Lewes Town Councillors

Your representatives - (this page is under construction - all recently-elected Councillors will appear here shortly)

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
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.

Matt Bird

Priory WardGreen

Awaiting bio from Matt Bird

Richard Burrows

Bridge WardLib Dem
01273 480423
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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.

Guy Earl

Bridge WardLib Dem

Awaiting bio from Guy Earl

Rob Handy

Priory WardGreen

Awaiting bio from Rob Handy

Oli Henman

Castle WardLib Dem

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James Herbert

Castle WardGreen

Awaiting bio from James Herbert

John Lamb (Mayor)

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.

Dr Wendy Maples

Priory WardGreen

Awaiting bio from Dr Wendy Maples

Dr Graham Mayhew

Priory WardIndependent
01273 472594
Awaiting bio from Dr Graham Mayhew

Merlin Milner

Bridge WardLib Dem
07981 528960
Awaiting bio from Merlin Milner

Ruth O’Keeffe

Priory WardIndependent
07941 151989
Awaiting bio from Ruth O’Keeffe

Shirley-Anne Sains

Castle WardLib Dem

Awaiting bio from Shirley-Anne Sains

Jonathan Vernon

Central WardGreen

Awaiting bio from Jonathan Vernon

Richard Waring

Priory WardGreen

Awaiting bio from Richard Waring

Kate Wood

Castle WardLib Dem

Awaiting bio from Kate Wood

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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