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Steering Group

The Neighbourhood Plan is managed by a steering group composed of members of the Salisbury community and elected Salisbury City councillors.

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Hans-Dieter Scholz

Dieter has been a resident of Salisbury for more than 30 years. He is passionate about the heritage and the potential of the city. He originally came to the UK through a NATO assignment to MOD.

For many years he has been a trustee of the Salisbury Cathedral Preservation Society and a member of the Salisbury Civic Society Development Committee.

Before his retirement he was a career management consultant. His positions included Director European Product Planning, NCR; Managing Director PA Consultancy Germany; Senior Director/Partner Coopers & Lybrand; Managing Director REL Consultancy Group.

He has been an active member of the Salisbury Neighbourhood Plan Design Topic Group since its formation.

Design Topic Group Leader

Atiqul Hoque

Hi, my name is Atiqul Hoque. I’ve been a resident of Salisbury for over 25 years.

I started my first Business call Chutneys on Estcourt Road, since then I managed to open several others in Shaftbury, Amesbury and Andover. I became Councillor since 2013.

The reason I stood simply because, people of Salisbury have been very good to me and it was the only way I can give back to the community who has given me so much. I grew up in London but Salisbury is where my soul belongs. I am father of 5 children all born raised here and go to local schools. I chose to be part of Salisbury Neighbourhood Plan task group because I care and wanted to make sure we have a balanced development within our City more importantly implement residents view.

Nicola Lipscombe

Salisbury is my home town and I love it. Change in such a beautiful place can be challenging but very positive if the right planning frameworks are in place, such as the Neighbourhood Development Plan. I want to help ensure Salisbury has a future which is both resilient and sustainable in the face of the Climate Emergency.

My interests relate particularly to the environment and landscape matters, to design as well as town planning and community engagement. I have diploma in town planning and am a chartered landscape architect and have worked in private practice and for local authorities for almost 30 years.

I am currently closely involved with Salisbury Area Greenspace Partnership, a community-led group with a keen interest in the concept of multifunctional green infrastructure which has the potential to provide wide ranging benefits for a community like Salisbury.

Tom Corbin

I have been on the Salisbury City Council planning Committee since being elected in May 2013.

I have always maintained an active interest in the City’s built and rural environments and I recognise that the attractiveness of the City to visitors and residents alike is something which wherever possible should be protected or enhanced.

I believe the Neighbourhood Development Plan can help achieve these goals for future generations to be able to enjoy Salisbury’s current and future built developments.

Annie Riddle

Annie has lived in Harnham for 30 years.

Now retired, she worked in journalism for 32 years, 23 of them as a sub-editor on national tabloids, and more recently as a reporter and columnist for the Salisbury Journal.

She and husband David have two sons who attended Bishop Wordsworth’s School, where Annie also briefly worked as a receptionist.

Her interests include housing development, traffic, local democracy, Old Sarum airfield, and protecting green spaces and wildlife.

Annie sings with Salisbury Community Choir, helps run the Facebook group SOS – Save Our Salisbury, and writes an occasional blog, Inspired By

Dr Andrea Pellegram

Dr Andrea Pellegram has been a chartered town planner since 1991 and began working as a planner before that. She has worked in Local Government in senior management positions, in the private sector as a planning applicant on major and complex schemes and has been an advocate supporting many communities as they seek to achieve good outcomes from the planning system.

She is the Director of her own company, Andrea Pellegram Ltd., where she focuses on supporting Local Councils in preparing their neighbourhood planning policies and also as their advisor when dealing with difficult planning issues. She also has private and commercial clients.

John Farquhar

John Farquhar was born in Cairns, Australia, in 1950 and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1968.

He served in training, logistic and administrative appointments at sea and ashore, before transferring to the Royal Navy as a senior officer in 1989. He worked in MoD Whitehall until 1995 and then in NATO in Italy, Bosnia and Brussels, before leaving the RN in 2005, mostly on the personal staffs of very senior officers.

