On the 10th September 2012 the Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct in accordance with the Localism Act 2011.

The Localism Act 2011 and the Code of Conduct requires all Councillors to register and disclose any ‘Disclosable Pecuniary Interests’ with the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

Individual Councillors’ registered Disclosable Pecuniary Interests can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Mike Hickmott

Michael Hickmott

Chairman

Mike was born in West Brabourne, went to Brabourne School and the Norton Knatchbull School. He then went on to the University of East London and graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. Mike joined the Valuation Office of the Inland Revenue where he stayed for 11 years before moving into the private sector of valuation surveying where he stayed until his retirement in 2019. He has lived in the parish for over 50 years.

He first became involved with Brabourne Parish Council in the late 1980’s when there was a proposal to route the High Speed Rail Link from the Channel Tunnel to London between the village centre and the Village Hall. He was one of the founders of a protest group because the Parish Council at that time was sitting on the fence doing nothing. In 1988 there was a local election. Mike became chairman in July 2013.

As Mike was born and bred in Brabourne he says: “My love for the parish is inbred, it’s in the water and in my blood. My maternal ancestors moved to Brabourne in the mid 1800s and my paternal ancestors in the 1920s. Consequently I am passionate about the village, the landscape, the historic buildings and the quality of life the parish brings. My heart and soul are in the parish.”

“My vision for Brabourne is a small but steady growth of houses and small businesses in conjunction with our neighbouring parish of Smeeth. However, this should be in confined developments of up to 10 to 15 dwellings, re-use of redundant buildings and not be by mass building of large estates. We also need more Local Needs Housing for local people and their families but the biggest problem is finding a suitable site close to the village centre.”

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Christine Young

Councillor
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Sylvia Tanner

Councillor
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Richard Spokes

Councillor

Richard moved to Brabourne Lees at the age of 10 in 1982 and has lived in the village, except for a couple of years in the early 90s, ever since. Having been to Brabourne C of E school and then The Norton Knatchbull (via two years at The North School), he went on to a career in law enforcement.

Richard says: Following marriage to a fellow villager, our two daughters also went to Brabourne School before Highworth and then on to universities.

I took up the role of Parish Councillor in 2001 as a result of the vacancy left following the death of my father (a parish councillor for the previous 15 years). In addition to this role, I also led the creation and development of  a volunteer-run junior football club (vSmeeth And Brabourne FC) in 2006 until 2018, a period that saw over 150 youngsters playing every week at its peak.

With no desire to leave our village for some time yet, if at all, I remain keen to ensure that Brabourne is able to move forwards with the times but retain the character that has made it the ideal place for my family and me for nearly 40 years.