Community Councillors

Sian Davies

Sian Davies

Clerk to the Council

01633 614119/07971 094382

clerk@graigcc.co.uk

Biography:


Sian Davies became Clerk to the Council in 2007, having previously worked for 22 years with a local company as a Finance & Payroll Manager. Originating from Risca, and after spending 25 years in the Blackwood area, she returned to her home town in 2003. Married with grown up twin Daughters, her interests include art & crafting, reading and DIY.

Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Chairman - Rhiwderin Ward

07954 544845

01633 896892

p.gregory@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: City & Community Council Liaison Committee, Allotments Committee, Finance & Administration Committee (Chair), Pentrepoeth School Governor
Working Groups: Events & Social Group
Political Affiliation: None
Biography: Paul Gregory has been a Community Councillor since 2011 and is currently serving his seventh year as Chairman. Paul has lived in Rhiwderin since 1989 and is retired after 40 years in the civil service, the last 20 years as Head of Estates and Training at the IPO (Patent Office). In his spare time Paul enjoys DIY, gardening, all forms of sport and his Westie called Isla.

John Harris

John Harris

Vice Chairman - Bassaleg Ward

01633 893346

j.harris@graigc.co.uk

Council Committees: Graig Community Hall Management Committee, Rogerstone & Bassaleg Joint Burial Board Committee (Chair), Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Technologies Group, Events & Social Group
Political Affiliation: Welsh Labour Party
Biography: John Harris is a retired health worker and has lived in Bassaleg since 1985, and joined the Community Council in 2011 as he wished to contribute to his community. He is an allotment holder and bee-keeper, and is a school governor for Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyn in Pontypool. He is a Welsh language learner and his interests include Welsh folk dancing at which he has represented Wales in several different countries.

Patricia Appleton

Patricia Appleton

Councillor - Rhiwderin Ward

01633 892775

p.appleton@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Graig Community Hall Management Committee, Rhiwderin Community Centre Management Committee, City & Community Council Liaison Committee, Finance & Administration Committee, Pentrepoeth School Governor, One Voice Wales Representative
Working Groups: Play Areas Group, Horticultural Group, Technologies Group, Fundraising Group, Events & Social Group
Political Affiliation: Conservative Party
Biography: Councillor Appleton has lived in Rhiwderin since 1998. She is married with 2 grown up children and works part time for Cardiff University. She was an active campaigner for the pedestrian crossing outside the Friendly Fox in order to provide a safer route to school for children which has gone on to provide a much needed safe crossing for everybody on this very busy main road. She is very passionate about the area in which she lives and will do her best to ensure the community continues to thrive. Councillor Appleton joined the council in September 2015.

Joan Bailey

Joan Bailey

Councillor - Rhiwderin Ward

j.bailey@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Graig Community Hall Management Committee, Rhiwderin Community Centre Management Committee, Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Horticultural Group
Political Affiliation: None
Biography: Joan has lived in Rhiwderin since the mid 1970's. She is married and worked in the Civil Service for more than 40 years before her retirement.

Raymond Caston

Raymond Caston

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

01633 891419

Council Committees: Allotment Committee, Rogerstone & Bassaleg Joint Burial Board Committee, Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Fundraising Group
Political Affiliation: None
Biography: Ray Caston is a long-standing Community Councillor, and a resident of Bassaleg all his life. A retired Industrial Chemist, his interests include railways and local and military history.

Donald B Evans

Donald B Evans

Councillor - Rhiwderin Ward

01633 893070

Council Committees: Graig Community Hall Management Committee, Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Events & Social Group
Political Affiliation: Labour Party
Biography: Don Evans was born in Crosskeys and was secretary to Crosskeys Rugby Club for 17 years. He has lived in Rhiwderin since 1968 and worked at Alcan for 42 years as an engineer. Now retired, Don has been a member of Graig Community Council since 1995.

Laurence Fry

Laurence Fry

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

01633 895895

l.fry@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Graig Community Hall Management Committee, Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Play Areas Group
Political Affiliation: None
Biography: Laurence Fry has lived in Bassaleg since 1979 with his Wife Eileen. His hobbies and interests include antique furniture restoration, gardening, fishing, model aircraft and caravanning.

William (Bill) Haigh

William (Bill) Haigh

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

01633 893693

Council Committees: Rhiwderin Community Centre Management Committee, Allotment Committee, Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Fundraising Group
Political Affiliation: None
Biography: Bill Haigh has lived in Bassaleg since 1962 where he raised a family of two sons. His local knowledge of the area is quite extensive. He joined the Community Council in 2004 and served until 2010, then again from 2012 to date. His interests are fly fishing, being a chorister with Risca Male Voice Choir and he is a member of Bethesda Baptist Church.

