Michael Cousins

Michael is retired and has lived in Horam for many years where he ran a business buying and selling Antiques and quality used items in the Magpies premises on the High Street, before they were converted into a dental practice. He rejoined the Council in May 2015 after a short break.  He has a special interest in planning matters and is currently Chairman of the planning committee, where he served before.  He was also Council Chairman for 5 years. Michael is  a trustee of The Horam Centre.

Chair of Planning Committee

Address: Cedars, Horebeech Lane,Horam, TN21 0DS

Graham Knight

On Planning Committee and Finance committee,

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: Rosewood, Newick Lane, Heathfield, TN21 8PY

Andrew Lee

On Planning Committee

Address: 14 The Rise, High Street, Horam, TN210EQ

Mani Gilbert-King

On Finance committee

Address: Amberley, Nettlesworth Lane, Vines Cross, TN21 9EN

 Sue Lane

On Planning Committee

Address: The Willows, Horebeech Lane, Horam, TN21 0HP


Paul Noakes

On Enhancing Horam committee and Council Speedwatch co-ordinator 

Paul is a Kentish Man and married, with two adult children and four grandchildren.  He and his wife built their own house in the Wye Valley during 1974-1978, before moving to East Sussex, when his employers required him to work at their head office in London.  He also worked for 5 years as a tutor at their management training centre. Taking early retirement at the end of 1996 they moved to live in France and renovated an old farm property.  He also worked as a volunteer for the local town council – presenting English language lessons for adult French townsfolk. When they moved back to England in 2008, they settled in Horam.

Address:29 Paynsbridge Way, Horam, TN21 0HQ

Len Parkyn

Vice Chairman

On Finance 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.

Address: Old Clappers, Vines Cross, TN21 9EU

Virginia Roberts

On 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.

Address:  Rivendell, Vines Cross Road, Horam, TN21 oHF

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.

Address: Tubwell Nurseries, Maynards Green, Horam, TN21 0BY
Tel: 01435 813182,

David Thurston

Jonathan Webb

On Planning committee

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 – Bill Bentley

Bill is always pleased to hear from local residents on any County Council matters.

Address:  Swallow Brook House, 15 Sandbanks Close, Hailsham, East Sussex  BN27 3TJ
Tel: 01323 847685,    mobile 07961 833163