Who are the Parish Council?

Here are brief profiles of the dedicated team who make up Kempley Parish Council

Simon Hanes


Elected: 14-05-2015


I have lived in Kempley since 1977 with my wife Susie and our three children. Until November 2010, I worked at QinetiQ in Malvern as a Computer Manager, but am now retired. I was Chairman of Kempley Parish Council from January 2004 until 2011 and set up an early version of the Parish Council website. During my period in office, I led the Council in responding to the concerns expressed at the Village Meetings, for example the reduction in the Ambulance Service which led to First Aid training for Villagers. I was elected as a temporary Chairman in 2015 until May 2017 and was successful in bidding for a grant for a Publicly Accessible defibrillator which is now installed on the Village Hall. More recently I have been successful in bidding for two more defibrillators.


Robin Bennion

Kempley Village Hall Trust Committee

Elected: 14-05-2015


Mary and I moved to Kempley Green in 2012 after an extensive search to find a vibrant and thriving community in which to settle.  We are both local people – I was born in Newent and Mary even closer in Oxenhall – and have two daughters and a wonderful granddaughter.  Whilst having family close by made it an easy choice to move here, it was the happy buzz and genuine friendliness we encountered in Kempley that clinched our decision.


Our village hall is the hub of our community and I am particularly keen to see it restored into a practical and versatile space for us all to enjoy.  I act as the Parish Council Trustee for the Kempley Village Hall Trust.

I have been able to use my design and marketing skills in the production of a range of materials used by the village in advertising our groups and events.  I was instrumental in the 20 in Kempley is Plenty campaign which has brought attention to reducing speed through our built-up areas.


I am passionate about our shared domestic and working society and the countryside in which we live. Kempley definitely punches above its weight and this is achieved through active participation and innovation. Maintaining a sustainable, viable village community is my focus in my role as your Parish Councillor. 


I see myself very much as your representative and am always happy to hear your views.


Howell Rees

Vice Chairman

Elected: 11-05-2017


I was born in South Wales and came to Gloucestershire in 1970.  Geraldine and I moved to Kempley in 1986. Now a retired Senior lecturer from Gloucester College, I am enthusiastic in involving myself with our community. In 2015 I was delighted to be invited to become a Trustee of the Friends of Kempley Churches and am now Vice-Chair.  I am also a Trustee and the treasurer of the Kempley Village Hall Trust.


Addressing an increasing need to identify the houses in our village, I produced the maps in the i-kiosk and layby noticeboards, both of which are well-used. I was involved in a small group of villagers to raise funds for the production and installation of the Memorial Stone on the Village Green.  I particularly enjoyed researching ‘the 9 sons of Kempley’ who are remembered on key dates throughout the year.


Geraldine and I are keen walkers and I am treasurer of the Windcross Paths Group.


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