John Jones

John Jones

Councillor - Lower Machen Ward

07769 656623

j.jones@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Finance & Administration Committee (Chair), Pentrepoeth School Governor, Bassaleg School Governor
Working Groups: To be agreed

Political Affiliation: Conservative 

Biography: John Jones grew up on the east side of Newport, but later headed west. After spending some years in Rogerstone, he returned to his family roots in Bassaleg in 2014. His forefather worked at Tredegar House as Head Games Keeper for the Morgan family, so his family was given accommodation on Forge Road and they remained in the area until the 1950s. He is married with 3 sons who all attended the local schools and has 2 dogs and 4 cats. He is a local business owner who engages with over a hundred workers across Newport on a regular basis. He believes this has benefitted him in reaching out to the community. John is a Local Authority Governor for both Pentrepoeth Primary and Bassaleg High Schools and aspires to help the schools achieve their ambitions and goals for the good of every child and staff member; believing it is key that schools are supported in the correct and appropriate manner. He is very focused on Graig's needs and living in the ward he sees and understands the issues faced every day. He strives to keep these issues in focus and provide betterment to the community. 

Keith Sayer

Keith Sayer

Councillor - Rhiwderin Ward

07970 015549

k.sayer@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Graig Hall Management CommitteeRhiwderin Community Centre Management Committee, Allotment Committee, Finance & Administration Committee, One Voice Wales Representative
Working Groups: Play areas Group, Horticultural Group
Political Affiliation: None
Biography: Keith Sayer spent his early childhood in Rhiwderin, moving to Bassaleg when he was 9 years old. He has been a Community Councillor since 2003. He cares passionately for the ward and hopes to serve the community for many years to come. His interests include gardening and he has held an allotment in Rhiwderin since 2000.

Marje Smart

Marje Smart

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

m.smart@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Graig Community Hall Management Committee, Allotment Committee (Chair), Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Horticultural Group (Chair), Events & Social Group
Political Affiliation: None
Biography: Marje Smart has lived in Bassaleg since 1974, and has been a Councillor since 2005. She retired early after many years working in I.T. allowing her time to pursue her interest in the history of the village as well as current day activities and working on her own website www.bassaleg.com

Nathan Tarr

Nathan Tarr

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

07913 962742

n.tarr@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: City & Community Council Liaison Committee, Rogerstone & Bassaleg Joint Burial Committee, Finance & Administration Committee, St Basil's Church Representative
Working Groups: Events & Social Group, Consultations Review Panel
Political Affiliation: Welsh Liberal Democrat Party
Biography: Nathan Tarr is currently Graig Community Council's youngest Councillor, and to the best of our knowledge the first diagnosed Autistic Member. He has lived in Bassaleg since 2002, moving from Rogerstone with his family. First elected in May 2017, Nathan has a "let's get stuck in" approach to helping with community and campaign issues. When not campaigning for the Welsh Liberal Democrats, he enjoys travelling on trains and buses and taking photos of the places he visits.

Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

01633 897090

j.taylor@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Finance & Administration Committee, Representative for St Basil's Church
Working Groups: Play Areas Group, Horticultural Group, Events & Social Group
Political Affiliation: Conservative 
Biography: Jeff Taylor has lived in Bassaleg since 1951. He is married with 3 grown up Daughters. He retired in 2009 from the post of Technical Sales Director. He is a member of St Basil's Church, sits on the Parochial Council and is the Secretary of the Rhiwderin Clay Pidgeon Shooting Club.

Keith Thomas

Keith Thomas

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

01633 896327

keith-thomas2@sky.com

Council Committees: Graig Community Hall Management Committee, Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Play Areas Group, Fundraising Group
Political Affiliation: None
Biography: Councillor Thomas was born in Tonypandy in the Rhondda and left college in the late 1950's to train as a plumber. In the early 1960's he began work on the railways in the Traffic Department, then as a Police Officer and finally as an Operations Manager, retiring in 2002. He now works part time as an invigilator for Coleg Gwent. He lived in Risca from the 1960's and married in 1972, he has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He moved to Bassaleg in 1985 when he built his own home. Cllr Thomas has always been very community minded and took the opportunity to join Council in March 2017 when he was able to devote time to the role.

Andrina Whitfield

Andrina Whitfield

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

01633 894864

a.whitfield@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Rhiwderin Community Centre Management Committee, City & Community Council Liaison Committee, Allotment Committee, Finance & Administration Committee
Working Groups: Technologies Group, Fundraising Group
Political Affiliation: Independent
Biography: Andrina Whitfield has lived in Bassaleg since 1975. She is married with 2 Daughters. Andrina was first elected as a Community Councillor in 1983 after being concerned about the lack of facilities in the area. She was instrumental in obtaining funding for the Graig Community Hall extension in 1998.

City Councillors

The Community Council has a very good relationship with our City Councillors. They regularly attend Community Council meetings and help us to raise awareness of local issues with the City Council. Likewise, they also bring important City Council issues affecting the local area to the Community Council's attention. They assist with funding projects, get involved with finding solutions for local issues and are a vital link between the Community and City Councils.

John Jones City Councillor

City Councillor John Jones
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david williams

City Councillor David Williams
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