Donald Pilley

Little Neston Ward

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I was a chorister at Exeter Cathedral and married Dorothy Ann Wreford there in December 1958.

I played rugby and cricket for Exeter.  Served apprentice as an operative mason-bricklayer with City and Guilds and HNC qualifications.

I moved to London in 1960 to study to be an opera singer at Covent Garden Opera School.  Worked as a bricklayer to fund private singing lessons with Joseph Hislop, who had been an International Tenor between the wars.  In 1963 I was awarded a scholarship to study at La Scala Milan, whilst there I won the International Verdi Award to study and sing with the La Fenice Opera Co. in Venice.  On returning to London I became principal Italian tenor with Sadlers Wells Opera Co.  In 1965 I was awarded the commonwealth Medal for outstanding performances in International music, and in 1978 I was honoured to sing to the Queen and the Royal family.

In 1974 I set up Pilley Construction Ltd, building social housing throughout the South East (Opera singers eventually have to retire! Many have noting to go back to. I did not want this to happen to me.) I continued to sing both on the opera stage and concerts until 2000.

In 1993 I became president of the Federation of Builders – specialist contractors.  I retired in 2012 and moved to Neston in 2013.

I am a member of the P.C.C. of St Mary & St Helen, Neston Cricket Club, Caldy Rugby Club and The Retired Ladies and Gentlemens Club who meet at Prenton Golf Club.

I feel with my varied background and with the help of my wife I could be a useful member of the Neston Community.  I will do my utmost to be a hardworking member of the Council and to uphold its high standards.

Donald can be contacted on: 07768 334 079.

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Ceri Lloyd

Neston Ward

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As a relatively new resident of Neston, I was keen to understand more about the area and its issues, and therefore became involved in helping to develop the neighbourhood plan. From that, I grew an interest in local developments and decided to take up a role as Town Councillor to enable me to do more.
I have a long history of work with local councils, having qualified as an accountant with Cheshire County Council, where I operated as a senior financial adviser for many public services. I was subsequently appointed as the Head of Corporate Improvement at Cheshire East Council, where I lead a radical piece of work to enable town and parish councils to deliver better services for themselves.
In 2011, I decided to work for myself as a financial adviser to schools and other public bodies. I am also a school Governor and belong to the Cheshire Governor Forum Executive.
In my short time in Neston I have been genuinely impressed with the diversity and friendliness of people who live and work here, and the true community spirit that exists. I hope to be able to contribute to that and bring my knowledge of local services and schools to enhance the effectiveness of the Council.

Ceri can be contacted on: 0151 336 7609

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Lynn Bennoch

Neston Ward

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Lynn Bennoch qualified as an accountant in the early 1990s at Liverpool John Moores University, and spent many years in various finance roles in further and higher education  –  with her last role prior to joining CAIS in August 2006 being the Director of Financial Services at Liverpool Hope University.

Before joining CAIS Lynn also studied at Keele University where she graduated with an MBA.

Lynn currently leads on the All-Wales Cyfle Cymru Out of Work Service.  She also has responsibility for the majority of the organisation’s corporate services as well as deputising for the CEO whenever necessary.She is Director and Chief Executive of CAIS Social Enterprises Ltd, which is very active in creating employment and start-ups for CAIS’s client group, as well as sitting as Vice Chair on the Boards of The Living Room Cardiff and The Jigsaw Organisation Ltd.

Lynn has lived in Neston since 1976, she and her husband Keith have five children and nine grandchildren between them and she would like to help make the area a better place for future generations.

Lynn can be contacted on: 0151 923 7038

Christine Warner

Neston Ward

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I discovered Neston in 2001 when I came to work on the Wirral peninsular selling new homes.  My husband and I moved to Neston fourteen years ago, as we liked the area so much.

Neston has seen a steady improvement in that time. Now I am retired I look forward to contributing to the continued development and improvement of the town through my work as your town councillor.

In my spare time I sing with a local choir, ‘Laudes’ based at Neston’s parish church, St Mary and St Helen. We sing at choral evensong services throughout the area and beyond.  I also sing with the Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. My other hobby is quilting and needlework.

Christine can be contacted on: 07816 786219

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Martin Barker

Parkgate Ward

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Born in Heswall at the Children’s Hospital, I have lived in the Neston area for most of my life, (with a brief spell in South Africa from 1980 – 1982), for the last 6 years in Parkgate, where I live with my wife, Cheryl.

I served as Mayor of Neston 2011/2012 having been a Neston Town Councillor since its inauguration in June 2009 and also serve on the Society and Culture and Finance and Town Centre Committees.

My background is in Mechanical Engineering, with 30 years experience working for many Blue Chip companies throughout the Northwest and nationally. I now work as an Area Sales Manager for Effective Air Solutions Ltd who specialise in the manufacture, supply and installation of Close Control and Comfort Air Conditioning products.

My ambitions as a Parkgate Councillor are:-

• Continuing our fight against the mosquitoes.
• Making a concerted effort to sort out the parking issues which blight the promenade area.
• Getting a facelift for Mostyn Square.
• Pressing ahead with working group plans to construct purpose-built viewing platforms for Bird Watchers at Parkgate.
• Bringing Christmas Lights to Parkgate.
• Take the lead in any project which may be of benefit to the local community.

Martin can be contacted on: 07583 067175

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David Carter

Parkgate Ward

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I was born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, but after taking a degree in Physics I have spent most of my life as a professional astronomer. I worked at telescopes in Australia, where I met my wife and after that in the Canary Islands. In 1998 we moved to Parkgate, I had taken a position with Liverpool John Moores University who were building their own telescope in the Canaries. I seemed to spend most of the next few years in airports, waiting for flights. Our three sons were all educated at Neston High School. I am also Property Steward at Neston Methodist Church, and a volunteer at the Neston CyberCentre. My sons and I were keen cricketers at Neston Cricket Club, and I still enjoy watching the games. I took early retirement from LJMU in 2012, although I am back working part time, one day per week until the end of 2013, when I will become an Emeritus Professor and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, when I will get back to research in astrophysics.

As one of the councillors for Parkgate Ward, I aim to represent the residents of Parkgate on the Neston Town Council.

I would be pleased to hear your view as to how the Town Council might better serve Parkgate, please contact me by phone, email, or in person.

David can be contacted on: 07707 019 560

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Pat Kynaston

Riverside Ward

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I have lived in the Neston area all my life, having been born in Parkgate, and moved to Little Neston when I married my husband, Robert.
I worked in the TSB Bank when it was still a saving bank, and saw the changes as it became a full bank offering all the services associated with that. After 20 years I became disenchanted with the direction we were going and left to set up my own company in 1992. I started offering small conference planning and have since moved into group leisure tours for organisations and social groups in the Cheshire area.

In my spare time I am involved in the WEA (Workers Educational Association) and have been active in their Governance structure for 15 years.

I also enjoy walking with a regular group, reading (particularly history) and DIY.

Pat can be contacted on: 0151 336 7729

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