Title: Lead Member for Children and Families
Division: Crowborough South and St Johns
c/o Democratic Services, West E
St Anne's Crescent, Lewes
Phone: 01825 733151
Being a Councillor is its own reward. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s very worthwhile, extremely interesting and you learn huge amounts.
When something happens and you get an outcome, a decision, it’s great. It keeps your brain working, too.
It’s important that we work together to achieve results. I’ll be happy when I see Crowborough being even more successful, the retail sector thriving and less speeding.
More about me
I was elected as a county councillor in May 2005, although I have been councillor for Chiddingly and East Hoathly on Wealden District Council since 1995. I shared the Crowborough division with Councillor Richard Stodgon, and since the 2016 boundary changes represent the newly-drawn Crowborough South and St Johns division.
Key issues in this area are reducing traffic speed, particularly in residential areas, tackling the perception of anti-social behaviour and stimulating retail activity as there are too many empty shops in the town.
But how did I get here?
I joined the Wealden Conservative Association in 1982 and became chairman of the women's committee and the Association.
I then became a district councillor and, later, my friends and associates persuaded me to run for the County Council and I'm proud to be able to represent them.
Representing an urban area as a county councillor is very different from being a councillor for a rural ward. My division covers a smaller and more condensed area.
Being a councillor can be tough, especially when you can't help people through no fault of your own or, for example, if you are faced with the lack of resources.
My home life
I love the South Downs and the beautiful countryside. I moved here in 1958 and married a local farmer. I have lived on the same farm for 45 years. We have four children.
We are now semi-retired – we still have a small beef herd but we don't milk cows anymore.
Council work and the farm keep me pretty busy but luckily, housework will wait patiently – it never nags to get done, so it doesn't cause a problem.
My spare time
I'm interested in all issues that affect the countryside. I'm a keen gardener and I enjoy reading.
I also sing in the church choir and ring church bells.