Our candidates for the 2023 Lewes District Council elections

Andy O'Kane's head and shoulders. He has a moustache and trimmed beard, and short greying hair.

Andy O'Kane for Polegate Central

Andy has lived in Polegate for over twenty years, and cares deeply about our local area. 
Andy works locally as a teacher, and is keen to use his local knowledge and experience to make Polegate an even better place to live. 

He has gained a reputation for being someone who doesn’t just talk about what needs to be done, but rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in.

Andy says: “From parking to planning our town has been ignored for too long. I want to change that with your support.”

Portrait shot of Catherine Hall outside a village Post Office.

Catherine Hall for Arlington

Catherine lives in Berwick with her family. 

She works as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex where she leads a research group trying to understand how Alzheimer’s Disease begins. 

Catherine is passionate about our area and wants to make it an even better place to live.

“As someone with young children growing up in our area, I am really committed to standing up for our local villages”, says Catherine.

Cathy Bryan in winter coat standing by the main road in Ringmer

Cathy Bryan for Ouse Valley and Ringmer

Cathy and her family have lived in Ringmer for over eleven years. Both children attend Kings Academy Ringmer. She has been a teacher for over 20 years, currently at a sixth form college in Brighton. She loves to run, walk and cycle in the area and wants to improve the state of local roads and road safety. She is passionate about the need to engage young people in politics and ensure that they have a voice in matters that affect them.

Portrait shot of Chris Brett in sunglasses with straight neck length hair sitting on a bench with leafy trees behind.

Chris Brett for Seaford South

Christine has a record as a councillor of delivering for Seaford, in particular standing up to developers of large age restricted developments. 

She has a background in food education, community support and innovation including introducing Refill to Seaford. She was elected to the District Council in 2019.

Christine chaired the District Council 2021-22 and is a steering group member of Seaford Volunteer Emergency Team and Seaford for Ukraine.

Head and shoulders portrait of Christina Bristow

Christina Bristow for Seaford West

Having grown up in Seaford, Christina cares deeply about the town. She is passionate  about bringing our community together and want to see us all flourish. She is a regular goer to council meetings in support of local businesses. Christina is already active in the community, campaigning to protect local green spaces.

Close up of Christoph von Kurthy with harbour in the background

Christoph von Kurthy for Newhaven South

Local campaigner Christoph is a well regarded and popular figure in our community.

He works as a teacher and also gives up his time to serve our community as a first responder.

Originally from Germany, Christoph has now lived in Newhaven for many years and is known for his involvement with a popular local drumming group. As a keen cyclist, Christoph wants to see action to improve cycling routes locally.

Head and shoulders picture of Daniel Stewart Roberts, with glasses and grey hair.

Daniel Stewart-Roberts for Plumpton, East Chiltington, Streat and St John Without

Daniel works part-time as finance director for a local charity. He also runs a management training business. 

His voluntary roles include working on the Bluebell Railway, acting as Treasurer of a choir and teaching English.  “I’m standing to be your district councillor because I want to continue the hard work of the local Lib Dem team, help residents, improve our area, and contribute to the efficient and effective running of the District Council”, says Daniel.

portrait shot of Edwina Livesey, dressed in dungarees, with glasses and brown hair tied back, against a set of green doors.

Edwina Livesey for Lewes Priory

Edwina has lived in Priory St with her family for 22 years. She has spent much of this time supporting our wonderful Lewes heritage. She coordinated the town-wide Battle of Lewes commemorations in 2014, and was a founder Director of the Lewes Light festival. She runs guided walks, including Lewes in the First World War,  Lewes Writers, and the history and wildlife of The Pells. She is a proud member of Southover Bonfire Society.

She works at East Sussex College, supporting our young people into employment, and is studying Countryside Management at Plumpton. She wants to use her knowledge to help protect our wonderful South Downs landscape, and to properly manage and protect our urban green spaces too.

Head shot of Freddie, a young man with glasses and dark short hair. The background is a seafront scene including two colourful beach huts.

Freddie Hoareau for Seaford Central

Freddie grew up in Seaford, and is standing as he has the energy and compassion to make a difference for his hometown. 

Freddie has worked as a carer locally, with adults with severe learning difficulties, and in a specialist school. He’s trained as a journalist, and is active in the community with groups such as the Seaford Volunteer Emergency Team during the Covid lockdown.

Graham Amy with Newhaven Town Councillor Kim Bishop standing in front of a fence with buildings in the background

Graham Amy for Newhaven South

Local man Graham Amy is a well known campaigner on conservation and environmental issues.

Graham has previously served as the town’s Mayor and has been heavily involved in supporting numerous local charities and groups including SCDA, Newhaven Historical Society and Castle Hill Nature Reserve.

