Swanton Morley Parish Councillors
Swanton Morley Parish Council is made up of nine Parish Councillors, who have been democratically elected (or subsequently co-opted) onto the Council to make policy decisions about the way the village is run and about how a proportion of your council tax (known as our precept) is spent. Your current councillors are:
Roger Atterwill - Chairman
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Special Responsibilities: common lands, highways street furniture, SAM2 signs. Member of Personnel Working Group, Finance and Governance Working Group and CASM (Climate Action for Swanton Morley). Mardler delivery.
I have lived in Swanton Morley for most of my life. From an early age I have loved the village and all it has to offer in terms of its amenities, community and surrounding beautiful countryside.
For my day job, I run our small family electrical contracting business based here in the village. Along with my wife, Helen we raised our family here and I first became involved in community life with the village playgroup, now known as Little Swans, of which I was the Chairman for a number of years.
In the years prior to me joining the Parish Council I was aware of a need to improve and add to the amenities, services and infrastructure in the village. This resulted in me working with a group of dedicated volunteers to produce the 2004 Village Appraisal, which helped to shape Parish Council planning and policy making in subsequent years.
Since I became chairman of the Parish Council in 2006 there have been a great many changes in our village. I am proud of a number of community projects undertaken during this time, including the refurbishment of the Gooseberry Hill playing field, the construction of a new Pre-school facility at the village hall, securing the future of the village hall when it was in danger of closure in 2011 and more recently the completion of the Neighbourhood Plan.
I am also a Breckland District Councillor for the Lincoln Ward which includes Swanton Morley
Brenda O'Dowd - Vice-chairman & Councillor
Special Responsibilities: volunteer scheme, Swanton Morley Surgery liaison. Member of Personnel Working Group and Finance and Governance working group. Mardler delivery.
Hello, I am Brenda O’Dowd, originally from Manchester but now living in Swanton Morley. Formally an accountant and IS project manager, I was fortunate to have travelled and worked all over the world. I am retired now and do exam invigilating at a nearby school. I also do voluntary work and, last year, had the unique privilege of leading the successful village festival. For fun, I am an amateur musician, playing the flugel and the cornet in 2 brass bands. My husband and I love bird watching and nature in general and we have explored the world learning to identify different species. As Vice-chair of your Parish Council my goal is to work together with my fellow councillors to serve this community and to help the Council to make decisions on behalf of our community.
John Keen - Councillor
Special Responsibilities: open spaces and recreation grounds, internal control checks. Member of Finance and Governance Working Group. Mardler delivery.
I have lived In The village for 13 years married to a Norfolk Girl and raised our son here until he moved on to university in London training to be a vet. I have been on the council for 6 years in charge of playgrounds. I feel very strongly about the the village having its own identity and am very proud of the community we have here.
Geoffrey Curran - Councillor
Special Responsibilities: churchyard and burial ground. Member of Personnel Working Group, Finance and Governance Working Group and CASM (chair) (Climate Action for Swanton Morley). Mardler delivery.
We moved to Swanton Morley in 2015 when I took up the role of Service Operations Manager in the Cellular Pathology department at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, the department has a workforce of about 120 with a budget of £6 million. I now work as a Consultant Biomedical Scientist and Pathway Manager for the cervical screening service in the East of England. I am a member of the government’s Cervical Screening Advisory Panel, and a laboratory assessor for the UK Accreditation Service.
I am currently a foundation governor for the village school and a member of the parochial church council for All Saints’.
I was co-opted onto the Parish Council in 2016 and then elected in 2019. I have been a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee and I am a member of the Climate Action Swanton Morley (CASM) group.
Apart from regularly attending Parish Council meetings as a councillor for Swanton Morley I also prepare monthly reports on the burial ground and churchyard and assist in delivering the Mardler.
David Turner - Councillor
Special Responsibilities: allotments, Community Speed Watch scheme.
I moved to Swanton Morley 30 years ago and now live here with my Wife & Son, when I have a bit of spare time I can be found fly or coarse fishing, working on my small holding or keeping my old landrover on the road.
I joined the Parish Council in July 2019, so fairly new and still learning my responsibilities as a Councillor, I am very passionate about Swanton Morley and want to keep it as a village, a pleasant and safe environment to live and raise a family.
Since joining I have become a member of the following groups: Swanton Morley Allotment and Recreational Trust and the Village Speed Reduction Team.
Mr Ian Cawdron - Councillor
Special Responsibilities: streetlights, internal control checks. Member of CASM (Climate Action for Swanton Morley). Mardler delivery.
I’m a former member of the Royal Air Force and have lived in Swanton Morley since 1993. Since leaving the Airforce, I’ve worked with BAE Systems based at RAF Marham and with Lotus at Hethel. Although I’m now semi-retired, I continue working for Lotus and at a garage in Wymondham.
I joined the Parish Council in July 2019 and I’m keen to help ensure that the village remains a nice place to live and is enjoyed by all residents. I’ve been actively involved in the Swanton Morley climate change action group and am pleased to be part of a great team of committed councillors.
Mr Jim Venworth
Special Responsibilities: village pathways.
I moved to Norfolk in 1981 and apart from a period of 5 years spent in the Lake District, I have remained in the county, mostly in the nearby village of Foxley. In 2015 we bought a bungalow in Woodgate and spent many months renovating and extending it. We moved into the completed property in 2019.
I am now fully retired, but for over 20 years was employed as a Motor Engineer Assessor for a well-known Insurance Company before setting up my own business following redundancy in 2004.
My wife Carole lived in Thompson Close in Swanton Morley for a number of years in the 1970’s, attending the local primary school and has a particular attachment to the village.
Although only recently co-opted onto the Parish Council, I hope to be able to support the other council members in their ongoing efforts to improve local services and represent the community.
To ensure full transparency of decisions, councillors have all declared what items they could be discussing in which they have a pecuniary (financial) interest. The register of interests for each councillor, is held by Breckland District Council. Swanton Morley Parish Council has also adopted its own code of conduct, by which councillors must abide.