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Members

The South Downs National Park Authority has 27 Members, comprising:

  • 14 Councillors from Local Authorities within the South Downs National Park. There are 15 local authorities within the Park, and each is entitled to a seat on the Park Authority. Two councils have decided to share a seat.
  • 6 Councillors from Town and Parish Councils within the South Downs National Park. 2 Councillors each are appointed from East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire. The appointments follow elections organised by the relevant Associations of Town and Parish Councils.
  • 7 Members appointed by the Secretary of State following a national, open competition.

Members are expected to commit a minimum of three to four days per month to the work of the Park Authority. They’re not paid for this work, but they may claim certain allowances, including travel and other direct expenses.

SDNPA Members are appointed to represent the SDNPA as a whole and not their appointing body.

Members appointed by the Secretary of State to represent national interests may be appointed for up to 4 years and are not usually expected to serve more than three successive terms for a maximum of 10 years in total.

Parish and local authority appointed Members serve until the next election of their Council. Elections are held periodically, although these are typically staggered between the parishes and local authorities. These Members are eligible for re appointment to the Authority if re elected to their council. There is currently no maximum term of membership.

Member Role Description and Person Specification

Local Protocol for Member and Officer Relations

Here is a short biography and photograph of each of our Members.

Chair of South Downs National Park Authority

Margaret Paren, OBE

 National Appointment

Margaret Paren was appointed as a member of the South Downs National Park Authority in April 2010. She has been Chair of South Downs National Park Authority since the Authority’s inaugural meeting in April 2010.
In June 2016 Margaret was elected Chair of National Parks England.

Margaret’s working career was spent in Whitehall, mainly in the Ministry of Defence but also with spells in the Cabinet Office and in the National Audit Office. She was a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1990. After taking early retirement she became involved in local community activities and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). From 2001 she was heavily engaged in the South Downs, both as a campaigner for the National Park and as a member of the South Downs Joint Committee and its predecessor bodies.
Her interests are travel, bird watching, dog walking and, when time permits, painting.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: margaret.paren@southdowns.gov.uk


Ian Phillips (Deputy Chair)

Ian PhillipsNational Appointment

Ian was appointed to the SDNPA in April 2013. He is a chartered landscape architect and town planning consultant with many years’ experience in the local government, NGO, not-for-profit and private sectors.

He has been elected to a second term as Vice President of the Landscape Institute (LI) for two years from July 2015 and has a long history of active voluntary engagement as a member of the Institute’s Council and Policy Committee, with particular interests in green infrastructure. He represents the LI on a number of other organisations including the TCPA, British Standards Institute, the National Planning Forum, the International Federation of Landscape Architects and the Trees and Design Action Group. He has also been a member of the European Commission Working Group on Green Infrastructure.

Growing up in Brighton gave him opportunities to explore and enjoy the South Downs landscape and this experience became a major influence in his decision to pursue landscape architecture as a career. He now lives in Farnham with his wife and twin daughters and enjoys photography, interesting food and unusual travelling directions.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: Calleva, West End Grove, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7EG
Telephone: 01252 712296
Email: ian.phillips@southdowns.gov.uk


Alun Alesbury

Alun AlesburyAppointed by – West Sussex Parishes

Alun Alesbury was appointed to the SDNPA in April 2010 and reappointed in July 2015. He is a senior practising barrister specialising in planning and local government law. He has also been appointed to hold public inquiries on numerous occasions by central or local government, e.g. into restricting the use of speedboats on Windermere in the Lake District National Park, genetically modified seed licensing etc. He was a national appointee on the Sussex Downs Conservation Board, and then the South Downs Joint Committee from 2001. He is a member of Stoughton Parish Council (West Sussex), and chairs its planning committee.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: Manor Farm House, Walderton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 9EF
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: alun.alesbury@southdowns.gov.uk


Sir Sebastian Anstruther

Sebastian AnstrutherNational Appointment

Sebastian was appointed to the SDNPA in April 2010 and reappointed in April 2014. He is a rural estate landowner and former organic farmer interested in the environment, education and the rural economy. He manages his family’s 3,200 acre Barlavington Estate in the heart of the South Downs.

