Politics

Who’s who on West Sussex County Council’s planning committee – find out who will decide Cuadrilla’s application

9th April 2014

On April 29th 13 members of the planning committee of West Sussex County Council will decide whether Cuadrilla should have permission to flow test its exploratory oil well at Balcombe. InvestigatingBalcombeAndCuadrilla.com has been looking into their backgrounds. For a quick summary, click here.


Heidi BrunsdonHeidi Brunsdon (committee chair)

Party: Conservative (Lib Dem member until 2010)
Electoral: Division Imberdown
Home: East Grinstead
Declared interests: Partner employed by BT OpenReach. Member of the British Horse Society and the Conservative Party. Interests in one property in the county. Member of Mid Sussex District and East Grinstead Town Councils
Website description: Heidi Brunsdon has served on East Grinstead Town and Mid Sussex District Council since 2007. Her working career has primarily been in the communications industry and for the last 13 years has run her own public relations consultancy specialising in travel. She is a lover of the great outdoors and enjoys horse riding, walking, sailing and skiing. Heidi is married with two children.
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 3 of 3
Other WSCC committees: Environmental and Community Services Select Committee
Contact: heidi.brunsdon@westsussex.gov.uk

Janet MockridgeJanet Mockridge, deputy chair
Party: Conservative
Electoral Division: Southwick
Home: Southwick
Declared interests: Interest in one property in the county, member of South East Employers, Adur District Council, Adur and Worthing Business Partnership, Port of Shoreham Liaison Committee, Southwick Community Centre Board of Trustees, Environment Agency: Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Defence Committee, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Committee , Waves Ahead Strategic Partnership for Adur and Worthing, appointed to Southwick Community Centre, member of the Conservative Party
Website description: She has had a career as a surveyor. She was a founder member of the Association of Harbour Communities and, with her husband, has been involved with the Environment Agency and Southampton University on the effects of global warming and litoral drift on the south coast. Shoreham Harbour and its effects on the local communities’ infrastructure and environment are a particular concern of hers.
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 2 of 3
Contact: janet.mockridge@westsussex.gov.uk

Andrew Barrett-MilesAndrew Barrett-Miles
Party: Conservative
Electoral Division: Burgess Hill Town
Home: Burgess Hill
Declared interests: interest in one property in the county, member of Mid Sussex District and Burgess Hill Town Councils, board member of Burgess Hill Community Interest Company, chair of Childhelp Hassocks and member of National Trust, Sussex Wildlife and the Grand Lodge of England
Website description: Retired Oil Executive and Management Consultant. He is married with three children and five grandchildren.
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 1 of 3
Other WSCC committees: Environmental and Community Services Select Committee
Contact:  andrew.barrett-miles@westsussex.gov.uk

Mick ClarkMick Clark
Party: UKIP
Electoral Division: Saltings
Home: Shoreham
Declared interests: Employment or profession with Clark Lifting Solutions UK Ltd of Horsham, interests in three properties in the county, shares three business in the county (Clark Lifting Solutions, Bridge Garage (Sussex) Ltd and Helical Pier Systems UK Ltd, member of UKIP, hospitality received from UKIP for a trip to Brussels on 4-5th June 2013
Website description: Apprenticed engineer. Mick’s working career as predominantly been in the construction industry, in which he has been running his own business since 2000.
Attendance at planning meeting May 2013-Dec 2013: 2 of 3
Contact: mick.clark@westsussex.gov.uk

Duncan CrowDuncan Crow
Party: Conservative
Electoral Division: Tilgate and Furnace Green
Home: Furnace Green
Declared interests: special responsibility allowance as a cabinet member for customer and corporate Services on Crawley Borough Council, school governor at St Andrews Primary, Furnace Green, member of the Conservative Party
Website description: Duncan Crow has lived in Furnace Green since 1996 and works at Gatwick Airport as a Supervisor for a leading Bureau De Change operator. He also represents Furnace Green on Crawley Borough Council.
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 2 of 3
Contact: duncan.crow@westsussex.gov.uk

Liz KitchenLiz Kitchen
Party: Conservative
Electoral Division: Warnham and Rusper
Home: Horsham
Declared interests: employment or professional involvement with Horsham District Council’s development control committee, interest in one property in the county, member of the Conservative Party and a member of Horsham District Council, the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) board and GATCOM (Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee).
Website description: Liz Kitchen is married and lives in Rusper. She helps to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley.
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: no information
Contact: liz.kitchen@westsussex.gov.uk

Gordon McAraGordon McAra
Party: Independent
Electoral Division: Midhurst
Home: Midhurst
Declared interests: Member of Chichester District Council, spouse employed by Aylings Garden Centre, interest in one property in the county, member of Midhurst Town Council, director of Midhurst Community Partnership Ltd and Rotherfield Sports Association, treasurer of Midhurst Library Association and member of National Trust of Scotland
Website description: Midhurst resident for over 25 years, Gordon McAra has a background in investments, pensions and hedge funds as well as public relations. Particular interests in planning and waste management and considerable experience in heritage conservation.
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: no information
Other WSCC committees: Standards
Contact: gordon.mcara@westsussex.gov.uk

Sue MullinsSue Mullins
Party: Labour
Electoral Division: Gossops Green and Ifield East
Home: Crawley
Declared interests: interest in one property in the county, member of Gatwick Greenspace Partnership and Duke of Edinburgh Award County Committee, also a member of the NUT, Labour Party, CND and Crawley Campaign against Racism
Website description: Sue Mullins is married with four adult children. She has been an active Labour Party member for 35 years, a member of CND for 35 years and a member of Crawley Campaign Against Racism for 35 years. Sue has been a school teacher for 40 years and has experience in main stream schools in Crawley, a Special School (moderate and severe learning difficulties) and a private school (dyslexia).
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 3 of 3
Contact: sue.mullins@westsussex.gov.uk

Simon OakleySimon Oakley
Party: Conservative
Electoral Division: Chichester East
Home: Tangmere
Declared interests: Member of Chichester District and Tangmere Parish Councils, a cricket umpire, interests in four properties in the county (including residential property letting), member of Chichester Conservative Association and the Conservative Party
Website description: No details given about career or interests
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 2 of 3
Other WSCC committees: Environmental and Community Services Select Committee
Contact: simon.oakley@westsussex.gov.uk

Lionel ParsonsLionel Parsons
Party: UKIP
Electoral Division: Sompting and North Lancing
Home: Lancing
Declared interests: Member of UKIP and members’ secretary of East Worthing and Shoreham branch of UKIP, interest in one property in the county, member of Adur District Conservation Committee, Worthing and Adur better Place Group, Avenue Residents’ Association in Lancing, National Trust, received £100 as gift or hospitality in the past three years.
Website description: Electrician, worked as project engineer for Balfour Kilpartrick and East Sussex County Council. Supports Compassion in World Farming
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 3 of 3
Other WSCC committees: Children’s and Young People’s Services
Contact: lionel.parsons@westsussex.gov.uk

John Rogers

John Rogers
Party: Conservative
Electoral Division: Cissbury
Home: Not given
Declared interests: part-time employment adviser to West Sussex County branch of Unison, member of Worthing Borough Council and chair of the council’s Licensing and Control committee, member of the Conservative Party and the party’s East Worthing and Shoreham Association, member of Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Committee, Worthing Neighbourhood Watch, Heene Community Association and Worthing Rotary Club, retired member of Adur Unison Branchh
Website description: Former area housing manager with Adur District Council. Particularly interested in highway matters. Keen supporter of cycling. “Firm supporter of protecting our countryside, John keeps a firm eye on any planning matters that may impinge upon our natural surroundings.”
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 3 of 3
Other WSCC committees: Environmental and Community Services Select Committee
Contact: john.rogers@westsussex.gov.uk

Robin RogersRobin Rogers
Party: Lib Dem
Electoral Division: Northbrook
Home: Tarring
Declared interests: interest in one property in the county, vice chair of Maybridge Keystone Club, member of the Liberal Democrat Party
Website description: Worked in insurance and building societies, and more recently as a human resources specialist. “A keen environmentalist, Robin is dedicated to improving the facilities and quality of life for Worthing residents.”
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 3 of 3
Other WSCC committees: Policy and Finance, Rights of Way and Standards
Contact: robin.rogers@westsussex.gov.uk

Sujan WickrremaratchiSujan Wickremaratchi
Party: Conservative
Electoral Division: Haywards Heath
Home: Haywards Heath
Declared interests: interest in one property in the county, member of Haywards Heath Town council and unpaid director of the council’s community interest company, Director of Warden Park Academy, member of Sussex Autism Association and Yews Haywards Heath, member of the Conservative Party
Website description: IT technical support analyst
Attendance at planning meetings May 2013-Dec 2013: 1 of 3
Other committees: Children and Young People’s Services
Contact: sujan.wickremaratchi@westsussex.gov.uk

Substitute members of the planning committee

The following may take the place of members who are unable to attend:

Bill Acraman, Conservative councillor for Worth Forest, lives in Staplefield
Janet Duncton, Conservative councillor for Petworth, living in the town
Trixie Hall, UKIP councillor for Durrington and Salvington, living in Worthing
Jeremy Hunt, Conservative councillor Chichester North, living in the town
Morwen Millson, Lib Dem councillor for Horsham Riverside, living in the town
Ashvin Patel, Conservative councillor for Bognor Regis West and Aldwick, living in Alwick
Brian Quinn, Labour councillor for Broadfield, living in Crawley

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