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Horsham Liberal Democrats

Our 2019 Horsham District Council Candidates

meet the candidates below

Our candidates come from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Some of them are standing for re-election and others running for the first time. No matter who they are, they will demand better for Horsham.

Ward Candidates
Richard Greenwood
Richard lives in Barns Green with his wife Kasia, and their two children. They attend St Gabriel's RC Church in Billingshurst.
Richard says, "I am standing in this election because I believe that this country needs a liberal voice at every level of government. I am a Lib Dem because they are the only party that wants to give everyone the opportunity to achieve their full potential in life, regardless of their background.
We live in special part of the country but this complacent Tory council has led to a decrease in access to services that are urgently needed here."
John Trollope
John has lIved in Billingshurst for nearly 15 years and loves the village shops and local walking paths. He works mainly from home for a London-based insurance company. If elected, he will make fighting anti-social behaviour his priority.
Richard Greenwood John Trollope
Broadbridge Heath

Louise Potter
Louise has lived in Horsham since her family moved to the town 34 years ago. She attended primary school in Broadbridge Heath before moving
onto Tanbridge House School and Collyer's Sixth Form College. She read History at University and is now a teacher of History and Politics at a school in Crawley. Louise lives in Broadbridge Heath and is
married to Matt Potter and they have three sons. In her spare time she enjoys taking the dog on long family walks and visiting National Trust locations. Louise is also the Liberal Democrat candidate for the next General Election.

Matt Allen
Matt has lived in Horsham his entire life, attending Forest Boys and Collyer's Sixth Form College. He spent his teenage years working on the checkouts of the Broadbridge Heath supermarket and currently studies Economics at University where he works part time in IT support. Matt enjoys spending time with friends and watching sport, in particular football and cricket.

Matt Allen and Louise Potter
Frances Haigh
Frances represented Horsham Park Ward from 2011-2015. With community groups, she started neighbourhood planning for Horsham Town. She says, "Our town should be an age-friendly town with good bus, cycling, & walking routes, and facilities that enable residents - of all ages - to be active and enjoy the town. Isolation is a big issue and we need to tackle it."
Frances had a good attendance record at HDC & her accounting background helped her to scrutinise Council finances and management. "It is crucial to ensure that taxpayers' money is used to deliver services as efficiently and effectively as possible."
Belinda Walters
Belinda has lived in Horsham all her life. She works for the NHS and runs a small business in Horsham. She enjoys gardening, walking, sewing and crochet. She has previously been a district and parish councillor and is keen to represent Denne residents. As a resident of Horsham she is passionate about the town and recognises the need to ensure planning is done sensitively.
Ruth Fletcher
Ruth lives in Horsham and her children went to local schools.
She says, "Horsham is expanding. Building wider roads is not the answer. They will funnel yet more cars into the town and start to destroy the very things that make Horsham an attractive place to live, work and shop.
"I will support high quality cycling infrastructure that gives people of all ages the choice to walk, cycle or use mobility scooters for short trips.
"Our council has been dominated by one party. We need the challenge and scrutiny that a strong Liberal Democrat opposition can bring."

Frances Haigh Belinda Walters Ruth Fletcher

Dr David Skipp
David has lived and worked in Horsham for 40 years. A retired GP, he is passionate about achieving the best possible health care for Horsham's residents.
He and his family live in the ward and his children attended local schools, as his grandchildren do now. He is Chair of Governors at Collyers and attends a local church. A keen ornithologist, he enjoys sport and cycling.
A councillor for 12 years, David has fought for improvements in local services, particularly health, and affordable housing, and to safeguard green spaces for the local community to enjoy.
Godfrey Newman
Godfrey Newman has lived in Horsham for 30 years, and has been a councillor for 24 years. He is widowed and has 4 grown up children and 3 grandchildren.
A Governor at The Forest School, he was also an exams invigilator at Millais. He was Chairman of Finance on the Council and now serves on the Planning and Audit Committees.
Godfrey sings with St Mary's Church Choir and Christ's Hospital Choral Society. He supports Horsham Football Club, & is looking forward to the new ground at Hop Oast. He is keen to ensure truly Affordable and Key-worker Housing.
Colin Minto
Colin has lived in Horsham for most of his life. He lives in the ward with his wife, a teaching assistant at Heron Way School, and two children, who attend The Forest and Heron Way.
Colin became interested in politics and local issues when he lived in Oxfordshire for six years, joining his Parish Council & serving as its Chair.
He believes that there are six key elements of fulfilled living; Safety, Housing, Healthcare, Community Development, Work Opportunity and Entertainment. He wants improvement in these areas across Horsham.
David Skipp Godfrey Newman Colin Minto
Holbrook East

Dr. Eris Yeates
Born and raised in Gloucestershire; she went on to study Chemistry and work in France, where she met her wife. Eris has been settled in Sussex now for 26 years, helping to raise two sons. Eris works in London in the Finance department of a major charity. Eris joined the Liberal Democrats following the 2016 referendum, and apart from the subject of Europe is also very interest in green policies, having been a member of Greenpeace for many years, and diversity and inclusion.

