Your Witham St Hughs Councillors
Here to help and orchestrate the running of your village
Cllr Karen Harrison is the current Chairperson of the parish council. Karen works full time as a project manager in the telecommunications industry, a career that takes her all around the UK. Nevertheless, Karen devotes a tremendous amount of time to parish council business and has been a pivotal member since 2011. She also has a seat on the Village Hall Entertainments Committee (VHEC) which works to organise fantastic events for the community including the annual Beer Fest, Bonfire Night and other functions over the festive period. Being the Chairperson, a member of the VHEC and in full time employment, most of her free time is spent on working for the residents of Witham St Hughs. Karen cites a first-class team of councillors with a variety of skills that enable her to strike a good work/life balance with the council. Karen takes a keen interest in the provision of quality community and leisure facilities in the village especially with Phase 3 looming. Over the past 4 or 5 years, the developers have made certain commitments and promises to the parish council and Karen would like to continue to work to ensure these come to fruition and are not forgotten. You’ll often see Karen working behind the bar at the Village Hall whether on Friday Bar Nights or on community events in general. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandson and walking around the village that she loves and one which she is immensely proud of.
Jason SnapeVice Chairman
Cllr Jason Snape is the youngest member of the parish council and also serves as the Vice Chairman. Jason has lived in the village since 2013 and joined the parish council in order to take a more active interest in the community. A serving member of the RAF, Jason has studied Pashto and Arabic and has deployed to various locations around the world including Afghanistan and more recently, Iraq. His passion for our community is evident in council meetings and he is an advocate of strong and positive community engagement, helping to promote what the council does for the village. Jason doesn’t shy away from tough questions from residents and believes firmly that improved dialogue between residents and the council helps to promote transparency and understanding. Since joining the council, Jason has worked pro-actively on much-needed repairs to our play parks even adding extra equipment despite the challenges with budgets. Due to the diverse nature of his job role within the Armed Forces, Jason has a broad skill set and is more than accustomed to leadership, decision making and problem solving. In his spare time, Jason enjoys days out with his two children, the gym and studying languages.
Cllr Tony Young is a mobile lift engineer and ex-member of the RAF. He has lived in the village for 14 years with his wife and two children who are 16 and 13. An active member of the community, he prides himself on his honesty and integrity and joined the parish council to help work towards great amenities for everyone of all ages in the village. As the village carries on growing and the parish council adopt more areas, Tony would like to see the maintenance and upkeep of the village remain at the highest standard possible. In his spare time, he manages the Sherwood Wolf Hunt RFLC under 16s team as well as the Midlands under 16s RFL development team. Due to his passion for sports, he is an advocate of more teams being set up in the village and feels that parish council support for this is vital. Alongside sports, Tony’s favourite things to do are keeping fit and spending time with the family.
Cllr Roger Linnell lives with his wife, 10 year old son and 2 dogs and moved into Witham St Hughs just under 9 years ago. He has worked for the ambulance service for over 30 years, a career that saw him transfer to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance as a paramedic in his 20th year of service. Roger is passionate about road safety and is an advocate of the safeguarding of the children in the village. Roger joined the parish council because he firmly believes that the village is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. The parish council is forward thinking when it comes to improved development of the village and Roger plays a vital role in this, looking into the proposed super-park in Phase 3. He is also a supporter of local business and believes that the village thrives off it. When not at work or working alongside the parish council, you’ll often see Roger walking his dogs around his village. He enjoys spending time at home with his family and the odd beer down at the Market Lounge.
Nicola GreenParish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer
Mrs Nicola Green is the parish clerk, a role that establishes her as the Proper Officer and Responsible Finance Officer of the parish council. Nicola’s duties include anything and everything from minute and agenda writing, to invoicing and processing correspondence from residents. The role of parish clerk is intrinsic to a fully-functioning parish council and is highly demanding. Nicola has to draw on her organisational skills and attention to detail in order to interpret legislation, manage council assets on a daily basis and prepare finances at year end for auditing. Nicola moved into Witham St Hughs with her husband Tony 13 years ago and has been married to him for 15 years. They live with their daughter, 8 and son, 5. Away from the office, Nicola runs her own dress making business from home and loves to spend time with her family. She also has a penchant for foreign holidays and fine wine!