thirteen years as Treasurer and Chairman of Woodseaves Football Club.

 I am a regular visitor to the village pub.

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