Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) is the working group for the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum (the Forum) and is drawn from the Forum members. Other members of the Forum can and are involved in some of the ACV sub-groups looking at specific aspects of the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Members of the Forum:
Jean Bradley: I am in my 60’s and retired 3 years ago. Prior to retirement I was a professional banker and then an adjudicator with the Banking Ombudsman. Originally from the North East, I have lived in Ashtead for 33 years. “I love Ashtead” Jean says, “It is a very special place and, whilst appreciating the need for change, I would like to help keep it the way it is. This is a perfect opportunity, for all of us who care, to have a say in what we think as residents, is best for Ashtead.”
Ray Cane. Age: 65+ Number of years lived in Ashtead: 30 Occupation: Retired. Local Voluntary Groups/Interests: Secretary of Ashtead U3A; Trustee of Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Reason for joining Forum : We came to Ashtead from Wimbledon in search of a larger house with a garden in an attractive neighbourhood close to the countryside. We love living here in such a thriving village community, and I want to play my part in ensuring that Ashtead develops in such a way that safeguards its character.
Mary Cooper. Age group: 35-49. Number of years lived in Ashtead: 13 Occupation: Food Safety Consultant and MVDC Councillor. Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Member of the Governing body at Greville school, St Michaels RC Church, I work closely on local issues with the Ashtead Residents Association & am a member of the Adult Steering Group at Ashtead Youth centre. Local involvement with various schools. Reason for joining Forum : I am currently a councillor for Ashtad Village ward. I believe that residents should help to plan the future of our village. I aim to provide key support in the development of a Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Tony Cooper. Age group: 65+. Number of years lived in Ashtead: 25 Occupation: Retired IT Consultant Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Ashtead Squash Club (Treasurer), Surrey Green Party (Coordinator) Reason for joining Forum : To support this modest exercise in power devolution and to help ensure development in Ashtead is sustainable.
Andy Ellis, Chairman of Ashtead Community Vision (ACV). I have lived in Ashtead for nearly thirty years and I came to Surrey to work on a project some of you probably opposed at the time, the M25. I am retired now. Why did I start ACV? It was an article in Ashtead Village News which got me started. The article pointed out that the government has given us, the community, the ability to influence future development more than before through the Localism Act. The Act was passed in late 2011 and is all about devolving power away from the centre. An idea most people support.
Mark Everett. Age: 55-64. No of years living in Ashtead: 50. Occupation: Chartered Surveyor and Estate Agent. Reason for joining Forum: To use my expertise and local knowledge to ensure that the future of Ashtead is carefully planned and that the Village and local environment remains unspoilt for the future.
Roy Guy: Age: 65+. No of years living in Ashtead: 37. Occupation: Retired Local voluntary groups and/or interests: APMH; Ashtead Good Neighbours; Ashtead Day Centre (Treasurer); St Giles’ Choir; The Parlour Singers; Family History; Ashtead History. Reason for joining Forum: To speak for the lobby who don’t want to spoil Ashtead with too many more residents – “Stay as Sweet as You Are”
Paula Hancock: (Sub-group: Infrastructure) Age: 50-64. No of years living in Ashtead: 17. Occupation: I work for Surrey Early Years & Childcare, with the Early Support Team. Local voluntary groups and/or interests: MVDC Councillor for Ashtead Common Ward. Reason for joining Forum: The creation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan is essential to ensure that local people have a voice in future planning decisions. No-one wants to concrete over Green Belt land, but a robust plan will direct development to where it is most sustainable.
David Harper. Age 18-34; No of years living in Ashtead: 21. Occupation: Satellite Technology Entrepreneur; Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Sport, classical music, gardening. Reason for joining Forum: Working on a worthwhile project for the community is a great way to meet new people and to do something different and positive.
David Hawksworth. Age 65+; No of years living in Ashtead: 6. Occupation: Biologist, ecologist, and mycologist; Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Conservation of biodiversity (former Council member of English Nature). Reason for joining Forum: Concern over the need to consider sound environmental and ecological evidence in the preparation of plans for the future development of Ashtead, in order to retain its ambience and charm. This is a special opportunity for local people to influence long-term directions for the village, and for me to contribute something in return for being able to live in a place with such green surroundings
Nigel Herbert has lived in Ashtead since 2011 when he relocated from South Wales following his marriage to Sal, who has always lived in Ashtead. Nigel is currently a senior executive in sales and marketing at IBM. Despite his career having been in IT for over 30 years, he has also owned and run an Estate Agency business in South Wales, and continues to run a property management and development business. Nigel leads a busy life with six children, and both he and Sal are committed christians. “We love Ashtead” says Nigel, “It’s an ideal location within striking distances of London and the Airports, whilst having a rural village feel to it. We are committed to ensuring that Ashtead retains it’s unique character for future generations”
James Millar Craig. Age 55-64. No. of years living in Ashtead: 30. Occupation: Solicitor; Litigation partner in a firm based close to St Pauls in London. A regular commuter for many years. Reason for joining Forum: I was prompted to join by the anxiety caused to residents in the Farm Lane area following the Green Belt Boundary Review and subsequent Site Assessments. However, I am anxious to both enhance and preserve all that is best about living in the whole of Ashtead for ourselves and future generations.
