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:
Cllr Sean Smith - Chairman
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 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 Linda Martin
Cllr Martin has lived in The Quadrangle for ten years and is keen to support local business as well as local traditions. Linda believes that history plays a part in all our lives as not only does it teach us much about the past, but it also provides a framework on which to build for the future. Linda is keenly aware that being a councillor is a responsibility as well as a privilege and will endeavour to work with her fellow councillors to promote and encourage village life.
When not working as a Locum residential conveyancer/paralegal, Linda can be found on the golf course, walking or gardening as well as visiting historic houses and gardens throughout Sussex.
Cllr John Wilson - biog to follow
Cllr John Barnett - biog to follow
Cllr Sarah Jewell MBE
Sarah has lived in villages most of her adult life and values their heritage and sense of community as well as preservation of the countryside. The six years living in Findon has passed very quickly and Sarah now welcomes the opportunity to support and assist in maintaining and developing its future.
Sarah has a wealth of business experience having founded two international companies and having moved on from her professional career is keen to devote time back into the community, as she has done previously.
Cllr Carol Hopley
Carol moved to the Village in 2018 having previously lived in the local area all of her adult life and joined the Parish Council in October 2020. Carol has two grand-daughters who attend St John The Baptist school in the village and is also a member of the PTA. She owned her own business in the area for many years before taking early semi-retirement to enjoy her time with family and friends.
Carol lives with her husband in one of the many 19th century houses in the Village & is passionate about its friendliness, architecture, dark skies, open spaces and maintaining a safe, local community. Carol embraces the opportunity to support the Parish Council in ensuring the village of yesterday and today is also ready to be the village of tomorrow.
Cllr Chris Gilbert
Chris is a Chartered Surveyor who has spent most of his working life in Sussex, primarily as a property developer. Now semi-retired he is interested to utilise his skills and experience in Findon, where he has lived since 1994. He is particularly interested to see the village evolve in a way that offers opportunity for the younger generations, particularly with regard to affordable housing.
Cllr Toby Selves
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.