Councillors

Cllr Paul Kent

Cllr Paul Kent

Chairman - South Ward

Paul has lived in Fenstanton since July 1990 and has been Chairman of the Parish Council for the last nine years. Throughout his career, Paul worked in the Financial Services industry for various organisations in stockbroking, insurance services, The London Stock Exchange, and Banking. He lived in Kenya for five years as an ex-pat in the role of a Change Director for a major high street bank. After retiring from the bank Paul established his own management consultancy company and ran this for eight years before retiring from his business in 2012. Since then he has been serving his community as a Parish Councillor. He has also become involved in a variety of voluntary organisations and was a Church Treasurer for many years. Paul’s main objective as chairman of the Parish Council is to ensure the Parish Council works constructively together for the benefit of our community, and representing local residents’ views at Parish, District and County Council, enabling delivery of services and improvements that make Fenstanton an even better place to live. His personal interests include walking 5 to 7 miles daily, visiting  National Trust sites, international travel, sharing time with family in Southport and Liverpool from where he originates. Paul and his wife Eileen have two daughters, two grandsons and a granddaughter.

Email: paul.kent@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk

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Cllr Nigel Ferrier

Cllr Nigel Ferrier

Planning Committee Chairman - South Ward

Nigel moved to Fenstanton just over 18 years ago. His company develops and delivers branding and marketing campaigns for a series of blue chip companies and some of you may know him from Fringe in the Fen which he and his wife, Lynda, established and delivered with a local committee.

Nigel has extensive experience of many kinds of committee work and decided he would like to contribute to the work of the Parish Council after seeing that it has taken a change in direction with evidence of real and appropriate change. Nigel recognises the challenges the Parish will face with the enlargement of the village after the new housing developments are complete.

Email: nigel.ferrier@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk

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Cllr Peter Hayes

Cllr Peter Hayes

South Ward

Peter has lived in the village since 1982 and was formerly employed as an industrial pneumatics machine engineer for approx. 50 years travelling extensively throughout UK.

Peter trained in Scotland, Holland, USA and Japan. He is particularly interested in the traffic and parking problems in the High Street and throughout the village but looks forward to working on any Parish Council projects for the benefit of residents

Cllr Martin Hewitt

Cllr Martin Hewitt

South Ward

Martin moved to Fenstanton in 1997. He is married to wife Cherry and they have four Children, two of which work locally, another at University and a fourth that attends Fenstanton and Hilton primary school. Martin has worked in the construction industry for thirty years, the last sixteen as an estimator.

Martin has seen many changes. Some of these changes he feels have benefitted the Village and others he feels have not. This has led to his decision to join your Parish Council, as he wants to help the community and hopes he can make a difference.

Email: martin.hewitt@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk

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Cllr Simon King

Cllr Simon King

South Ward

Simon’s family associations with Fenstanton date back over 6 generations; his Great Grandfathers were a farmer in Chequer Street and the village postmaster, his Great Uncle was George Burgess, one of Fenstanton’s very first Parish Councillors. His Grandfather owned the village shop (now Ash’s), his father the fish and chip shop. His uncle taught at Fenstanton school, his aunty is the famous ‘Mrs Collison’ of school secretary fame. Born in the village, Simon grew up in Hilton and attended Fenstanton & Hilton Primary School before moving on to St Ivo.

Simon first returned to Fenstanton 32 years ago, his children attended the school before progressing on to Swavesey Village College. For many years Simon managed Vindis’ garage in St Ives (well, technically Fenstanton!) before moving on to careers in IT, property, and recruitment. He sits on the Board of Directors for a national Estate Agency and has a specialised recruitment company. Recently, whilst serving on the Residents Association, Simon worked closely with both Fenstanton Parish Council and Cambridge County Council in delivering The Fen bridleway.

Simon says “I believe that a living village such as Fenstanton, one of the few villages that still has industry and commerce at the heart of its High Street, isn’t just about the here and now; it’s also a nod to those that came before, that created our community, and respecting the children of today who will create our community of tomorrow. I’m relishing serving on Fenstanton Parish Council, working with, and delivering to the people of Fenstanton.” Simon and his family live in The Fen, have 3 dogs, 2 ponies and numerous chickens who’ve each become local celebrities, particularly Stanley the hound.

