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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.

Marc Guy

Marc has lived in Stisted since January 2015, after relocating from Chingford and is married to Anna with whom he has 3 young sons (Freddie, Harry and recent arrival Tommy), 2 of whom go to the village school.

Marc has worked for a cloud software company (or as Anna calls it hyper-slashing) for the last 10 years and joined the PC in October 2018 to try and contribute to the village and give something back in any way possible.

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.

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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