After managing a logistics company in Afghanistan in 2006, he returned to the RAN in Canberra before retiring in 2015. He married in 1976, has two children and lives in Salisbury, England.

Kate O'Connor

My 11 years in West Harnham are the longest that I have lived anywhere – but no regrets! I still love finding new nooks, crannies, meadows and rivers as well as the pleasures that come from repeat viewings throughout the seasons. Local voluntary activity has included work with a Credit Union and the Civic Society.

I travel extensively when I can and a large family (no children) and my many interests keep me fully occupied.

I was born in Kenya and lived/worked in the States, Hong Kong, Wales, Scotland (various places) and England (again various). My first degree was history and I have an MBA from Cranfield.

My early career included estates management and customer service/consulting roles as well as management of a City based law firm. The second half of my career was usually at Director level where I managed diverse professionals and services, was usually involved in the implementation of significant change programmes and worked with many statutory and some voluntary organisations.

I am enjoying getting to grips with Neighbourhood Planning and am committed to improving the Salisbury live-work-visit experience for everyone and in all parts of our catchment area

David Wilson

I am a chartered civil engineer and have lived in Salisbury with my wife and three children for over 20 years. I work for a neighbouring Council as Head of Transport Implementation and have over 30 years experience in traffic engineering and highway planning.

Jo Broom

Jo was born in Devizes and grew up in Pewsey.

Her links with Salisbury began in 1981 when she studied at Salisbury College, she then went on to train as a Nurse and Midwife at the Salisbury Infirmary and Salisbury District Hospital (formerly Odstock Hospital).

Since then she has lived and worked in and around the city. She now runs a home care business with her daughter.

As well as representing the city as a Councillor, she is a Trustee for Salisbury Hospice as well as being a mum to two grown up children and a very proud Nana of three grandsons.

Margaret Willmot

Originally from Winchester, a career in IT has taken me to work in various locations in the UK and abroad. I settled in Salisbury over 25 years ago and have much enjoyed putting down roots here and getting to know the City and the wider area. Now retired, I enjoy walking and cycling, and am a volunteer guide in Salisbury Cathedral.

My interest in environmental issues led me to take a Diploma in Environmental Policy with the Open University in 2002. I am particularly interested in sustainable transport, and have been an active member of the committee of the Cycling Opportunities Group for Salisbury (COGS) for many years and was a founder member of Salisbury’s car share club (now part of Co-Cars).

I would like to see a Neighbourhood Plan developed that reflects people’s views and which can also enable the city to thrive while adapting to the environmental challenges we now face.

Transport and Movement Topic Group Leader

Jo King

I am married and have two grown up children and two grandchildren. I work full time for Alabare Christian Care and Support who support vulnerable throughout the city and further afield and am a Trustee of the Salisbury Foodbank. My family have lived in Salisbury for the past 40 years + having moved from London. My husband was in Local Government for his whole career and I spent about 14 years as a Local Government Officer with Salisbury District Council before it amalgamated with Wiltshire Council. I have been involved with various groups across the city over the past years and have attended St Mark’s Church for about the same time. I have been involved in community activities in the Bishopdown/St Mark’s area through my church helping to run all kinds of events.

My personal passion is music and I would really like to see Salisbury become a City of Music – we have so many different types of music in the city – young rock bands, choirs, jazz bands, blues bands, choral groups. My other passion is support for young people in any relevant way. I love their straight talking, honest opinions on all kinds of subjects but this can sometimes be uncomfortable!

The wider area of my interests are transport and pedestrianisation and I would like to see Salisbury be a City where those who want to travel through can do so without jams, those who want to visit for the day can stop off at the park and ride and those of us who are locals enjoy the city and wander around the streets freely. I recently took my granddaughter who is three to the Cathedral to pray for her; she hadn’t ever been to a “church” before and marvelled at the windows, space, people and especially the food in the Refectory afterwards!

Aren’t we fortunate to have such a wonderful city in which to live? Let’s all work together to make it amazing for everyone.