Janet moved to the Wellington area from Dorset 25 years ago and she is married to Ian and they have two sons, Ben and Daniel. She has been a Wellington Town Councillor since 2007 and was Town Mayor 2015-16. Janet is a member of the council’s Footpaths, Environment, Staffing & Training committees and is Chair of the Allotments Committee. She became involved in local politics as she wanted help the local community of Wellington and Rockwell Green and its residents.
Janet is a former governor of Court Fields Community School and a former volunteer youth leader and is very keen to help the young people of the town.
Janet has worked for both national and local government for nearly 30 years but now works as a care assistant in a Nursing Home in Wellington. Her hobbies include gardening and watching cricket. She is a member of Somerset County Cricket Club and follows Somerset both at home and away.
My name is Lynda Russell-Cairns, I live in Waterloo Road Wellington and I am married with one daughter, two step-daughters and seven grandchildren. My husband and I were lucky enough to re-locate to this part of the country three years ago.
Having spent all my life in Hampshire, working for a local Solicitor, Estate Agent and before choosing to move to Wellington I also ran my own successful business for many years.
I have always had a keen interest in local politics and the need for the community’s voice to be heard.
Wellington and Rockwell Green, is as I’ve found, such fantastic places to live and the friendliest of people seem to live and work here.
I am currently the Secretary of the Basins Volunteer Group, we are a group of volunteers who look after and maintain the Ponds in Corams Lane, and most of the residents of Rockwell Green have a great access to this beautiful area. The footpath from Rockwell Green to Wellington Sports Centre and the Wellington Rugby Club takes in an abundance of wildlife that this area can offer.
I am on the committee for the Wellington Museum and when this is open from March to October I work there on a voluntary basis, this, I find is a great place to volunteer and is rich with the history of Rockwell Green and the surrounding villages.
I am also a committee member of the Wellington Community Centre
Marcus has lived in Rockwell Green for the last 16 years. He is married to Lisa and has enjoyed raising his family in Wellington.
He feels Wellington is a great place to live with brilliant shops, it can be a quiet town with low crime rates.
Marcus supports S.W.A.G who are trying to bring awareness to the community on legal highs.
He is also keen on recyling as much as possible.
Marcus runs a business in Wellington so understands the concerns of other shops in the town. He hopes to always stand up and support the town and believes he has Wellington's best interests at heart.
Bob was married in 1967 to Liz who he met whilst serving in Norton Manor Camp in 1961/62. He settled in Wellington in 1977 and has three grown up children, Joanne, Nick and Andrew. He is a former Town Council Chairman before the position was changed to Mayor and was Mayor of Taunton Deane in 2009-10. Having served in HM Forces (army) for 27 years he retired in 1986 and has various employments since then. He was awarded the British Empire Medal im 1980.
Bob represents Rockwell Green and Wellington West Ward on Taunton Deane Borough Council and has done since 2003. He is chairman of Taunton Deane's Planning Committee, a member of the Tenants Services Management Board, is Armed Forces Member Champion of the Deane and sits on various Committees for the Town Council. He is a member of the Basins Volunteer Group, has alloments at the Basins and Rockwell Green and is a very keen angler.
Vivienne worked professionally in both medical and business research before moving to the South West with her husband and son in 1999. Since then, she has worked in the voluntary and business sectors, becoming Town Councillor for Wellington West in 2003 and Town Mayor 2012-13. Vivienne was also elected as a Taunton Deane Borough Councillor for Rockwell Green & West Ward in 2007, where she was Portfolio Holder for Corporate Resources 2011-15. She is currently the Borough’s Mayor.
As Town Councillor, she is a member of the Allotments, Community Safety, Tourism and Environment, and Footpaths Committees. Vivienne also represents the Town Council as Governor of the Hospital of Sir John Popham and at Wellington School. In addition, she is District representative on Somerset’s Health and Wellbeing Board. Vivienne enjoys her work as a CAB Trustee, and across the age spectrum with Reminiscence Learning (the Archie Project) and local youth activities.
Vivienne is keen to encourage the local community to take a pride in Wellington and work together for the present and future wellbeing of the town.
Janet has lived in Wellington all of her adult life and has always had an interest in local politics.
She was educated at Langford Budville Primary School, then Bishop Fox Grammar School. In her youth she enjoyed playing the piano and at one stage played the organ at Runnington church for morning and evensong.
