Cllr. Roger Geisler
Enderby Parish Council
44 Mitchell Road
- 0779 355 1401
Roger Geisler lives with his wife Lorraine in what is described by some as the 'border between the old and the new Enderby'. They have one son and one daughter, both of whom were educated in Blaby district and still live locally although they now have families of their own ...which means Roger and Lorraine are frequently called upon for babysitting duties!
Roger's working life spanned both the police and the prison services, retiring from the latter at the Glen Parva Young Offender Institution in 1998.
Shortly after retirement Roger and his wife moved to Enderby. "I remember thinking that life in Enderby was quiet and peaceful ...although a few would not recognise that description today!"
During the years he has lived in Enderby, Roger says he has witnessed substantial change, some good and some not-so-good. "For most of my life", he says "I have been interested in community matters and so I guess I naturally developed an interest in what made the community in Enderby 'tick'.
When I moved to Enderby, the 'online' world (and particularly 'local' material) was in its infancy. Enderby wasn't represented in any meaningful way online and so in 2005 I launched the 'Enderby EYE' website, with the aim of aggregating as much news and information as possible about Enderby and its vicinity. I wanted it to serve as a resource for those wishing to foster community spirit within the village, and assist former residents who might like to keep 'in touch'. Whilst social networking and community websites are now commonplace, I am still pleased with what the website achieved ...and continues to achieve"
Roger's interest in community matters was furthered when, in 2007, he was invited to sit on a steering committee charged with creating the 'Enderby Parish Plan'. The work involved soliciting the views and aspirations of the community in Enderby and then producing a blueprint that would inform decision-makers on how Enderby should develop. The Plan was adopted and published in 2008.
Roger was co-opted onto the Parish Council during 2010 and then became an elected member in May 2011. He feels strongly that local councillors should be accessible and engage with the community they serve.
Having previously served terms as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Planning Committee. Cllr. Geisler was elected and served as Chairman of the Full Council in 2016/2017.
He says "These are really exciting times with so many opportunities to raise the profile of the Parish Council and engage with the various stake-holders within the community. Hopefully, together we can work in partnership to make Enderby a better place to work and live."