Lewes Town Councillors

Your representatives

The Council comprises eighteen elected members representing each of four electoral wards (Bridge (5), Castle (4), Central (1),and Priory(8), and it employs fourteen staff (8 full-time). This changed in 2019, due to a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission, when the fourth Ward (Central) was introduced although there are still 18 seats in total. Council meets approximately every five weeks and often creates working-parties for large projects or short tasks. These can co-opt additional members from the community.

Janet Baah

Bridge WardLib Dem
07709 968337
Janetbaah68@gmail.com
My family moved to beautiful Lewes in 2001 from Ghana. Although we were well received and welcomed, and soon became part of the community, little did I know or think at that time I would one day be elected to serve on the Town Council. I want to be a Councillor for a new era, creating a fresh environment for all the people of Lewes. I seek to be a representative for everyone, promoting partnership working, equality, and respect.



Matthew Bird

Priory WardGreen

CllrMattBird@gmail.com
I am a Chartered Environmentalist and have two Masters in climate change. I have lived in Lewes for over 12 years and worked at Lewes District Council for 16 years leading on sustainability, climate change and energy. Helped initiate many local projects such as Seedy Saturday, solar panels at Wallands and Ringmer, wind turbine at Beechwood Hall and energy efficiency support for low income families. More recently I led Climate South East and currently work in local government leading in the rollout of electric vehicle charging, cycle route planning and all things sustainability. I combined my passion for cycling and cooking in setting up a pop-up bike café, Bean Cycling, at the Nutty Wizard and am committed to a Lewes where cycling is the norm rather than the exception.



Richard Burrows

Bridge WardLib Dem
01273 480423
allburrows00@gmail.com
I taught for many years at Priory School, first English, then Classics. I am the secretary of Lewes Priory Cricket Club and consider it a privilege to live in the town and to serve on the Council.



Catlin

Priory WardIndependent
07803 774858
councillor.catlin@hotmail.co.uk
Many Lewesians remember  Stephen's eponymous confectionery and tobacco store on Lewes High Street with great affection. Its role on the High Street started in 1922, as The Central Tobacco Stores, and continued through F.E. Hall's days  until it moved to the Needlemakers, closing in 2011. While running the store, Catlin's sometimes tart views on the Town appeared in the on-line "Viva Lewes", appropriately in a column headed  "The Curmudgeon". Independent and forthright, he stood as an independent candidate for Lewes Town Council in Priory ward in May 2011, was elected and re-elected in 2015, when he stood also for the District Council and was elected to that too. His wide-ranging interests include gardening (evidenced by the site in Western Road, opposite Richards' the butchers and the three beds by the Premier Inn) music and the arts.  He serves on six town council panels and committees. Stephen managed Theatres in London’s West End, has worked for the British Film Institute and is a Corps donor to the Royal Ballet School.



Guy Earl

Bridge WardLib Dem
07899 082856

I am a retired Banker and financial adviser. Interests in theatre (including via ‘Angel’ Investment) and opera (full member of Glyncdebourne Opera Festival Society). Memberships of Eunity Lewes (European Movement) and The National Trust.



Rob Handy

Priory WardGreen
07719 693954
cllrrobhandy@gmail.com
I moved to Sussex in 1995 to study Environmental Chemistry at Sussex University and have since campaigned for many environmental causes. I have been a secondary school science teacher for 20 years and I’m now a senior leader at Seaford Head School where I talk to young people every day who are passionate and want to contribute their ideas and actions towards a sustainable future. Living on the Nevill, I enjoy walking, running and cycling on the South Downs. I have also taken active roles in Wildflower Lewes, Plastic Free Lewes and more recently, Nevill Residents Association.



Oli Henman

Castle WardLib Dem
07803 169074

Oli works as a campaigner on sustainable development around the world, he is the Global Coordinator of a network called Action for Sustainable Development, a new and rapidly growing centralised platform of approximately 3,000 civil society organisations and local activists in more than 160 countries, who have come together to promote a more just and sustainable world. He leads the global advocacy and engagement with multilateral bodies such as the UN and other international institutions. He had a considerable experience of working with civil society participation and governance in South America, Europe and around the world. He started his career working on participatory budgeting in the favelas and rainforests of Brazil. Oli is strongly committed to participation of community groups in public decision-making. Previously, he spent seven years at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NVCO) in London, where he worked on UK and EU-wide policy on civil society and public engagement, including co-drafting the Council of Europe’s ‘Code of Good Practise on Civil Participation’. He is married and lives with his wife and two young children in Lewes, where he enjoys walking and cycling in the Downs; and swimming in the sea.



James Herbert

Castle WardGreen
07886 434112

Awaiting bio from James Herbert


John Lamb (Mayor)

Bridge WardLib Dem
07877 972375
John.lamb@abilitymagazine.org.uk
Living in Malling I want to preserve the area’s green spaces, ensure more social housing is made available to residents and limit the impact of traffic on the town. I am an active member of local community groups. As a Liberal Democrat I am a strong supporter of remaining in the EU and of my party’s ideas for a fairer more equitable society. I am a member of Lewes Rowing Club and sing regularly at the Saturday Folk Club in the Elephant and Castle.



Imogen Makepeace

Priory WardGreen
07831 106777
Imogen.makepeace@greenparty.org.uk
Having been re-elected to the Town Council to serve the public for another 4 years, I am energised by their support for new ideas. I look forward to trying to improve provision for cycling and walking which will reduce our pollution and congestion and increase the engagement of our town by residents and visitors.



