Community Councillors

Jon Watts

Jon Watts

Chairman - Bassaleg Ward

07757081201

j.watts@graigcc.co.uk

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Biography: Jon, a proud resident of Newport, hails from Bassaleg and is an alumnus turned Community Governor at Bassaleg School. After an extensive period living and working in the United States and various parts of the UK, he returned to Bassaleg in 2010 with his wife and two children, both of whom received their education at Pentrepeoth Primary and Bassaleg School. With a professional background spanning Banking, Finance and Information Technology, Jon has held diverse roles encompassing Operations Management, Product Management, Project Management, Customer Experience and Customer Success. His broad spectrum of interests includes Music, Film and Television, Photography, Design, Architecture and Technology. A dedicated reader of crime and thriller fiction, graphic novels and literature related to his professional expertise, Jon strongly believes in the value of giving back. As a co-opted Councillor, he is committed to making a positive impact in the Graig Community.

Matthew Cleeve

Matthew Cleeve

Vice Chairman - Bassaleg Ward

m.cleeve@graigcc.co.uk

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Biography:  Matthew Cleeve originates from Tiverton Devon.  He is married with two children (both attended Bassaleg School).  Having moved to South Wales in 1986, he lived in Thornhill, Caerphilly and Bassaleg (for the last 20+ years).  After an extensive career in the commercial scientific industry, Matthew retired in 2021.  Business activities included product development and launch, marketing campaigns and commercial client agreements. Interests include travel, rugby/cricket and photography. Matthew is a Bassaleg Allotment holder.  Having retired three years ago, it is now time to give something back to the community. 

 

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.

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.

John Harris

John Harris

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

01633 893346

j.harris@graigcc.co.uk

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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.

Jacqueline Roe

Councillor - Bassaleg Ward

j.roe@graigcc.co.uk

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Keith Sayer

Keith Sayer

Councillor - Rhiwderin Ward

07970 015549

k.sayer@graigcc.co.uk

Council Committees: Graig Hall Management Committee, Rhiwderin 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.

Nathan Tarr

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.

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City Councillors

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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