Advisory Committee


Tim Edwyn-Jones


Following his degree in Estate Management and Surveying from Oxford Polytechnic, Tim set up his first company, Adelaide Jones, in central London in 1978.  Enjoying the nature of general practice, Tim’s work has covered all aspects of a surveyor’s portfolio: planning applications, boundary disputes, party wall agreements, enfranchisement’s, project management and expert witness, together with the usual surveying areas of valuations and building surveys.  Now settled full-time in Shaftesbury, having had a house here since 2000, Tim started his new company, Baillie Jones, two years ago and shares offices on the High Street.  Tim lives on Layton Lane with his wife Virginia and spaniel Paddy.


Stuart Edwards


Stuart worked for 30 years as civil servant advising on national policies affecting education, skills and business.  He now runs his own company working part-time as an assessor for the civil service fast stream graduate entry programme and undertaking various research and consultancy projects on the use of educational technology.   He is also chair of governors of an adult education college.  Stuart has lived in Shaftesbury for eight years and is fascinated by its history.  As a volunteer with the SAVED project, he is researching aspects of the history the abbey and digging test pits to find out more about the town’s archaeology.


Rachel Bodle

Project Member

Rachel has only lived in Shaftesbury since 2017 and describes her work with the Neighbourhood Plan group as a great way to get to know the town and its people better. She says she’s been fortunate to enjoy working as an organisational consultant in the past and now, although retired, she enjoys continuing to make herself useful in Shaftesbury. Particular interests are local food networks, skills for sustainable living, tackling inequality and rooting community in a strong sense of place – which is where the Neighbourhood Plan fits in!


Keri Jones


Keri lives in Shaftesbury. Throughout his professional career he has owned and managed radio stations. Recently, he worked as a travel programme presenter and he chairs STC’s Visitor Experience Advisory Committee, which advises STC on local tourism matters. Keri is a member of the STC Economic Development Advisory Committee and serves on the executive committee of the Shaftesbury Chamber Of Commerce. He’s also a Shaftesbury Fringe Committee member. Keri operates the not-for-profit community news website and podcast and he is chairing the ‘Alfred’ application to bring community radio to Shaftesbury. He also volunteers with Gold Hill Museum and Shaftesbury Arts Centre, helping with sponsorship and publicity.


Lee Hennessy

Project Member

I have a background in higher education and the voluntary sector. I am extremely interested in local issues particularly in relation to the environment.


Virginia Edwyn-Jones

Project Member

Virginia has spent her career working in the creatives industries, initially in advertising and PR, then as a producer in music production, working on commercials and TV soundtracks.  In her spare time she made the most of her design skills to upgrade various properties which led to commissions from friends and then clients.  In 2010, having moved full time to Shaftesbury with her husband, she set up Eden Design & Interiors with offices in the High Street.  Virginia is also Secretary of Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce and lives on Layton Lane with her husband Tim and spaniel Paddy.


Mick Hicks

Project Member

Mick was born in Shaftesbury many decades ago, but brought up in nearby Gillingham. A second generation immigrant from Somerset, who has lived in Shaftesbury for the last thirty plus years, he is now almost a local.
Following a career in education, he describes himself as a ‘reformed’ mathematician, having taught many things from physics and electronics, statistics/operational research and strategic information systems, to aspects of organisational behaviour and creative problem solving.
Although retired from his day job at what is now known as the University of West London, he still does some paid work as a visiting executive fellow at the Henley Business School, University of Reading.
A former town councillor of seven years, he currently occupies his ‘spare’ time between the above and going on holiday, as a trustee of Shaftesbury Civic Society and a member of the Shaftesbury Open Spaces group.”


Robin Miller

Project Member

A soldier for 34 years, now retired in Shaftesbury, who is using his operational and technical experience to support the TP Advisory Group. His particular responsibility within the group concerns the parking and traffic congestion aspects of the Town Centre.


Brie Logan

Project Facilitator

I work alongside the Town Clerk to promote and develop Shaftesbury Town Council (STC) within the local community and wider county. Within this multi-faceted role I manage the Office team, Head Groundsman and Pool Manager to ensure optimum delivery of service for the benefit of the community of Shaftesbury. I facilitate and support a number of different Advisory Committees including the Neighbourhood Plan. The Advisory Committees have been set up so that members of the community with specific skills, expertise and knowledge can help to shape the decision making within the council.

I am project managing a number of areas within the 5-year strategic plan. As each of the projects develop then more Advisory Committees will be set-up so this means more of our talented, passionate and knowledgeable community can become involved.