Working for the Benefit of the Residents of Henley-in-Arden

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Representing the Parish of Beaudesert

JAYNE BRIDGES  Born in 1946 in Leamington Spa. Educated in Coventry and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Spent five years in the Theatre and then turned the tables and became a theatre critic for ten years before moving into mainstream journalism for the following twenty years. In 1986 joined Whitbread plc and for 9 years headed up their PR and Communications teams for their wine retailers. In 1995 she formed her own company Winespeak and worked as a consultant for ASDA, Whitbread, Somerfield, Safeway, Scottish and Newcastle. and various wine companies. She also worked in wineries in Chile, Argentina and Australia.

She has lived in Wootton Wawen for 11years, and currently serves as a lecturer on Cruise ships, gives wine lectures, and is a member of the Barking Lodge Gardening team, as well as being Chairman of the Henley War Memorial Trust. In her spare time she is doing a degree at The University of Warwick. She has two adult daughters and three grandchildren. She is very keen to see Henley become greener and hopes to promote the idea of a Community Orchard.

Tel: 07765 402703


PETER CRATHORNE  Retired head teacher, a champion for the elderly, families and young people. Presently I am a Trustee of the Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust, plus Chairman and Trustee of the Hub@Henley Community Centre Charitable Incorporated Organisation. In the past I have been a co-opted member of Solihull Borough’s Education Committee, a member of a number of local educational consultative committees, a professional youth leader and an adviser for families who face the challenge of their children being expelled from schools.

My ambition for Henley is to see every principal organisation working closely together as a team striving for constant improvement for all in Henley. I see the parish council taking a minimalist role, supporting the key operating trusts and voluntary groups.

Tel: 07974 573582


ELAINE FIELD. I have lived in Henley for over 10 years and have worked here for 20 years. I am now the Head of School at Henley Church of England Primary School and have worked here since qualifying to become a teacher.

I am fully committed to life in Henley and have endeavoured to support many local organisations by volunteering my time and services such as:

  • Chair for Henley in Arden Music Festival from 2017
  • Chair of the Annual Christmas Sleigh from December 2017 - This will now continue to be an annual event and will support local organisations from the funds it raises.

I strongly believe that these community events are important to the life of our town. I like encouraging all organisations in town to work together on projects like these as everyone benefits and our town becomes an even greater place to live!

In the spare time I have, I enjoy reading, swimming and spending time with my family.

Tel: 07887 567583


DAVID TOMLINSON Born Belfast Northern Ireland 1947 educated at North Cestrian Grammar School Altrincham and The Licensed Victuallers School Slough: trained as a surveyor in London  being admitted to The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1972 and as a Fellow in 1983.

Moved to the Midlands in 1976 to join Shipway Doble and Earle, and as an associate partner went on to Brian Davies and Partners, from where I was asked to join The Calthorpe Estate to help manage their Edgbaston and Hampshire estates. In 1998 I set up my own practice - effectively retiring at the beginning of 2017.

Tel: 01564 792187


PEACHES MELHUISH   Moved to Henley in Arden as a young child, started off her education at Henley in Arden Primary school and then going on Bromsgrove School.

Upon leaving school she went on to a career in social care work specialising in children and young adults with special needs as well as working part time at a steel stock holders in the Black Country.

Peaches is now full time general manager for this company and also has a young family.

Tel: 07815 831801


Representing the Parish of Henley in Arden

DAVID BROADBENT  Born 1944 Great Barr Birmingham, preliminary year student at Great Barr Comprehensive followed by engineering apprenticeship at GEC then got involved in Air Conditioning via, Honeywell, Carrier, Airedale & finally self employed as a consultant in the business.

Have been a musician since I was 9 years old & still play Trumpet in a Community Swing Band. Always been interested in playing all forms of Sport and continue to do so as a member of Henley Tennis Club & Ladbrook Park Golf Cub. Recommend & encourage all to play Sport for their health & wellbeing plus the superb social side of being a member of a sports club.

Tel: 07860 675297


PETER CORNFORD  Born in Buxton in June 1952, raised in Hertfordshire until 15, then Danby,North Yorkshire. My senior school was Haileybury College, Nr. Hertford. After leaving the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester in 1972 I came to Shipway, Doble & Earle, Henley In Arden as a trainee surveyor ( £8 per week). I move to Cornwall in 1974 and helped run The Pentillie Estate(Cornwall) and Flete Estate ( Devon).

In 1980 I came to Henley in Arden to work with Tony Earle, who had just reformed John Earle & Son having left SD&E. I qualified as a Chartered Survey in 1981, became a partner with Tony Earle in 1986 and sole principal in 2000. I live in Wootton Wawen, I am Chairman of The Seymour Homes Alms Houses and Chairman of Wootton Wawen Allotments Ass.

Tel: 07767 487548


JOHN GARNER  Born 1946 in Nottinghamshire, educated at the Bluecoat School, Nottingham and gained BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University.

