Your Councillors


Nailsworth Town Council has 11 Councillors. In the 2021 elections there were 9 nominations for 11 seats, so the election was uncontested and all 9 nominees became councillors.

There are no wards for the Town Council so each councillor represents the whole of Nailsworth.

All councillors have the responsibility to attend meetings when summoned. The notice to attend a council meeting (agenda) is in law a summons, because councillors have a duty to attend. If a councillors fails to attend a meeting for six months they are automatically disqualified unless the council has given special dispensation for absence for example if a councillor is ill.

From the links on the right you can find out more about what a councillor's responsibilities are and how to become a councillor.

Cllr Mike Kelly, Town Mayor

Mike_Kelly.jpgMike has been on Nailsworth Town Council since 2017, and was previously a councillor from 2011 to 2015. He moved to the town in 2008 with his wife, and retired a few years ago. He is particularly interested in working on schemes which improve the town centre by making it a safer, easier and more pleasant place to visit. Mike strongly believes that these schemes will encourage more visitors and residents to use local shops and businesses which will help the town thrive and develop.

email Mike
or telephone 01453 839260

12 Meetings Attended 2020-21 : 100%

Cllr Paul Francis  

Paul_Francis.jpg I have lived in Nailsworth for 20 years and worked at Ruskin Mill for 7 years. In my time here I have noticed many changes to the town.  My aims are always to improve Nailsworth amenities and services for the residents of Nailsworth.

email Paul
or telephone 07976 564996

11 Meetings Attended 2020-2021 : 92%

Cllr Robert Maitland


I feel very lucky to live in Nailsworth with my wife Jane and our fox terrier, Henry. I stood again for Town Council because I want to make our special town an even better place for everyone to live and work.

Since joining the Council, I have taken a full part in meetings and projects, both in person and more recently on Zoom. With a career in public service as an urban planner and then heading university programmes in tourism, I have focused particularly on:

Planning: seeking planning policies that both protect our green spaces from unwanted development and respond effectively to climate change.

Our town centre: making our town centre an even more attractive place for local people and visitors - particularly post pandemic. 

An efficient and resilient Council: doing more digitally, making meetings more focused and communication more effective.

email Robert
or telephone 07974 351189

12 Meetings Attended 2020-2021 : 100%

Cllr Ros Mulhall

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I have lived in Nailsworth for 32 years and brought up my 3 children here. Until Sept 2017 I was a GP Partner at Prices Mill Surgery, with special interests in Women's Health and Dementia. I fully retired from Medical practice in May 2021.

Over the past few years, I have had more time to walk the many paths around Nailsworth with my dog, deepening my appreciation of our beautiful surroundings and enabling me to talk and connect with people in the town.

As a GP I know firsthand how important it is for everyone to feel involved and included in their local community, especially the Elderly, People with Dementia, and those with Disabilities, to avoid isolation and improve Health and Wellbeing.

I hope to be an approachable and familiar face, representing all residents, both young and old. I hope to influence changes and improvements in the town that will impact peoples health, and try to encourage inclusion and accessibility so all can take advantage of what Nailsworth has to offer as it continues to grow and thrive.

email Ros
or telephone 07967 176630

Cllr Shelley Rider, Deputy Mayor

Shelley RiderI’m Shelley one of your new town councillors’ I've  lived in `Nailsworth for 18 years and it really feels like home.  I work as a Breakthrough mentor working with people with complex needs on benefits, housing, training and education and social inclusion. I spend a lot of time supporting people access the community and working towards independence.  I play the saxophone and write poetry so am interested in cultural life in the area. I am very interested in bringing the community together to deal with current challenges and hope that everyone can find a voice on the Town Council.

I hope to represent you as best `I can and would like to influence a few key areas such as climate change, housing and jobs. I look forward to putting your ideas and voice forward so do contact me if you need to.  

email Shelley
or telephone 07812 028023

Cllr Jonathan Duckworth

Jonathan Duckworth - 150px - P7120308.jpgJonathan has lived in the middle of Nailsworth since 1997 and has brought his children up in the town. He has extensive experience across the UK in retailing and shopping centre management. He runs his own software business, based in Nailsworth, with customers across the country.

He served on the board of the Cotswold and Vale Primary Care Trust and fought to keep health services local.

“I’m interested in open democracy and good communications. Council decisions should be transparent and we should never forget that we are here, first and foremost, for the electorate not ourselves”.

email Jonathan
or telephone 07813 641732

12 Meetings Attended 2020-2021 : 100%

Cllr Natalie Bennett

Natalie BennettI have lived in Nailsworth for 4 years and love how friendly and vibrant the town is. I currently work for a charity that helps young people, the long term unemployed and others to make progress in learning and work. I also have previous experience of working within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Service for two local authorities.

I will work hard alongside the residents of Nailsworth and with local organisations to deliver positive change for our community so that it continues to thrive.

email Natalie
or telephone 07769 847049

7 Meetings Attended 2020-21 : 100%
(Co-opted August 2020)

Cllr Patsy Freeman

 Patsy Freeman 150x200.jpgI’m thrilled to have recently been co-opted onto Nailsworth Town Council. I’ve lived in Nailsworth for nearly 11 years and love the vibrancy of our town. I am passionate about creating and sustaining communities, and have a special interest in the Forest Green area where I live.

As a proud mother and grandmother, I am aware of the importance of the well-being of young people, especially those who have been adversely impacted since Covid struck.

I love gardening and being outdoors. What an incredibly beautiful area we live in - it’s so important that together we cherish it.

I’m looking forward to meeting you.

email Patsy
or telephone 01453 839303

Cllr Steve Robinson


Steve was born and brought up in Nailsworth. During his working life he has spent 48 years working with young people both in a full-time and part-time capacity. Steve is currently Chair of Nailsworth Youth Club Management Committee

.Steve has been a town councillor since 2007 and was Mayor for 3 years. In May 2016 he was re-elected as one of the 3 district councillors for Nailsworth and Horsley. He is currently Chair of the Community Services and Licensing Committee.

Steve is known for being a strong campaigner on local issues and prides himself on being approachable and following up residents’ concerns.

email Steve
or telephone 01453 834270

12 Meetings Attended 2020-2021 : 100%

Cllr Angela Norman                           


I have lived in Nailsworth for 38 years and raised and educated my family in the town.  My previous experience is with adult education and community development projects. Of interest to me locally are transport issues,,provision for young families and planning development. Having seen Nailsworth develop into a thriving town I am keen to ensure that it can retain its unique character as well as embracing future progress.

email Angela
or telephone 01453 832663

11 Meetings Attended 2020-2021 : 92%

Cllr Colleen Rothwell

Colleen RothwellI moved to the district in 1980 with my family from the North where I had been employed in the Sheffield Public Health Laboratory Service. We moved into Nailsworth in 1988 where our children went to school. It was absolutely the best place to raise the family, and during that time we saw many changes, such as the development of the cycle track. 

My current employment is massage based therapy, and so I re-orientated myself to charity work full time during the lockdown and have also been very supportive of Nailsworth Climate Action Network. 

I have a personal focus on the development of children in the post-Covid phase and I have some ideas about how to take this forward. 

Having had training in micro-biology, I have returned to study and am researching the possibility of the decomposition of unwanted plastics by fungi. As usual scaling up such ideas is the challenge!

email  Colleen
r telephone 07809 609876