Her husband, three children and four grandchildren support her greatly, and have helped her in her campaign to become a councillor.
Now retired, she enjoys gardening, walking, reading and holidays with her family.
Her hope is that regardless of political party, local councillors will always do their best for the welfare of residents in Wellington and her aim is to represent the concerns and views of the many people who voted for her.
Janet also became a Taunton Deane Borough Councillor in 2011 and sits on both the corporate scrutiny and lisencing committees.
Andrew has lived in Wellington all his life and attended Linden Infants, Beech Grove and Wellington Schools.
On leaving school he went to work for the Ministry of Defence at the Hydrographic Office in Taunton. He then spent two years working for the MOD in Bath before moving to the Charity Commission in Taunton.
He currently works as a Financial Advisor for LYN Financial Services.
He is married to Jackie and has two daughters.
Andrew became involved in local politics because he wanted to make things better for Wellington and Rockwell Green.
He has been very keen to promote the town and to get extra facilities for the local people. He led the campaign to save Wellington Playing Fields from the threat of development; he helped to get a new sports hall at Courtfields School and to get extra facilities at all of the town Primary Schools.
He was successful in helping to save Wellington Youth Centre from possible closure and is now Chairman of the Committee that runs it.
Andrew is also a member of Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council. He served as Mayor of Taunton Deane in 2003 and 2004 and as Mayor of Wellington from 2010 until 2012.
Andrew is a Christian and member of St. John’s Parish Church.
William grew up in the Wellington area, after he moved from Cornwall eighteen years ago when he was five. He attended West Buckland Primary School, then Court Fields Community School; following that he attended Richard Huish College in Taunton where he took his A-levels. On the completion of his A-levels, he spent three years reading his degree in History at Aberystwyth University; he specialized in the medieval period and wrote his dissertation on how the Norman Conquest changed the English legal code. He graduated in 2014.
William is a keen road cyclist, and can be often seen dashing around the country lanes; and hopes that if anyone comes across him when he is dressed in cyclist’s attire that they are not dissuaded from coming and talking to him.
William also represents Wellington North on Taunton Deane Borough Council where he sits on the Planning committee and the Licensing committee.
Gloria came to live in Wellington in 1967 and taught in Taunton until 1993. She is married with three children and two grandchildren.
Born in London, Gloria was evacuated in the war to Northampton and went to school there. She qualified with a Cert.Ed in Liverpool in the fifties and then Open University BA graduating in 1992. After graduating Gloria worked with children with learning problems and completed the Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties at Bridgwater College.
Gloria says she enjoys being involved with life in Wellington and has been on the town Twinning Committee since 1978 and is a foundation governor of St John’s C of E Primary School and also a governor of Popham Almshouses. She belongs to the Museum Society and Friends of Wellington Park and has been on Wellington Town Council since 2005 and was on Taunton Deane Borough Council from 2007 - 2011.
John was elected in May, 2015. He has previously served on Taunton Deane Council. John has lived in Wellington since the age of 10. He trained as a journalist on the Wellington Weekly News and worked for many newspaper groups in the Westcountry before moving into a career in public relations. He also worked for a Home Office organisation recruiting volunteers aged 50 and over to use their life skills to help voluntary groups. Currently, John is a single parent to two young sons and works part-time as a customer assistant in a Tesco supermarket. John has helped with campaigns for local people. He has also been a governor of the former Linden Infants School and served on the committees of Wellington Food Town and Wellington Carnival. John was chairman of a NHS watchdog group in Taunton Deane and was involved in the refurbishment of Wellington Cottage Hospital resulting in enhanced outpatient and new clinical services.John played football locally. He is a qualified football referee and continues to officiate most weekends of the season across Somerset, Dorset, and Devon. John has run his own businesses and is a former chairman of Wellington Chamber of Commerce. He feels strongly about the need to attract new jobs to Wellington alongside all the new housing development which has been going on, by encouraging new and existing enterprises and supporting major employers such as Relyon and Aerosols International to remain here, as well as the need to make the best possible use of the former Fox’s factory sites. John is a former national trades union official. He enjoys using his life skills for problem resolution and directing people to organisations and/or individuals who can help them.
Ross lives in Wellington with his family and was educated in the town and has lived here for about 35 years. He has represented Wellington East for about 20 years on Wellington Town Council and Taunton Deane Council. His hobbies and interests are watching films at The Wellesley and watching sport. Ross says Wellington is a great place to live and he wants to support its future.