Joined Lucas Industries in 1967 initially as an engineer but later worked in HR and subsequently managing a computer company for Lucas. In 1988 set up a business designing computer-based training materials, mainly for the motor industry. Now semi-retired working with a number of small local businesses.

Tel: 07966 244591

SALLY HARFIELD  I grew up in Warwickshire and was educated at Edgbaston High School.

I joined British Airways in 1973 and became a purser on long haul leaving to bring up my children.

I have always been involved with horses, having run two livery yards. I am now an international judge recently returning from Australia.

I now live in Henley and am an organiser of the Henley Rural Cinema and assist with Henley in Bloom.

Tel: 07795 202747


LIZ JACKSON (Vice Chairman)   I grew up on the coast in South Devon, moving to Warwickshire in 1998. I worked in private practice for 10 years, and then joined Melrose plc in Alcester as their Head of Legal. After my daughter was born in 2009 I chose to work on a part time basis as a legal consultant so that I could spend time with my daughter. I now have two young children, with my eldest in school at St Mary’s.

Through consulting I have enjoyed roles at Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot and Meggitt plc advising on commercial contracts, disputes and company restructuring, including the recent merger of the two corporate groups of Jaguar and Land Rover to what is now known as Jaguar Land Rover. I am currently the interim Deputy General Counsel at Mercedes-Benz. I am particularly interested in improving facilities for young children and protecting the historic nature of Henley and our Greenbelt.

Tel: 07540 377738


BILL LEECH (Chairman)  Bill was born in Warwickshire in 1942, educated in Warwickshire at Rugby School and has lived in this area of Warwickshire most of his life. He worked in the motor industry with Austin, Lucas and Smiths before founding a successful mobile telecoms company in 1980s. He is now the owner of the Henley Business Group, which is a nationwide business brokerage.

In 2004, Bill founded Henley NEWS to improve the communications about local events and issues to residents. It has now published over 380 editions and is read by 6,500 per month. He is the webmaster of the town website - ‘This is Henley’, which is sponsored by the Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust of which he is a trustee. He was first elected to the JPC in 2007 and again in 2015, he encouraged the founding of Henley Together to bring a new perspective to the Joint Parish Council.

Tel: 07899 792792


MIKE WILLMOTT  Born 1938 in central Birmingham, educated at Solihull School and Durham University, worked the whole of his career in the Transport Industry at Rolls Royce, Lucas Industries and Daimler Benz involving business in many countries of the world including: Canada, USA, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium, Zaire, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Pakistan.

Will bring the business experience to deliver value for money to the voters as specified in the manifesto.

Tel: 01564 793179


The Parish Clerk and Financial Officer



GILL BAILEY is a highly experienced and well qualified parish clerk who told the Councillors, "I have been clerking for over a decade now. Whilst most people actively try to avoid Planning Applications applications and grass mowing contracts, my heart flutters when a new one lands on my desk and needs to be dealt with. I believe that I am open, friendly and flexible in my approach to work and in life in general.

"I have lived in a small village named Napton on the Hill, near Southam, for twenty years and have been the Parish Clerk there since 2002. In 2014, I also became the Clerk for a village called Ilmington, because I really can’t get enough of that Parish paperwork. One of my career highlights has to be the removal of a rogue sheep that began to terrorise the villagers in Napton. Luckily I knew who to call and the situation diffused before anyone heard one baa too far. In addition, I have also worked for a Land Agents and property developers, Land Securities and for Midland Private Banking (HSBC).

"I absolutely love working within a close community and am so enthusiastic to get to know the residents of Beaudesert and Henley in Arden and their local businesses."

Tel: 01564 795499


Portfolio Holders & Working Parties
Children's & Families Facilities Cllr Liz Jackson (Portfolio Holder), Cllr Peaches Melhuish, Cllr Peter Crathorne, Emma Mansfield
Traffic & Parking Cllr Peter Cornford (Portfolio Holder), Cllr David Broadbent, Cllr Peter Crathorne, Sue Osborne, Graham Hindley.
Grants Cllr Liz Jackson (Portfolio Holder), Cllr Peaches Melhuish, Cllr John Garner, Cllr Peter Cornford, Cllr Peter Crathorne
Planning Applications Cllr David Broadbent (Portfolio Holder), Cllr David Tomlinson, Cllr Peter Cornford, Cllr Sally Harfield, Cllr Elaine Field
Finance & Assets Cllr John Garner (Portfolio Holder), Cllr Bill Leech.
Responsible Financial Officer: Gill Bailey
Estates and Property Management Cllr Peter Crathorne (Portfolio Holder).
Emergency Officers Cllr Peter Crathorne (Portfolio Holder), Cllr David Broadbent.


Neighbourhood Planning Applications Steering Group
Chairman David Jackson LLB (Hons)