Councillors

Nicky Gould 

I have lived in the village for 11 years. This is my second term as a Councillor. I am part of the Traffic, Neighbourhood Plan and Community Asset Groups. Our aim is to match the aspirations of our villagers to maintain a thriving, safe and inclusive community. We use the policies set out in our 2016 Neighbourhood Plan as our reference points. It is challenging and frustrating at times, but also rewarding to (slowly) bring about change. I am also one of the organisers of the village fete, something that is enjoyed by all, and follows these principles. We are all lucky to live in this beautiful village.

Email: nicky.gould@balcombeparishcouncil.com  Tel No: 01444 811708

Simon Greenwood

As the longest serving Parish Councillor I pay tribute to the outgoing council members who have been part of an effective and hard working council. Representing the residents of a vibrant village in pleasant surroundings, which have made Balcombe such a desirable place to live, is a pleasure and privilege. I have a particular interest in the more rural aspects of the village and its long term prosperity and quality of life. I will continue to work for the best interests of the whole parish.

Email: simon.greenwood@balcombeparishcouncil.com  Tel No: 01444 811371

Malcolm Kenward 

I was born in Brighton and have lived in Balcombe with my family since 1988. I am now retired after a long career in Information Technology, starting back in the days of punched cards and mainframe computers with just 32k of memory. My wife, Marian, was a Senior Lecturer in Education at Brighton University, and now works part time supporting the training of new school teachers. My children both live in the village, my daughter and her husband (Sarah & Tom), with their two children, who attend our Primary school. I have historical family connections in Balcombe and Turners Hill. I am a member of REPOWERBalcombe and the Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association and hold shares in our pub. I also run the Balcombe Community website with Rachel Hall and am a typesetter for the Village Magazine. I am still getting to grips with the wide variety of responsibilities of the Council, but remain committed to undertaking initiatives that benefit the whole community. Many of you will have seen me installing the Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) on our roads. I hope to meet more of you in the future at the Community Links meetings where I endeavour to answer any questions you may have about Parish Council activities.

Email:  Malcolm.kenward@balcombeparishcouncil.com

Jon Millbanks – Chair

Wendy and I moved to Balcombe just over three years ago, having previously lived in Brook Street for about 10 years prior to this. Although I started my working life in the Air Force, I spent 22 years as a police officer in the Met, reaching the rank of Inspector. Having retired from the police a few years ago, I now work for Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority. I am a special adviser to the Welsh Safety Board and the National Training Lead and Regional Prosecutor for the Animal Protection Services Charity. I hope to bring my analytical skills and eclectic range of experience to the role to help the council further its Neighbourhood Plan for the benefit of the whole village.

Email: jon.millbanks@balcombeparishcouncil.com

Alison Stevenson 

I came to Balcombe in 1971 and grew up here. Moving back in 2000 I have brought up my 2 children here and have been active on village organisations such as the PTA, the Gardeners’ Association and Garden Guerrillas. My husband is a Cub Leader. I am a Civil Engineer working on major infrastructure projects. Close to home I widened the A23 from Warninglid to Handcross and I am currently working on HS2.

I have had the pleasure of serving as a Councillor since 2003, in which time I built up a network of relationships with partner organisations and have seen many village projects to fruition. The mini roundabout at the school, ripple print and reduced speed limits on approaches to the village, Newlands Parking restrictions, installing the current playground on the Rec, the Neighbourhood Plan, acquiring Bramble Hall to name a few.


In the next year I will be working on the detailed design for enhancing the village centre. I will continue to influence the application of the Objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan both in terms of housing developments and projects to achieve the non-housing aims.  I will be involved in our 5 year review of the plan and any recommendation of changes.

