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Sahran Abeysundara
Sahran Abeysundara

Sahran Abeysundara is Councillor for the Haslemere South Ward.

Having found himself captivated by Haslemere, he has visited very regularly from his ancestral home in Sri Lanka for the last 20 years, before finally moving here permanently 5 years ago.

He is an Interior Designer, Marketing Guru & Human Rights campaigner, who recently spear-headed the re-design of The Haslewey Community Centre. With a design studio on Weyhill, The Silkroad, his continued passion for the town led him to join the Chamber of Trade, as well as assisting a myriad of other local societies & charities voluntarily.

Sahran decided to run for Town Council, having grown increasingly despondent and disappointed with the sea of negative views that are shared about our fantastic little town. He feels that it is time for us to grasp the many wonderful opportunities forged by his predecessors, to enable younger, fresher, more innovative and dynamic minds a chance to assist and create a positive future for Haslemere. “No more should we complain and watch from the sidelines, whilst we can be utilising the platform for effective change that councillors are afforded”.

Looking forward, Sahran is excited to be working with The Haslemere Town Council and indeed the community. His main priority is to establish a dialogue with the youth, the elderly, and the workforce of Haslemere, who historically, he feels, opinions may have been overlooked, and in fact they are pivotal to creating a thriving, vibrant and exciting town we can all be extremely proud to call ours.

 

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Haslemere South
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Amenities, Staffing, Grants
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Jean Arrick
Jean Arrick

Jean has lived in the Haslemere area for the past 30 years and in Hindhead for the last 20 years. She is married with three children who have all left home and are pursuing their different careers in various parts of the country and world. She has been a councillor at either town or district level for the past 16 years and combines this role with a full time teaching job in a local girls’ school. She is particularly interested in planning issues in the Hindhead area.

Jean was re-elected to serve Hindhead in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Hindhead
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Grants, CAB
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Nikki Barton
Nikki Barton

With experience as your County Councillor, I have a proven track record in putting Haslemere first. I moved to Haslemere South with my family a decade ago and have engaged with the local community through: school governorship; Haslemere Hockey Club; Fringe Festival; Haslemere Vision; Chair – Haslemere Community Rail Partnership.

I will continue prioritising community engagement with openness and transparency.  Never afraid to speak up and my record as Haslemere’s first Independent SCC can be seen via the pages of this blog.With a wealth of experience and understanding of local government, I will champion good traffic management and child/pedestrian safety as a priority.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Haslemere South
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Finance & Audit
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Pat Blades
Pat Blades

Pat was re-elected to serve Shottermill in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Shottermill
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Staffing, Grants, Orchard Club, Charter Fair, Haslemere United Charities, Shottermill United Charities, Visitor Information Centre
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Penny Bradley
Penny Bradley

Penny has lived in Haslemere for ten years, and was born in Passfield, briefly attending the Royal School; so has a great interest in the town.  She has worked in nursing and facilities management and has now enjoyed retirement for ten years and enjoys walking in our our wonderful countryside.

Penny was Haslemere Town Mayor during 2014-15 and was re-elected to serve Critchmere in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Chairman of Planning & Highways & Vice Chairman of Staffing
Ward: Critchmere
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Staffing, League of Friends, Haslemere Hall
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Malcolm Carter
Malcolm Carter

Malcolm has lived with his wife Sandie in Beacon Hill since 2001 and has recently been elected as Mayor for 2017/2018.

Following a 40 year career in the Food Industry where he held various management and directorships he then went on to be a Director General of a national benevolent fund for five years.

He has always been involved with local charities and has recently been a trustee of an award winning young people’s charity. He is currently part of the 3 Counties Money Advice team set up by the Haslemere churches and a member of 3 Counties Church community team.

Malcolm was elected to serve Hindhead in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Mayor, Chairman of Staffing & Vice Chairman of Grants
Ward: Hindhead
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Staffing, Grants, Amenities, Finance & Audit, SCC Local Committee, H&WVTTG
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Simon Dear
Simon Dear

Simon Dear was elected in June 2017, having lived a few hundred yards from Haslemere Town Centre since 2004.

