Mike Bounds

Parish Councillor

Mike has lived in Whetstone since 1981 having moved to the village from nearby Glen Parva and is employed by part of the Babcock International Group  at their offices in Leicester after their relocation from Cambridge Road..

He is presently a school governor at St Peter’s Church of England Aided Primary School

Since being elected to Whetstone Parish Council in 1995, he has served two terms as chairman, most recently in 2015-2016, and sits on the Planning Committee and Public Open Spaces Working Party.  He also spent a year as Chair of the now defunct Whetstone Crime and Disorder Group, which involved members of local government, the police and the general public as a whole.

Peter Cox

Parish Councillor

I have lived in Whetstone for 37 years, where our family have been farmers in the Parish for nearly 100 years. I am a Qualified Accountant running my own accountancy practice.  I have been on Whetstone Parish Council for over 11 years, including time as chairman in 2014/15.

I currently audit the books for 1st Whetstone Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, St Peters Church, Whetstone Memorial Hall and the Parish Centre.

Mark Jackson

Vice Chair of Council

For over eleven years Mark has been a longstanding member of the following Parish Council working groups: Finance, Public Open Spaces with Community Premises.  Mark was elected Chairman of the Parish Council for two consecutive terms during 2011 and 2012. In particular, he was Chairman when the Parish Council, as a team, prevented the unrestricted development of green field sites on the edge of the village.

Mark is a founder member, Secretary and Treasurer of Whetstone Allotment Association (WAA), which formally came into being in 2009.  The Chairwoman and real boss of WAA is his wife Eileen!  Mark is also a member of Blaby District Council representing North Whetstone.

Dina North

Parish Councillor

Nadina has 16 years’ experience in manufacturing, logistics and business services gained across the automotive, aerospace, construction, submarine, technology, Mod and aviation worlds. She has been a local resident of Blaby District for over 22 years.

Together with her husband Edward they moved to Whetstone approximately five years ago where they are bringing up their two children (who attend local schools and childcare provisions within the community).

Amongst enjoying walks, bike rides and animals she is passionate about youth provisions, services and security.

Pat Kenney

Parish Councillor

I moved to Whetstone 48 years ago and for 20 years worked at St Peters School in the kitchens.  I’ve always been involved in the community and life of the village. I’m a member of Whetstone Baptist Church and run the King Street Ducklings Parent and Child Group.

I’ve been a parish councillor at Whetstone for the last five years and I currently sit on planning, public open spaces.

Les Phillimore

Parish Councillor

Married with two grown up children, Les lives with his wife Jackie; a Specialist Nursery Nurse and their adult youngest son, in Whetstone, South Leicestershire. Les’s passion for bench-setting; organizational strategy and business vision has seen him introduce numerous initiatives throughout his career to leave a trail of bench-setting metrics, innovations to established doctrines and first-to-market practices across multiple disciplines. A skilled strategist with a thirst for knowledge, Les achieved two postgraduate diplomas followed by his MBA in his spare time and is particularly interested in ancient history and culture. He is a long-standing Parish Councillor and a first term Elected Member for Blaby District Council. As Policy Lead for the Leicester and Leicestershire area of Federation of Small Businesses, Les represents the FSB at numerous events and agencies such as UK T&I, Bank of England and political engagement forums.

A Co-Director of a boutique Business Consultancy, Les’ recent projects have seen him working on product design, commercialization and funding for global reach technology, design a new service model for the repurposing of Empty Homes, design a business incubation and acceleration model and imminent launch projects with midlands universities on bio-renewable innovation and new SME business engagement strategies. Les is known for his passion for business success, employee development and a Micro-S / SME led economic recovery and has served as a Business Mentor for PRIME.org.uk and a Student Mentor for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Richard Simmons

Chairman Of Parish Council

I am a retired engineering manager and have lived in Whetstone for 25 years. I have been a member of the parish council for approximately 5 years. I joined because I wanted to be involved and serve the local community and feel that the parish council enables me to have an input in to local affairs.

My aim is for Whetstone to continue be a pleasant and peaceful village to live in and hope that my contribution through the parish council will have a benefit for all. I am also a member of one of the local churches which enabled me to keep in touch with local people’s needs and concerns.

Dylan Smith

I  have been a parish councillor for six years.  I am married with two children of school age.   I enjoy spending time walking our dog, watching my lad at the Vipers or digging over the allotment at the Dicken.

Making Whetstone a better place is the reason I became a councillor.  Whilst it has some facilities it needs more for school age children and this is something the council continues to deliver on or support others.  One area that truly frustrates me is the amount of anti-social behaviour we have to suffer in the village.  Whether it be abandoned sites, graffiti or dog fouling we should do more.  We need to ensure that the extra housing comes with the supporting infrastructure to ensure Whetstone does not become choked with traffic.  I would strongly recommend anyone interested in making a difference to this great village to come and see what we are all about

Sue Tomlinson

Parish Councillor

Born and bred in urban Nottingham. I moved to Leicestershire in 1991 and to Whetstone in 1996 (shortly after the birth of my youngest daughter) I had worked for 19 years with British Gas and was part of immense changes from Nationalisation to Privatisation.  I had, then, 3 wonderful rewarding years as a Mum and a Housewife enjoying the facilities of Whetstone.