Dr Wendy Maples

Priory WardGreen
07669 838698
wendymaples.towncouncillor@gmail.com
Dr Wendy Maples is a teaching and learning consultant dedicated to supporting lifelong learning. She is a 20+ year resident of Lewes, inspired by both the unique traditions of the town and its rebelliousness. She is committed to prioritising sustainability in the Town and to achieve sound environmental objectives. She is a coach and was a co-founder of the Beachcombers recreational adult softball team and enjoys the occasional game of stool ball.



Dr Graham Mayhew

Priory WardIndependent
01273 472594
Graham.mayhew@btopenworld.com
Graham is a former Mayor and Academic Historian.



Merlin Milner

Bridge WardLib Dem
07981 528960
Merlin.milner@btinternet.com
Awaiting bio from Merlin Milner


Ruth O’Keeffe

Priory WardIndependent
07941 151989
Roklewes@gmail.com
Awaiting bio from Ruth O’Keeffe


Shirley-Anne Sains

Castle WardLib Dem
07816 764648

Awaiting bio from Shirley-Anne Sains


Jonathan Vernon

Central WardGreen
07789 172707
Cllr.Vernon@lewes-tc.gov.uk
Jonathan has diverse interests and experiences in television, video production, corporate communications, marketing and education. His professional focus is in e-learning; its practice, practice problems and potential applied to further and higher educations and organisations. He is a former Chairman of Wave Leisure Trust, the Digital Editor for The Western Front Association, a qualified swimming teacher and coach and sails regularly with Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club. He came to Lewes in 2000, marches every November 5th and is married with two children and a dog.



Richard Waring

Priory WardGreen

councillorwaring@gmail.com
Richard Waring moved to Lewes in 1991 where he brought up his two wonderful daughters. As a teacher he taught science at Priory School and then at Bedes where he taught a vast range of subjects finishing up in the Drama department. He was senior lecturer at Bournemouth University in script writing for film and TV and is an award winning children’s book author. As an actor he recently played Picasso in Dora and Picasso by local poet Grace Nichols. He is also a Southdowns Ranger and an active member of plastic free Lewes. He is passionate about the environment and is determined to make Lewes a real Green town.



Kate Wood

Castle WardLib Dem


I have lived in Lewes for 20 years, having previously lived in all over the country and abroad. I was brought up in Sheffield in Yorkshire, where I was educated at the same local comprehensive school as the British astronaut, Helen Sharman. After leaving school, my education took me to a wide variety of places including Dublin, (where I studied at Trinity College, Dublin), Paris (studying theatre at the University of Paris and the British Institute) and London (to SOAS where I studied Japanese). My publishing career has taken me from Cambridge, Norwich and London to Oxted, Chichester, Germany, the US and beyond. Like many before me, I learnt the publishing trade on the job, but I decided that professional qualification was useful and studied and qualified as a CIM marketer and learn the ropes of the business, marketing and promotion. I have worked in the government policy and publications, the media, publishing and the research information industry for most of my 25 year career. Education background: My background is both in science and the arts and have A levels in all the main sciences plus on in languages. I hold two primary degrees: a science degree in Genetics and an arts degree in European languages and Drama. I subsequently studied for a professional postgrad in business and hold the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. This broad education in sciences, languages and literature and business has been invaluable in my career. Professional background: My professional background in in publishing and in the media. I have worked in all aspects of the industry starting in editorial and becoming a magazine editor, a journalist and a theatre reviewer, to work in publicity as a publicist and senior group PR director and in marketing as a marketing director and product and business development specialist. I’ve been part of some very well-known media organisations including Chrysalis, the music and media company that signed Blondie and Jethro Tull, ran Heart and LBC radio as well as a books division; John Wiley, one of the leading academic publishers where I ran teams across the world from New York to Germany; and for respected public sector organisations such as the University of Cambridge and in research in a policy evaluation branch in Civil Service. As publicist, I worked with and represented a large number of our leading politicians, celebrities, authors, journalists, actors and comedians. My publishing experience spans trade (fiction and non-fiction titles included illustrated titles) to academic publishing. Today, I work primarily across digital products (online books and journals, data, analytics and artificial intelligence tools) and increasingly in the application of artificial intelligence to published high-level research information. These days, I run as an independent media, communications and publishing consultancy and work as a Senior Associate and BP of Marketing and Market Research for Maverick Publishing Specialists. I share my expertise with those starting out in the profession and have lectured on publishing to students on the Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes University and to postgraduates at De Montfort University and taken part in panels and plenaries for the Publishers’ Association and at London International Book Fair. I am used to addressing large audiences, lecturing and public speaking. Voluntary work: I have taken an active role as a volunteer and a Trust. Locally, I have volunteered form the Prince’s Trust, for Working Knowledge (an employment charity), for Toastmasters, the US public speaking organisation, through Lewes Speakers Club and as the Toastmasters Area Director for East Sussex during 2018/2019. I am a Trustee of Baxter’s Field in Lewes and been a judge for the Youth Speaks public speaking competition run by the local Rotary Club at Priory School. Hobbies – my hobbies and interests are wide ranging. I am musical and both sing and play the flute to a reasonably high standard. I speak 5 languages with varying degrees of expertise and training from the more accessible such as Spanish, French and German to Japanese. As you would expect from a career publisher, I am widely travelled and love books, literature, debate, culture and ideas in all their forms. The arts and travel are very important to me and I frequently visit art exhibitions (I’m a Friend of the RA and other arts organisations), attend literary festivals (such as Charleston), the theatre and other spoken world events (like Lewes Speakers Festival where I have also volunteered). My two other main interests are gardening, wildlife, biodiversity and conservation and outdoor activities such as sailing, hill walking, cycling and outdoor/wild swimming (one of the reasons I love the Pells and being near the coast). In winter if I can, I skate and go cross country skiing.



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