Sebastian served for eight years on his Parish Council and is a co-opted Governor of a village primary school. He helped set up the South Downs Land Management Group, and started the Arun & Rother Rivers Trust. He is Chairman of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Sussex Committee and sits on the CLA National Environment Committee.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

DPI Appendix 1 and maps

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: Sebastian.Anstruther@southdowns.gov.uk


Heather Baker

National Appointment

Heather was appointed to the SDNPA in April 2016. She has lived within the National Park boundary for 37 years, and lives in Tillington with her husband, Joe.

Heather was the elected member for Fernhurst at Chichester District Council, from 2003 until 2015. She held the Environmental Health portfolio for 7 years, a member of the Planning Committee for 7 years, and was leader of the Council from 2011 to 2015. During that time the council underwent a huge cost-cutting exercise which saw savings of £7.5m without detriment to its vital services and  its Local Plan adopted.

Heather has a degree in Ergonomics, and her professional background is in ICT. Her particular interests are planning matters, and the built and the natural environment. She enjoys boating, walking, riding, tennis, dogs, gardening and birdwatching

Register of Members Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: heather.baker@southdowns.gov.uk


Pat Beresford

Appointed by – Adur & Worthing Councils

Appointed in June 2019.

Pat lives in Lancing with his partner Joy. Now retired, Pat has worked as a Civil Servant in several departments over the years. His main interest outside of home is being a local Councillor.

Pat is Councillor for Adur District and the sea on the SDNPA is shared between Adur and Worthing Councils, who alternate the seat between them.

He first became a local councillor is 1982 and with several breaks during the following years, he has served on Adur District Council for 23 years. With the exception of his first year, he has sat on Planning Committee every year until he was appointed Executive Member for Regeneration, which includes planning but at a more strategic level. Over the years he has served on many other Committees and Boards, but his first interest has always been planning.

Pat was fortunate to be appointed to the SDNPA Planning Committee in his first year as a SDNPA Member, and looks forward to this role as it opens up a new area of learning about decision making and protection of the environment.

He is pleased that his new duties as a Member of the SDNPA is to represent the views of all those who have an interest in the future of the Park as residents, neighbours and visitors

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests.

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex. GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: pat.beresford@southdowns.gov.uk


Ken Bodfish, OBE

Ken BodfishNational Appointment

Ken Bodfish OBE was appointed as a member of the South Downs National Park Authority in April 2010 and reappointed in April 2014, he was a founding member of the original Sussex Downs Conservation Board and  Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the South Downs AONB.

A founding member of the National Park, Ken currently chairs the Policy and Programme Committee and previously chaired the Sustainable Communities Fund Panel. Ken was Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council from 2000-2006, previously a member of East Sussex County Council and Chair of Sussex Police Authority. He was Deputy Chair of South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and Vice President of the EU Committee of the Regions.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: ken.bodfish@southdowns.gov.uk 


Helen Burton 

Appointed by – Eastbourne Borough Council

Appointed in May 2019

Helen has been a community campaigner in Eastbourne for many years before being elected as an Eastbourne Borough Councillor in May 2019. She founded Volunteers Network in 2016, a community interest company which runs the Eastbourne Volunteers Community Hub and Pevensey Community Library. She also established the Eastbourne Voice newspaper, a non-profit community initiative aiming to connect the people of Eastbourne and encourage residents to get involved in the community.

Helen is a keen environmentalist and was a founder member of Pevensey Community Forest Garden. She is never happier than when in her garden chatting to her bees!

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: helen.burton@southdowns.gov.uk 


Chris Dowling

Appointed by – East Sussex County Council

Appointed in 2017

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests 


Janet Duncton

Appointed by – West Sussex County Counciljanet_duncton Photo

Janet was appointed to the SDNPA in June 2016. She was born in Petworth, and is married to local Farmer Chris Duncton, they farm within the National Park at Osiers, bordering Ebernoe Common Nature Reserve.

