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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


Deputy Chair of South Downs National Park Authority

Norman Dingemans

Norman DingemansAppointed by – Arun District Council

Norman Dingemans, as a founding Member was appointed as a member of the South Downs National Park Authority in April 2010. He was elected Deputy Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority at the Authority’s AGM meeting held on 18 June 2013 and re elected in June 2014, June 2015 and June 2016.

Norman Dingemans was brought up in Steyning where his father was a local GP. He completed a full career in the Royal Navy followed by fifteen years in Investment and Healthcare businesses. He Lives in the National Park between Eartham and Slindon and his hobbies are golf, fly fishing and bee keeping.

Norman has been an Arun District Councillor since 1995 and was Leader of the Council 2002 to 2006 . Norman was also a long standing member of the South Downs Joint Committee.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: Bishops Piece, Littleheath, Nr Slindon, West Sussex, BN18 0SS
Telephone: 01243 814676
Email: norman.dingemans@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 local government. 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 Community Governor of a village primary school. He helped set up the South Downs Land Management Group, and chairs the Arun & Rother Rivers Trust.

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


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


Tim Burr

Appointed by West Sussex Parishes

Tim was appointed to the SDNPA in June 2017, having lived at Watersfield in the National Park with his wife Gillian since 2006.  He is has been a member of Coldwaltham Parish Council since 2013, where he leads on planning issues.  Interests include British prehistory, in which Tim graduated from the University of Southampton post-retirement; cultivating Australian flora; and – for exercise – climbing the scarp slopes of the South Downs.  He was a volunteer on the SDNPA’s Secrets of the High Woods project and, as an occasional stargazer, he is a strong supporter of its Dark Skies initiative.

Tim’s career was in public finance, over more than 40 years, mainly in HM Treasury but with two spells in the Cabinet Office and concluding in the National Audit Office, ultimately as Comptroller and Auditor General.  Reflecting this career path, he is a member of the Authority’s Policy and Resources Committee.

Tim Burr – Regsiter of Members Discloable Pecuniary Interests

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


Josephine Carr

Josephine Carr Appointed by – East Sussex Parishes

Jo was appointed to the SDNPA in April 2010 and reappointed in July 2015. Born on the South Downs at Winton Street, Alfriston, Jo has been closely connected to and lived on the South Downs all her life. Her family has farmed the Downs in East Sussex for over four generations and she now farms 160 acres at Jevington, and her immediate family still farms over 1000 acres in the area.

Jo studied for a Law Degree at University College London and was called to the Bar before becoming a legal journalist, editor and director of a legal publishing company. Her career as a journalist included contributing as a columnist to the Times and Evening Standard and editing and reporting a Channel 4 legal series. She purchased Street Farm in 2001 – the land is mainly in an Environmentally Sensitive Area Scheme, grazed by sheep. She has been Parish Councillor for the Jevington Ward, Willingdon & Jevington Parish Council since 2005 and was elected onto the Authority as a Parish Representative. This is a critical and exciting point in the history of the South Downs and Jo’s aim is to help the area to thrive as a National Park, while retaining the living and working environment that makes it unique.

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: josephine.carr@southdowns.gov.uk


David Coldwell

David ColdwellAppointed by – Horsham District Council

David was appointed to the SDNPA in July 2015. He was a member of the Upper Beeding Parish Council from 2003 to 2015, being Chairman of the council for 6 of those years. Whilst a member of UBPC he was actively involved with both the Horsham and West Sussex associations of local councils. He was elected to the Horsham District Council in 2011 where he remains a member and is currently deputy chairman of the Development Control (South) Committee. He enjoys golf and travel and South Downs walks. Following 15 years at sea on the Merchant Navy, rising to command, David moved to Hong Kong and was there for 25 years where he was engaged on operating fleets of merchant ships

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: david.coldwell@southdowns.gov.uk


Chris Dowling

Appointed by – East Sussex County Council

Appointed in 2017


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 Pecuniary Interests

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


Mark Dunn

Mark DunnAppointed by – Chichester District Council

Mark was appointed to the SDNPA in May 2015. He is a retired Management Consultant/Investment Banker and is married with 14 grandchildren. He is widely travelled and has business experience in the Far East, Australia, USA and Europe.