Dr Eris Yeates
Holbrook West
Greg Collins
Greg has lived with his family in Hurst Road for many years. A long-term Liberal Democrat member, Greg stood in Horsham Park in the last District Council
election. Greg is an IT manager and has worked in commercial and not-for-profit sectors and is passionate about service delivery and exceeding the expectations of customers.
A founder member of Horsham Park Run, he also
cycles competitively, and enjoys travel and sport.
Warwick Hellawell
UK Born, but raised in New Zealand, Warwick came to the UK on a travel break. Whilst working at HSBC Bank in London, he met his wife, and has now lived in Horsham for over 20 years. Married to Mandy, he has a son and two step daughters.
He now works in financial services and is a keen
sports fan, supporting any team that is playing
against Australia!

Greg Collins

Warwick Hellawell

Itchingfield, Slinfold and Warnham

Kasia Greenwood
Kasia Greenwood joined the Liberal Democrats after the EU referendum result and has been actively campaigning for a second vote ever since. She is a former teacher who after leaving teaching has worked in international development in London and now works at Barns Green playgroup. Kasia grew up in Woking, Surrey and moved to Barns Green in 2012. Kasia also campaigns for better education, climate change as well as women's rights and the rights of minority groups.

Peter Mullarky

Peter Mullarky is a retired educationalist, whose experience includes forming and directing elite
schools in Switzerland and Colombia, being Deputy of a large comprehensive school in Berkshire and
spending 6 years teacher-training in China with VSO. He speaks five languages.

An initiator and organiser, Peter is a Liberal and a founder member of the Liberal Democrats. After
seven undefeated years as a Horsham District Councillor, he is experienced in Council and Planning

He is also involved in community activities, especially Horsham and District Twinning Association
(Chairman 2009 -13) and St John's Catholic Church.
Peter settled in the ward (in Warnham) in 2018, knows it, and undertakes, if elected, to serve it well.

Kasia Greenwood Peter Mullarky
Nuthurst & Lower Beeding

Dennis Livingstone

Dennis has lived in the district with his wife and children for over 40 years with the last 20 years residing in the Nuthurst ward. The area of villages and hamlets is very special to Dennis and his family. His objective is to protect its rural charm and at the same time help it to develop to support local residents, businesses and farming.

He has been a design engineer on many large engineering projects around the world. He is also the chairman of Copsale Village Hall and has been for the last 10 years.

Dennis Livingstone
Roffey North
Tony Bevis
Tony has lived in Horsham District since the early 1970s, and in Roffey North for the last 15 years. A retired IT Project Manager, he was previously a District Councillor in the early 2000s, and was a non-exec director of Saxon Weald for ten years.
He strongly believes that the needs of Horsham town and particularly Roffey have been ignored by the District Council cabinet, whose sole motivation seems to be to protect their parishes in the south of the district.
John Milne
John went to school just up the road in Epsom. After working in London and Dublin, he moved to Horsham (from Pulborough) in 2017.
He joined Forest Neighbourhood Council as a councillor in 2018. John is new to politics and that makes him all the more determined to refuse to accept 'no' for an answer. The son of a doctor and a nurse, he cares especially about local health services.
He's currently campaigning for a dedicated, off-road bicycle highway from Roffey North to central Horsham, connecting to local schools and the station.
John works as a writer for BBC radio and also part time as a freelance copywriter. His wife works in a local Horsham optician and his son is a student at The Weald.

John and Tony

Roffey South
Alan Britten
Alan has lived in Horsham since 1980. He is a
retired Police Officer, and now chairs North
Horsham Parish Council. He also founded and runs
the Community Car Service and organises the
charity Christmas card shop that runs at Horsham
Museum every year.
Alan was elected to Horsham District Council in
2015, as a Conservative Councillor. He has enjoyed
dealing with local issues in his ward and says,
"there is nothing more satisfying than helping
Nick Grant
Nick has lived in Horsham for 20 years. A former
senior director of a global engineering business,
Nick now runs his own Fire Protection business in
Nick is interested in local issues such as health,
education, transport, environment and local
business. With the Horsham Development plan
coming at a time of financial pressure on the
Council, Nick wants to represent the people and
businesses of Roffey South giving them a voice on
key decisions affecting them. If elected, Nick will
listen to the concerns of local people and strongly
represent their views to the Council.
Outside of a busy worklife, Nick enjoys long country
walks with his family and dog in the Sussex country-
side. He will be delighted when Horsham Football
Club can play in Horsham once more.
Alan Britten Nick Grant

Matt Potter

Matt has lived in Horsham District his whole life and recently joined the Liberal Democrats because he believes that the dominance of the Conservatives on Horsham District Council is having a detrimental effect on residents. Matt feels particularly strongly that property developers must held to their commitments to build at least 35 percent affordable homes and to provide the infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing communities.