A West Sussex County Councillor since 2013 where she is Chief advisor to the Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, and Chief advisor to the Cabinet member for Residents Services with special responsibility for West Sussex Fire and Rescue, and is Vice Chairman of Rural Services Network (RSN) for the South East of England. Janet has also been a Chichester District Councillor since 1973 and has held positions of Leader, Cabinet member for Housing and Planning.

Janet was a founder member of the Sussex Downs Conservation board, she is a supporter of agriculture, the Countryside the local community. Janet has always lived in the Countryside and enjoys walking, cycling, gardening and travel.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex. GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: janet.duncton@southdowns.gov.uk 


Thérèse Evans 

Appointed by – Winchester City Council

Appointed in May 2019

Thérèse studied modern languages at university and spent the first half of her career as a teacher and Head of Languages in local secondary schools and FE colleges. She was first elected to Winchester City Council 24 years ago in 1995 and has held various positions or responsibility: Chair of Environmental Health and Standard committees, Deputy Leader, Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition and was elected to The SE Tourism Management Board as well as selected to be on the SE Arts Council. In 2001/2002 she was elected Mayor of Winchester and is now the “Mother of the House”. Planning and the environment have always been a main interest. She has been a member of the Planning Development Control Committee for 24 years and now since the May elections is Chair of Planning. She has worked with the LGA Planning Advisory Service and has represented the council on various environmental committees such as the AONB joint committee. She is delighted now to be the Council’s representative on the South Downs National Park Authority.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: therese.evans@southdowns.gov.uk


Chris Henry

Appointed by – Brighton & Hove City Council

Appointed in May 2019

Chris was elected to Brighton & Hove council in 2019 and combines this role with his job as Director of Operations for Peter Kyle MP for Hove and Portslade. In this role he has been working with Peter on the issues affecting this area of Sussex and beyond such as education, housing, health and the environment. Together they have been studying the impact of Brexit on the South Downs economy and working with the NUF to support farmers in the area.

Prior to this Chris was a school teacher in Portslade teaching GCSE and A-Level as well as being a successful journalist.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: christopher.henry@southdowns.gov.uk


Barbara Holyome

Barbara HolyomeAppointed by – Hampshire Parishes

Barbara was appointed to the SDNPA in April 2010 and reappointed in 2014. She has been a parish councillor for more 26 years and is currently Vice Chairman of Bramdean and Hinton Ampner Parish Council. She is also on the Executive Committee of Winchester District Association of Local Councils (ALC) and is a Vice Chairman of Hants ALC. Barbara is the parish council representative on Winchester City Council’s Natural Environment Forum and the Alresford and District Partnership. She was previously on the Joint Advisory Committee of East Hants Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and its Planning Panel, and the South Downs Joint Committee (SDJC) and its Planning Committee.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: barbara.holyome@southdowns.gov.uk


Helen Jackson

National Appointment

Helen Jackson was appointed to the SDNPA in April 2016. She is a heritage advisor and consultant and has worked across the not-for-profit, public and commercial sectors.

Until 2014 Helen was Chief Executive of the Campaign for National Parks, the independent charity campaigning to protect and promote National Parks in England and Wales. For 7 years previously she was Chief Executive of Museums, Libraries and Archives South East, a not-for-profit agency supporting regional museums, libraries and archives. Other experience includes UK-wide policy posts at the Heritage Lottery Fund, museum management, and leisure and tourism consultancy.

Helen is currently a member of the South East Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a director of the Hampshire Cultural Trust. Other active volunteering has included being a trustee of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Culture South East, and chairing Arts & Business South.

Helen has lived in a South Downs village near Winchester for over 25 years.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: helen.jackson@southdowns.gov.uk


Doug Jones

Doug JonesAppointed by – Hampshire Parishes

Doug Jones was appointed to the SDNPA in January 2012 and reappointed in June 2015. As well as being a member of the SDNPA Planning Committee, Doug is Chair of the Sustainable Communities Fund Panel and a member of the South Downs Local Access Forum.

