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Parish Council Pen Portraits

Marden Parish Councillors and Employees photographs - double click to view name and details

Cllr Role in MPC Pen Portrait

Richard Adam

I have been a parish councillor since the elections in 2000 and sit on the Amenities and Planning Committees.  I also sit on the Finance Committee which I currently chair.  I am a civil engineer by profession (specialising in highways and transportation) and am a member of the Marden History Group and Marden Village Club.

Anne Boswell

I have lived in the Parishes of Marden and Staplehurst since 1983 and 'semi-retired' in 2010 after many years commuting to London.  As a Parish Councillor, I believe it is important to engage with the whole community in a positive and proactive way.  I love being involved in the village and have helped to arrange various events such as village fetes.  My other aim as a Councillor is to try to ensure the open space areas in the Parish are well maintained to help to improve the quality and life of residents and the environment.

I am also Chairman of Marden in Bloom which was set up in 2016, the main aim of which is to tidy and 'pretty up' the parish.  I run various fitness classes, occasionally work at Bethany School, love travelling, food and of course being involved with my lovely family.

Maria Brown

Parish Cllr

My family and I moved to Marden in 1980.  I attended Invicta Grammar School for Girls in Maidstone.  I hope a BSc in Geography and Politics from the University of Central Lancashire, and a Master of Civic Design from Liverpool University.  I am a Town & Country Planner employed as a Senior Planning Officer at Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.  I am a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

I have served as a Parish Councillor for Marden since first elected in 1996.  I am an instigated of the Marden Village Design Statement and a founding member of the Marden History Group.  I am a member of the Marden Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. 

I am married with two children and live in the centre of the  village.

Mick Jones

Parish Cllr


Originally from London's East End I moved to the Medway Towns in the mid-60's and then Ashford in the 70's.  In 2014 my wife and I decided to downsize and found a property to suit our needs in Marden.

Although now retired, I spent my working life in the Public Sector primarily in the New Town Service, ending my career leading a small team dealing with the Human Resources requirements of the organisation.  For many years I was also a Trade Union Representative at both local and national level negotiating the pay and conditions of service for New Towns Staff.  My interests are ballroom dancing, videography, cooking, wine, travel, lawn bowls and now, of course, the Parish Council.

I joined the Parish Council in 2017 when I applied for co-option.  I have to admit to being somewhat surprised that I was the only applicant.  There is a lot to learn, much more than I anticipated, but I do hope to make a constructive contribution to the workings of the Council during my term of office.

Lesley Mannington

Chairman of Marden Parish Council


I have served on Marden Parish Council since 2004 and have enjoyed working for the community of Marden in whatever capacity.  I lived in Marden for 40 years and ran a local farm and tourist enterprise before my retirement in 2016.  I have been involved in the planning process and the formulation of Marden's Neighbourhood Plan.  I am currently the Chairman of Marden Parish Council.

My children both attended Marden Primary School and then went on to secondary education in Maidstone and Sutton Valence.  I am a granny to identical girl triplets, and to my shame, I still cannot tell them apart; and two grandsons - all of whom keep me on my toes! 

In my spare time I enjoy the company of my friends and family; and love to cook, listen to music and enjoy art and travel - the warmer the better!

Ian Newton

I have been a Marden resident since 1956 and plan to stay. I was elected for the first time onto Marden Parish Council in 2000 and have remained a Cllr in all the subsequent years. Presently I sit on the Amenities and Planning Committees as well as several sub-committees and have a humungous interest in getting the best for the village where I live.  


I have also been a Trustee of the Memorial Hall for several years, presently Chairman,  a founder member and committee member of the Marden Theatre Group, founder member of  Marden History Group and member of the Steering Group that manages the Marden Heritage Centre.


Personal interest/hobbies, in no particular order, photography, mechanical engineering, information technology, music, drama, local history


Jean Robertson

Parish Cllr

I was born and brought up in Portsmouth but have lived in Marden for the past forty years and my career in teaching included schools in London, Marden and Wye.

I have two children, two grandchildren and two cats.  My interests are reading, theatre, WI and Marden's Heritage.

I joined the Parish Council in 2012 and the experience has been a steep but very interesting learning curve.  There's a lot to learn and I'm grateful to my more knowledgeable colleagues and their experience of Parish matters.

I enjoy working for this lovely village and hope to continue for many years to come.

Tom Stevens JP

Career in building surveying since leaving college, working for local authorities, Blue Chip companies and large privately-owned estate in the Harley Street Conservation area and USA until retirement.

Previously: a councillor on Yalding Parish Council.  A Justice of the Peace for over 20yrs and served in Kent as Magistrate for 18 yrs, chair taker in the criminal court for over 15yrs. A member of the Independent Monitoring Board of local prisons. Director/Trustee at Pepenbury a home for adults with learning difficulties

A Local Education Authority School Governor at St Margaret's C.E primary school Collier Street for 16 yrs and chair of governors for 10 yrs. Chairman of Building committees and committee member on various other organisations. Trustee and governor at Mascalls Academy Paddock Wood.

