Join the Parish Council

There is currently one casual vacancy at Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council.

Cllr Edwards vacancy – to be filled by co-option.

Candidates should submit a completed application form by 5pm Tues 22nd December, and the Council will decide at the next meeting on 5th Jan 2021.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the clerk. For more information, please view the documents below.

Co-option advert 02.12.2020

Councillor application form 02.12.2020

The Good Councillor’s Guide below is a great introduction to what being a Parish Councillor is all about, and how you can make a real difference in your community.

The Good Councillor’s Guide

Meet your Parish councillors

Your councillors hope that you will reach out to them on matters that you are concerned about.  You can can view the latest agenda and the last year of minutes here, agendas are also published on notice boards around the parish. Below you will find details of who your parish councillors are, how to contact them, and links to their register of personal interests.

Anthony Prince

Tel: TBC

View Cllr Prince’s Register of Interests here.

David Shearan

Tel 07816 534716

View Cllr Shearan’s Register of Interests here.

David joined the Parish Council in January 2019 just two years after moving to Ruyton XI Towns. He retired in March 2017 after a lifetime in the IT industry, spending the last 20 years in a project management role.

David designed, built and maintains the Parish Council website. He is keen on communication and wants to keep the community informed about the work of the council, and help members of the community to understand the council’s role and all the good stuff that it does.

David Spicer

Tel: 01939 260163
Vice Chairman of the Parish Council.
David is a Barrister. He has been a Parish Councillor since 2013. Prior to 2009 he managed a legal service for a large local authority and practised in all court jurisdictions concerned with public administration and democratic processes, specialising in safeguarding children and adults with vulnerabilities. He is a Trustee and former Chair of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Since 2009, after moving with his wife and golden retriever to Ruyton XI Towns David has acted as an independent author of over 30 reports of Serious Case Reviews in England and Wales carried out following  deaths and serious incidents involving abuse and neglect of children and adults.
David is also a consultant and trainer. He has a married son living in Shrewsbury and daughter and family in Sydney.

Mervyn Eyles

Photo of Cllr Mervyn Eyles

Tel: TBC

View Cllr Eyles’s Register of Interests here.

Mervyn and his wife Wendy moved to Ruyton at the end of 2015 when he retired from an IT career based in the Home Counties. His last employment was at Honda UK where he was a Project Manager for the outsourcing of IT services and the relocation of the HQ to Bracknell.

After being office-based Mervyn is spending more time outdoors in retirement. He volunteers as a Ranger at the National Trust’s Attingham Park. He has also pursued an interest in archaeology and joined two digs at Shrewsbury Castle and three at Attingham Park. Events of 2020 have seen Mervyn and his wife walking and cycling the footpaths, bridleways and roads of Ruyton and the neighbouring parishes.

Mervyn and Wendy have three sons and their first grandchild arrived last year.

Scott Denyer

Tel: 07375 701234

View Cllr Denyer’s Register of Interests here.

Scott moved with his wife Rachel (and their cat Teapot) to the parish of Ruyton XI Towns in October 2015. He is a native of Essex and spent his formative years there before entering the higher education system – obtaining a degree in Physics from Liverpool University and Masters in Medical Physics at Leeds.

His early career was with the NHS, and that’s where he first met Rachel (she was studying and qualifying as a Radiographer) – they worked at the same hospital in west Hertfordshire before Rachel took a job in Cambridge (and they set up their first home in north Hertfordshire mid-way between respective workplaces). They subsequently relocated back to west Hertfordshire when they both changed jobs. Rachel was born in Shrewsbury, and grew up in South Wales, Whittington and Oswestry, so she has a strong connection to this area, to which Scott has become very attached over the last 20-something years as a “visitor”.  

Scott currently works for General Electric (the huge American corporation) – previously in their Healthcare division and now with the corporate Environment, Health & Safety organisation (yes – Physics and Health & Safety make him a dazzling dinner guest). 

His hobbies include running, kayaking, cycling, reading and music (listening, not playing), and of course home/garden improvements (He has to say that). He is excited to be a councillor for Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council – as a newcomer to the area he thinks it’s really important to contribute to the local community, and is a great way of “integrating”. He is really keen to preserve the essential character of the village whilst ensuring a vibrant and sustainable future.

Mr Simon Gittins

Tel: 01939 260273

All councillors must declare any pecuniary interests when they are elected. Their declarations can be viewed on the Shropshire Council’s website.