He was a Natural England appointee on the South Downs Joint Committee from 2008 to 2011 and served on its Executive Committee. At local level, Doug has coordinated a number of community initiatives in Buriton: to foster local social and economic well-being; to raise awareness of and respect for the local heritage; and to conserve and enhance the local environment.

He has also helped other communities with Village Design Statements, Parish Plans, Local Landscape Character Assessments, Local Food & Farming Initiatives, Environmental Traffic Calming and local Heritage Projects. He first joined Buriton Parish Council in 1999.

In his working career Doug was a Chartered Town Planner and Transport Planner for local authorities and in consultancy before joining the Local Government Association in London. As a Director his responsibilities included senior relationships with a wide range of organisations across many policy areas including planning, transport, housing, rural affairs, economic development, tourism and sustainable development.

His interests include local history, walking and photography. He is a Trustee of a small charity helping communities in rural Ghana and a Trustee & Director of the Petersfield Museum.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: doug.jones@southdowns.gov.uk


Michael Lunn

Appointed by – Wealden District Council

Appointed in May 2019

Cllr Michael Lunn was nominated by Wealden District Council to be a member of the South Downs National Park Authority in May 2019 following local elections. Cllr Michael Lunn represents the South Downs Ward covering Alfriston, Long Man, Folkington, East Dean, Friston and the iconic Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters Country Park. It is noteworthy Michael previously worked on the Seven Sisters Country Park as a Ranger in the 1990’s before going onto University to study environmental management and ecology. Michael also has a MBA and runs his own organic Sussex Beef herd and pig enterprise. Michael prides himself in supporting ‘farm to fork’ and promoting local food from the area. Michael has real concerns over the decline in local farms.

Michael’s working career has seen him work with East Sussex County Council, Lake District National Park, and Northumberland National Park and for four years he worked in Australia for the Queensland EPA supporting industry, farmers and tourism to maximise sustainable productivity whilst protecting important landscapes. He has personally overseen and developed a number of sustainability reports which have had significant impacts on regional and national policy. Politically Michael supported David Cameron’s administration by developing the Quality of Life report with Lord Deben and Zac Goldsmith MP as a foundation of environmental manifesto. Michael went onto support DEFRA Environment Ministers and worked in the House of Commons for 2 years before joining the Environmental Industries Commission supporting industry to become more environmentally aware and promoting Eco Innovation. Michael meets and engages with Central Government (DEFRA, DfT, Treasury, DIT, and DFID) on a daily basis and will be a major asset to the South Downs National Park Board. Michael is also an active Member of the Sussex Bonfire Societies raising money for local charity across Sussex and also been an elected District Councillor for 8 years and Parish Councillor for over 10 years.

Michael interests include: Farming, tourism, planning, policy, rural services, sustainability, climate change.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex. GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: michael.lunn@southdowns.gov.uk


Gary Marsh

Appointed by Mid Sussex District Council

Appointed in June 2019.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: gary.marsh@southdowns.gov.uk


William Meyer

Appointed by – Lewes District Council

Appointed in May 2019.

William lives in Kingston, a small Downland village nestling beneath the South Downs a mile outside the County town of Lewes.

Elected to Lewes District Council in May 2019 to represent Kingston, the rural ward combines the beautiful rolling landscape of the South Downs and ancient villages stretching from Falmer to the east of the City of Brighton & Hove, through to Kingston, Swanborough, Idford, Northease, Rodmell, Southease and Piddinghoe just north of the port of Newhaven.

A keen walker and dog owner, William has spent the majority of his professional life working internationally in the pharmaceutical industry and more latterly in academic medicine and clinical research within the NHS.

