Martin Ractliffe – Chair
Martin is the longest serving member of the Parish Council and is the current Chairman. Martin, along with his wife, operates a self catering holiday cottage business in Sudgrove and has many friends worldwide as a result. He enjoys his role with the Council and is keen to see more community involvement.
- Tel: 01285 821322
Kevin left his home in Wales at the age of 16
to join the Royal Air Force, where he stayed until 1998.
In 2001, Kevin and his lovely wife Debbie came to Miserden where they have been warmly welcoming visitors and locals alike at the Carpenter’s Arms ever since.
Their extended family includes six children, 28 grandchildren and two great grandchildren!
In the rare instance of having time to himself, Kevin enjoys sport, especially rugby and horse racing, as well as gardening and cider making.
Gideon is Head Forester for the Miserden Estate and has lived in the village since 2002 with his wife and four children. He has been a Parish Councillor since 2014. He is a governor at Miserden C of E school.
- Tel: 01285 821753
Richard lives in The Camp with his partner Vicky, whose family are also long term residents of the community. Between them they have six children and an assortment of horses and dogs! His parents also live in The Camp and Richard is keen to support all members of the local community by being a parish councillor.
Richard has a well established connection with the Miserden area; having lived and worked here for a 20 year period on both the Miserden Estate and also in The Camp from the 1980’s onwards. He moved back home to the area four years ago.
Richard has a farming, equestrian and countryside background. He now works locally at St Rose’s School in Stroud, running their hydrotherapy pool and as a site technician. In his spare time, Richard supports Vicky in her role as a local Headteacher and the family also work together to continue to provide a livery service at Camp Riding Centre, which includes the RDA ponies that provide valuable sessions for the St Rose’s School students.
Gwen became the clerk for the Parish Council in July of 2020.
Originally from the United States, Gwen has lived in the UK since 2005 and has been a resident of Miserden Parish with her children since 2017.
She is a full-time subtitler for ITV, avid animal lover, and if she had spare time she’d be found drawing and painting in and around the local villages.