Speldhurst Parish Council
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Councillor Neil Barrington-Johnson
Neil moved to Langton Green with his wife and two sons in 2002. Although he lived and worked abroad for five years from 2006 his family, and his home, remained in Langton Green. Having returned from his overseas assignment Neil retired in 2013 and, with the luxury of available time and finally a stable schedule, looked for ways to contribute to his local community. He was co-opted to the Parish Council in May 2014 and was elected as Chairman in June 2015. As Chairman he is an ex-officio member of all Committees.
Neil was on the Langton Green fete committee from 2011 to 2018 and is also a member of the Langton Green Village Society Committee.
Councillor Katrina Lyle
Councillor Katrina Lyle joined the Parish Council in September 2015. She is a member of the Highways, Governance and Finance Committees, and helps manage the Pavilion on Langton Green recreation ground.
Four generations of Katrina's family have lived or are living in the parish. After spells in Germany, Tonbridge, London and New Zealand, Katrina settled in Langton Green in 2005. Her two children attended the local village school, where Katrina is still a Governor, and are now at secondary school in Tunbridge Wells.
Katrina's primary motivation is to maintain our parish as a great place to live. When she's not being a councillor, governor, mum or walking the dogs, Katrina works from home using her legal and asset finance experience and has unfulfilled gardening aspirations.
Councillor Judy Price
Judy comes from Bath but has lived in and around Tunbridge Wells since 1990 moving to Speldhurst in 2002. She is married and has four almost-grown children and a motley assortment of pets.
Judy worked as a town planner for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council until 2006, specialising in the environment, sustainability and town centres. She then went self—employed, advising local authorities on environment and conservation. Now retired from (paid) planning work, Judy is a part-time teaching assistant which she enjoys immensely.
Judy was co-opted to the Parish Council in April 2016 and currently chairs the Planning Committee and the Environment Group. The Planning Committee comments on every planning application in the Parish and also keeps a close eye on changes in national planning policy and the emerging Local Plan. Judy is passionate about protecting the character of the AONB, the Green Belt and our historic villages whilst also supporting initiatives that keep our communities lively, fun and thriving.
Councillor Rupert Milner (Vice-Chairman)
Councillor Rupert Milner has been a Councillor since November 2009 and is Vice Chairman of the Parish Council (since May 2012). He runs the Footpaths Committee on behalf of the Council, and liaises with the local footpath volunteers group (of which he is a member) to carry out repairs and improvements to footpaths and bridleways within the parish. He is Chairman of the Governance Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee and the Parish Plan implementation Working Group. He is an ex-officio member of all committees.
Having come to live in Speldhurst in 1995, Rupert was Head of Modern Languages for eleven years at Holmewood House School in Langton Green.
Councillor Lynn Jeffreys
Councillor Lynn Jeffreys has been a member of the Parish Council since June 1995 and was Chairman from May 2008 to May 2015. Prior to that, she was Vice Chairman from June 2002. She is a member of the Finance, Governance, Planning and Amenities Committees.
She was previously a JP for 20 years until retiring in June 2014.
Alan Round first moved to live in Tunbridge Wells in 1960 when he joined the Land Registry as a Clerical Officer. He then rose through the grades and duties whilst employed on Legal Registration, Mapping, Training and Surveying departments in 5 Registries around England before returning to live again in Tunbridge Wells in 1979. After 39 years with the Registry he retired in 1999 following several years of duty as the Personnel Manager at Tunbridge Wells Land Registry. He and his wife then downsized to live in Langton Green in 2002.
Alan was co-opted in November 2018 and is currently using his previous work experience and extensive knowledge of the local area as a member of the Planning and Highways Committees.
Councillor Julia Soyke
Councillor Julia Soyke has been a member of the Parish Council since October 2002, she was Vice Chairman of the Parish Council from May 2008 till May 2012. She is a member of the Finance (since 2002 and Chairman 2008-2009) and Air Traffic committees and the Annual Parish Meeting working group. She was also Chairman of the Playgrounds committee.
Julia moved to Ashurst with her parents in 1955, and returned to live there with her family in 1985 after living abroad and then in Haysden near Tonbridge. All three children attended local schools, and two of them now live in the parish with their families.
She is a Borough Councillor representing the ward of Speldhurst & Bidborough (since 2010) and the Parish Council representative on the committee of the Ashurst McDermott Hall Trust (Chairman for 17 years from 1997). She is Managing Director of Manor Court Farm in Ashurst.
Councillor Dave Pate
Councillor Dave Pate was co-opted to the Council in July 2018. He is a member of the following committees: Planning and Highways and is a member of the Environment Working Group.
Councillor Joy Podbury
Councillor Joy Podbury has been a member of the Parish Council since November 2005. She is currently a member of the Finance, Amenities (Chairman) and Air Traffic Committees and was Chairman of the Highways committee until 2014, Chairman of the Finance Committee for 3 years and also Chairman of the Parish Vision project.
Joy moved to Speldhurst in 1995 and her three children and grandchildren all live locally.
Councillor Millie Woodliffe
Councillor Millie Woodliffe was co-opted to the Council in January 2018. She is a member of the following committees: Finance, Planning, Amenities and Highways
Councillor Alan Rowe
Councillor Alan Rowe was co-opted to the Council in May 2018. He is a member of the following Committees: Planning, Amenities and Air Traffic
Councillor Richard Ellery
Councillor Richard Ellery was co-opted to the Council in November 2017. He is a member of the following committees: Finance Committee (Vice-Chair), Planning and Highways