Miles Kenny was born in London, brought up in the West Midlands where with the help of British Steel he obtained his degree and moved to London to work in the press and advertising industry and to marry Aurona. Whilst in London he was very active with the Inland Waterways Association and took up sailing.
In the 1980’s Miles joined the property boom, survived the crash and moved to Shrewsbury so that he and Aurona could be closer to Aurona’s parents who were in poor health.
In the early 1990’s Miles felt the call to put something back into the community and, having an interest in politics was first elected to Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council in 1994 and then Shropshire County Council in 1997
In 2004 Miles became Mayor of Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough and published ‘Snouts in the Trough’ with the sale proceeds for his chosen charity. In 2005 having completed his year as Mayor Miles was nominated as the Liberal Democrat councillor representative to the West Mercia Police Authority on behalf of Shropshire County Council, Miles chaired the Shrewsbury Community Safety Partnership, the Shropshire Community Policing Board and served on the Shropshire Partnership for the Police Authority.
Miles is Chair of the Wilfred Owen School of Governors, Chair of the Shropshire Cycle Forum, Chair of Fairtrade Town Shrewsbury, a Vice President of Shropshire Scouts, President of the Monkmoor Allotments Association and a trustee of the Visual Arts Network. Miles has also been an Abbey Church Warden.
He is very enthusiastic about community politics and grassroots action and had a lead role in the establishment of Local Joint Committees in 2006 and the subsequent action plans for his community. Miles is involved with many local community groups including Abbots Wood Carers, Friends of Monkmoor, Bridgeford Way, Armdale and Lowfield residents, the New Youth Lodge and Monkmoor Scouts.
He is a keen fencer and a member of Shrewsbury Fencing Club, more often he cycles to where he is going locally and loves walking in wild terrain. He has a passion for poetry, bad books, terrible music and going to art exhibitions.
Mrs Aurona Kenny
Aurona Kenny was born in Machynlleth, educated locally and graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in International Politics.
She moved to London, qualified as a solicitor and practised law at the Central London firm of Whittington Tilling and Knight where she became a partner. Aurona joined the property boom with Miles in the 1980’s.
After moving to Shrewsbury she became Assistant Solicitor at Cannock Chase District Council, later becoming Head of Legal and Democratic Services for a few years before retiring.
Like Miles, whilst living in London Aurona also enjoyed sailing off the south coast, boating on the canals and fencing. As a member of the Inland Waterways Association she was involved in organising boating rallies in Central London. Aurona is currently treasurer of the Shropshire County Fencing Union, treasurer of the Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey Community Circle and vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund where she is also a volunteer.
Aurona enjoys, walking, reading and cross stitch.
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