Cllr John Cottee
John has lived in South Nottinghamshire in the Keyworth area for most of his life. He was educated at West Bridgford High School and Nottingham High School and continued his studies while working for his father at Windley Fibres.
In 1979 he was a co-founder of Cottee Fibres Limited with his father and he became Managing Director in 1994 when his father retired. John sold his interest in the business to his brother in 2005 to concentrate on politics.
John has represented the Keyworth division on Nottinghamshire County Council since June 2001.
In June 2009, he was appointed Cabinet Member for Culture & Community, having previously been the Opposition Spokesman on this portfolio. He also served as Conservative Group Business Manager during the last administration.
John regards his role as Cabinet Member for Culture & Community as "the best job in the Council". That may be because promoting Nottinghamshire sport forms an important part of this portfolio and he is a very keen sportsman, having had experience in running and managing various local football teams as well as being an active qualified referee.
The passion he has for the job extends into other areas of his portfolio which include Nottinghamshire's Library and Archive Service, Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre and The National Water Sports Centre.
Some of John's other interests are as Vice Chairman at Creswell Crags in North Nottinghamshire and Chairman of the Russell Youth Club in St Ann's in Nottingham to name but a few.