Cllr Rees Keene

Rees is a member of the family who have been farming at Over since 1936.  He grew up on Over Farm.  He spent 7 years serving with the Royal Air Force until 2010, and then went on the study at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester.  He is now a business partner of Over Farm.  He decided to apply to serve as a Parish Councillor after attending several meetings as a member of the public, and feeling that he might have something to contribute.


Bill Nicol

Bill Nicol has lived in Highnam since 1980.  He has three sons who all attended Highnam Primary School (now Academy), and went on to Newent Community School.  He has worked for Gloucestershire County Council since 1988, in the Business Service Centre.  He takes on the role of Presiding Officer at local elections for either Forest of Dean or Tewkesbury Councils.

He has interests in live music, investing and reading, and was a founder member of the now defunct Highnam Garden Club.

Bills Residential address is:  15 Farthing Croft

Jill Smith

Jill Smith has lived in Highnam for 32 years.  Her past career has been working for NHS in the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Trust.  Starting as an Occupational Therapist, she went on to become a Project Manager after gaining an MSc in 2004.  Jill believes that the Parish Council is there to work with the people, for the people.

Jill is also a Tewkesbury Borough Councillor

Jill’s residential address is:  Astmans Farm, Lassington Lane

Kevin Emmerson

Kevin has lived in Highnam since 1983, and had until retiring worked for Severn Trent water for 25 years.

His residential address is: 9 Oakridge, Highnam , GL2 8EF


Bill Badham

Bill Badham has lived in Highnam since September 2015 and retired from Royal Mail in May 2018  He wanted to become more involved in village affairs.

Bill has taken on the role of Footpath Warden and is also taking over the lead on Speed Monitoring in the village.

He is a member of the Environmental working party on the Parish Plan Refresh, and interested in Wild Highnam and Highnam Hikers.

His  residential address is 4 Micklemead, Highnam, GL2 8NF


Valerie Tustin Smith

Valerie joined Highnam Parish Council in 2016 and has been involved in issues relating to the development of Highnam, in particular in the Lassington Lane area.

Valerie’s residential address is:

Lassingville, Lassington Lane, Highnam  GL2 8DH

The email for Valerie is:

Charles Coats

Charles has served on Highnam Parish Council since 2015 and has lived in the Parish for many years.

Charles has a background in local government and has used this experience extensively during recent issues arising from major planning applications.  Charles is working on the Parish Plan 2017 (Parish Plan 2007 Refresh),  planning and development and public relations.  He is also leading the rewriting of the Highnam Neighbourhood Development Plan for the future of our village.

Charles’ residential address is: 14 Stoney Field, Highnam,  GL2 8LY

Charles’ email address is:

Michael Welch

Michael has been chairman of Highnam Parish since 2015.

As well as his duties as Chairman he is responsible for Public Relations, scrutiny and budgets.  He is also a Trustee of HCCT ( Highnam Community Centre Trust )

Michaels’ residential address is:  7 Peter’s Field, Highnam, GL2 8LR

Michael’s email address is: