Officers & Councillors

Parish Officers

Melanie Wathen

Melanie Wathen

Clerk & Executive Officer

I started working in Local Government at Southampton City Council in 1992. I held various roles before I left in 2007 to become Clerk to Marchwood Parish Council. The role of the Clerk is varied and rewarding. I left Marchwood in 2018 to work for the family business.

I started at Headley Parish Council in July 2020.

clerk@headleypc.co.uk

Tanya Hampshire

Tanya Hampshire

Responsible Finance Officer

rfo@headleypc.co.uk

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Deborah Chamberlain

Deborah Chamberlain

Chairman

Member of the Planning Committee and Finance & Policy Panel.

I moved to Hampshire from Surrey in 1982, first to Lindford, then to Headley Down and for the last 28 years I have been living in Arford. Since I worked outside of the area, I joined the Parish Council in 2002 when my children needed less support, wanting to learn more about the parish I had moved to. In the last 17 years, I have acted as Chair and Vice Chair of both Full Council and Planning Committee and have also been a member of numerous other committees involved with recreational facilities and local amenities, policies, HR and finance.

I no longer work for a living and as time allows, I am involved in some of the many community activities offered in the parish. My life-long interests are equestrian based and as I tend not to sit down for very long, I am always keen to try something new. Community cohesion and communication together with maintaining the quality of our local rural positioning and amenities are important to me. I am always willing to discuss a local matter of concern with anyone in the parish.

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deborah.chamberlain@headleyparish.com

Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

Vice Chairman

Member of the Planning Committee and Finance & Policy Panel.

I grew up in South West London and moved to Headley with my wife Pamela in 1976. Our children all went to local schools. Currently two often live abroad. Three years later I became a Headley Parish Councillor and have been a member ever since, serving for 20 years as Chairman of the Planning Committee and subsequently as Chairman of the Council.

I have also served Headley as a District Councillor for six years in the eighties and since 2003. I have served on the Village Hall Committee, the Headley Residents Association and am a Trustee of St Francis Community Church. I recently retired as a self-employed Chartered Accountant in Bordon.

All this leaves little time for hobbies other than a life long interest in railways and travel in the UK and Europe.

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anthony.williams@headleyparish.com

Jim Wood

Jim Wood

Chairman of the Planning Committee and member of the Finance & Policy Panel.

I moved to Headley in 1977 with my wife and family. We have three children all of whom went to the local infant school; two of my children and three grandchildren still live within the parish.

As a family we have been involved with many Headley village activities and societies during the past 40 years. I am a practising architect and experienced with planning, design and landscape design.

However my work load has reduced a little and I have joined the Parish Council in order to contribute towards the protection of the village and assist the Parish with focusing on local issues important to local people.

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jim.wood@headleyparish.com

Virginia Evers

Virginia Evers

Member of the Planning Committee.

I have lived in this area for over 50 years and moved to Headley 14 years ago. Before I retired I worked in Guildford with a company of 20 women who ran our own conferences and seminars. From having the original idea, putting together a panel of speakers and a programme, right through to producing the documentation and being at the meeting on the day, we organised over 350 of our own meetings a year.

Since retirement I have becomes a volunteer in the Inpatient Unit at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, where in addition I have organised a talent event called ‘Tuckwell’s Got Talent’. I have been singing in Haslemere Rock Choir for nearly ten years and enjoy performing at charity events.

I first became interested in joining the Council after watching the progress of the Arford Common regeneration scheme and hope I may be able to contribute in some small way.

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virginia.evers@headleyparish.com

Tony Williamson

Tony Williamson

Member of the Planning Committee.

I was born and brought up near Raynes Park in South West London. I moved to in Sutton, Surrey,
with my wife, Sally, and remained there for nearly 30 years, but we both always wanted to move
further out into the countryside. We fell in love with the Headley area and moved to Arford in
January 2019.

I have had many different jobs in several different Government departments over my career in the
Civil Service, and for the past 15 years I have been in the Department for the Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs working on rural, equine and forestry policy. My Defra experience has informed and
reinforced my interest in wildlife, environmental and rural community issues.

Outside of work, my passions include music, film and books. I am also a keen gardener and like
walking in the country.

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tony.williamson@headleyparish.com

Rita Stubbings

Rita Stubbings

Member of the Planning Committee and Allotments Advisory Group.

In 2000 I moved with husband George to Headley Down from a village in Dorset where I served as a Parish Councillor for a number of years.