John Morgan. (Sub-group: Head of Publicity). Number of years lived in Ashtead: 16 Occupation: MD of a public relations consultancy. Reason for joining Forum :To ensure that the voice of the local community is heard when the future development of the village is being considered.
Allan Mornement.Age: 65+. Number of years lived in Ashtead: 41 Occupation: Engineer. Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Surrey Infantry Museum, Ashtead Choral Society, Neighbourhood Watch, Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands, Woodland Trust. Reason for joining Forum : Concern that rural and historical aspects of Ashtead Park Ward remain protected from unwelcome development. Support for the conservation activities along the length of the Rye Brook within the parish boundary.
Glynis Peterkin. Age: 55-64. Occupation: I live in Common Ward, enjoying retirement following a career running the finances of a global marketing department of a multi-national company. Reason for joining Forum: I joined the ACV/Forum because I believe strongly in community engagement and taking responsibility for the environment in which we live and participating in the decisions that shape it.
Marie Pigden. Age: 65+ Number of years lived in Ashtead: 30 Occupation: Retired. Previously project/facilities manager in both public and private sector. Reason for joining Forum : I am very interested in the future of Ashtead Village.
Peter Smith. Age: 65+. Number of years lived in Ashtead: 45 Occupation: Retired (ex IT). Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Former independent MVDC councillor (2002-2006), former chair and current trustee of Age Concern Epsom, former school governor at West Ashtead Primary (12 years), former trustee of Sydney Simmons homes (almshouses) in Ashtead. Reason for joining Forum: To ensure that social housing does not get forgotten.
Sue Stansfield. Age : 55-64. Number of years lived in Ashtead: 20 Occupation: Self-employed Bookkeeper. Local voluntary groups and/or interests: I am a Road Steward and also help with some administration work for the Ashtead Residents Association. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and pilates.Reason for joining Forum: Ashtead is a wonderful place to live. In Ashtead we enjoy the best of both worlds -access to such beautiful countryside and also easy transport links to the rest of the world – by train, car and plane. By being part of the ACV and Forum I hope to be part of a team all working together to keep Ashtead such a lovely place.
Di Stirling, Secretary of the Forum (Sub-group: Transport) Age : 65+. Number of years lived in Ashtead: 19 Occupation: Retired. Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Trustee of APMH, Secretary of Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, member of Ashtead Choral Society. Reason for joining Forum: I undertook the ‘Transport and Access’ section of the Leatherhead Market Town Healthcheck in 2005 which included work on the surrounding areas including Ashtead. I hope the experience and the information I gathered for that survey will help with forming the NDP for Ashtead
Alex Tombs. ACV Treasurer Age: 55-64 Number of years lived in Ashtead: 32 Occupation: Retired (used to be an auditor). Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Volunteer for Citizens Advice Bureau, Golf, Walking, Cricket, Cycling, Gardening, etc. Used to be treasurer for Ashtead Pelham FC for 3-4 years. Reason for joining Forum: Just want to “do my bit” for the village.
Tony Tuley, Chairman of the Forum. (Sub-group: Business & Economy). Age:65+. Number of years lived in Ashtead: 34. Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Golf, Walking, Family History. Reason for joining Forum:I moved to Ashtead in 1979 from Morden for cheaper housing and more space. A keen walker, I like the fact that I can walk out of Ashtead onto Green Belt land in both directions but still have the convenience of easy access to all forms of transport.
Pat Wiltshire. Age : 65+. Number of years lived in Ashtead: 34 Occupation: Forensic Ecologist. Local voluntary groups and/or interests: Patients Participation Group (Dep Chairman): Lay representative to the Mid-Surrey Locality Clinical Commissioning Group: Cherkley Court Campaign: Leatherhead Historical Society.Reason for joining Forum: I want to contribute my skills to safeguard the interests of the village and its surroundings. I also want to be able to prevent ugly and unnecessary development of the village.
New Members Welcome!
Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum is keen to attract younger members and those who are renting property to ensure the views of those sections of the community are properly represented. If you are interested in helping either by being on the working group, or joining the Forum please use the form on the Contacts page. Or email