Vice chair, Director and Trustee of the Tunbridge Wells, Cranbrook, and Paddock Wood Citizens Advice Bureau.

Currently Trustee of a pension fund. Recently elected chair of Marden branch of Royal British Legion. Enjoying being involved as a parish councillor.

Interests local history, planning, conservation, environment and genealogy.


Kate Tippen

Marden Parish Council Vice-Chairman

Although not Marden born and bred I have lived here since 1981 and during that time have tried to play a full part in village life.  I have served on the Parish Council since 2004 and was honoured to be Chairman of the Council from May 2016 to May 2018 and I am now Vice-Chairman.  My aim is to lead a forward thinking, transparent council that embraces change whilst respecting the physical and cultural heritage of our village.

I retired in March 2017 after 30+ years working in Financial Services and apart from spending more time on Parish Council work I am a National Trust volunteer, enjoy gardening, walking our wonderful footpaths, travel, food and wine!

Andy Turner

Parish Cllr and Chairman of Marden Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

I was born and raised in Marden over 40 years ago.  Marden is my home.  I attended Marden Pre-School and Marden Primary School and completed by A levels at Cornwallis School.  I worked for a number of years in retail before changing my career and obtaining a degree in Building Surveying.  I have been employed by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council as a Building Control Surveyor for the last 16 years.

My interests include reading, ballroom dancing, astronomy, cooking, travel and, of course, the Parish Council. 

I was elected to Marden Parish Council in 2012.  This honour has allowed me to really get involved with the work of the Council and the life of the parish.  I am proud to be the Chairman of the Marden Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Chris Barker

Parish Cllr

I arrived in Marden in 1992 with my wife Linda and step-daughter Louise.  Having been born and raised in St Mary Cray, we set up home together in Orpington.  It wasn't until we left to come to Marden that we realised just how bad Cray and Orpington had become through constant expansion.  I continued my business in concert tour transport and managed a full forty years, retiring on my 67th birthday this year.  I enjoyed my working life immensely.  Having spent the first 10 years using The Unicorn as my "watering hole", I loved to The Working Men's Club (now The Village Club).  I never felt completely comfortable there and realised that things had to change.  I joined the committee in 2002(ish) and attempted to alter from within.  Bit by bit the club improved by gaining a different demographic of committee members, to its now "thriving position".  I now hold the position of Vice-Chairman.  I was persuaded by James Davis to join the bell ringers in 2012 (the same year as my two step granddaughters came to live with us) and have enjoyed learning the craft to my current level.  I have been elevated to steeple keeper within the past three years.  This position requires me to wind and regulate the church clock, along with the servicing and maintenance of the bells and frame.  Linda and I were awarded Special Guardianship of the girls in 2015, they were 9 and 14.  It was a wonderful day.

I stood for Parish Council back in 2008 and missed success by 7 votes.  Nine months later I declined co-option.  I am now ready to have the time to try again.  My main interest and task will be to improve transport services (rail and bus), along with attempting to improve all road services via chasing Kent Highways.  I also intend to keep a close eye on maintaining current "good feeling" of living in Marden.  I do not wish to see such a decline of quality of life and failing society as I did in Orpington.

Alison Hooker

Parish Clerk

I started working at Marden Parish Council in September 2002 and continue to enjoy my role working 37 hours per week.  I am employed as the Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer and both roles are interesting and very varied.

I grew up in the village and my husband's parents still live here.  I was one of the first to attend Marden Pre-School and also attended Marden Primary School.

I have two sons, four grandchildren and live in Cranbrook with my husband, Mike.

I have always worked within Local Government firstly at Kent Police and then Kent County Council. 

I was pleased to obtain the Certificate in Local Council Administration in November 2006 which helped me have a better understanding of Parish Councils.


Rachel Gillis-Coates

Deputy Parish Clerk

I moved to Marden in 2003 and have been passionate about our community and village ever since by being involved in the Committees of Marden Pre-School Playground, Marden in Bloom, Marden Primary School PTA and Marden Theatre Group.

I am married to a local business owner in Marden and have two daughters, one of whom attend Marden Primary School and the other who attends a secondary school in Maidstone.

I hope to bring my knowledge of social media, communication and running events to Marden Parish Council in order to make our village even better than what it is.

I enjoy walking my dog Murphy around the village, cycling, swimming and amateur dramatics.

Chris Prince

Village Caretaker

Began work for Marden Parish Council on 21st August 2017

Ian Jones

Cemetery Caretaker

Has been tending the cemetery for the past 30 years.  Thank you Ian