Gill Moseley became a member of Newent Town Council in 2016 and along with her colleague, Cllr Vilnis Vesma, successfully stood for the Forest of Dean District Council three years later. In May 2021 she was elected to Gloucestershire County Council to represent the Newent Division, where she joins fifteen other Liberal Democrat councillors from all over the county.
Born in Leicester, Gill studied for a degree in music at the University of Birmingham and taught in two secondary schools in London for a number of years. While in London, Gill helped renovate a derelict house which became her family home. She also took time from her career to start a family and subsequently became involved in music for younger children.
Gill and her husband got involved with local politics while living in the London Borough of Hackney, where she spent over six years as a Liberal Democrat councillor. After moving to Gloucestershire in 1995, Gill continued her career in music education, teaching in both Hereford and Gloucester.
It was not until she retired that there was time to become involved in the local community and one of the first roles was as manager of the pop-up multi-charity Christmas Card shop that operated in the United Reformed Church schoolroom. Other things also kept her busy - she took on an allotment, joined the camera club, became a beekeeper, attended a local garden club, sang with the local choral society and helped set up the Newent & District u3a. Becoming involved again with local politics just left time for her allotment and the u3a and now, helping look after her two grandchildren in the school holidays.
Gill also retains an interest as a volunteer with the Macular Society, which caters for people with AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) and other retinal conditions. She helps organise a peer-to-peer support group in Gloucester and also has a role as a trained 'Skills for Seeing' Volunteer, a scheme through which people can be helped to make best use of their vision through one-to-one sessions.
When the opportunity arose to start a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Newent, Gill volunteered from the Town Council, to lead the Steering Group. Gill realized the need for an NDP especially as Newent is going to need to accept a significant amount of development in the coming years. She sits on the planning committee at the FoDDC and is particularly keen to see sustainable development both of the built and the green environment.
Climate change and the need for biodiversity have become increasingly important issues for Gill. Along with another local councillor, she leads the working group for Newent Town Council which has set up a Climate Emergency Forum for the town and parish.
In the past, Gill has enjoyed travelling to many parts of the world, and in particular getting to know how other people live and work, Languages have always been a particular fascination but she admits that learning more than a few phrases of Chinese defeated her. Travel is now a much more restricted activity, both for climate and political reasons. Delivering local Focus leaflets all through her large, rural Newent Division (help always gratefully received) or travelling for a purpose to places such as Chesham & Amersham generally gives her sufficient change of scenery.
Contact: email Gill.Moseley@gloucestershire.gov.uk or follow her on Facebook