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Meet the Councillors

This section has details of the current Parish Councillors.

The Parish Council has seven elected councillors, who are:

Dave Burge

Dave has lived in the village for nine years after growing up in Great Maplestead.

He has three children, one son and two daughters, one currently at the village school.

He is self employed with his own cleaning contract company.

His main driver for joining the parish council was to help around the village, try to get the village together more often and get more involved in keeping it tidy and a nice place to live.

Dave started up the very successful and highly popular youth club which runs from the village hall fortnightly.

Neil Denley

Neil has lived in the village for three years after relocating for work from Yorkshire.

He is married to Yvonne and has one son Owen who has just finished university.

Neil works in various locations across the UK for an Australian investment bank, who look to invest in new technologies that supporting the UKs carbon reduction ambitions.

His main driver for joining the parish council was to support the ongoing development of the village, building on its fantastic heritage, contributing towards a better living environment for all parishioners.

Philip Fisher

Philip has lived in the village for 4 yrs moving from Gt Notley.

He lives with wife Christine who is a native of the village having been born & bred here although Philip originates from a village in Suffolk & much prefers country village life.

He retired 18months ago after being in the construction civil engineering industry most of his working life traveling around the country.

Now Philip has time he would like to contribute to keeping our village a good place to live and enjoys many walks around meeting people and generally enjoying village life, golf and a pint.

Mark Hughes

Mark has lived in Tumblers Green, just a mile out of Stisted, since 1992, where he has run his own locally based businesses for the past twenty years. He is an experienced manager and administrator with specialist knowledge of Health & Safety issues.

Mark enjoys being involved in village life, and makes the time available to achieve this. He loves seeing the village come together at events and functions, feels we are a strong community and is dedicated to building and developing this.

Mark knows and respects the other members of the council and works with them to manage, protect and enhance the quality of life for all residents now and in the future.

Mark is also known as “The Big Bear” and is partial to a pint of cider.

Helen Remfry

Helen was co-opted onto the Parish Council at the September 2021 meeting.

Helen has lived just outside the village in Priors Green since 2019, but did not move far, having lived in Greenstead Green since 1990. She is married to John, together they are renovating and restoring their old Farm House, ponds and growing gardens.

She recently retired from running her own business as an independent Orthoptist; earlier was Head Orthoptist in Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust for many years. She was Parish Councillor in Greenstead Green when her two daughters were young, and had a lot of fun helping with village activities.

Helen and John care about the environment and sustainable living, growing their own organic food and building as ecologically as possible. They are also interested in history, research and delight in finding old fossils and shards of china along with other artefacts from the earth.

Helen is a regular swimmer at Gosfield Lake, a member of Stisted Art Group and volunteer at Halstead Empire.

Following a warm welcome to Stisted, Helen is pleased to have the chance to serve the community as Parish Councillor.

Hayley Waine

Hayley has lived in Stisted for 16 years and is married to Mark and has one daughter, Rosie who is now 14 years old and who attended the village school.

Hayley works as a Children’s Safeguarding Lawyer for the local authority and also volunteers for the National Trust undertaking conservation work, mainly in relation to books with one of the largest collection of books belonging to the National Trust based at Anglesey Abbey near Newmarket.

Hayley and Rosie are also members of the newly formed Stisted All Saints Singers which they both enjoy greatly and Mark has recently become one of the bell ringers at the church.

Hayley grew up in a village and enjoys being part of the community that village life brings. When the opportunity arose to become a member of the Parish Council she was delighted to be able to contribute and give something back in order to preserve and enhance the village and community she now calls home.

Dave Willingham
Dave and his family moved to Stisted in 2013. They ended up living in the village by accident (a long story), but they loved it so much they decided to stay. Dave has a background working for start up companies in both the engineering and internet sectors and worked as a freelance programmer for a decade or so before downing tools to become a full time house husband.
For the past few years, Dave has been working with other local volunteers to develop Stisted’s Neighbourhood Plan in an effort to both preserve and improve the parish for the benefit of all. Joining the Parish Council was a logical next step and is seen by Dave as a great opportunity to ensure that Stisted and its community thrive long into the future.
Melanie Whiteside
Parish Clerk

Please note that the Clerk role is part time so you may not receive an immediate response to correspondence; although I do try to be flexible and spread my time through the week.


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