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: mark.dunn@southdowns.gov.uk


Cllr Ede (P)Philip Ede

Appointed by – Wealden District Council

Philip was appointed to the SDNPA in May 2015 and is the District Councillor for Alfriston Ward on Wealden District Council.  His ward includes the Downland villages of Alciston, Alfriston, Berwick and Selmeston.

Philip was born in Eastbourne and works full time for the emergency services in addition to his duties as a Councillor and SDNPA Member.  He enjoys walking on the South Downs particularly between Alfriston and Firle where the views are breathtaking in all directions.

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: philip.ede@southdowns.gov.uk


Neville Harrison

Neville HarrisonAppointed by – East Sussex Parishes

Neville was first appointed as a Member of the South Downs National Park in April 2010 and re appointed in July 2015.  He is Chair of the Planning Committee. He was a Natural England appointed member of the South Downs Joint Committee from 2006 until the National Park was established.

Neville lives in Southease, a small village in the Ouse valley on the South Downs Way, and is Chairman of Southease Parish meeting. He is also Chair of the Ouse Valley Cycle Network (Egrets Way) project. A keen walker and an owner of two working cocker spaniels, he has walked the South Downs Way in both directions. Next to his passion for the Downs is his love of opera and he was an usher at Glyndebourne for over twenty years.

Neville’s professional career was in medicine and until retirement was a consultant surgeon in Brighton. He has worked as a surgeon in Uganda and Tanzania, been involved in medical education as a Postgraduate Dean and in professional regulation as a General Medical Council panel member. Moving from a professional lifetime in the NHS to the NPA is a great opportunity to promote the health benefits of the South Downs and help ensure their special qualities are conserved for future generations to enjoy.

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: Address: Southease Place, Southease, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HX
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: neville.harrison@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 South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH
Telephone: c/o SDNPA 01730 814810
Email: barbara.holyome@southdowns.gov.uk


Daniel Humphreys

Daniel-HumphreysAppointed by – Worthing Borough Council

Daniel was appointed to the SDNPA in May 2015.

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


Tom Jones

Tom JonesAppointed by – Lewes District Council

Tom  was appointed to the SDNPA in May 2011 and reappointed in May 2015. He is a retired RAF Officer who came to live in Sussex in 1993. Although not a Sussex man his wife was born in Hove and her family have lived in Ditchling for over 70 years so that he now considers himself to be a son of Sussex by proxy.

Most of Tom’s career in the RAF was spent flying on helicopters in many operational theatres around the world. He was instrumental in bringing into operational service the Chinnok helicopter and over a career of 36 years held many interesting appointments from commanding a squadron of surface to air Bloodhound missiles, to spending 4 years as a United Nations Liaison Officer working with the Turkish and Greek Cypriot Authorities in Cyprus, where he learnt the real meaning of “Status Quo”. On leaving the RAF Tom started his own interior design and decorating company which he ran until 2011 when he decided to concentrate his efforts and time on his local government duties.

He has been a member of Ditchling Parish Council for the last 12 years and the Lewes District Councillor for Ditchling and Westmeston since 2007. He is currently the cabinet member for Planning and sits on the planning committee at both District Council and the South Downs National Park.

Tom is also a founder member of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy and continues to play an active role in running the Trusts two schools in Billingshurst and Ipswich. He is also a school governor at a Special Educational Needs School in West Sussex. In his spare time Tom and his wife,Virginia are committed to their family and relaxing in France.

