Parish Council Members

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The Parish Council has fifteen seats - six each for Brewood and Coven, two for Bishop's Wood and one for Coven Heath. Two members, Anne (Diane) Holmes and Wendy Sutton are also elected District Councillors.

Elections are held every four years, the most recent being held on 7 May 2015. The following are now duly elected members of the Parish Council:

Bishop's Wood Members

Jan Jeffries


David and I came to Bishop’s Wood in 1980, and after 35 years moved to Brewood. Our three daughters all attended our first-rate local state schools and we are now proud grandparents to seven, with whom we spend time whenever we can. Since retiring from a management position in teaching, I can devote more time to voluntary work at the Independent Monitoring Board of Stafford Prison, being a School Governor at Bishop’s Wood First School, Wolgarston High School and recently at the newly-formed Penk Federation. I relax by reading and taking long walks in the countryside.



Mary Sambrook


My name is Mary Rachael Sambrook.  Three years ago I returned to live in Bishop’s Wood where I grew up.  I am married to Terry and have three grown up children.  I became a Brewood and Coven Parish Councillor for Bishop’s Wood in 2015 and balance this with working.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening, working on our allotment and walking my dogs.





Brewood Members

David Evans

My full name is John David Conrad Evans but known as David or Dave. I was born and bred in the village and people have said that if you cut off the top of my head and feet there would be Brewood written through and through. However my career in hospitality took me to London, Broadway and Birmingham in this country but also to France, United States and Canada all of which I was an immigrant. I returned to Brewood to spend 30 years in hospitality education mostly at Stafford College but also Wolverhampton, Cannock and Dudley Colleges. I am still working, travelling the country as a licensing law expert, training potential personal licence holders. I also ran a successful restaurant in Brewood for a number of years on a part-time basis. This is my second time on the council and I am the latest in a long line of public servants in my family, my mother was clerk to this council, my maternal grandmother was deputy mayor of Durham city, dad served on Brewood Parish Council, my sister is a past leader of Rother Council and other sister was on Bosbury Parish Council along with brother in law. Familywise I have 3 daughters and 10 grandchildren living in Brewood, London and France. 

Diane Holmes (Chair)

I moved to Brewood with my husband and two daughters in 1986 and have lived at my present address since 1989. I was elected to the Parish Council in 1991 and have been made Chairman on two occasions. I was elected to the District Council in 1999 and was honoured to be made Chairman there last year. I still serve on both. My daughters are now married and I have seven grandchildren.

Kevin Kearney

My name is Kevin Kearney. I joined the Parish Council in May 2015. I retired from Banks’s Brewery in 2013, after 33 years’ service, where I was employed in the sales team. I have been married to Helen for 36 years and have 2 sons and a daughter. My hobbies are gardening, drinking good beer in nice pubs and Wolves FC, I have been a season ticket holder there for over 40 years. I am also a committee member at both Brewood and Bishop’s Wood village halls.


Wendy Sutton

My name is Wendy Sutton and I was elected a local District Councillor in October 2013, after I had retired from the police service after 30 years. I was re-elected in May 2015 as a District Councillor and elected as a Parish Councillor for the area of Brewood.  I have been married to Mark Sutton, who is the County Councillor for the Brewood Division, for 33 years and we have one beautiful daughter and one cute little Bichon Frise dog called Lola.  I love spending time with the family – renovating houses, walking, reading, going to the theatre, gardening and just relaxing. Currently as well as being a District and Parish Councillor, I work as a Futures Consultant. I also sit on both the Licensing and Regulatory Committee and the Wellbeing Select Committee for South Staffordshire Council, as well as the Corporate Parenting Panel for Staffordshire. I also undertake the role of volunteer coordinator for Brewood Community Library.

Dr Richard Taylor

I moved to Brewood in 1973 as a general medical practitioner. I joined the Parish Council in 1977. I have lived in Dean Street, Brewood for 42 years. I am married with two grown up children and 5 grandsons. My principle interests are: Conservation, planning and keeping Brewood village a village, slowing down its development into a ‘dormitory town’.



