Who We Are - Shaftesbury Town Council
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Who We Are


Mayor 2017

John Lewer Mayor

The Mayor for the municipal year 2017/2018 is Cllr John Lewer

Following the Annual Meeting of the Council 23rd May 2017, Councillor John Lewer was elected as Mayor of Shaftesbury for the municipal year 2017/18.

John Lewer has lived in Shaftesbury since 2004, and for 20 years before that, just over the border in Wiltshire.  He has a degree in Electronic engineering and spent the bulk of his career lecturing in computing and other technical subjects at the Army’s School of Signals in Blandford.  In semi-retirement he worked as a self-employed electrician.  Now fully retired, he joined the Council in 2010.  For most of that time he has chaired the Planning and Highways Committee, before being elected Mayor in January 2017.

Councillor Piers Brown was elected Deputy Mayor at the Annual Meeting of the Council on 23rd May 2017.

Shaftesbury West Ward

Andy Perkins
Anthony Austin
Jeanne Loader
John Lewer
Philip Proctor
Piers Brown

Shaftesbury East Ward

George Hall
Lauren Todd
Lester Taylor
Luke Kirton
Mark Jackson
Tim Cook

Please see the meetings page for a list of committees and members on those committees


Ward Profiles

Shaftesbury Parish Council consists of two Wards:  Shaftesbury East and Shaftesbury West

Shaftesbury East Ward Profile

Shaftesbury West Ward Profile

Profiles of all Wards within North Dorset can be found at: https://www.dorsetforyou.com/communityprofiles/north


The Town Council currently employs eight permanent staff who are all based in Shaftesbury. The staff are divided into two departments – office and grounds. The office staff are based in the Town Hall in Shaftesbury and consist of a Town Clerk and three full time members of staff. The grounds team are based at Wincombe Business Park.

Office staff

Town Clerk – Claire Commons
Finance Officer – Tracy Moxham
Business Manager – Brie Logan
Office Administrator – Zoe Moxham

Grounds staff

Head Groundsman – Andy Dodd
Groundsman – Andrew Flitcroft
Groundsman – Michael Wakely
Groundsman – Terry Bugler

County Councillor

Councillor Derek Beer 

District Councillors

Councillors Derek Beer, Simon Pritchard, Jo Francis and Gary Jefferson