In 1999 I was asked if I would help out, answering phones and manning the office for a couple of hours a day whilst the Deputy Clerk of the Parish Council went on Maternity Leave. I said yes, was subsequently asked to stay on, part time to assist with clerical duties – 13 years later and having worked for three different clerks I retired. I knew, however, that if the opportunity arose I would apply to be a Parish Councillor to give back some of my free time and experience and commitment to the Community and residents of Whetstone.

Alice Tyler

Parish Councillor

For more than forty years I have been passionate about getting correct information about planning matters to all those who need it.

My interest in local government, particularly planning, began when I lived in Kent and has continued ever since.

In the last few years since the publication in March 2012 of the National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) the media and politicians at all levels seem to have become more aware of what Planning Law in England actually says. This is very heartening

Alan Tanner

Parish Councillor

I have lived in Cosby with my family since 1979.  I thought that it is good to put something back into the community, especially Whetstone and Cosby.  It has been great, especially when collectively with other councillors, you stop inappropriate development of sites. Other concerns: the prevention of anti-social behaviour, petty theft and graffiti.  Among the positive and important issues in our village communities are health and education and supporting all ages from the youth to older residents.

I was trained as an apprentice industrial heating engineer for six years with Grocock and Day, Civil Engineers.  I have been self-employed in the building and heating trade since 1969.  I am now semi-retired but still keep active renovating older properties as builder/project manager.

In 2005 I became the first Youth Champion and I served as Chairman of Blaby District Council 2013/14. I was a governor at Cosby Primary School for ten years but am now concentrating on the NHS through being a member of Leicestershire Partnership NHS and of the Patient Participation Group of The Limes Medical Centre, Narborough

Natalie Howden

Parish Councillor

I have lived in the Blaby district nearly all my life and recently moved to Whetstone with my husband and two young children. I am currently a stay at home mum and I am really enjoying being at home with the children.

I wanted to become a councillor for Whetstone Parish in order to help out in any way I could to improve what is already a lovely village and I am keen to ensure that initiatives in the area benefit everyone and are inclusive to all groups and ages.

My background is in Public Health I graduated from DMU with a degree in Health Studies. I worked for Public Health England for 7 years most recently in a senior analyst role investigating Infectious disease activity in the East Midlands.

I have volunteered with Young Offenders for a number of years and recently I have been volunteering with a city centre based charity as a Sexual Health Promotion worker.

I am about to start studying a Masters in Public Policy and Management and  I hope in the future when the children are at school I can pursue a career in a strategic role/project management role within the public sector/third sector.

Mike Bradford

Parish Councillor

I attended the Council meetings for several months to observe the operations of a Parish Council from the public area.  I now feel that I can step up and become a co-opted Parish Councillor.

I have been a resident of Whetstone for over 21 years and feel I have a very local perspective which I feel could add value to the Parish Council.

Sam Duffin

Parish Councillor

I moved to Whetstone in 2016 with my wife and 2 young children from Cambridgeshire. I have spent most of my earlier life living in Wigston.

I joined the parish council because I wanted to get involved in the local community and help to make Whetstone a better place for all who live in the parish. I was enthused to see the passion that people on the council have for the parish and think that being part of the council is one way that I can contribute to the community.


Ash Raithatha

Parish Councillor

My name is Ash, I am married with two children.  We came to Whetstone a couple of years ago as it is a great area to be in.  I  am looking forward to making some positive contributions to the community through the Parish Council. 

With all the new housing over the last few years, Whetstone Parish now consists of over 6500 parishioners, young and old, and are represented by Whetstone Parish Council.

Often people say we’re just responsible for the local cemetery and little else. You may be surprised to learn that we have many responsibilities, not least raising a levy which contributes to your Council Tax bill (which Council do try to keep as low as they can, after all, they all live in Whetstone as well).

Here in Whetstone we have the following committees and working parties:

Finance, Resources and Policy Working Party. Responsible for Council’s budget and ensures the service provided is carried out at a reasonable but realistic cost
Community Premises & Public Open Spaces Working Party. Responsible for maintenance and up-keep of all village assets for the benefit of the community and working together with local groups,Clubs and providers of facilities to enhance the provision of new and existing facilities
Planning Committee. Makes observations on plans submitted for action by The District Council (not just extensions to residential property). Also the right to make comments and objections if not in agreement.
Staff Working Party. Oversees the legal and Human Resources requirements of staff employed by Council.

In addition to these bodies, which meet twice a month in the case of the Planning Committee if planning applications require consultation, and at least once a quarter for the other, a Full Council meeting is held once a month, normally on the third Thursday. All working parties and committees report back at this meeting. We also voluntarily attend other community group meetings which require our input, involvement or action.

With the exception of the Finance, Resources and Policy Working Party and Staff Working Party all parishioners are welcome to any of the meetings.

We can be contacted via the office telephone: 0116 275 1987 E.mail: clerk@whetstonepc.org.uk