Qualified as a Surveyor, Simon has a background in law, planning, finance and building construction and has worked for himself in the ownership and management of property for nearly 30 years.

After years of commuting, he now works in Haslemere too.

As well as being a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Simon is a member of the Haslemere Society, the National Trust and the RNLI as well as supporting Canine Partners in the work they do.

He is also a Founder Member of the Hunter Trust, recently formed to take over the running of the Marjorie Gray Hall Alzheimer’s Centre and at the time of writing sits on the Amenities, Planning and Finance Committees of the Council.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Haslemere South
Committees & External Bodies: Finance & Audit, Amenities, Highways & Planning
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Michael Dover
Michael Dover

Michael Dover joined HTC in 2003 representing the Hindhead ward. He retired prematurely from a career in the media and the military after a serious car accident. He has occupied himself since 1990 working as a volunteer in the third sector. He is a director of ATTEND, formerly known as the national Association for the league of Hospital friends based at the Kings Fund in London.

A natural enthusiast, he has set up various volunteer groups to undertake tasks in the community, the most successful of which is the Beacon Hill Heavy Brigade. Over the last decade, this group is credited with the restoration of public open spaces in and around Beacon Hill.

Michael was re-elected to serve Hindhead in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Hindhead
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Grants, Amenities
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Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards

Jim has lived in the local area for 38 years. After a fulfilling Army career, he joined a retail company rising to Director and for 19 years he ran Basix Weyhill, employing and serving the local people. He retired in 2013.

Jim is currently Chair of Governors at Shottermill Infants School, involved with Haslemere Border Athletic Club, a UKA Athletics Coach, and been Chairman/Vice Chairman for the last 25 years.

Jim is a keen golfer and gardener and was one of the founder members of Wey HIll in Bloom.

Jim is also a Waverley Borough Councillor and his concerns are for all residents and businesses within the community, particularly those in the Weyhill area. He runs a regular residents surgery fortnightly within The Orchard Club.

Jim will be implementing a personal action plan to address both the concerns of all residents and the imbalances of investment at both town and borough level when compared to other areas.

Jim was Haslemere Town Mayor from 2011-2012, and was re-elected to serve Shottermill in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Shottermill
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Grants, Finance & Audit, Tennyson's Sure Start
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Alex Ford
Alex Ford
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Role: Councillor
Ward: Hindhead
Committees & External Bodies: Highways & Planning, Grants
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Ged Hall
Ged Hall

Ged was born in Chester in 1970, the youngest son of a local builder; He is married with three children and has lived in Haslemere for 15 years; educated at the University of Greenwich and later Edinburgh Business School, Ged holds two masters degrees and works as a Finance and Strategy consultant in London.

Ged is the deputy chairman of the Haslemere Rugby Club, Treasurer of the Royal British Legion in Haslemere and a serving councillor for Haslemere Town Council where he became the Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and was tasked with upgrading and improving the council’s service delivery. Ged's key interests are Health Care, value for money public service delivery, education and increasing the provision of local Sporting Facilities.

Ged was re-elected to serve Critchmere in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Critchmere
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Grants
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Brigitte Hewett
Brigitte Hewett

Brigitte has been resident in the area since 1974 when she and her husband and three sons moved firstly to Churt and then to Hindhead. She was elected as Town Councillor for Hindhead ward in 2003 and has served on the planning, amenities, grant panel and Finance & Audit Committee.

She represents the Town Council on Haslemere & District Twinning Association where she is currently treasurer.

Brigitte was re-elected to serve Hindhead in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Hindhead
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Grants, Amenities, Finance & Audit, Twinning
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William King
William King

William served as a Regular Army Officer from 1955 to 1979 when he left to join Lonhro PLC Group in City of London and from1980 to 1986 worked for International Contract Issuing and Arbitral Trade Associations Assistant Secretary Sugar Association of London and the Refined Sugar Association, as Secretary to the British Federation of Commodity Trade Associations and Secretary to the European Federation of Commodity Trade Associations. Baltic Exchange Member.

