At the inaugural General Meeting held on the 20th November 2016 a total of 19 people put themselves forward to form the Steering Group. This group of local residents are now responsible for developing our Neighbourhood Plan and are working hard on behalf of the Forum.
The Steering Group is made up of the following members:
Richard Hutchinson (Chair): I am 43 and have lived in Toton since 2010. I am married and have 2 daughters who are 16 and 14 of which both attend George Spencer Academy. I am a business consultant in the ruggedised telecommunications field and work across Europe and the Middle East. I have a background in Engineering and Project Management and now run a sales development company in the technology sector. I have a strong interest in preserving the community we live in and ensuring that any future development enhances our community and does not detract from its popularity. With this in mind I wanted to become involved in the Neighbourhood forum to help try to shape and guide the development of the area with a particular focus on the redevelopment of the Barracks site as and when the MOD vacate. By building the right relationships with key people, the Neighbourhood forum will have the ability to influence the future development of the area.
Nicola Lamplough ( Vice Chair): I’m 45 and I have lived in the Chilwell and Toton area for over 20 years. I have two children aged fifteen and thirteen who attend George Spencer Academy. I have worked in HR for twenty-seven years, in a variety of roles, latterly more focused on team development, facilitation and coaching. I worked for over twenty years at Boots and now almost four years with Experian – both big, local employers. I currently live on the Chilwell Meadows estate and my son has played football for Toton Tigers for almost ten years. The home ground is on the Barracks. My son’s team is coached by two members of the army, based at the Barracks. I think this a great area to live, with lots of well established community activities available, like my son’s football team. The changes to the use of the land will have a big impact on the current infrastructure and potentially, the quality of life for local residents and their families. I’m passionate about ensuring we influence any plans as much as we can to ensure we can get the best outcome possible for all local residents.
Graham Heal (Treasurer): I was brought up in the West Country and moved to Nottingham in the mid Seventies. My wife and I moved to Attenborough in the mid Nineties and then to Toton just over 3 years ago. My wife is originally from Toton, and her mother still lives in the same home they purchased when it was first built in the 1950s. I spent most of my working life with Royal Mail starting off in Nottingham as a postman before going on to develop a career in IT. I left Royal Mail 10 years ago and worked for a few years for The Wildlife Trusts, in Newark before finally retiring 4 years ago. Besides the Neighbourhood Forum I’m also closely involved with other local community groups, in particular, the Beeston Growers, a Community Garden in Beeston.
Ben Standing (Legal Counsellor): I am 34 and have lived in Toton for 3 years. Prior to that I lived in Long Eaton, Birmingham and Portsmouth. I am a planning and environmental solicitor working for Browne Jacobson LLP in Nottingham. I am married and have a 7 month year old daughter called Eve. I am concerned about the effect of the proposed redevelopment of the area, including the Barracks on the character of the neighbourhood. I chose to live in Toton due to the excellent schools and easy access to green space and I hope that forming a neighbourhood plan will help to protect these. I understand that the neighbourhood planning process can be long difficult process and I am committed to helping secure the best outcome for the community.
Norman Lewis MBE: I have lived in Toton for over 60 years and worked locally for half my working life in commercial horticulture. In the 1950s, I was involved in the Derbyshire Youth Service and in organising Further Education classes in Long Eaton. For the last twenty years of my working life, I was Principle Conservation Officer at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. During this time, I was also a governor at Brackenhurst Agricultural College for several years. Since my retirement in 1995 I have continued to pursue my interests in a voluntary capacity and during this time I was very honoured to be awarded an MBE for my work in conservation in the county. My interests include: local history, natural history, ecology and I have a detailed knowledge of both Toton and Nottinghamshire.
David Lovett: I’m 57 and married with four grown up children. I have lived in Chilwell since 1989 and our children all went to local schools in the area. My wife is a nurse working in Nottingham. I’m a hospital pharmacist and have worked in the NHS for 35 years, and currently work at Leicester Royal Infirmary responsible for preparing cancer chemotherapy for patients at Leicester’s Cancer Centre & Children’s Hospital. Previously I was at the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary in a similar role, and before that at various London hospitals before moving to Chilwell. I chair a national hospital pharmacy specialist interest group, and I’m also working with NHS England on two projects, one involving patient safety and the other to standardise ready to administer chemotherapy drugs. I believe the local community should be actively involved in making decisions about the local area, especially those relating to planning & development which will affect all of us living & working in the area or commuting in and out of it. As a community we shouldn’t just leave these decisions to the council, politicians, developers and other vested interests from outside the area. We all have a vested interest in how our community develops, lives and works together which is why I wanted to get involved in helping to shape our future. Without adequate consideration of the local infrastructure investment requirements and protecting our local environment, future housing and other development in the area will adversely affect us all. As a community we need to stand together, and decide together, how we want the local area to look in the future for our children and later generations to come.
Katie Stephens: I’m 25 and have lived in Chilwell for 24 years. I currently work for a livestock feed manufacturer in Leicestershire, so travelling in and out of the area is important to me. I joined the interim steering group to ensure that all views were represented and to assist in developing the future of the local area. I believe this is our chance to have a positive impact on the local area and develop a successful community forum for local residents.
Jon Gallego, 38 years old, I am originally from northern Spain and I have been living in the UK for 20 years. I am a doctor in Engineering, I have been working for Rolls-Royce for 11 years in a mix of technical, project management and people leadership roles. I moved from Manchester to Beeston in 2005 for work, my wife and I bought a house in Chilwell just over 4 years ago. Our house backs on to the base, close to Hobgoblin Wood, so -as most of our neighbours- we are really hoping that any development is done taking into consideration the views of the people who live in the area. I think that the development of the Chetwynd site can have a positive impact in the surrounding areas where we live or work; bringing new residents to the area can inject new life, sustain local businesses and attract new ones. It can also mean additional income for the Broxtowe council to pay for improved so services for us all. So it will be very important that our neighbourhood forum works hard to deliver a plan for a development that is sustainable, that is organic, that helps to keep the character of the area, that makes use of modern building techniques to deliver low impact energy efficient and affordable housing, a plan that makes provision for schools, health services, green and wildlife areas, leisure and community centres. A plan that gives importance to quality of life, a plan that makes even greater where we live, for us now and for future generations.
Colin Tideswell. 21+years old (59 years young). I have lived most of my life in Chilwell. Attended Sunnyside infant/junior school and Alderman White secondary school. Trained and worked for South Derby Health Authority. Nurse specialising in people with learning difficulty; and associated health. Mental health +pro active advocacy (community based). Spent 14 years living and working part time in Portugal (Algarve) mainly as an entertainment manager/roadie/technician before returning to England. Interests/hobbies:-playing cricket for a local team, tennis, live performing arts/music, playing guitar, enjoy being part of the Interim Chetwynd Chilwell & Toton Steering Committee.
Helen Skinner: I would like to continue my active involvement in the Forum and seek election to the Steering Group. I would hope to promote, protect and improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the Area where I have lived for over thirty years and to do my best to leave a legacy to be proud of. I offer my time, enthusiasm and willingness to listen and learn.
Teresa Dunsdon: I am in my early fifties and have lived in Chilwell for over 20 years. I am a qualified teacher with a specialism in the area of dyslexia and literacy difficulties and have recently worked on a project to develop online teaching for a leading charity. I want to be involved in the shaping of the changes that will take place across the whole of our local community, from making sure that the area is not over developed to having open green spaces and woodland that we can all enjoy.
Additional members of the Group are:
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