The membership for the forum is to be made up thirteen co-opted members, twelve cross party ward Councillors from Bath and one B&NES Council cabinet member:

Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones 

Conservative Deputy Group Leader Bath

Party: Conservative Party

Ward: Lansdown

Cllr Rob Appleyard 

Member Advocate for Vulnerable People

Party: Liberal Democrats

Ward: Lambridge

Jeremy Boss - Co-opted Member 

Jeremy is a lifelong Bath resident and chair of the Widcombe Association, which promotes Widcombe as a vibrant place to live and work, he is politically independent and has a professional background in technology and digital services in the public and private sectors

Cllr Colin Blackburn - Bath City Forum Chair


Ward: Westmoreland 

Cllr Dine Romero - Liberal Democrat Group Leader

Party: Liberal Democrats

Ward: Southdown

Cllr Anthony Clarke

Party: Conservative


Roger Driver - Co-opted Member

Rector of the Benefice of St Michael Without, Bath

Cllr Andrew Furse

Party: Liberal Democrats

Ward: Kingsmead

Cllr Bob Goodman - Bath City Forum Cabinet Link

Cabinet Member for Development

Party: Conservative Party

Ward: Combe Down

Penny Coatsworth - Co-opted member

Moved to Bath in 1981 following 13 years of extensive world travel, including owning and running a film/photographic studio in Cape Town.Returning to the UK, worked in the advertising marketing and PR industry and again took on self employment in 1994 with a map franchise and local authority contracts, to provide attractive on-street information maps.In the last 30 years, worked on a wide variety of Bath tourism and local related projects and subsequently drove forward the second 10 years of the Bath & District Business Crime Reduction Partnership.  Worked closely and co-operatively with Avon & Somerset Police and the Council’s CCTV operations.Also spent 10 years voluntary work on Bath Chamber of Commerce Executive having chaired Tourism & Retail committee and raised money from the business community to support Bath Christmas Lights in the 1990s. Widcombe Ward has been my home for 37 years.

Leslie Redwood - Co-opted Member

As a lifelong resident of Bath I was born just outside of the City in the Village of Dyrham and went to school here in Bath at King Edwards, my family and I now live here permanently in Widcombe. I have always been a keen supporter of business in the city – I have ran 3 successful Independent businesses here – in property, accommodation and consultancy. I was also elected Chairman of the Guest Houses Association and helped to set up the 650 business strong Business Improvement District (BID) from 2008 – this has made a significant contribution to the commercial and cultural offer of the city over the last 9 years. I now work for Visit Bath promoting and marketing the city on a Regional, National and International level to keep us at the top of the list of the most visited cities in the country- as well as promoting us as a businesses and cultural destination- in all aspects of our offer. 

Virginia Williamson - Co-opted Member

Virginia was formerly a clinical manager in the NHS and a project manager of aid-funded international development projects. Since completing a PhD on the role of citizen participation in aid-effectiveness, she has volunteered with local environmental groups. She convenes Transition Bath’s food group, Bath Area Growers and Bear Flat Association’s food group. She is a member of SEED Bath, a new network for groups campaigning on social, environmental, ethical and democratic issues.

Ben Palmer - Co-opted Member 

I am in my early twenties and have been a resident of Bath since 2015. Although my time here may seem relatively short, I have quickly fallen in love with Bath and am intending to stay here as a graduate. Currently I am a Social Science student at the University of Bath on a work placement this year as The SU Bath's Community Officer. I am involved in many local groups such as the Student Community Partnership, River Safety Group, Anti-Harassment and bullying, FoBRA and previous Bath Rugby season ticket owner.

Joy Saunders - Co-opted Member

Joy Saunders is a management consultant. She has a passion for social justice with over 15 years’ leadership experience in the financial and international development sectors. An advocate for collective responsibility and constructive engagement to solve complex development challenges. Joy is also a board member for Julian House, a regional Bath-based charity which seeks to provide opportunities for those dealing with complex or challenging social issues especially homelessness. 

Michael Hill - Co-opted Member

Forty something married, father of one lively seven year old, lived in Bath virtually all my life, been involved with local sport (cricket & hockey) for over thirty years. Worked in the world of business resilience for over twenty years for a number of well-known global companies including Orange and Nokia, currently working for BBC TV Licensing.

Nicolette Boater - Co-opted Member

Nicolette is a longstanding enthusiast of Bath’s unique whole-life quality, and has lived here with her Bathonian husband and teenage daughters since 2003. She is an active (but non party-political) participant in various Bath-focussed cultural, environmental and community groups. Professionally, she is an independent adviser to governmental and private sector organisations, specialising in sustainable development, environmental management, and infrastructure investment.

 Andrew Page - Co-opted Member

Andrew works for a software company, as an application architect.   Living in Bath, he enjoys taking an active part in the local community.  He has been a trustee of several charities including TCV and National Centre for Circus Arts reflecting his interests in the environment and the arts.  

Robin Kerr - Co-opted Member

A Chartered Engineer, Robin has lived with his family in Lansdown for the last 46 years, having divided his working life between the Navy (32 years), a large US high technology company (8), and serving Bath’s residents (8).

Penny McKissock - Co-opted Member

Penny McKissock is founder and CEO of Southside which tackles social isolation by using a unique and  inclusive approach to family support and domestic abuse advice and advocacy for families and individuals with the most need in B&NES

Cllr Shaun McGall

Party: Liberal Democrats

Ward: Oldfield

Cllr Jasper Becker

Party: Conservative Party

Ward: Widcombe

Cllr Lin Patterson

Party: Green Party

Ward: Lambridge

Cllr Christopher Pearce

Cabinet Assistant for Community Services

Party: Conservative Party

Ward: Kingsmead

Rosie Phillips - Co-opted Member and Bath City Forum Vice Chair

Rosie is a Bath Resident and the Founder & Chief Executive of Developing Health & Independence, a charity, with its roots in Bath, working to address disadvantage and social exclusion.


Cllr Joe Rayment

Labour Party Deputy Group Leader

Party: Labour Party

Ward: Twerton


Cllr Peter Turner

Member Advocate for Heritage and Culture

Party: Conservative Party

Ward: Abbey


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