Before moving to Buckinghamshire in 1996, I lived in London and had worked for Liberty’s as Head of Merchandising for its Branch Operation until 1991. Now I tutor in Latin and occasionally Greek and, having previously run a free after-school Latin club at Great Missenden Primary School for 13 years on a voluntary basis, I have recently set up an after school Latin Club at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. I have also taught Latin at Dr Challoner’s High School. In the last 16 years I have run clubs at Quainton Primary, Hawridge and Cholesbury Primary and Chesham Preparatory Schools. I have four children, who have all attended local schools, and a chocolate Labrador. In the past, I have reported to the Parish Council on School Transport. I am especially interested in the problems which arise in the Pednor area, where I have lived since 2001, in particular the issue of salt piles for safe winter driving on all the single track un-gritted lanes of our parish. I have been a Parish Councillor since 2008 and became chair in 2016.
Vice Chair Councillor
I have lived at Chartridge End Farm all my life and consider it a great privilege to be able to work and raise a family in such a wonderful locality. As a Councilor, I am keen to maintain the environment and facilities in our parish for all ages. I work full time on our family farm but also enjoy spending time with my family and walking the fantastic countryside of the Chilterns.
I have lived in the Chilterns for more than a decade. Prior to that I spent time in London and Cardiff, grew up next to the Peak District on the outskirts of Sheffield and also lived in Leeds, Brussels, Belgium and Sydney, Australia. Running a small business providing newspaper, magazine and graphic design services, my career has primarily been in the print media, working for a long time at Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal with a smaller stint at the Sunday Times — among other publications. Elected in May 2015, as a Green councillor, I am passionate about environmental politics, sustainability, clean and renewable energy. As a business owner — which is ‘virtual’ — I believe in the roll-out of reliable, affordable, high-speed broadband options in rural areas and the expansion of tele-working. Married with three children, I take part in community activities through the residents’ association, also helping to set-up and run the weekly café from the Chartridge Reading Rooms, on Wednesday mornings. In my spare time I swim and I coach rugby league, to under 10s, with the Hemel Stags.
My wife Katy and I moved to Chartridge in 1987. I have been a member of the parish council and also Chiltern District Council since 1991. My main interest has been helping local residents with planning applications, and for most of that time I have been a member of the CDC planning committee. When not being a councillor I work in the print industry. I play for the quiz team at The Bell in Chartridge, and I’m also a football referee and frequently a spectator at Chesham United and Wycombe Wanderers matches. Katy and I walk a lot, so the state of the local footpaths is also important to us.
I am a semi-retired gardener, have been married to Doris for over 45 years, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren and have lived in Asheridge & Bellingdon all my life. I am particularly keen on the real local issues such as managing speeding in rural areas, introducing affordable housing for village people, highway and verge maintenance and perhaps securing delegated budget to do small jobs like drain clearing and hedge cutting ourselves – it seems to take an age to for higher authority to get such jobs done.
I have lived in Chartridge Parish on and off all my life and now live in my childhood home in Asheridge. I have been a councillor since 2003. I represent the Parish Council on Bucks County Council’s Local Area Forum and at meetings of our Neighbourhood Policing Team. My particular interest is in “on the ground” projects such as the current work to open up a footpath in Bellingdon to ramblers with mobility difficulties and, as another example, our successful battle in 2006 to have Asheridge put back onto a winter salting route and to keep it there. Before leaving the area for a while I worked at Chesham Police Station as a civilian communications officer, a grand title for telephonist and radio operator! My husband is French and we brought up our family in France, where I taught English in schools. I have two daughters, a stepson and three grandchildren. When my husband retired, we returned to Asheridge and I started my own company, French teaching and translation. I focus particularly on teaching and coaching children and teenagers.
I have lived in Bellingdon for more than 10 years with my wife and our two children having moved here from Amersham where we were for the previous 10 years.
As well as being aware of many of the local issues from our familiarity with the area we are actively involved the community through our involvement with Bank Farm Riding for the Disabled Association in Bellingdon, where our children learnt to ride about 15 years ago and my wife Helena is a Trustee.
I currently work at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London having spent the previous 20 years as a Design and Innovation Consultant to large multinational companies.
My particular interests are sustainability, wildlife, architecture, transport and how traditional country life can be evolved to meet the needs of the community and the wider World for the future.
I have lived in Asheridge for more than 20 years and I was delighted to be co-opted into Chartridge Parish Council in June 2018 (this involved me presenting to the existing councillors, before being voted in). It is still quite a steep learning curve with the variety of topics that come past the group. I’ve personally had some quite interesting issues to deal with, so far with some success. Like most of you, I’m sure, I care about the local communities and simple things, like planning permissions, potholes, broadband speeds, hedges and verges and, particularly HGV’s running through Asheridge.
I’ve pretty much spent all of my working career as an Engineer in the transport industry.
Chiltern Ridge Councillors Alan Bacon Patricia Birchley Peter Jones Jane McBean Nick Rose Diana Varley