Membership of the SDNP Authority represents an opportunity to promote the health benefits that access to the South Downs provides. In addition, it offers the chance to influence the conservation and enhancement of the Park’s natural environment and bring these benefits to local residents and visitors alike.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: william.meyer@southdowns.gov.uk


Robert Mocatta

Appointed by – East Hampshire District Council Robert Mocatta

Robert lives in East Meon and was appointed to the SDNPA in August 2015. He was elected to East Hampshire District Council in May 2015 as the member for East Meon, Buriton and Langrish.

Robert has spent a career in investment banking and managing consulting, with a particular knowledge of the telecommunications and technology industries. He has been involved helping start up companies with funding and business planning for the past 5 years.

He has volunteered as a coach and manager at his local rugby club for 14 years and has been involved as an administrator for the past seven.

Robert’s interests include local history, walking, cycling (both on and off road).  He has lived in the national Park for the past 16 years.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests 

Contact: c/o The SDNPA The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex. GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: robert.mocatta@southdowns.gov.uk


Russell Oppenheimer

Appointed by – Hampshire County Council

Russell was appointed as a Member of the South Downs National Park Authority in May 2017.

Russell is the Hampshire County Councillor for Petersfield Hangers. This Division includes the Ashford Hangers, which is a National Nature Reserve and is often referred to as “Little Switzerland” due to its panoramic views and outstanding woodlands.

Russell started his career in the Civil Service and spent eight years in the Cabinet Office. Since then he has founded a number of businesses and charities and has several Non-executive Directorships in the Mining and Metals Sector. He lives on the outskirts of Petersfield with his wife and three children.
Russell is very fond of otters and is delighted that they are apparently returning to the River Rother. He and his children have been looking out for the otters but have not yet spotted one. They are looking forward to the day when they do.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: russell.oppenheimer@southdowns.gov.uk


Henry Potter

Appointed by – Chichester District Council

Appointed in May 2019

I live at the White House in Boxgrove where I settled in 1985. I was born in West Sussex and have lived and worked here pretty much all of my life. My heart is in West Sussex!

I have been a Member of Boxgrove Parish Council for the past 30 years and as Chairman on 3 separate occasions.

I was elected as the Boxgrove Ward Member to Chichester District Council in 2007 and have continued to this current term, though due to the recent boundary changes, the Ward now includes Westhampnett and the name changed to the ‘Goodwood Ward’. It is one of the largest Wards in the District of approximately 32 square miles, and I am familiar with just about all of it. The majority is within the SDNP and I relish the opportunity to work with the Park Authority in the continued furtherance of it’s purposes.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex. GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: henry.potter@southdowns.gov.uk


Vanessa Rowlands 

Appointed by – East Sussex Parishes

Appointed in June 2019.

Vanessa has lived in the Cuckmere Valley for the past 16 years and is a Councillor for Cuckmere Valley Parish Council. Two of the most visited destinations in the SDNP are in this parish: Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters Country Park.

Her background is in the music industry, arts and heritage, and feels lucky that the South Downs is well served with world class museums & galleries. The stunning historic villages, with their heritage buildings and the landscapes that surround these special places, are layered with stories. Tackling the conservation of these heritage sites whilst at the same time acknowledging the reality of the climate & ecological emergency is of great interest to Vanessa and something which she hopes can contribute towards through her Heritage MA, (studying at Sussex University).

As a keen environmentalist, Vanessa is excited to be involved with the SDNPA as the ground-breaking Local Plan is implemented. She is a firm believer in incorporating renewables where possible and conserving natural habitats

Vanessa is also a mentor for the charity The Girls Network, which aims to support girls from disadvantaged backgrounds and have volunteered at Charleston Farmhouse and Towner Eastbourne. Vanessa spends a lot of time exploring the Downs around where she lives, either by running or on a mountain bike.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: Address: c/o SDNPA, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex. GU29 9DH.
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: vanessa.rowlands@southdowns.gov.uk 


Andrew Shaxson

Appointed by West Sussex Parishes

Appointed in June 2019.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests 

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Emailandrew.shaxson@southdowns.gov.uk


Isobel Thurston

Appointed by – Arun District Council 

Appointed in May 2019.