Malcolm Webb MBE

My name is Malcolm John Webb but known to everyone as ‘Mac’. I have been a member of Brewood and Coven Parish Council for the past 11 years. I am a retired Police Officer after 30 years’ service in the Staffordshire Police. I have been married to Pat for 53 years. We have one son David and one granddaughter and one grandson who are both at university. I was chairman of Brewood and Coven Parish Council in 2011-12. I am chairman of Brewood Junior Football Club which I founded in 1975. I am also Chairman of Brewood Parish Sports Association. In my spare time I enjoy football, I still work on match days at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club as a steward admin officer. I also enjoy gardening and reading. I was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to the community, presented by Prince Charles.


Coven Members

Moira Alden-Court

I have been a Parish Councillor for 16 plus years. I work with and for the elderly in the village of Coven.  I have two children, one serving in the R.A.F and due to retire soon, the other sadly deceased.   I have served in the W.R.A.C, the Police force and worked as an auxiliary nurse in Compton Hospice when it first opened. I now do what I can to help in the community.  My motto is if I can’t help you I will definitely know someone who can.  I was chair of both Coven Heath Residents Association, in its day, and Chair of Brewood and Coven Parish Council.

Janis Bradshaw

I joined the Parish Council in May 2015. My husband and I have lived in Coven for 35 years and we are both retired teachers. I have a son and a daughter in their 20s who attended local schools. I have been involved in various organisations which have supported our community. A governor at St Paul's First School, a member of its PTA and that of Brewed Middle School. I was part of a parent/teacher forum at Wolgarston High and have served on the Scouts and Guides Committee. I enjoy reading, gardening, Tai Chi and making my own greetings cards.

Janet Carr

My name is Janet Carr, (Jan) I became a Parish Councillor in 2005. I am a widow with two grown up daughters and five grandchildren.    Before I retired my husband and I owned a hydraulic company in Cannock. I am a Trustee/Treasurer of Coven Memorial Hall Committee, a keen member of St Paul’s church congregation and enjoy organizing fund raising events to raise money for its ongoing maintenance. I am also a member of ‘Friends of the Bront’ and I am proud to say a member of Coven’s newly formed Scout group. I enjoy being a member of Brewood and Coven Parish Council which enables me to help my community as best I can.

Richard Dakin (Vice Chairman)

My name is Richard Dakin. I reside in Brewood have done so for the past 19 years, I am married to Irene, we have a daughter and grand-daughter. I was born in Shifnal. My first school years were spent at Tong Infant and Junior School. On leaving there I attended Shifnal Secondary Modern School and on leaving school I worked on a farm for 12 months. After that I decided to learn a trade and I decided to take an appreticeship in the plumbing and central heating service, remaining in this trade until my retirement. During this time I was in partnership with a plumber from Cannock for eight years but due to a personal accident we closed the business. I have been a Parish Councillor for nearly eight years; Chairman in 2017-18. I'm also on the Brewood Parish Sports Association committee and vice chairman of the Brewood British Legion Branch. I love spending lots of time with my family. I also enjoy gardening, walking our Jack Russell dog and following Derby County F.C.

Antonio Pupino

My name is Antonio and I live in Coven with my wife and 2 young children.  I have lived in Coven since 1988. I am employed and work for a national advice charity. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and cycling.




Glen Sibley

I have been married to Edna for 47 years. We have no children but a lot of family on both sides. I have lived in Coven since 1980. I was a self-employed computer consultant for 20 years looking after and maintaining computer systems and networks for small and medium businesses in the West Midlands, Staffordshire and London. Since my retirement in 2010 I use my skills in designing and maintaining websites for charitable organisations and I follow my interests in Conservation (A founder member of the Friends of Barnfield Sandbeds in Brewood), astronomy, gardening and walking (founder of Coven Ramblers and Brewood Library Progressive Health Walks). I am a trained and accredited health walk leader with South Staffordshire Council and enjoy planning and leading walks for the benefit of those who attend the walks and enjoy the outdoor life. I have been a Parish Councillor for the Coven ward of the Brewood and Coven Parish Council since August 2014 and enjoy serving and meeting members of the community.

Coven Heath Member

Linda Tomkins 

My full name is Rosemary Linda Tomkins but I only answer to Linda. I volunteered to join Brewood and Coven Parish Council in 2011 shortly after I had retired from Ofsted Early Years where I was an Inspector. I have been married to Pete for 47 years, and we have two daughters and two grandsons aged 14 and six My hobbies include growing vegetables on my allotment, cycling, knitting, jigsaws and swimming.