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Parish Councillors

Chairman: Rob Mills

Rob was born in Sussex and has lived in the county most of his life, moving to the Parish in 1991.  He has served as a parish councillor from early 1990’s to date.

Rob chairs Trustees of Westmeston Jubilee Pathway Trust and Westmeston Parish Hall. Rob is responsible for Highways and road safety matters and works with neighbouring parishes on matters of concern and is involved in the Neighbourhood Plan. He is a conservationist believing in the need for compatible progress. Rob enjoys motorsport in most of its forms, walking and country pursuits.

Councillor: Clare Farrands

Clare has lived in the parish since 1990, and has been a parish councillor for much of that time. She strongly believes in local democracy and hopes that her professional skills as a Royal Institute Town Planner can be of assistance to the community of Westmeston.

Councillor & Vice Chairman: Cathy Mills

Cathy has responsibility for the maintenance of Church Corner, Footpaths and Bridleways and the website. She runs a specialist recruitment business and in her spare time enjoys gardening, cooking, entertaining, motor sport, spending time with family and walking with her naughty dog Hugo. She is also a Trustee of Westmeston Parish Hall.

Councillor: Mark Clark

As well as being an active parish councillor Mark is involved in voluntary work for charities both locally and overseas. He is married and lives with his wife in Ditchling and continues to exercise his passion for cycling, writing and international travel. Mark is an active member of our planning committee and the Emergency & Resilience team.

Councillor: Kendal Golding

Kendal was born and raised in Brighton so is a true Brightonian. She and her husband Dean, moved to Westmeston in October 2010. Over the past 2 years they  have carried out extensive building and landscaping to their home, which has given her a wealth of knowledge in plumbing, electrics and building works, planning and building regulations, keeping her extremely busy, throughout this period she has somehow managed to stay ‘sane’

Despite having spent a great deal of time over the years trying to become a “lady of leisure” there is still unfortunately, no sign of this happening!

In her ‘spare ‘ time she enjoys a variety of sports and hobbies and being taken for long and quite often muddy walks by her 2 rather excitable dogs, Ollie and Sadie

Councillor: Tessa Haughton

Tessa's family have lived in Streat and Westmeston since the 1930s.  She moved to the village from London and East Chiltington in 2005 to the family home.  Tessa retired at the end of 2016 having worked for the last 36 years for a consulting company in London.  Her husband, Michael, runs his business from home.  She enjoys walking her dogs, gardening and fly fishing.  She is a Trustee of Westmeston Parish Hall

Councillor: Vincent Tickner

Vincent has been in Westmeston since 1992, now in semi-retirement he was a free-lance consultant in agricultural marketing in Africa and Asia for 35 years. He has been active in the Westmeston, Streat and East Chiltington Local History Society (Westreach). He enjoys walking  and is currently walking round the coast of Britain with friends (in manageable stretches). He is looking forward to bringing his skills to assist the parish. He is our Environment and Tree Warden representative and will participate in the Lewes District Association of Local Councils meetings. Vincent was nominated as a Labour Party candidate in the uncontested election for Westmeston.(May 2015)

Parish Clerk: Christine Swan MBE

Before retirement Christine was Director of the Sussex Associations of Local Councils which is an organisation providing legal advice, training and wide-ranging support for parish and town councils.    Her post also involved working with Village Halls & other charitable organisations across East & West Sussex through Action in rural Sussex (AirS).  She was appointed Clerk to Westmeston in 2003 and continues to enjoy the role.   Christine has been married to John for over 50 years, they have three sons and six granddaughters.  

Declaration Of Interest forms

Submitted to LDC following the election, awaiting revised declarations to be returned for publication on this site.