Ken was elected to represent Kimberley and Trowell on the County Council in 2005. He is the deputy Liberal Democrat group leader. He also represents Trowell on Broxtowe Borough Council (since 1999) and has been a member of Trowell Parish Council since 1987.
Ken was educated at Margaret Glen-Bott secondary school in Nottinghamshire. He was a Mechanical Engineer (and later shift manager) for the National Coal Board/ British Coal for 26 years, where he achieved a Higher National Certificate in Mining Mechanical Engineering. He later worked for Rolls-Royce Aerospace for 17 years, first in engine assembly and later as an Inspector.
Ken retired in 2007 to become a full time councillor.
In his spare time, Ken enjoys football as a Nottingham Forest fan, cricket and tennis. He has also enjoyed restoring a 1974 MGB Roadster with his son and daughter.
Ken’s latest news
Committee system for Nottinghamshire County Council
The County Council has changed its governance system from the Cabinet & Leader model to the Committee System, as of May 2012. Ken has been appointed to the committees listed on the left hand side of this page, along with remaining the Liberal Democrat Deputy Group Leader and group spokesperson for Finance & Property.
You can view the County Council Report on the Governance changes here.
Ken’s latest Councillors’ Divisional Fund awards
Each County Councillor has an annual fund of £10,000 to support worthy initiatives in their division. Councillors can use their CDF to identify projects, clubs, events and people that work hard in their local area but often lack access to resources.
Please contact Ken if you know of a deserving initiative in Kimberley or Trowell that might be eligible for a grant.
Here are a few examples of funding Ken has recently provided:
- £250 to Rumbletums, to help local young adults with learning disabilities
- £250 to St Helens Luncheon Club, to purchase a wheelchair for club users
- Trowell, Awsworth and Cossall Parish Councils have had £300 towards their Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, with Cossall receiving an additional sum of £200 towards community development
- £250 to Friends of Cloverlands, for commemorative Diamond Jubilee mugs
2011/12: You can download a full list of awards granted in 2011/12 [pdf 26kb]
2010/11: Coming soon
2009/10: You can download a full list of awards granted in 2009/10 [pdf 24kb]
Ken has recently begun 'Down Your Way' sessions to engage with his residents, in place of traditional surgeries. Ken delivers cards to residents every week, which will state when he will next visit the street to meet with residents. You can either display his card in your window to indicate you wish to speak with him, or alternatively contact him by phone or email (details on the left).
Alternatively, Ken is happy to meet with any residents at a mutually convenient time and location.