Meet your Councillors
Stoke Poges Parish Council is made up of 11 councillors, elected every four years. The post is unpaid and councillors give their time on a voluntary basis.
The current councillors are:
Councillor Ralph Bagge
I have lived in Stoke Poges since 1995. Our children went to The Stoke Poges School, where my wife teaches. I became interested in the Parish Council in 2009 when there was a controversy over the lease of two portacabins on Bells Hill rec. I started attending Parish Council meetings and when vacancies arose in 2010 I stood for election. It was clear at that time, that given the talent of our parishioners and their relative wealth, the Parish Council wasn't doing as good a job as it could. Since that time, we have improved facilities in our recreation grounds and held a number of public events and introduced flowers and Christmas lights on Bells Hill. I edited Stoke Poges News from 2010 to 2023.
Councillor Manjit Bassi
I live in the village with my husband and two boys. I graduated at Brunel university with an MSc in Environmental Science with Legislation and Management. I work full-time for an Environmental Consultancy and in my spare time I enjoy going to the gym.
Historically, I was Chair of the local PTA, organising events to raise money for the school. I have a real passion to protect our greenbelt and village. I believe with my expertise I can make a positive change and drive community spirit. I’m committed to the future of our village.
Councillor Saera Carter BEM
I have lived in the village for 29 years. My work background was marketing and sales training. I am married with 2 grown up boys that attended local schools. I have been involved with setting up our village Scout Group, we had Beavers and Cubs but no Scouts, I am very happy to see that Scouts is now thriving in the village.
As my love for our village grew, 12 years ago I became a Parish Councillor. There appeared to many gaps for things that were needed to make Stoke Poges a great place to live. Projects I have been involved with include: Setting up the Good Neighbour Scheme, the Pavilion which also provided a much needed home for the uniformed groups, new playground equipment in both recreational grounds, new bus shelters, our war memorial, resurrecting the Carols on the Green, organising key celebratory events in the village, the exercise path, the Village Store Cupboard to name a few. I have to say that this has probably been the busiest 12 years of my life!
My key strengths are my organisation skills and my desire to support villagers where necessary and bring them together.
Councillor Geoff Cox
I have lived in the village all of my life, and am now retired with my wife. I have served my first 5 year term (1 extra year due to covid election restrictions) on the Parish Council and am now in my 2nd 4 year term.
I currently look after the MVAS speed limit signs, the allotments and the distribution of Stoke Poges News. I am also an active volunteer of Friends of Stoke Common and Burnham Beeches volunteers to protect our heathlands and Green Spaces for the future enjoyment of our villagers.
Councillor Maggie Knox-Scott
Independent non-political councillor.
I have lived in the village for 23 years and I love living here. We are so lucky in Stoke Poges to have all the benefits of a village with rural outlook and the friendliness and community that comes with it.
I am passionate about keeping Stoke Poges special and helping keep our Green Belt protected. My hope would be to ensure that future development is in keeping with our heritage and that affordable homes are also built, as part of the Local Plan, without losing the character of the village, to ensure that we look after our senior community and also the young people in our village, thereby achieving a good age balance for Stoke Poges and avoiding over development and potential damaging development.
Over the years I have been active in helping at village events – the Fete, Carols on the Green and the Horticultural Society Annual Show at which I ran the grand raffle for many years. In 2018 I was privileged to be invited to be part of the working party that gave the village "A Stoke Poges Celebration 100 years of Remembrance". I am also on the Committee of The Stoke Poges Society, whose aim is the preservation and study of all matters relating to the history and development of Stoke Poges, collating and preserving archive material and artefacts and making it available to members and interested parties. I organise the events for the Society. I also served as a committee member on the Horticultural Society for many years.
As part of my giving back principle I am actively involved in fund raising for the Air Ambulance, Cancer Research and the Slough Food Bank. I volunteer for the LIONS International charity at their fund raising events which support local charities.
It is an honour to serve on the Stoke Poges Parish Council, and the Planning Committee, being part of a proactive team who all have the interests of the village at heart and who have given so much to ensure we have a beautiful village to enjoy. My hope is to give something back to the community as a councillor listening to the views and aspirations of the residents and being part of the solution and involved in our village's future to help continue the wonderful work already achieved to-date by the SPPC.
Councillor Nick Moore
I am married with one daughter and have lived in the village for 25 years. I have been on the Parish Council since the elections in May 2021 and am on the Finance Committee and the Carols on the Green working group. I am a trustee of the Village Hall and the Village Fete.
Councillor Kim Pritchard
I have lived in Stoke Poges for 15 years with my partner Tim. Since retiring, I have now been able to become more involved with village life. I have a wealth of experience working with vulnerable people primarily in the Criminal Justice System and the Citizens Advice Bureau. More recently I have helped support homeless teenagers and young people with learning disabilities.
Having been elected to the Parish Council in May 2021, I have since enjoyed helping to organise the 'Carols on the Green', the Queen's Jubilee Celebration and the Parish Council reception.
I am passionate about the beautiful countryside which surrounds our village and continue to support the protection of the green belt.