Meet The Council

Bruton Town Council consists of 13 elected councillors, elected every four years. The next elections are due in May 2019.

The current councillors (in alphabetical order) are:


Stuart Anderton

I’ve lived in Somerset for over thirty years and Bruton for the last eight. I work at a small e-commerce company in Wiltshire. Most of my spare time is spent following Bath Rugby or going to live music with my wife, Eve.

I’m particularly keen to encourage participation in decision making by residents the town, and to ensure that we have a long term plan for the future of Bruton which we can all get behind.

15 Quaperlake Street Bruton BA10 0HF

01749 812079

Abi Baker

I have lived in Bruton for most of my life and have always loved it. I attended Bruton primary school and later Sexey’s school for situ form. When the chance to be more involved in the community arose I  jumped at the chance. I particularly enjoy being able to help people in the community and keeping Bruton the lovely place to live that I have always felt it is. Being involved in my local community has always been very important to me and being able to do so in an official capacity is fantastic.
I studied Commercial Music at Bath Spa University and since graduating I have been an active musician and worked in event production at various festivals including being a part of the pack horse fair team.
My biggest love is music. I play guitar, sing and write my own material as well as playing covers when I perform.

Railway Cottage, Lusty, Bruton BA10 0BX




Karen Baker

 I have lived in Bruton for almost 30 years. Until I retired in 2014 I was a secondary teacher for 40 years the last 30 at Ansford and Sexey’s schools. I was heavily involved in the introduction of Citizenship in the core curriculum. I am passionate about giving everyone a “voice” and encouraging them to use it and engage in the democratic process at every level.
Having brought up two children in this community, taught here,chaired the committee of Cotmmunity Kids  and been on the PCC,serving as  Church Warden for several years I feel I have an insight into most aspects of the life of the community. Having more free time after I retired I wanted to contribute more and joined the council in January 2017. I feel it is essential that this community meets the needs of everyone regardless of their age or status.

Mike Brownlow

I write and illustrate books for children, and have lived in Bruton with my family for 27 years.

I’ve been a councillor since 2014. I sit on the Planning and Finance committees, chair the Transport committee, and liaise regularly with the Bruton Community Partnership.

Bruton’s traffic problems are particularly challenging. We’re working hard to find solutions, but with the savage cuts Government have imposed on county councils, progress is frustratingly slow. We’re having to be more creative the way we fund projects, and have found ways to pay for Bruton’s own Speed Indicator Device, and a 20 mph scheme to be introduced soon. Thanks to Steve Turner, Community Speedwatch will be starting shortly.

I’m particularly pleased the Council is making greater efforts to be more open and inclusive. We’ve started work on a Town Plan and hope to consult regularly with the residents of Bruton about some exciting schemes for the future.

13 Quaperlake Street, Bruton BA10 0HF

01749 812288

Jocelyn Crawford

I came to Bruton in the year 2000 from across the border in Dorset. My son attended King’s and the journey to and from the school took about three hours out of his day.  Rather than paying for him to board, I bought a house in Bruton.  So here I am, via Buckinghamshire, Hong Kong and London.  I live with two cats and a tortoise. I like to know what is going on and, if possible, do something about it so I joined the Town Council.  At the moment my particular concern is the Durslade allotments,

5 Grove Alley, Bruton BA10 0ET

01749 812333

Vicki Haselgrove

 I moved to Bruton from London just over 4 years ago.  I was drawn to the town as I felt it offers something very unique.  The chance to live in a safe rural idyl, for my children to have access to excellent educational facilities with international students and to be become part of an active, creative and caring community.

After graduating, I worked as an environmental scientist before becoming a teacher in 2003.  I taught in inner London for almost 10 years.  During this time I was involved in a number of community projects with Friend of the Earth and Groundwork Southwark.  Since moving to Bruton, I have been working as a teacher, science technician and part time tutor.
I am particularly interested in developing the youth facilities within the town and improving road safety to enable residents to safely enjoy the town on foot, bike, scooter and skateboard!

Tolbury Lodge, Higher Tolbury, Bruton BA10 0DJ


James Hood

I am originally from Scotland (my parents moved to London when I was four and I lost my accent). In the late 1960’s my mother and father bought a small cottage in St Catherine’s Hill to use as a second home. I have visited Bruton regularly since then and lived here for four years in the 80’s. I and my wife Christine eventually bought and renovated the cottage, moving here permanently in 2011.