Ross also represents Blackdown and Wellington East Division on Somerset County Council.
James has lived in Wellington for over 35 years and attended Court Fields until 1981 before doing ‘A’ levels at Somerset College then an Open University Computing degree. He presently works for the NHS at Musgrove Park Hospital.
Music is a big part of James’ life particularly because he plays guitar in local band Best Kept Secret. He finds that learning songs, spending time with his fellow band members and performing for others is a very fulfilling pastime.
James feels honoured to be elected for a second term as a member of Wellington Town Council as being involved in the town as a member of the council is rewarding and very interesting. Since being elected he has learned a great deal about Wellington and the challenges it faces. Now more than even before, James feels that we must all work together for the benefit of the town to make sure we meet those challenges.
He would recommend being a local councillor to anyone who wants to get involved and make a difference for the future of Wellington.
James is a member of Somerset County Council and represent Wellington on Taunton Deane Borough Council, also for Wellington East, where I try and ensure that Wellington is fully considered in the future plans for Taunton Deane.
We live in a beautiful part of Somerset and one of the reasons he became a councillor was to help keep it that way.
Cllr Gary James (Deputy Mayor)
Gary has lived in local area since 1975 and Wellington Town since 1989 with his wife Birgit and two sons. He was formally a Town Councillor for Wellington East 2003-06 but did not seek re-election due to full time work.
He has served in the H M Army (Airborne) for 11 years. After leaving the Army Gary worked for the H M Government for 23 years. On leaving the Government he then retrained and worked for the Nuclear Industry in a managerial capacity for 13 years. On leaving the Nuclear Industry Gary returned to work for the H M Government overseas for 4 years.
On retirement he has decided to re-enter politics to try to make a difference on the issues the community encounters. Gary now represents the residence of Wellington East on the Wellington Town Council and Taunton Deane Councils.
He currently assists in a youth programme for Ten Tors Training. Gary’s sporting passion is squash where he has played at International and County Levels. He enjoys gardening and takes great pleasure in looking after their new granddaughter and keeping abreast of current affairs.
Gary feels that it is a privilege to live in such a lovely part of Somerset and have the opportunity to serve the people of Wellington.
Gary is very pleased that since being on the Town Council he has noticed such a positive active appproach from all Councillors brininng some of the benefits promised during campaigns.
Pete was first elected to the Town Council at a by- election held in Rockwell Green during August 2001. He wanted to become a councillor in order to make a difference to the town where his children all grew up and attended school.
He married to Cynthia in 1969 and he has 4 children Sarah, Andrea, Amanda, and John.
In 2008 he became Wellington's first Town Mayor and used the opportunity to promote the town whenever and wherever possible.
Pete enjoys working with and supporting all the local organisations which do so much communal work within Wellington. He is a governor as St John’s School and Secretary of the Royal British Legion, Wellington Branch.
He sees this growth of the town as an encouraging prospect for Wellington as he wants Wellington to be a place where people choose both to live and work.
Pete welcomes the development of the Longforth Farm development and he will continue to push the Northern Relief Road as well as the much needed bridge over the railway lines. This is something Wellington needs in order to reduce traffic congestion in our town centre, enabling Councillors to look into an integrated transport system, including the provision of a new railway station for the town. He is truly passionate about affordable housing and is very pleased to see that our new developments are providing additional affordable homes both to purchase or rent, this is being enhanced by the fact that local councils now have the ability to start to build council houses once again. Pete feels that as a town Wellington needs to have more homes but these should be built on suitable sites that include the right infrastructure to avoid having an adverse impact on the town centre and the businesses that are located in it.
Charles is an expatriate Cornishman who has lived in Wellington for more than twenty years. Educated at Truro School, he trained as a registered nurse at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, and has worked in the community as a Health Visitor and NHS Manager in the west of England and Wales. He works for Public Health England and NHS England in Taunton.
Both his daughters went to school in Wellington at Beech Grove and Courtfields, before going on to university in Bristol.
He is a keen cyclist and spends much of his spare time on the road with the Wellington Wheelers. Naturally, he would like to see the roads of Wellington and the surrounding area made safer for non-motorised road users, and has long advocated a traffic-free route between Wellington and Taunton.
He is an enthusiastic musician who played for many years in the Wellington Silver Band, but is nowadays more commonly seen singing in local choirs, or with his guitar on a pub stage.