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 11 years since their formation.

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

Chairman – Whittlesey Neighbourhood Watch (2011-20)
Committee – Member Executive Group Cambridgeshire NHW (2012-20)
Treasurer – Whittlesey Mud Walls Group (2018-20)
Member – New Queen Street Surgery – Patients Participation Group (2013-20)
Member – North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (2010-20)
Member – Rural Cambs Citizens Advice Bureau (2011-20)
Member of The Whittlesey Business Forum (2016-20)
Member – Whittlesey Street Pride Group (2008-19)
Member – The Whittlesey Society (2018-20)
Member – Whittlesey Extravaganza (2018-20)
Independent Examiners of Accounts (2017-20)
Supporter – Whittlesey Christmas Lights
Original Member of Whittlesey Country Park Group (In hibernation)
Original Member – Friends Of Whittlesey Library (2014-18) (In hibernation)

I was elected as an ‘Independent’ Town Councillor 2011 -15
I stood in the May 2015 and lost by 29 votes.
Re-elected May 2019 as a Town Councillor for
St Marys Ward South of Whittlesey Town Council

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

or @

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