Email: alison.stevenson@balcombeparishcouncil.com  Tel No: 01444 811676

Sue Taylor

I am a retired chartered accountant, and have lived in Balcombe for 12 years. I’m approachable and hard-working, and have been involved in the campaign to keep the oil industry out of Balcombe. I support appropriate levels of new housing in the village and am engaged in the neighbourhood planning process. We have several sites about to be developed and I will fight to ensure that developer levies collected by MSDC are spent to alleviate issues arising from new housing, such as traffic, parking, school capacity and health care.  I would like to see our street lighting gradually converted to LED.  This will save both energy and villagers’ money. I am happy to help in any way.  I want transparency in local government and representation for all.

Email:  sue.taylor@balcombeparishcouncil.com   Tel No: 01444 819239

Lloyd Thompsett – Vice Chair

I have lived in the village since 2015 and I enjoy the village lifestyle, community and the beautiful countryside around. I am the finance director of a local software company having previously worked at senior level within IT. I have been a member of Rotaract and Lions, serving on many committees and holding the chair and serving as a middle school governor. I bring my previous experience in project management and financial management to my role on the council. In my first term as a councillor, I am involved with the Neighbourhood Planning and Traffic groups helping to support our Plan and the requirements of the village. I am also on the Village Fete committee for the last few years and enjoy the involvement. The village idyll needs to be protected to ensure Balcombe remains the village we all enjoy and I hope to contribute to that future during my tenure.

Email:   lloyd.thompsett@balcombeparishcouncil.com  

Massi Smith

I moved to Balcombe in 2017 with my husband (who grew up in Balcombe) and my two children. Since then, I have been active on village organisations such as the Baby and Toddler’s Group. Besides being a full-time mum, I also work part-time as a consultant for a firm in the City that specialises in Capital Markets Intelligence and Investor Relations. I have particular interest in helping parents and their children. I bring my experience in project management, presentation, negotiation and stakeholder management to my role. Originally from Italy, I initially moved to London to pursue a university degree almost 20 years ago. I have a Master’s degree in Political Economy from LSE and I speak 4 languages.

Email:  massi.smith@balcombeparishcouncil.com  

Lyndon Hoare

I was brought up in Berkshire, but had many visits to Sussex each year as my father’s family had lived between Sharpthorne and Forest Row, since the 1890s when the Wier Wood Reservoir was still the River Medway. In 2011 my husband and I looked for a house outside London and were fortunate enough to find what is now our home, in Newlands.   My career has been in Human Resources in commercial organisations, professional services, charities, and higher education.  I have recently finished a contract managing a number of complex restructures for a local housing association.  I am an active member of Balcombe Club, belong to the Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association and have been a part of the Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Working Party since early 2020.  As a Parish Councillor my aim is to support development of the village’s social and economic infrastructure, including road safety, transport and affordable housing, as well as helping to sustain Balcombe’s character.

Email:lyndon.hoare@balcombeparishcouncil.com

John Butcher:

I settled in Balcombe, with my wife back in 2007. Now as a family with our two young children at local schools we enjoy living here and care greatly for the people, countryside and businesses of Balcombe. My wife teaches at Balcombe school and I have previously twice been on the committee at the Balcombe social club. Now ready to contribute to all our community as councillor, since February 2021, I am very much looking forward to helping us live safely, sustainably and enjoyably. My 25-year career has been mostly in multinational Procurement and Supply Chain Management, with increasing emphasis on sustainable business. As a London commuter in pre-covid-19 times and lover of countryside hikes I’ll be active in the travel, energy and youth working groups. I spend much of my working time listening, consulting, advising and negotiating – skills which I hope will be of good use to our parish.

Email: john.butcher@balcombeparishcouncil.com

Helen Caudrey

I have lived in Balcombe for 2 years with my fiancé and our son and joined the parish council last summer. We have grown to love the village in the relatively short time we’ve been here, including for its beautiful setting and the impressive number of activities that are organised.

I am glad to be able to contribute to protecting and enhancing the village for everyone and I am particularly interested in improving accessibility in the village. This priority is aided by my being a Chartered Building Surveyor, although in my career I now specialise in dispute resolution in the construction industry.

Email: helen.caudrey@balcombeparishcouncil.com

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