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Stroud Parish Council

Members of the Parish Council


David McKinney

Anne and I and our two daughters moved to Stroud in 1999 wanting a more rural life style. Soon after I arrived in the village I became involved with village life helping at social events and becoming a trustee of the village hall looking at ways to improve the facilities and ultimately trying to secure funding for a new hall. Anne and I enjoy the countryside and can be found most days walking with our two dogs in and around the village. I am a keen golfer and play every week weather permitting.

I joined the Parish Council in 2010 with the responsibility as the parish tree warden. In 2011 I became the Vice-Chairman and in 2012 I became the Chairman. The Parish Council is committed to working with the community ensuring we have engagement with the important issues that affect the parish. This has recently included the upgrading of play equipment at the recreation ground in Ramsdean Road, the production of the Parish Plan and more recently community engagement over affordable, sustainable and open market housing in the village.


I live with my husband and children on my husband's family farm in Stroud. I currently have children who attend Langrish Primary School, where I am the parent volunteer for the Rights Respecting Committee. I have worked in the local government sector for over ten years. To enhance my knowledge I am currently studying Law at Guildford College. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and history.



Originally from Cornwall, I have been a resident of Stroud since 1988. Both my daughters attended Langrish Primary School when for a time I found myself on the school's PTA. Now married to Jan, we have spent much of our time walking our dogs in and around the village. We have even recently been proud puppy parents for the local Hounds For Heroes charity.

Having retired from the MoD earlier this year after 34 years of public service, I am now able to devote more time to other interests. So, when approached, I was happy to be able to offer my services to the Parish Council, especially at a time when there is such a significant move to develop affordable and open market housing in Ramsdean Road. My concern is that any development should be both sympathetic and proportionate.

Although retired I still find time to deliver prescriptions for a local pharmacy, attempt to play golf with the Steep & Stroud Golf Society, sing with the Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir and perform with my local band, The Replays.


Alan Burges

I have lived in Stroud since 1987, having been in Petersfield since 1970 when I worked for Wadham Stringer as a technician in the old Folly Market. I joined White Rose, Sheet as Service Manager in 1979 and White Rose, Petersfield in 2000 as Quality Manager. I retired in 2009 and now have more time for family, hobbies and volunteering.

After my daughter started at Langrish Primary I became more involved in that community, ultimately becoming a Parent Governor in 2009. I believe strongly that we are extremely fortunate to have such a successful school in our village and that the link with the wider community is a vital one. It was through being a governor that I met Chris Snow, then Chair of the Parish Council, and was delighted to take up the opportunity to become a councillor. I have now moved on to become a Community Governor at the school and am currently Vice-Chair of the Parish Council.

My ambition is that the village be actively involved in determining its own future, particularly in relation to the development of the South Downs National Park. Integral to this, I believe, is the provision of affordable housing for local residents, the enforcement of speeding controls (making walking along the A272 a rather safer venture than it currently is!) and the desirability of a village hall as a focal point for the community.


Carl Foulston

Having lived in the Haslemere area previously, I moved to Petersfield and then Stroud with my wife, Liz, in 2002. We enjoy living in the village and can often be seen walking our dog on the many great walks in this area. In my spare time I also enjoy sailing and clay pigeon shooting.

Following a 20 year career in estate agency I decided to change careers in 2010 and took the opportunity to retrain as an electrician and chimney sweep. Since starting my own business I have really enjoyed working with and getting to know people in the local area and this encouraged my decision to stand as a parish councillor in May 2015. I am looking forward to becoming more involved in village life and the local community.


Oliver Howe

Bio coming.

ELISABETH FOULSTON - Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)


I moved to Stroud with my husband Carl in 2002 having previously lived in Hindhead and Petersfield. We very much enjoy living in the village, joining in with village events and also taking our dog on the many great walks available locally.

My career has mainly been Finance based and I have been a Payroll and Pensions Manager in the education sector for over 15 years. I felt I would also like to become more involved in helping the local community and have been Clerk and RFO to the Parish Council since December 2014. I am the only employee of the Parish Council and I currently work 11 hours per week.




Phone No.


David McKinney Chairman, Parish Plan, Village Hall -
Alan Burges Vice Chairman, Bus Shelters, Footpaths, Langrish School -
Carl Foulston Planning, Tree Warden -
Oliver Howe Community Forum -
Dave Paul Communications, SDNPA Representative -
Michelle Snow Recreation Ground -

plus, our local county and district councillors:
Nicholas Drew District Councillor 07884113636
Russell Oppenheimer County Councillor 07984 692367