I retired as Communications Manager from a Company involved in servicing, maintaining and installing petrol stations. Then took up a position working part time as an Usher in the Courthouse in Woking and finally retired again in 2009.

I became a Headley Parish Councillor in 2000, served as a Governor at The Holme for a number of years and as a Trustee for a short time at Headley Down Community Association..

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rita.stubbings@headleyparish.com

Andrew Luff

Andrew Luff

Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee.

I was born in Haslemere in 1944. The family moved to Midlands Farm, Longmoor Road, Liphook in 1954. I went to school in Shottermill, then to a private school in Petersfield, and then to Mill Chase (as one of the first pupils in the new school).

My first job was an apprentice in a precision engineering company in Haslemere. In 1964 I started working on the family farm, then taking over on the death of my father in 1965. I joined Bramshott and Liphook Parish Council in the late 1960s and was a councillor there until the late 1970s.

Having moved the business to Headley in 1977, I joined the Parish Council in 1984.

I have held most on the positions within the council over the years. My hobbies are old tractors and other vehicles.

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andrew.luff@headleyparish.com

Peter Ellens

Peter Ellens

Member of the Planning Committee.

I moved to the area nearly 30 years ago. I am married with two children both of whom went to local schools and both still live and work in the area.

I have now retired from the computer industry after nearly 40 years, in various aspects. I like classic cars and enjoy running but the latter is offset as I also enjoy cooking.

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peter.ellens@headleyparish.com

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Lesley Coombes

I lived in the Guildford area until I moved to Arford in November 2016 with my partner, Anthony. I have one grown up daughter (as does Anthony), both daughters now living away from home. 

I belong to the Headley Horticultural Society, the Allotment Association & the Ludshott Photographic Club. Anthony & I go to some of the live music events run by the Grayshott Folk Club. I became a Parish Councillor in December 2019.

Since 2008 I have worked for the American Telecommunications company, AT&T. Previously I worked for IBM (4 years) & prior to that DEFRA (26 years). I am an IT Project Manager, responsible for managing the installation of data & voice networks, mainly for IBM & IBM customers. This involves working with teams across Europe, the Middle East & Asia. 

Since childhood I have been interested in wildlife and the natural world. My time at DEFRA added environmental and conservation interests. 

I like to keep busy outside of work. I have a high maintenance garden, which takes up a lot of time. I also have an allotment which deserves more of my time. Other interests are photography, attending live music events (of many genres), art exhibitions, dance shows (ballet, contemporary & flamenco) & walking.

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lesley.coombes@headleyparish.com

Paul Tansley

Paul Tansley

Member of the Planning Committee.

Moved to Headley in 2005 with my partner of 25 years Carol (now wife). I’m a professional photographer shooting weddings exclusively, after previously having shot fashion for 18 years in London. I grew up in a tiny town in Oxfordshire, which over the years has been totally spoilt by over building of housing and trading estates.

Having moved out of London to the stunning area of countryside around Headley, I am passionate about keeping that countryside as it is in our area and not allowing over urbanisation to creep in.

I love to travel, I love nature and animals – we have a cat and 5 chickens as pets, they are our children. I also love to ski, when time and money allows, especially in deep Colorado powder up to my knees.

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paul.tansley@headleyparish.com

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Jon Berry

Member of the Planning Committee.

I have lived at my current address in Headley Down for the last 4 years, having moved here from London.

I spent 38 years working for London’s Ambulance Service. I started my career driving ambulances and concluded it as an Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer. Throughout my career I was involved in numerous Major incidents including bombs, railway incidents and terrorist attacks.

After my retirement I become a Magistrate, I sat at numerous courts. I also sat at a number of Crown Courts including Portsmouth.

Currently I volunteer with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, undertaking a range of different activities. I am mainly responsible for managing the delivery of specialist alarms for the hard of hearing.

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jon.berry@headleyparish.com

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Mark Dickens

Member of the Planning Committee.

My wife and I moved to Headley 4 years ago. We consider ourselves very lucky as Headley is such a special place.

Now mostly retired, I spent most of my working life in the hospitality industry. I commenced as a restaurant owner then became a hotel manager for Trusthouse Forte, before managing their MIS Department for 7 years. When Forte were taken over I left and set up a consultancy business.

In 2008 after the recession I redeployed my skills and commercial experience to provide office and project Management services to large, high value residential estates. I pursued this until I semi-retired 8 years later.

I currently have an allotment with in Headley and sit on there committee.

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mark.dickens@headleyparish.com