The Steering Group was extended at the AGM in February 2019. 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.
Graham Heal (Secretary): 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 over 4 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 12 years ago and worked for a few years for The Wildlife Trusts, in Newark before finally retiring 5 years ago. Besides the Neighbourhood Forum I’m also closely involved with other local community groups, in particular, Voluntary Action Broxtowe, and 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.
Denise Lewis (Treasurer) I have lived in Toton for more than 30 years and my children attended schools here. I am now retired but most of my working life has been spent in Finance and Accounting so being Treasurer is a familiar role to me. I am also a conservation volunteer at Attenborough Nature Reserve. I volunteered to be a member of the steering group as I believe that as residents we know what is important in our communities and that we should work together to influence their development. We have an opportunity to help to shape the future for our children and grandchildren.
Ian Craik: I have lived in Toton for 31 years and my daughter went to George Spencer and Bispham Drive Junior School where I am Chair of Governors. I have four grandchildren who also live in the area. Following nearly 40 years in financial services, in various roles from compliance to sales, I retired in 2013. My vision of the future is that we should embrace the inevitable changes that are coming but also one where we should try and shape them for the benefit of the area. I would like to see a community focus with Toton and the surrounding area becoming a vibrant and sustainable place to live and possibly work and not just an unimaginative dormitory.
Margaret Crittenden: I have lived in Chilwell for 37years. I am a retired teacher of biology and environmental science with two sons who attended local schools, both of whom used the local green spaces as their playgrounds. Since retirement, I have taken on an allotment, manage a scientific journal, volunteered with the Notts Wildlife Trust and am now the County Recorder for Mosses and Liverworts. I have had a life-long concern about the environment, in particular the need to give room for both wildlife and people to thrive. I am committed to ensuring that green space, for the benefit of wildlife and local people, is an important aspect of the local plan.
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.
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 60 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 38 years, currently working 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. Until recently I chaired a national hospital pharmacy specialist interest group, and have also undertaken some project work for NHS England.
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 an interest in how our community develops, lives and works together which is why I became involved with the Forum to help 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.
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.
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.
Mark Trought: I have lived in Toton & Chilwell since 1977 years working in the Telecomms Industry for Plessey/Siemens in Beeston and Marconi/Ericsson in Coventry. My three children all went to Banks Road, Bispham Drive and George Spencer. There have been significant changes in Toton & Chilwell since we moved here, but the development of Chetwynd Barracks & HS2 provides us an opportunity to enhance the Community rather than taking the simple route to just add more houses.