Isabel Thurston has known and loved the South Downs all her life, having spent much of her childhood near Brighton and lived for the last twenty years near Arundel.  After studying English Literature and French, she worked in publishing for many years.

She became interested in the environmental movement in the 1990s when she ran a Friends of the Earth group and worked for an environmental charity promoting ‘green’ design. Isabel’s passion for landscape and ecology is informed by her love of literature, history and wildlife. More recently she has worked as part of a small team running conservation courses at West Dean College, and as a private tutor.

Isabel enjoys walking in the downs with her lurcher, sometimes accompanied on horseback by her daughter. After serving as a parish councillor, Isabel is now a Green Party District Councillor on Arun District Council and is also on the Committee for the Binsted Arts Festival.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: isobel.thurston@southdowns.gov.uk


Diana van der Klugt 

Appointed by – Horsham District Council

Appointed in June 2019.

Diana van der Klugt was appointed as a member of the South Downs National Park Authority in 2019 following her election as a Horsham District Councillor for Pulborough, Coldwaltham and Amberley Ward. She has also previously served on Parham Parish Council.

Diana has a degree in French and worked in private practice as a solicitor. She also lectured at the College (now University) of Law in Guildford.

She believes that National Parks have an important role to play in leading by good example on environmental issues. It is also of great concern to her that many rural areas are languishing in technological backwaters because of inadequate access to internet and mobile phone signals, which is detrimental to their social and economic well-being. She hopes that the SDNPA can help to address this problem.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex. GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: diana.vanderklugt@southdowns.gov.uk


Richard Waring 

 Appointed by – East Sussex Parishes

Appointed in June 2019.

Richard Waring lives with his partner just outside Lewes in the SDNP.  He has recently retired from teaching to return to his previous profession as an actor and writer.  He is also a Volunteer Ranger for the SDNP, a Town Councillor for Lewes and an active member of his local Green Party.  He has an honours degree in Zoology and is an award winning children’s book writer.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o The SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: richard.waring@southdowns.gov.uk


Vacancy

National Appointment


Independent Members

Two Independent Members are recruited to the Policy & Resources Committees as follows:

Tom Fourcade

Independent Member – Policy & Resources Committee

Biography to follow.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact:  c/o SDNPA, The South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810


Carole Nicholson

Independent Member – Policy & Resources Committee

Carole Nicholson is an Independent Member of the Policy &  Resources Committee .

Carole, an FCA, spent 14 years with MEPC plc, at the time the second largest quoted property company, as Group Treasurer and Finance Director of the UK operation. Carole spent the next ten years in consulting and Finance Director roles, including the Excel conference centre in Docklands and BPD plc, a start-up pharmaceutical business. She has also been a non-executive director and Chair of Audit Committees in several Ministry of Defence departments. In 2009, Carole became a non-executive director on the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. As the Trust sought Foundation Trust status, Carole played a leading role in community engagements events and hosted two highly successful evenings for the Trust locally.

Carole is known locally for her leading role in the Plumpton Village Action Plan which achieved an 82% response rate in its original questionnaire, and after three years has 80 volunteers helping to make the aspirations become reality. One of the achievements has been the foundation of a thriving Wildlife and Habitat Group in Plumpton. Carole became a Trustee of Action in Rural Sussex in 2010 and soon became Honorary Treasurer.
Carole also became a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Sussex Wildlife Trust in 2011.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: c/o committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk


Independent Person for Member Standards

The Localism Act 2011 requires the Authority to appoint an Independent Person whose views are to be sought, and taken into account, before making a decision on an allegation of misconduct against a Member of the Authority. The views of the Independent Person may also be sought on other standards matters including the procedures to be followed in dealing with allegations.

The Independent person also assists the Authority in promoting high standards of conduct by members and Co-opted members, and in particular upholding the Code of Conduct adopted by the Authority

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