Mrs Mary Kidston


Register of Interests

Committees & Working Parties

  • Community & Leisure Facilities Committee (CALF)
  • Health & Safety Officer (playgrounds)
  • HR Working Party
  • Neighbourhood Plan working party
  • Planning Committee
  • Speculative Developments Working Party


Mary is a new resident in Cottenham having moved to Cottenham with her husband to be closer to family living in the area in 2017.

Mary has been retired for some years having spent her working life as a town planner in local government, in the private sector as a housing and planning consultant, and as a best value assessor for the Audit commission. She has worked for 7 different local authorities, for urban and rural councils of all shapes and sizes. She has experience of leading local plans through the many stages of preparation and adoption. Mary has also worked extensively in managing development control teams.

Having spent her working life trying to guide development for the benefit of local communities, she wants to contribute to the planning of Cottenham in the coming years.

When not entertaining her grandchildren, Mary enjoys walking, cycling and spending time at the gym. Gardening, reading, sewing and patchwork absorb any spare hours.