Lewes Town Councillors

Your representatives

The Council comprises eighteen elected members – six representing each of three electoral wards (Bridge, Castle, and Priory), and it employs fourteen staff (8 full-time). This will change in 2019, due to a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission, when a fourth Ward will be introduced – Lewes Central – although there will still be 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.

Annabella Ashby

Castle WardGreen
07814 198807
I have worked in local government in professional and managerial positions and for 10 years in the Improvement and Development Agency, a central advisory agency for local government in England & Wales. The Green Party’s philosophy which views social, economic and environmental issues as a whole and connective system rather than separate parts, runs to the heart of a way of thinking that I share and which I believe will bring benefit to all.

Janet Baah (Mayor)

Bridge WardLib Dem
07709 968337
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.

Adam Barker

Priory WardIndependent
07884 312232
I have been employed in the public sector all my working life and believe that high quality public services which are accesible to all are fundamental to a sustainable and fair society. As a father of three, I am keen to create opportunities for young people to work and live in the town, ensuring Lewes retains its unique culture and remains a vibrant and diverse community.

Richard Burrows

Bridge WardLib Dem
01273 480423
Awaiting bio from Richard Burrows


Priory WardIndependent
01273 476869
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.

Michael Chartier

Castle WardLib Dem
01273 472019
Awaiting bio from Michael Chartier

Will Elliot

Bridge WardLib Dem
01273 487799
Awaiting bio from Will Elliot

Huw Jones

Castle WardIndependent
07775 726036
I have lived in Lewes all of my life and couldn't imagine a better place to be with my family. My first school was South Malling and then I went onto Priory before going to BHASVIC and finally Swansea University to study English & Ancient History. After university I worked at Harveys Brewery and then fell into the pub trade. First as assistant manager at the Pelham Arms and then the Elephant and Castle, which I now (for the time being) own with my wife. In 2016 I decided to run in the Castle Ward By Election and was successful at the first attempt (with the help of friends and family). I ran for, and will continue, as an Independent Councillor. I believe that local politics should reflect the needs of local people and not be beholden to Party politics

John Lamb

Bridge WardLib Dem
01273 473886
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
There are so many things we could improve in Lewes, like truly affordable housing, parking, employment conditions, childcare provision and access to a GP. Big changes are coming to the town; in North Street, Harvey's Depot, the Magistrate's Court. There is a sense of frustration with old-style politics and a vision of something better. I see that it is possible to make a difference and I have the energy and commitment to create change.

Graham Mayhew

Priory WardIndependent
01273 472594
Awaiting bio from Graham Mayhew

Merlin Milner

Bridge WardLib Dem
07981 528960
Awaiting bio from Merlin Milner

Roger Murray

Castle WardIndependent
01273 473912
I have been proud to serve as a Lewes Town Councillor representing Castle ward since 2007 and am delighted to be representing Lewes residents at council and responding to the needs of our community.

Susan Murray

Castle WardIndependent
01273 473912
Susan grew up near Bristol and studied geography at Girton College, Cambridge. Following her first marriage she spent some years abroad living in the Netherlands, where she had a daughter, Indonesia and Egypt. After returning to the UK to live in Lewes she got heavily involved in campaigning on democracy, peace and green issues and found a like-minded second husband in Roger. He has been a huge support in politics and life, especially as Susan has struggled with disabilities due to rheumatoid arthritis. Susan was elected to the town council in 2007 and has been active on many committees, especially, planning which she has chaired for a number of years, the Landport Bottom and All Saints steering committees, finance and the plastic-free group. She has also been active in the wider community, running the Landport Youth Centre and helping with the local food bank, as well as her involvement with Transition Town Lewes and the Lewes Pound. In 2015/16 she was very proud to be Mayor Lewes and she is now loving supporting the current Mayor as Deputy Mayor and being grandma to Coco  

Ruth O’Keeffe

Priory WardIndependent
07941 151989
Awaiting bio from Ruth O’Keeffe

Chelsea Renton

Bridge WardGreen
07818 064456
Elected 7th December 2017 in a by-election.

Tony Rowell

Priory WardGreen
07740 163590
Activism and pressure groups have a vital role to play in democratising society but we also need councillors with enough influence to champion progressive policies that are fair and consider the environment. The UK has become more unequal over the past 30 years due to the major parties embracing neo-liberalism and individualism. I will articulate an alternative message in council and beyond which challenges the status quo and provides a voice that promotes the ‘common good’ which means a more equal, just, tolerant, and fair society for the future.

Esther Watts

Castle WardGreen
07809 332387

I am a former teacher and currently work for the Alzheimer’s Society, my work for which involves getting disparate groups to move towards a common goal.

My experience will help in listening to the public, working on local policy and helping achieve consensus to drive change.

Find Us

Lewes Town Council
Town Hall
East Sussex BN7 2QS
Tel: 01273 471469

Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4pm

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