Councillors and Officers

Cllr Christopher Robinson : Chairman

I was co-opted to the parish council in 2013. I applied to become a parish councillor because I was about to retire and I thought I would like to do something for the community into which I had moved in 2009. As a councillor I have had particular responsibility for oversight of the council's financial integrity, co-ordinating the local Community Speedwatch group and also for playgrounds. As recently elected Chairman (August 2020) I hope to continue to make a positive contribution to the council through my financial and managerial experience whilst pursuing our campaign for improved road safety in the village and attempting to ensure that the interests of villagers are adequately represented at borough and county levels. I was born in the city of Durham and have lived in Kent since 1986. My three children and six grandchildren live in Sevenoaks and Paignton. My interests include sailing, birdwatching, skiing, fell walking and gardening. In 2005 I left a full-time career in corporate finance, mainly in the software sector, following which I spent eight years as a freelance adviser helping different client companies overcome serious liquidity problems.

Cllr Mark Griggs : Vice-Chairman

I have lived in Sandhurst for 22 years with my wife Julie and our 2 children. I was co-opted to the parish council in October 2019. I am interested in making a contribution to village life, to bring people together and to continue to work to make Sandhurst such a great place to live.

For the past 32 years I have worked in the aviation industry at both Gatwick and Heathrow.

My interests include sports in general and gardening. I am also interested in the wine industry and especially those estates close to us.

Cllr Lisa Erwood

I have lived and brought up 3 children in the beautiful village of Sandhurst. I am an easy going person and get on with old and young people alike. I am a member of Sandhurst Baptist Church and help with organisations such as Blend (a weekly meet up for Year 7 children held at the Mission Church). I am keen to become someone our community can look to for help, guidance and support and serve the interests of the residents. I believe it is important to preserve, maintain and enhance our village.

Cllr Mary Hiscock

I was born and raised in Sandhurst and attended both the local nursery and primary school. I live in the village with my husband and children who also attended the local schools. I was co-opted to the parish council in October 2019 because I believe there should be a wider group of individuals representing the parish and village.

I have numerous interests which include gardening and wildlife and am an allotment holder. I am interested in making a contribution to village life as a whole and am not afraid to address peoples' issues.

Cllr Adam Kerry

Lives in Sandhurst and joined the parish council in 2007.

Cllr Melanie Phillipson

Lives in Sandhurst and joined the parish council in June 2021.

Cllr Paul Phillipson

Lives in Sandhurst and joined the parish council in June 2021.

Cllr David Rogers

I was co-opted to the parish council in May 2020 because I have an interest in local governance and want to be able to contribute to the area where I live. This is the second time I have served on the parish council. I was a Parent Governor and Community Governor for Sandhurst Primary School for 14 years.

I work as a Chartered Building Surveyor and was involved in the extension to the Sports Pavilion and setting up the allotments.

I am interested in serving the whole community and believe it is important that any decision made is done so fairly and is open to scrutiny by the residents I represent.

Clerk & Proper Officer : Catherine Catt

I joined the parish council in February 2019. Before taking early retirement I worked for Kent County Council in a variety of senior positions including European Partnership & Funding Manager; Business Manager to the Head of Trading Standards, Registration and Community Safety. Latterly as the Staff Officer to the Corporate Director of the Customer & Communities Directorate I became interested in local democracy and governance which is why I applied for the position of Clerk & Proper Officer.

I have also worked as a European Sales Manager, School Business Manager and am currently a qualified Registrar with Kent Registration Service.

Responsible Finance Officer : Alan Crocker

I joined the parish council in August 2015. The majority of my career, some 30 years, has been spent in the financial services sector as a senior manager leading a team of some 54 personnel within a large corporate environment. Taking early retirement I was fortunate enough to be able to spend my time in various roles gaining more experience across a wide spectrum and working in parallel as a Parish Clerk & Proper Officer for close to 20 years.

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