Ben Stevens has lived in the area for two and a half years after moving here from Bath with his wife. Ben is a Parish Councillor and has been a Councillor on B&NES Council before, where he had the Economic Development portfolio. When he was a Councillor, Ben was able to steer through a multimillion pound improvement project for his community. He is passionate about making the Midsomer Norton area more successful and when he was a Councillor he was instrumental in establishing the Somer Valley Economic Area to help try and bring investment and jobs back to the area. Ben worked for Alzheimer’s Society for just over two years and now works in infrastructure, helping to roll out super-fast broadband to the most rural areas of Somerset. In his spare time, Ben enjoys playing cricket and watching Bath Rugby. Ben is passionate about making Midsomer Norton a more successful place and not allowing the Welton Bibby site to sit decaying. Ben will stand up for Midsomer Norton and will work with residents on the issues that matter to them. Ben understands how to make things happen for his community and wants to bring that experience to us in Midsomer Norton.
Michael Jakins has been a resident of Midsomer Norton for thirty years, with his wife Celia, a local retired teacher who had previously worked in Clutton. Michael’s children and grandchildren also call Midsomer Norton their home. Michael’s previous political experience involves serving as a Parliamentary Agent, Ward Chairman, and Council Candidate in Kingston-upon-Thames. Michael is primarily interested in issues concerning education, revamping the Welton Bibby site, and fixing problems of housing. Outside of work Michael has always been highly involved in Youth Work, and is still active in The Boys’ Brigade, both locally in Bath and nationally across the country. Michael’s past experience includes working for a number of FTSE 100 Companies, including working as a senior Management Accountant, and overseeing Computer Systems. He oversaw numerous projects for both the government and industrial sector. Michael is a Methodist Local Preacher, and wants to continue to enhance community life and facilities in Midsomer Norton. Michael’s interests involve sporting recreation; he enjoys climbing and mountaineering, and has reached “the top of Europe”, the summit of Mont Blanc. He avidly enjoys kayaking, as well as music, as he currently sings with the Lucis Choir.