Email: simon.king@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk

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Anne Mustill

Cllr Anne Mustill

South Ward

Anne has lived in Fenstanton with her husband for over 50 years and has always been keen to help others live life to the full within the local community.  While their children were attending school and preschool in Fenstanton Anne spent about two years as Parish Clerk. When the children grew up, she taught English at what was then Huntingdon Regional College to people from all over the world coming to live in Huntingdonshire.  Anne learned the importance of local councils and has experience of national and local organisations offering advice and practical help in this area. She joined the Council in 2022 because she felt that there was much less a sense of community in Fenstanton than when her children were young.  She has tried to improve this situation by being part of the team which delivered The Big Coronation Picnic and by becoming editor for Fenstanton for The Journal.

Email: anne.mustill@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk

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Cllr Amit Puntambekar

Cllr Amit Puntambekar

Finance & Constitution committee Vice Chairman - South Ward

Amit’s family have been a fixture in the Fenstanton since 1988, running the local village shop. Originally, Amit had planned to study a PhD at Cambridge, and was writing up his application whilst helping out part time in the Shop. Gradually he fell in love with the village, and put his plans on hold to take over the business. Keen on supporting the local community, he would like to see a bringing together of generations and more communal areas where this could happen.

Email: amit.puntambekar@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk

Cllr Matt Tandy

Cllr Matt Tandy

South Ward

I moved into the village over a year ago and previously lived in St Neots for seven years, so I have a knowledge of the area and the various challenges which we face. I have been interested in becoming involved with local politics for a while, but this heightened with the passing of my uncle, who was a councillor for over 40 years. I hope to take guidance from his example. I believe I can support parishioners due to my professional experience of government at a local and national level. I feel I am well placed to help champion flooding and environmental issues, inform infrastructure and development plans, and shape the direction of future village initiatives. I look forward to serving the parishes best interests.

Email: Matt.Tandy@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk

Cllr Tina Yates

Cllr Tina Yates

North Ward

Tina served as a Parish Councillor in the early 2000’s for some 8 years. She stepped down due to time pressures from work and looking after her mother-in-law, as this meant that she was no longer able to contribute as she thought she should. Tina is now better able to contribute her time again.

Tina has been a resident in the village for nearly 40 years, and realised at the last PC meeting, when she attended as a member of the public, that she thought there seemed to be a shortage of “old” experience of the village, which can sometimes be useful. Tina has experience of dealing with Cambs County Council as Chair of the Swavesey and District Bridleways Association, and has a good working knowledge of rights of way legislation. In her working life

Tina carried out environmental research (based at Monks Wood) for 24 years, and then was a government advisor on environmental issues and research needs, for a further 9. Tina feels that being a Councillor at any level is about what the person can contribute, and she can contribute an active brain, a questioning mind, and her knowledge and experience.

Email: tina.yates@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk

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Your Parish Clerks

Clerk - Jo Perez

Jo Perez

Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Jo joined Fenstanton Parish as Clerk in November 2020, having previously been the Clerk for Hilton Parish Council for five years. The role of Parish Clerk is a diverse and interesting role, with no one day being the same. Jo has now also taken on the role of Responsible Finance Officer for the Parish Council.  Jo lives in the neighbouring Village of Hilton with her Husband Justo, they have lived in Hilton since 1990. They have two grown-up children Matilda and Felix.

Jo enjoys walks with their Cocker Spaniel Ralph and loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Tel: 01480 465300 / 07542 681976

Assistant Clerk - Ali Watchman

Ali Watchman

Assistant Clerk

Ali has lived in Fenstanton since 1990 with her husband Steve. She has two grown up children Teri-Anne and Jack as well as a new puppy called Belle. Ali previously worked at Waitrose which she enjoyed immensely, working with some lovely people and great customers. Before working at Waitrose Ali worked at the local pre-school for 14 years and is looking forward to working back in the village again.

Ali enjoys walking her dog, eating out, theatre and watching films and is hoping to join a choir and some other activities now that she is not working evenings.

Tel: 01480 465300 / 07542 681976

Email: assistantclerk@fenstantonparishcouncil.org.uk