Council Members

Marcus Whewell, Chairman

Marcus Whewell


My family has lived in the village continuously since 1995. I joined the Council in 2017 to help contribute to maintaining and improving the quality of life for all its residents and I consider it an honour and a privilege to represent the parish and serve the local community.

My background includes roles in strategic planning, finance, business development, compliance, operations, and marketing / communications. I have been a director of an international ‘not for profit’ organization, several consumer products businesses, and also one of the UK’s leading media groups. I am currently launching a new business focused on helping smaller companies improve their sustainability, and I also serve on the board of the UK’s largest charity in the property sector.

I feel very fortunate to live in such a wonderful location, and hope that the Parish Council can continue to help protect, connect and energize the parish – and that we can all work together to enhance our sense of community and shared spaces.

Tel: 464293
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Zoe Ryall

Vice Chairman

I spent my formative years living in Hemingford Grey and then moved to Hemingford Abbots when I was ten. Following a twenty year period, during which time I lived in Cambridge and then Warwickshire, I moved back to Hemingford Abbots in 2017 with my young family.

A qualified librarian, I have spent the majority of my career as a Business Analyst, working on large and complex IT transformation projects. My current employment is as a preschool assistant in Cambridge.

I enjoy being part of and helping out in the community; I joined the Hemingford Grey Preschool Committee and St James’s First Steps team in 2018 and then Hemingford Abbots Parish Council in 2019. I am currently also on the St James’ Junior Church team and a member of the Parish Centre Management Committee.

Tel: 462387
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Peter Keen

My wife Melanie and I have lived in the Hemingfords since 1983 and in Abbots since 2013.  A Chartered Accountant by training I spent over 35 years in developing and raising funds for emerging technology-based businesses, primarily in healthcare, and have recently completed an 8-year term as a Trustee of a large medical charity.  Covid-19 has made me realise how fortunate we are to live in an idyllic village environment surrounded by beautiful countryside and with excellent, but unobtrusive, communication links on our doorstep.  I joined the Parish Council in May 2021 and hope to play a part in ensuring that the next generation can be as fortunate.

Tel: 300931
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Phillip Cooke,

Phillip Cooke

I have lived in the village for 22 years and we as a family have always appreciated what a great place it is to live! Since arriving in the village business commitments have kept me travelling away a lot, but I am now working part time and want to get more involved with HA in a way that makes a useful contribution.

I was co-promoter and writer of the village pantomime, Sinbad in 2002 and started the Hemingfords Community Theatre Group in 2019; we were within a week of staging another pantomime, Jack and the Wilted Beanstalk, when Covid intervened and large gatherings became a thing of the past! I was chairman of the Hemingford Abbots Village Hall Committee for a year.

Following a short-service commission in the Royal Air Force I returned to the commercial world. I have had my own business for 43 years and have developed leadership, publishing, events management and relationship skills that I hope will serve the Parish Council and village in some way.

My wife Sally and I have two children, 5 grandchildren, and two black cats, Hamish and Cobweb – and these felines love the village too, especially since a 20 mph speed limit was introduced!

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Glenda Perrott