I am a qualified social worker. For many years I worked as a manager in public services, managing health services, educational services and social services. On moving to Somerset I joined the county council as a senior manager of services for older people. I retired from full time work in May 2015.

As the son of former second home owners I have very much wanted to give something back to the town, and this has been part of the reason for me becoming a councillor.

When not busy doing town council work I walk the dog, tend our Durslade allotment, cook, and sing with Bruton Choral Society.

16-18 St. Catherines Hill, Bruton BA10 0DG

01749 813184

Ewan Jones

I was lucky to grow up in South Somerset, in West Camel, attending Queen Camel Primary School, Ansford Comprehensive (as it was then), then Yeovil College. Like many of our young people, I had to leave the area for university and then work. I returned in 2006 to Shepton Montague, just outside Bruton.

Professionally, I advise businesses and NGOs on sustainability strategy and policy. I am also active in ‘Green’ issues regionally and nationally, especially those related to energy, economy and our South West countryside. Bruton is a vibrant town today, with some unique history. I look forward to working with the Council and community to help the town continue to thrive.

Kingsdown House, Shepton Montague, Somerset BA9 8JL
07770 611827

John Marsh

John has lived in Bruton since 2000 and has been a Councillor since 2009. He left the Army after 27 years service in 2007 and now runs his own Consultancy business. His wife works at the Growing Space in Wincanton and both his sons were educated at Bruton Primary school and Sexey’s. He feels very fortunate to have found Bruton. He loves living here and is motivated by making Bruton an even better place to live.

His interests include skiing, cycling, golf, most other sports (watching (in the pub ideally) rather than participating) and music. As a Councillor he is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Services and Amenities Committee, and he is the lead Councillor for the Jubilee Park Development Programme.

The Old Flowers, 7 Lusty, Bruton BA10 0BX

01749 812025



Lisa Pickering 

Lisa has been a Bruton Town Councillor since 2001.  In that time she has worked under four different Mayors and has been Vice Chair for all but two years of her service.

She has helped instigate many projects within the town, including the installation of the youth play area including the skate ramp, refurbishing the Jubilee play area, working with Hauser and Wirth to get the Durslade walled garden allotments up and running, helping to persuade Sexey’s School to open as a day school for local children, and getting a pedestrian crossing installed by Budgens to enable Sexey’s day-pupils to cross safely on their way to and from school.

She also created the Packhorse Fair and continues to co-ordinate the event and she is the Chair of the Bruton Festival of Arts Committee. She has worked as a senior house tutor at Sexey’s  school since 1998 and since 2004 she has been employed by Glastonbury Festival as manager of  ‘The Field of Avalon.’

She is married to Andrew Pickering and they have four grown up children.

78 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AJ

01749 813772

Justin Robinson (Vice-Chairman)

Justin returned to Bruton Town Council in 2016, having previously served on the council between 2002 and 2013, which included an eight-year period as chairman and town mayor. He is also a former deputy leader of the county council, where he held the community services portfolio for four years and chaired the county’s cultural forum, strategic health board and the project board that oversaw the creation of the Museum of Somerset and new county archive centre.
Justin now works as the executive officer at the Somerset Association of Local Councils, providing advice, training and support to over 260 town and parish councils. He is also a director of the SWCLCA, a not-for-profit company that organises conferences and events across the region to promote best practice in local government.

4 The Square, Bruton BA10 0AJ

07949 211651

Committees: Finance & General Purposes, Human Resources, Planning


Hannah Sida

Hi I’m Hannah and I’ve lived in Bruton for ten years now with my three children. My eldest two are at Sexeys but my youngest attends Bruton Primary. I came to Bruton because it offered an opportunity for my children to grow up in a community as well as being such a beautiful place of course! The schools have been at the centre of everything they do and I have never regretted my decision to send them there.

My own passions lie in the arts, the environment and social equality. Before moving to Bruton I worked as a Community Artist in London, bringing people from different ethnic groups together to get to know each other and be creative. As a member of the town council I will do my best to work for people of all ages and backgrounds to ensure access to services, to create employment opputunities and above all, to keep Bruton people centred. 

 Sunnydene, 76 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AJ

Clerk to the Council:


Kathy McCarthy

The Community Office, Dovecote Building, 26 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AA

01749 813014

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