Roy Gerstner Bio

Roy Gerstner Independent Town Councillor & Community Activist.

Born, brought up, educated, lived and paid taxes in Coates, Eastrea and Whittlesey.
Morning, Evening & Sunday Paperboy….

Schooled at Coates & Sir Harry Smith in the 1960’s.
Technical education in North Wales, Liverpool Byrom Street & John Moores and Warwick Universities (x2)
Success through trade qualifications.

Initially, seconded by the Red Cross/Marconi, taking aid to Vietnam during the final war years.
Merchant Navy Electronics Engineer, over a period of 25+ years.
Travelled to over 110+ countries and 1,000,000+ nautical miles, sailed on Cargo Ships, Bulk Carriers, VLCC Tankers, Container Ships and Cruise Liners.

Recruited by Sky TV from its beginnings rising to Service Manager.
I was Surveillance Engineer/DTI for the UK Government for 4½ years.

Head hunted by the Disney Corporation in 2001 as Senior Technical Engineer for Disney Company and Disney Cruise Line.
Senior Engineer/Support Engineer for Disney Imagineering – Audio/Film/Animation/Automation.
Theatre and Installations.

Retired 2006 after minor injury caused complications.

Well known locally as a…. ‘Community Activist’.
Well known at lobbying, communicating and trying to get things done.
Believe in keeping and maintaining our town and villages a clean and safe place to visit, work and take leisure – pride in our town.

Chairman for 6 years and Vice Chairman of Whittlesey Street Pride, for 6 months. A fantastic group of volunteers that have made some big difference to our town and surrounding villages.
Now a ‘Humble Litter Picker’ once more.
Delivered some (9) fantastic Gateway projects, Flower Boats, Plough Gardens and cleared a vast amount of Litter & Rubbish from our town and villages.
Planted over 250,000 daffodils and other spring bulbs in the area.
Celebrating 16 years since their formation.

They/I have removed a ‘vast’ amount of Litter & Rubbish from our Streets and Gateways Town & Villages.

I am very proud to have helped and supported many groups and organisations over the last 20 years, the list below is just a summary.

Disclosure of Interests:
District Councillor
– South Ward of Whittlesey @ Fenland District Council. (2023-27)
I have been appointed on The Overview and Scrutiny Panel and The Planning Committee @ FDC

Town Councillor  – South Ward @ Whittlesey Town Council. (2023-27)
I sit on The Projects Committee @ WTC

Chairman – Whittlesey & District Neighbourhood Watch. (2011-24)
Committee Member – Cambs NHW Executive. (2012-24)
Committee Member – Whittlesey Extravaganza (2017-24)
Committee Member – New Queen Street Surgery – Patients Participation Group. (2013-24)
Member – North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. (2010-24)
Member – Rural Cambs Citizens Advice Bureau. (2011-24)
Member – Whittlesey Business Forum. (2016-24)
Member – Whittlesea Street Pride – A Fenland Environmental Initiative. (2008-24)
Member – Whittlesey Society. (2018-24)
Member – Beds/Cambs/Northants Wildlife Trust (2021-24)
Member – Whittlesey Friends of The Manor Group. (2022-24)
Independent Examiner of Accounts. (2017-24)
Consultant/UKAS Engineer. (Electro-Tech) (2005-24)

This is my 3rd Term as an Independent Councillor @ Whittlesey Town Council.
This is my 1st Term as an Independent (None Alligned) Councillor at Fenland District Council.

If you wish to contact me -:
Best way is to e-mail me at my primary mail address:-
either @  [email protected]

or @        [email protected]

13, Ashline Grove,
Ramsey Road,

t: 01733 208590
m: 07923 244935

Whittlesey Town Council Office
Peel House
8 Queen Street


t: 01733 351296
f: 01733 351296

[email protected]