David BashfordOn Planning Committee, Representative for St Marys School and the Parish Council’s Press Officer
David has lived at Ballsocks Cottage in Vines Cross for 24 years. He is now retired but before retirement he was, for over 20 years, the headmaster at St.Mary’s School. He hopes to contribute to the Council with his particular interests being education and traffic control.
David BelascoOn Planning Committee & Finance sub-committee, Representative for Risk Assessment
David is retired airline pilot. He has lived in Horam since 1976 and feels now that he has time to offer a service to the village and is repaying in a small part the security and pleasure that the area has afforded him. He is familiar with the problems of an urban area in this day and age and believes that he can offer something to the community by way of general experience and practicality. His children, now grown and flown the nest, were educated locally and many ties to the Parish were forged through their activities. David is a passionate supporter of local issues and institutions.
Michael Bustard – Chairman
Michael has lived in Maynards Green with his wife Charmain for 28 years and was previously Horam Parish Council Chairman for 5 years. Now working part time, as well as being a hobby farmer, Michael will build on his local ties to serve the people of Horam Parish by developing and encouraging community spirit. He is also passionate about treating people fairly. He is currently Chairman of the Horam Fun Day, a position he has held for the last 7 years. He is a member of Wealden Safer Partnership Committee.
Keith DudleyMember of Finance sub-committee
Keith moved to Sussex from Essex in 2001 and to Horam in 2005 but spent much of his time commuting to London working as a consultant in the Asset Management industry. With his business partners he established his own cost and purchase management company in 2011 which services companies in and around the Sussex area. Whilst he retains strong connections in Essex he no longer spends quite so much time commuting and now wants to ‘put something back’ into the village that he enjoys so much. He is a keen tennis player and horse rider and would like to ensure that Horam continues to progress whilst retaining the best of the traditional village characteristics that originally attracted him to it.
Graham KnightOn Planning Committee and Finance sub-committee, Representative for Neighbour Panel and Police Authority
Graham moved to Vines Cross Engineers in the mid 60’s and sold the business in 2002, he now lives in Heathfield but still has friends and connections within the Horam Parish. He was an active member of Horam PC for over 35 years, retiring in 2011 and rejoining the Council recently. He has served as vice chair and planning chair. He also helped set up both Vines Cross and Horam Communities Association and was chair of the Village Hall for a number of years.
Address: The Old Observatory, Horam, TN21 0JG
Andrew is married with three grown up children, all of whom were educated in East Sussex, where he has lived since 1991. He is a Chartered Management accountant, with experience in both the private and public sector and has run his own family business since 2001 which is based in Eastbourne. He has a keen interest in education and worked for ESCC from 1993 to 2013 in various finance roles within the Children’s Services Department. Now semi-retired he feels that it is time to put something back into the local community.
Len ParkynOn Finance sub-committee, Representative for Maynards Green School and the Parish Council’s Emergency Officer
Len has lived with his wife Marion in Vines Cross for over 25 years. He is also a governor at Maynards Green School. Len recently retired after a full time career in education as a senior lecturer, senior teacher and head of a small Further Education Centre and a unit that was secure. He now has a small consultancy and project management organisation where he specialises in transition planning for those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LDD). Len is concerned about the disadvantages, disenfranchised and marginalised in our wider community. He is well qualified, experienced and knowledgeable and has published over 250 times, mainly on educational, legal and career matters.
Virginia RobertsOn Planning Committee, Representative for the Elderly of Horam
Virginia has lived in Horam for over 8 years and worked for British Telecom in Personnel. She is also involved with the Womens’ Institute and the Sussex Farm Museum in Horam. Virginia is particularly interested in environmental issues.
John Stanbridge Vice-ChairmanChair of Finance sub-committee
District Councillor & Parish Councillor- Susan Stedman
Susan is Horam’s Conservative District Councillor at Wealden, having been first elected in 2003. She has lived in Maynards Green since the late 1970’s, with a short break in the Channel Islands during the 80’s. Since then she has worked locally for a number of small firms in Horam and Heathfield as well as Lewes and Eastbourne, so she has a comprehensive knowledge of the ups and downs of running a small business and the difference good local facilities can make. Susan and her husband, Mick, run a small business unit site on their redundant mushroom farm in Maynards Green. Between them they have four adult children and one grand-daughter.
Jonathan has lived in Horam for six years, having relocated from Sevenoaks in 2008. He is a self-employed forestry and woodland consultant working from home, with clients throughout Kent and Sussex. He is interested in the environment and the natural world and has devoted his career to this field. He enjoys living in Horam and walks his dog regularly on the Cuckoo Trail. He is interested in history, art and classical music and wishes to contribute some of his enthusiasm and knowledge of environmental matters to Horam through the Parish Council.
Address: 52 Grange Close, Horam, TN21 0EF
East Sussex County Councillor – Chris Dowling
Chris Dowling represents the Framfield & Horam division on East Sussex County Council. The division is the rural area which stretches from the Ridgewood part of Uckfield across to Vines Cross and includes Horam and Maynards Green. Chris is always pleased to hear from local residents on any County Council matters.