Council Members

The elected and co-opted members of the Parish Council are shown below, they are unpaid Councillors. Our Clerk, Sharon A Whelon, is a part time employee of the council as is Clerical Assistant Sarah Ovens. 

Clerk: Sharon A Whelon    

The Old School, Vicarage Lane, Colerne, SN14 8EL         

Tel: 01225 742207  e:

Parish Council Assistant: Sarah Ovens

The Old School, Vicarage Lane, Colerne, SN14 8EL      

Tel: 01225 742207 e:

Unitary Councillor: Cllr Brian Mathew                

The Old School, Yatton Keynell, SN14 7BA  

Tel: 07771 607983  e:

Parish Councillors:

Meryem Arif

29 Elm Road, North Colerne 

Tel: 07768795698 e:

Jacqui Bradburn      

8 Fosseway Close, Colerne       

Tel: 743041 / 07946 579 829   e:      Co-ordinator Community Resilience Plan 

Gary Brain             

2 Windyridge, Bath Rd, Colerne    

Chairman Sports Development Working Party


Rob Child            

Peartree Studios, Watergates, Colerne  

Tel: 743575 / 07802 797868   e:

Anthony Clarke

Charcoal House, Market Place Colerne

Chairman of Parish Council 

Tel: 01225 743215 / 07774 658522 e:

Paul Jobbins                       

Beaters Retreat, Watergates, Colerne                         

Tel: 745839   e: 

Robert Jones     

Elmsleigh, Market Place, Colerne     

Tel: 743444 / 07771 995243   e:

Daniel Prideaux

20 Tutton Hill, Colerne, Chippenham, SN14 8DN

Tel: 07521 536988


Glyn Thomas                      

22, Forrester Green, Colerne                        

Tel: 742690

Allotment Supervisor 

Richard Tonge              

Bank House, Tutton Hill, Colerne 

Tel: 742471 / 742631 / 07904 436068 


Chairman Colerne Old School Charity                                                

Colerne Parish Council members - Register of Interests

2018/19 List of Representatives for external bodies and PC Working Parties


Village Hall Association - Jacqui Bradburn

Corsham Area Board - Paul Jobbins


Corsham Area Transport Group  – Anthony Clarke


Wilshire Local Plan Review: Gary Brain, Robert Jones

PC Working Parties & Committees

Allotments and Recreation: Glyn Thomas, Jacqui Bradburn

Allotment Supervisor: Glyn Thomas

Community Resilience & Emergency Plan: Jacqui Bradburn, Paul Jobbins

Finance, policy and assets management: All Parish Councillors

Neighbourhood Plan: Jacqui Bradburn, Gary Brain, Rob Child, Bob Jones

Personnel: Jacqui Bradburn, Glyn Thomas, Richard Tonge

Sports Development: Gary Brain (Chair) Paul Jobbins, Robert Jones, Richard Tonge

Parish Council Website & Public Communications: Rob Child, Bob Jones  

Jacqui Bradburn

I have lived in Colerne since 1980 and have been a member of the Parish Council for the past 30 years, serving twice as chair. I stood for election in the first place mainly because, at the time, there were no women on the council and I wanted to go some way to redress the balance, but also because I care very much about the community in which I live. I want to be involved in maintaining what is good and to effect progress where change is needed. 


Gary Brain

I have lived in and around Colerne for 35 years, with a small gap when I lived in Bath.  I am a director of a property development company that has been established for over 10 years; we deal with new builds and renovating old derelict buildings, the majority of which is our own. Prior to creating my company I worked as a sole trader building new houses and renovating existing properties in the local area. I am also involved in planning consultancy on several projects in and around Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire. In my spare time I coach  rugby at a local Rugby club. I have been a Parish Councillor for over 5 years and in that time I have been the Chair for Highways & Rights Of Way. I have been involved in, and advised on, the new planning laws. I have helped with the asset management of Parish assets. I am currently the chair of the Sports Development working party.


Rob Child

I’ve lived in Colerne for nearly twenty-eight years, and work at home as a graphic designer, so my main contribution, since becoming a parish councillor in May 2015, is communication. I’ve designed, built and now manage the website and hope it becomes the main village information point.




Anthony Clarke

My wife, Louise, and I have lived in the Market Place for 30 years. I was a Consultant in Rheumatology & Rehabilitation at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (the Min) in Bath, also for 30 years. I was the MedicaI Director of the hospital for 15 years. I retired in 2007, when I was elected to represent Lansdown Ward on Bath & North East Somerset Council, which included two years as the Cabinet Member for Transport.


Robert Jones 

Robert Jones has lived in has lived in Colerne for 11 years, since he and his wife Sue moved out of London on retirement from their respective business careers. 

Robert worked primarily in the healthcare field – pharmaceuticals – as an industry economist and strategic planner.  He maintains an interest in planning — though now at the local level.  He chaired the production of the Colerne Parish Plan, delivered in 2011; and, as a Director of Wiltshire CPRE 2013-2016, he followed local planning issues closely, especially the impact of development on rural life and the countryside.   He is a PC representative on the Colerne Neighbourhood Plan team.

Robert and Sue have two children and five grandchildren, and Robert’s personal interests include photography, bridge and blues guitar.


Paul Jobbins OBE GM RD MSc

I moved to Colerne in 2012 following a long association with the village through my wife Nicky who was brought up here.  Born in Bristol, I was educated in South Gloucestershire before a working life in public service as a Fingerpint Expert from which I gained a Masters degree in Public Management.  My parallel career as a Royal Marines Reserve officer offered extensive overseas deployments on UK, NATO, EU and UN operations.  A former Chipping Sodbury Councillor and Town Council Chairman, I am retired and enjoy the village community and country life.

Daniel Prideaux

I moved to Colerne in 2018 and have recently become a Parish Council member through a desire to connect with and serve an already thriving community. I'm new to 'councilling', am currently on the Recreation and Allotment committee and looking for other ways to bring my experience and passions to bear in order to benefit Colerne. I was born in Devon, and have worked in the Advertising and Communications industries for 10+yrs, living and working in Cardiff, Manchester and London. I have a partner called Lucy, we're starting a family in the village and have a miniature Dachshund called Nigel. Where I can find the time I like walking, golfing and getting my boots out to play Football or Rugby - depending on how my knee feels...


Glyn Thomas

Born of Welsh parents and raised in Bathampton, I was educated at Oldfield Boys School in Bath. I then worked at Stothert & Pitt Engineers for 22 years;  travelling all over the UK, Ireland, Europe and Africa. I have been a self employed engineer for 35 years. I have been married to Margaret for 45 years with four children and five grandchildren. I have lived in Colerne for 50 years. I was elected to Colerne Parish Council in 1975, working on the  Rights of Way and Recreation & Allotment committees. I have acted as allotment supervisor for about 35 years. 


Richard Tonge

I have lived in Colerne since 1987 when my company moved me to run an engineering business in Corsham. I have been on the Parish Council for about twenty years, was a District Councillor for ten years and a Wiltshire Councillor for the last seven. At Wiltshire Council I have the responsibility for Finance. I live in Tutton Hill with my wife Monica. My daughter and her family,  including two lively grandsons, live in Malmesbury . While on the Parish Council I led the £450,000  project to convert the Old School. I am a Trustee of the Almshouses in Corsham raising money and helping manage the £1.4million  refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed building.