Findon Parish Council has 11 Councillors actively working to serve the Village and preserve the unique and historic lifestyle that this charming downland village offers. They work with strong links to Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, and each member plays an important role on the various committees they sit on.
Members of the Parish Council:
Sean Smith - Chairman
Dr Sean Smith has been a resident of Findon for over 10 years, married with a young daughter who attends St John The Baptist school in the village he is interested in the maintenance of Village institutions and the creation of new efforts to support them. Sean is also interested in ensuring that the voice of all village residents are heard regarding our future.
Sean spent 20 years working in the Pharmaceutical Industry to a senior executive level and still consults in that sector as well as serving as a Magistrate on the West Sussex bench.
Cllr Robin Carr - Deputy Chairman:
A practising solicitor, Robin moved to Findon in 1989, joining the Parish Council in 2000. Robin is Chairman of the Open Spaces Committee and as such dedicates much of his time to ensuring that the landscape and natural habitat of the village is maintained. Robin is a firm believer of 'leading by example' and can often be found 'travelling' the numerous public footpaths / bridleways to ensure they are passable, clearing overhanging branches, removing ivy and collecting litter on his travels.
Cllr Clive Ball - Clive and his wife has lived in the village since 1988. Their family of 3 sons, now in their 20’s, were brought up here since birth.
Now retired, Clive worked in the electrical/electronic controls systems industry and has experience of man management and of running projects within the Construction sector to both time and monetary budgets. His later role as a Key Account manager included Blue Chip client relationship management, the costing and pricing £M+ contracts. This experience developed a commercial pragmatism ie what one can and can’t do within fiscal, time and people constraints.
Before becoming a Parish Councillor in September 2014, Clive had been an active member of the Findon Sheep Fair Committee for the previous 5 years, in particular for general logistics, planning and budgeting. This role continues.
John Barnett - details to follow
Cllr Cathrine Gear
Cathrine has lived in the Village since 2007 and has been an active participant in the community ever since, through the Women Institute, Gardens Association, Residents Association and the Village Hall Trust. Co-opted to the Parish Council in September 2017, Cathrine supports localism and is keen to contribute to an established and respected team that put the well-being and interests of residents to the fore and deliver relevant high quality cost effective services that enhance the quality of life in Findon for all.
Cllr Peter Goldsworthy
Peter Goldsworthy has served on the Parish Council for 20 years, and was Chairman for 10 years until 2017, when he handed over that responsibility to Robin Carr, following the successful purchase of the village shop.
Peter was responsible for the successful campaign to 'Save the Village Shop' and now acts as interim Chairman of the Management Committee until the first AGM later in 2018, when he hopes to stand down and hand over to a younger villager!
In addition to his normal duties for FPC he continues to act as Chairman of the Finance & Governance Committee, which he has done for several years.
Cllr John Havenhand:
John has been actively involved with the Neighbourhood Plan, sitting as a key member of the steering committee co-ordinating the consultation stategy. John will also join the Finance and Planning committees of the Parish Council.
John started his working life as a mechanical engineer but later studied for a degree in History and Politics. He then trained as a school teacher and lecturer teaching mainly economics. For over 20 years John was the Head of Worthing Adult Education Centre and then appointed Dean at Northbrook College. He has been married for over 35 years and has three grown up children, two grandchildren and two dogs! He is interested in current affairs, classic motorcycles and enjoys discussion, debate and argument with friends over a glass or two of beer and wine. Since taking retirement John has been active as a Local Consumer Advocate for customers of the water companies and is a Regional Council Member for London and the South East of the Consumer Council For Water (the industry watchdog).
Cllr John Wilson - biog to follow
Cllr Roger Dean - biog to follow
Cllr Mark Robinson - biog to follow
Parish Clerk: Miss Fiona MacLeod
Parish Councillors should be contacted through the Clerk
Clerk: Miss Fiona MacLeod
34 Normandy Lane
Tel: 01903 877225
Normal office hours 2.30 to 5pm Monday to Friday
Details of the Declarations of Interest made by all Councillors can be found by following the link to the ADC web site.