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Councillors

Whilst contact information for members of the Council is provided under the Freedom of Information Act and are volunteers, you are advised to contact the Clerk for a quicker response as many of the Councillors are in full time employment.

 

John Carstensen

John Carstensen

Member

Cookshall Lane

07921 040902

Declaration

Email

 

Representations

None

 

Biography

John moved to West Wycombe in 2012 together with his wife Tracy and their son Leo. John works for a large British, international engineering and consultancy company, where he leads their work on climate and international development. He is a keen environmentalist who supports all efforts to keep the beauty and environmental quality of West Wycombe and its surrounding areas. John enjoys the wonderful walks in the area and is a keen cyclist and gardener.

Kate Cheshire

Kate Cheshire

Member

34 Portway Drive

07768 746150

Declaration

Email

 

Representations

Represents the Council on the West Wycombe Events Committee.

 

Biography

Kate has lived in the Parish since 1998, enjoying family life and bringing up her two children. 

Kate has been a Parish Councillor since 2012 and has been keen to support the community.  As a founding member of the West Wycombe Events Team, Kate has helped organise splendid annual events for the parish and surrounding communities to enjoy.

 Hobbies include tap dancing, socialising with friends and catching up on films on Netflix!

Simon Cope

Simon Cope

Chairman

20 Rosemary Close

07890 898256

Declaration

Email

 

Representations

Council representative on North West Chilterns Community Board and the Wycombe District Association of Local Councils, carries out weekly inspection of equipment on the Pedestal Playing Field and litter pick. Represents the Council on the West Wycombe Community Association.

 

Biography

Simon first moved to West Wycombe in 1974, and after spells in London and other areas of High Wycombe returned to the parish in 2003.

Simon works in Oxford, he has a son at University in Sheffield, a daughter who teaches in Peterborough and his parents live on Chorley Road.

His interests include cooking, cryptic crosswords, music of various genres and running.

Simon and his wife Louise are Wycombe Wanderers season ticket-holders; he also follows the fortunes of Wasps and England in rugby.

Emma Copley

Emma Copley

Member

West Wycombe

07903 837011

Declaration

Email

 

Representations:

None

 

Biography

I have lived in West Wycombe since 1997, I am blessed with three boys who have grown up in the village and attended West Wycombe School.
I’m a retired police officer having served 28 years front line in the Metropolitan Police Service. I served on many different units including response and serious crime.
Before retiring from an injury on duty in 2019 I served as safer Neighbourhoods officer where I dealt directly with crime impacting communities and West London wildlife officer focusing on rural crime.
I am now embarking on a new career with the NHS as a GP receptionist having volunteered at the Adams Park Covid vaccine centre.
I'm the letting agent for West Wycombe Village hall and served 14 years as a parent rep for High Wycombe Rugby Club.
I'm also the ‘secret gardener’ who looks after the Bradenham Road bus stop.
In my spare time I love to cook and spend time pottering in the garden.

 

Neil Harris

Neil Harris

Vice Chairman

34 Portway Drive

07443 465530

Declaration

Email

 

Representations

Advises the Council environmental and arboricultural matters. Represents the Council on the Events Team and The National Trust on the West Wycombe Community Association.

 

Biography

I have lived and worked in High Wycombe for 29 years, moving here to work for the National Trust at Hughenden in 1991. As Countryside manager I look after the Hill, Park and open areas within the village, along with other properties such as Coombe Hill, Bradenham and Watlington.

I represent the National Trust on the Parish Council and have served as a regular parish councillor since 2010. As a resident in the village, I have a keen interest in the environment we live in, particularly in its condition and how everyone can do their bit to help look after it. This makes the whole village a better place for people to live, work and visit.

Chantal Rowland

Chantal Rowland

Member

84 Chorley Road

07411 262977

Declaration

Email

 
Representations

None

 
Biography

My partner Kevin and I bought our home in West Wycombe in December 2012, and moved in November 2013 following major renovations.   Despite coming from a military background I’ve always thought of the area as home.   I lived in Walters Ash for ten years and my parents settled in High Wycombe after dad retired from the RAF.   I moved away at 18 and I’ve been incredibly lucky to live in various places throughout the UK with my children, Nicolle and Aaron, as well as Cyprus, Germany, United States and more recently Belgium.   I’ve always been a working mum, with a career in the Civil Service of 20+ years, my roles for the last 11 years have focused around housing’ infrastructure and facilities management.    In my spare time I love gardening, bike riding and walking our dogs.

 

Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith BEM

Member

2 High Street

01494 532239

Declaration

Email

 

Representations

Represents the Council on the Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Action Group, the West Wycombe Community Association, the West Wycombe Events Team and the A4010 HS2 Committee and the Buckinghamshire Council Transport Focus Group.

 

Biography

I have lived in West Wycombe Village since 1969. I have two children who attended West Wycombe School and three grandchildren.

I have been on the management committee who run West Wycombe Village Hall for over 40 years.

I have been a Councillor for West Wycombe Parish Council since it was formed in 1987 and Chairman of the Parish Council for 30 years of that time.

It has been a pleasure to see all that the Parish Council has achieved over the years to make all of West Wycombe a good place to go to school, live, work and play.

[Councillor Vicki Smith was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2021]

Angie Wright

Angie Wright

Non-Voting Member

27 Crown Court

07730 432222

Declaration (Not-Applicable)

Email

 

Representations

None

 

Biography

I have lived in West Wycombe Village since 2012 with my husband Ian. I have 2 grown girls who flew the coop many years ago. I’m looking forward to retirement in 2022 but in the meantime I work for a large Building Distribution company auditing Environmental & Quality Assurance. I am very interested in the environment and in particular biodiversity where there is a lot of potential in the parish. Crafting is one of my hobbies specialising in hand-made cards but also love baking, knitting and sewing.

 

Sharon Henson

Sharon Henson

Parish Clerk

18 Portway Drive

01494 448048

Declaration (Not Applicable)

Contact

 
Biography

I took over the role of Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer in November 1995 and since then I have seen many changes. The legislative requirements of councils and clerks has risen exponentially. My background in marketing and communications for Elgar and departmental manager at Perkin Elmer gave me the background I needed to rise to these new challenges.

I have lived in West Wycombe since 1978 with my husband and two children and in addition to walking my dogs I enjoy watercolour painting, quilting, cake decorating, reading, gardening and I am a founder member of West Wycombe Choir.

 

 

Buckinghamshire Councillors

Representing the West Wycombe Ward:

Marcus Angell

01494 911399

Marcus.Angell@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Darren Hayday

07866 514198

Darren.Hayday@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Orsolya Hayday

07780 540905

Orsolya.Hayday@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

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