Council Elections

Parish Council elections were held on 5 May 2016 for all nine seats on the Council. Prior to the election, Mike Mackenzie retired as PC Chairman in March (after 14 years in office) and was succeeded by Chris Woodley.

The remaining Councillors (Tony de Guingand, Mrs Niccy Marriott, Ian McEwen, Mrs Georgie Warner and Chris Woodley) stood for re-election. Seven other candidates put their names forward. The existing Councillors were all re-elected and were joined on the new Council by Duncan Batty, Mrs Lynne Butler, Jon Grant and Robin Wickham. The new Council will serve a four year term until May 2020.

In February 2017, Ian McEwen resigned from the Council. Martin Powell also resigned as Clerk was replaced, in May 2017, by Ms Chantal Brooks. At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 8 May 2017,  Kevin Sparkhall was co-opted as a new Councillor to fill the vacancy.

In March 2018, Mrs Niccy Marriott stood down from the Council. At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 7 May 2019, Chris Woodley was re-elected as Council Chairman and Robin Wickham was re-elected as Vice-Chairman. At its meeting on 1 October 2018, the Council co-opted Mr Graeme Stevenson as a Parish Councillor.

In February 2020, the Council appointed a Responsible Financial Officer (RFO), Panetta Horn, to take over finance functions from the Clerk.

In March 2020, following the postponement of the Council elections due in May, three Councillors resigned: Cllr. Robin Wickham, Cllr. Jon Grant and Cllr. Duncan Batty.  On 2nd June 2020 the Chairman, Cllr Christopher Woodley, resigned from the Parish Council.

At an Extra-Ordinary meeting of the Parish Council, held via remote session on 9th June 2020, Cllr Tony de Guingand was elected as Chairman of the Parish Council.  Cllr Kevin Sparkhall was elected as Vice-Chairman.

At the Council meeting of 7th September 2020 Cllr de Guingand stepped down and Cllr Sparkhall was elected as Chairman of the Parish Council.  Cllr. Warner was elected as Vice-Chair.  The Council appointed four Non-Voting Members to Committees, these were: Jonathan Buttery, Ellie Izzard, Rory Mitchell and Amanda Wells.  Rose Harrild subsequently joined as a NVM.  Rory Mitchell stepped down as NVM in December 2020.

At the Council meeting of 2nd November 2020 Cllr Sparkhall stepped down and Cllr Mrs Warner was elected as Chair of the Parish Council.  Cllr. Stevenson was elected as Vice-Chair.

At the Council Meeting of 4th January 2021 Cllr Warner stepped down and Cllr Stevenson was elected Chair of the Parish Council.  Cllr Mrs Butler was elected as Vice-Chair.

What does a Parish Council do day to day.

The next elections will be in May 2021 – here is some information.

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests are interests that directly affect the financial position of Councillors or their spouse/partner. Such an interest exists if Council business could affect the employment, employers, businesses, contracts, shares, land or property (owned or rented) of a Councillor or his/her spouse/partner. All such interests must be declared and are then published.

The Disclosable Pecuniary Interests of Brenchley and Matfield Parish Councillors are maintained by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and can be viewed on the relevant TWBC webpage here.

Councillor Responsibilities

The current responsibilities of individual Councillors are shown below. Where Councillors have provided additional information please select their name to view.

List of Responsibilities 2020-21

Councillor Committee Membership
Mrs Lynne Butler Policy Group and Management Committee; Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, Planning Committee
Tony de Guingand Finance Committee; Policy and Management Committee; Teise Catchment Improvement Group
Kevin Sparkhall Policy and Management Committee; Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group; Finance Committee
Graeme Stevenson Chair of the Parish Council, Policy and Management Committee; Planning Committee; Finance Committee
Mrs Georgie Warner Planning Committee


Mrs Niccy Marriott, as a non-Councillor, represents the Council on the Matfield Village Hall Committee.

Parish Clerk

The Clerk to the Council is Ms Chantal Brooks whose contact details are as follows:

Matfield Pavilion
The Green
TN12 7JU
Telephone: 01892 723586

What does the Clerk do?

Responsible Financial Officer

The RFO is Panetta Horn who can be contacted at