From 1986 to 2002 he was Secretary of the Technical Committee and Director of Trade Education, the Federation of Oils Seeds and Fats and wrote the Code of Practice for FOSFA Member Superintendents and Member Analysts.

In 2001 he was awarded a British Standards Institution - Distinguished Service Certificate for the Development of British, European and International Standards.

He is now an External Lecturer and Examiner at London Guildhall University and London Metropolitan University and from 2005 -2006 was Master of The Worshipful Company of World Traders. In 2006 he was awarded an MSc (Honoris Causa) from London Guildhall Universityand in 2011 became Vice President of the Institute of Export.

William was elected to the Town Council in 2007 and served as Mayor from 2008 and was re-elected to serve Shottermill in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Shottermill
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Grants, Amenities, Finance & Audit
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Melanie Odell MBE
Melanie Odell MBE

Melanie has lived in Haslemere since she was a baby, and after training as a nurse at Guys Hospital, moved back to marry and bring up her children. She worked as a district nurse and then established two computer businesses in town, Grayswood Computer Services and Church Micros.

Joining the Haslemere Chamber of Trade she became President in 2001 and three years later moved on to chair the Haslemere Initiative, the local community partnership group. Now Chairman of the Haslemere Educational Museum, she all serves as a Governor at Woolmer Hill School and is President of Sport Haslemere.

In 2007 Melanie joined the Town Council and served as Mayor of Haslemere for two years between 2009 and 2011.

She is well supported by her four children who have all enjoyed their childhood in the Haslemere area. Melanie is honoured to have been awarded an MBE for Services to the Community of Haslemere in the 2012 Birthday Honours list.

Melanie was re-elected to serve Haslemere North & Grayswood in the 2015 local elections and was Mayor during 2015-2016.

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Role: Deputy Mayoress, Vice-Chair Finance and Audit
Ward: Haslemere North & Grayswood
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Staffing, Amenities, Finance & Audit, Charter Fair
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Liindz Peel
Liindz Peel

Liindz was elected to serve Haslemere North & Grayswood in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Haslemere North & Grayswood
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Amenities, Haslemere Museum
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Libby Piper
Libby Piper

Libby was born in Bedford and has lived within the Waverley area since 1968, finally settling in Haslemere in 1978. Libby worked for 27 years for ICI/Zeneca in Fernhurst where she gained a wide range of experience in business processes and efficiencies before taking early retirement in 2000.

Libby says "Haslemere is a lovely market town of great character and with a wealth of voluntary organisation and I was delighted to be elected to Haslemere Town Council in 2011 and 2015 as a councillor for Critchmere Ward and have been instrumental in updating Town Council procedures to help it become more efficient, accountable and transparent. I served as Town Mayor for 2013/14 when I had the honour to represent our wonderful town."

Libby is keen to support the provision of services for young people within the town and to ensure that public funds are wisely spent for the benefit of ratepayers.

Her hobbies are gardening, film and travelling to visit her overseas family.

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Role: Chairman of Finance and Audit and Vice-Chairman of Planning & Highways
Ward: Critchmere
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Staffing, Haslewey
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Nicholas Rodgers
Nicholas Rodgers

Nicholas has lived in Haslemere for a number of years and very much enjoys being an active member within the community. His background lies within the Energy Industry, with a focus on Geopolitical Risk and International Relations, in the capacity firstly, as an Analyst, and currently as a Senior Strategist.

His personal interests include the Opera, rugby and overseas travel.

He looks forward to meeting with you over the next few years and giving practical support to the Town in any way he can.

Nicholas was elected to serve Haslemere South in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Councillor
Ward: Haslemere South
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Grants, Finance & Audit, Transition Town
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David Round
David Round

David was elected to serve Haslemere North & Grayswood in the 2015 local elections.

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Role: Deputy Mayor, Chairman of Amenities
Ward: Haslemere North & Grayswood
Committees & External Bodies: Full Council, Planning & Highways, Grants, Amenities, Finance & Audit, Haslemere Health Group, Haslemere CA Appraisal
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