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Romsley Councillors

About me

I have lived in Romsley since May 2012, I am married and have a young family.

Having worked in Quality Management and Business Improvement for 20 years, I am a consultant Programme and Project Manager. I run my own business as a consultant working with blue chip companies to deliver key strategic projects.

I was born and brought up in Wolverhampton and always dreamed of living somewhere such as Romsley. I feel immensely proud and lucky to live in our beautiful parish and enjoy walking, running and cycling in the area.

I am looking forward to getting to know our parishioners and consulting with them in the way our funds are spent. I want to be involved in our community to help to bring transparency in our dealings and to utilise as many methods of communication as possible to keep everyone in the parish informed of what we have done and what we intend to do. I am keen to help to build a vibrant community for everyone – young and old, and have some fun along the way…

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About me

I am a Cost Consultant and Project Manager, working within the construction industry for over 26 years, holding the position of Company Director, for the past 18 years.

My working experience has involved engaging with a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors. These include Local Councils, large Housing and Social Care Organisations, School Governors through to Banks and Premier League Football Clubs. This diversity of Clients, with budgets ranging from several thousand to in excess of £200 million, has required an ability to adapt and deliver, to each Clients specific requirements with a high level of accountability.

I have a keen interest in the history and heritage of our Country, supporting the National Trust.

I also have a love of rural affairs which I enjoy through walking and mountaineering. In particular the many walks from the village itself, through the surrounding countryside and the neighbouring Clent Hills – all of which I have enjoyed since childhood. I support both access and conservation of our countryside through membership of the British Mountaineering Council.

I was born, raised and educated in the Halesowen area – moving to Romsley in 1995

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I love Romsley and I’m very proud to live here. After a difficult day at work I feel really privileged to live in such a beautiful place and despite making the journey many times I can always feel the stresses of the day disappear as I drive up Romsley hill. I particularly like spring in the Parish, with the fresh green foliage emerging on the trees, the lengthening nights, the wonderful chorus of the birds at dusk and the bats flying their acrobatic dance around the garden.

In my professional life I am a senior member of the Civil service with the Highways Agency. I am responsible for many aspects of managing our motorways and major roads. I am a Political Economist by profession and believe very strongly in efficient and high quality public services. To me every pound of taxpayers money matters and everybody in public or elected office must be transparent and accountable for the money they spend and the decisions they make.

I live in Dark Lane with my wife Jane and our young family. My wife is a primary school teacher and my daughter has just started at St Kenelm’s School, so I am very interested in education and ensuring every child gets the best start they can. We have lived in the parish for the past 8 years and have enjoyed every moment.

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About me
I am Lesley Gray and I moved into Romsley in 1987. I am a retired teacher and spent my career teaching secondary aged pupils in an inner-city Birmingham school, an outdoor pursuits centre in Sharpness, Gloucestershire and in a school for pupils with Special Educational Needs. I am a committed member of the Parish Council and work proactively to further the best interests of Romsley residents as a community.

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Following a period of three years in China, my wife Sue and me moved to Romsley in 2000 and recommenced working for Sandvik Ltd in the UK.
As a cutting tool engineer with Sandvik for over thirty-five years, I operated in major Automotive, Aerospace and mechanical engineering companies in the UK, Europe and beyond.
The major focus was on the improvement of the customer’s production processes, solving technical problems and introducing more modern technology, to improve their productivity.

During my working life, I enjoyed various management roles, engaging with different teams of people, from the shop floor to the senior executive level. In the latter stages of my career, I was responsible for the technical training programmes for our engineers and customer personnel.

Originally from Merseyside, I appreciate most sports and enjoyed a long career in Rugby Union Football, retiring finally at aged 48.
For the past six years, I have held the position of Facilities Director at Stourbridge Rugby Club with overall responsibility for the grounds and infrastructure.
Keeping fit for Sue and me means early starts with three Labrador dogs, and being members of the National Trust and the RSPB maintains our interest in the countryside, its development and protection.
Romsley with its wide diversity and rural environment fulfils that desire and ambition – we are here to stay.

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Jack Strain<br />Councillor

Jack Strain

About me

I am currently a university student studying Computing and I have lived in Romsley all of my life. I joined the council after involvement with the Romsley Fibre project, and I am looking forward to working together with my fellow councillors to make a positive difference to the parish and beyond. I also hope to bring my technology skills to the council and assist with the transition to remote working and maintaining effective digital communication.
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