Matt works as a Marketing Manager for a travel company and in his spare time he likes to spend time getting outdoors with his family and supporting Spurs.

Matt Potter
Southwater North
Gary Hayes
Gary & his family have lived in Southwater for 21 years. His children attended local schools.
A Software Engineer, for many years, he commuted to London. Now, with his own bookkeeping business, he spends most of his time with businesses in the local area and across Sussex.
Gary says, 'There is nowhere that I would rather live than in this community. I care passionately that its future is one where all can thrive."
Bob Wheatcroft
Bob grew up and went to school in Horsham. Following his retirement as a partner in an accountancy firm, he returned to live in Southwater.
Southwater has grown rapidly but local facilities have not kept pace with the number of residents. Bob believes developers should contribute fully in this, and keep promises made at the planning stage.
Safe pedestrian and cycle links across the A24 and into Horsham will be Bob's top priorities.

Gary Hayes Bob Wheatcroft

Southwater South & Shipley

Southwater residents Peter and Julie Stainton have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidates for the new district council ward of Southwater South & Shipley. Peter and Julie have llved in Southwater for 40 years. They are married (to each other!) and their (now grown-up children) attended the village school.

Peter was a Southwater Parish Councillor for 20 years and a District Councillor from 1987 - 1999 and 2003 -2007. As chairman of Horsham District's Environment Committee (1995-98),Peter introduced the pioneering Kerbside recycling scheme which trebled the level of recycling in the District. This helped the District win the national Going for Green trophy. A secondary school history teacher for 29 years, Peter was then a school exams officer before retiring.
Julie was a Horsham District councillor for Southwater from 1985 - 1999 and 2003 - 2007. As Chairman of the Planning & Development Committee (1995 - 1998), she introduced the public right to speak at planning meetings and set up Horsham's Shopmobility scheme. Julie was also a Parent Governor and Chair of Governors at Southwater Junior School. Before retiring, Julie worked for a number of charities, including CPRE, the RSPCA, The Ramblers and Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Peter Stainton Julie Stainton
Storrington & Washington
Steve Holbrook
Steve is a teacher of English, who also has a successful history as a manager as well as a teacher over the past two decades. After service in the RAF Steve joined the civil service, later training to be a teacher.
Steve and his family have lived in Storrington for over twenty five years. He has served as a Parish Councillor. He is a long-standing member of
RAFA and the Royal British Legion. Steve feels that too often the villages to the south of the Horsham District get forgotten by the council - or are simply taken for granted. "Effective local government demands that policies be challenged in an open and
constructive manner."
Steve Holbroo
Christine and Leonard have given you a voice on Horsham District Council for the last 24 years, which, for the last 20 years has been increasingly dominated by Conservatives from the South of the District.
Christine Costin has lived her whole life in Horsham, raising a family & running a local business. A former Chairman of Horsham in Bloom, she has provided a voice for Horsham. See her Facebook page: Christine Costin Councillor Trafalgar Ward, Horsham.
Leonard Crosbie is a former Chairman of Horsham District Council, and has provided an expert voice on financial matters for over 20 years. His background is in the airline industry. He has worked to get the best outcomes for residents from new developments.
Costin and Crosbie
West Chiltington, Thakeham & Ashington
Ian Miles
A semi-retired / part-time teacher and published writer, married with three grown stepsons, Ian recently moved to Thakeham from Oxfordshire. He strongly believes all local people deserve 'a choice and a voice' at community level - not least in unsettled times for national politics.
As an Oxbridge-trained modern language teacher Ian ran successful school exchanges, twinning and international cultural trips. Over 20 further years he has supported a dozen subject areas with local authority and private pupils, looked-after, sick and traveller children and Young Offenders.
Ian is an accomplished musician, playing keyboards and directing community choirs (and raising charity funds through this). He has also been a medical trial 'guinea-pig'. Enjoying travel when other commitments allow, he and his wife share their home with a cockapoo and two cats, plus occasional overseas English-students.
Ian Miles