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: tom.jones@southdowns.gov.uk


Gary Marsh

Appointed by – Mid Sussex District Council Gary Marsh

Gary was appointed to the SDNPA in June 2013 and reappointed in June 2015. He moved to West Sussex in 1997and was elected on to his Local Parish Council of Balcombe in 1999.He was elected to Mid Sussex District Council in 2003,and has served on many Committees in that time. Gary is the Deputy Leader and Portfolio holder for Planning. He has steered their Local District Plan to its examination stage, which will take place later this year and sits on the Planning Committee which deals with applications that fall within the South Downs National Park, He also sits on the Joint Planning Board of West Sussex.

Gary served in the British Army throughout most of the 1970s and became a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police Service and served for nearly 18 years before leaving due to an injury. He is currently a Driving Instructor and have been for nearly 15 years. However his time on various Councils somewhat restricts his time to teach.

Gary enjoys gardening and walking across the magnificent countryside that is West Sussex.

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: gary.marsh@southdowns.gov.uk


Gill Mattock

Gill MattockAppointed by – Eastbourne Borough Council

Gill was appointed to the SDNPA in June 2014 and reappointed in June 2015. Gill has been an Eastbourne Borough Councillor since May 2007 and is currently the Deputy Leader of the Council with responsibility for Financial Services.

Gill is a keen rambler and has been instrumental in planning the new Coast and Country walking festival which Eastbourne and Wealden councils are delivering in partnership.

Gill is a recently retired teacher trainer who enjoys foreign travel, medieval re-enactment at Bodiam castle and spending time with her husband and two young granddaughters.

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


Ian Phillips

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


Sue Saville

sue-savilleNational Appointment

Sue was appointed by the Secretary of State as a National Member in April 2010 and reappointed in April 2014. She has worked over the past 30 years across the private, not-for-profit sectors and charity sectors. Sue is currently Project Development Manager at Chelsea Physic Garden, one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange. Previously she worked for a year as interim Operations Director for The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, a charity that undertakes the rescue and regeneration of redundant buildings of historic and architectural importance for the sustained benefit of local communities across the UK.

Prior to that, Sue has held a number of senior management posts including interim Head of Community Fundraising, the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity and Managing Director, Tourism South East. For 12 years, Sue was Regional Director for the National Trust across the South East. Her previous experience includes both in-house and agency PR consultancy at Associate Director level.

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: sue.saville@southdowns.gov.uk

 


Amber Thacker

Appointed by – Winchester City CouncilAmber Thacker New Photo for Website

Amber Thacker was appointed to the SDNPA in May 2016.

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
Email: amber.thacker@southdowns.gov.uk


Pete West

Pete WestAppointed by – Brighton & Hove City Council

Pete West was appointed as a member of the South Downs National Park Authority in May 2011 and reappointed in May 2015. First elected to B&HCC in 1996, Pete represents the inner city ward of St Peter’s & North Laine. Pete has long campaigned for full recognition of the value and potential of the South Downs, and co-founded Keep Our Downs Public which successfully opposed the sale of Brighton’s vast publicly owned downland estate. Pete lives on the slopes of Hollingbury Hill, yards from the national park. He has three children. When he can get away Pete enjoys trekking long distance paths in the UK and Europe.

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: pete.west@southdowns.gov.uk


Independent Members

Two Independent Members are recruited to the Governance Committees as follows:

Lewis Doyle

Lewis DoyleIndependent Member – Governance Committee

Lewis is an Independent Member of the Governance Committee. He has extensive private and public sector experience and has held a number of Directorships and Executive Committee appointments in financial services, support services and defence and aerospace.

Lewis has a number of diverse business interests, is a Chartered Public Accountant, a Non-Executive Director at the Brighton & Sussex NHS University Hospitals Trust where he Chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee, a Pension Trustee for Southern Housing Group and sits on the Disciplinary Panels for the Institute of Financial Accountants and CIPFA (the public sector accountancy body).

Lewis chairs recruitment panels at the NHS Trust where he is a non-executive, he was also a panel member for the recruitment of the Trusts CEO, CFO and deputy CFO

Register of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Contact: committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk


Carole Nicholson

Independent Member – Governance Committee

Carole Nicholson was appointed as the Independent Member of the Governance Committee in June 2014.

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: 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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