Graham is retired and lives in Newhaven with his wife Marlene.

James MacCleary explaining a point with the river and cranes in the background.

James MacCleary for Newhaven South

James is the first Newhaven resident to lead our local District Council, and is a vocal champion for our town.

He lives in the town with his partner and two young children. James wants to change the way people see Newhaven and has worked to promote local businesses, artists, and local projects.

James wants to improve facilities for children in our town and has ensured that the Disrict Council will be upgrading all of it play areas.

Councillor Janet Baah, with a prominent orange scarf, against a background of fileds, trees and sky.

Janet Baah for Lewes Bridge

Janet Baah is a policy advisor, education consultant/researcher, politician, campaigner, trainer, Governor, and a non-executive Director. In 2018, she became the first Ethnic Minority Mayor in Lewes where about 1% of the population is non-white.

Janet has started a charity education in Ghana: Founder of Manna Education and Development Foundation. 

She is currently a Town Councillor for our area, and in 2019 she was named Sussex Woman of the Year for her outstanding public service. 

Janet also holds a PhD in International Development and Education from Sussex University and is an honorary associate research fellow at Sussex University’s Centre for International Education.

Julie Carr, in a red jacket, and with short fair hair stands in front of a colourful artwork that looks as if it might have come from Narnia.

Julie Carr for Newhaven North

Julie has represented Newhaven on the Town and District Councils for over twenty years. 

She has served as the town’s Mayor and has been Cabinet member for Waste, Recycling and Open Spaces on the District Council for the last four years.

Julie is a well known environmental campaigner and has a strong track record of standing up for Newhaven.

Kate Wood in the left foreground leaning against a flint and brick wall. To her right cobbled Keere Street runs down into the distance.

Kate Wood for Lewes Castle

Kate has represented the ward at Town level for the last 4 years and has brought much needed investment into Castle. 

She has lived in Lewes for over 20 years, runs her own business specialising in research information and publishing and works at the forefront of scientific research policy and data. 

She is a volunteer, fundraiser and a Trustee of a local environmental charity and has campaigned for equality, improved access to education and training and has worked to improved life chances and employment access for people across society. 

Portrait shot of Katrina Best with sunglasses on her head and a background of fields and sky.

Katrina Best for South Downs

Katrina Best lives in the South Downs village of Folkington with her Canadian-born husband, their two children and two cats. 

An author and freelance writer and editor by profession, Katrina also works part-time as a manager and community liaison in the charities sector. 

A passionate environmentalist, long-time local campaigner and volunteer, Katrina sits on the current committee for Wilmington Village Hall, and has previously served as an elected Parish Councillor.

Kevin West in the foreground with glasses, dark hair and greying beard, points at grafitti on a bridge wall behind him.

Kevin West for Lewes Priory

Local campaigner Kevin West and his wife have raised their family here in Lewes. Kevin has worked in IT for thirty years.

Kevin enjoys getting involved in the community locally, Lewes’ many traditions, food bank collections, helping the environment through litter picks, organising Clean Air events or getting involved in Plastic Free Lewes and Refill. 

Kevin recently organised a candle-lit vigil for Ukraine with others in the community at which the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke.

Over the last four years, Kevin has helped a number of Lewesians with housing issues, fixing potholes, getting fly tipping removed and fixing traffic lights.

Portrait shot of Lesley Boniface smiling into the camera, with shoulder length fair hair.

Lesley Boniface for Seaford West

Lesley’s community background comes from volunteering with local environmental groups and helping to set up the Friends of Riverside Park and Valley Ponds and the Greenhavens Network.

Lesley has campaigned to get the County Council to stop using glyphosate based weedkillers. Lesley is keen to learn and get even more involved in local groups to protect our wildlife and local environment.

As a keen cyclist she is committed to improving walking and cycling access in our area.

Lindsey Macleod with a coat and backpack against a cloudy sky

Lindsey Macleod for Ouse Valley and Ringmer

Lindsey is a passionate Liberal Democrat campaigner with close connections to Ringmer. She has been an NHS nurse for over 10 years, and says we must do all we can to protect it.

She loves the downlands surrounding our ward and regularly walks her dog Hara from South Heighton to Firle and Glynde across the downs. She says we must ensure the new local plan protects Ringmer and its green spaces.

She will campaign for better infrastructure and make sure that our roads can cope with the development going on.

Head and shoulders picture of Morag Everden with glasses and dark shoulder length hair in a park with buildings and trees in the background.

Morag Everden for Seaford North

Morag has worked hard as a Town Councillor to protect our green spaces and to support local families and young people in the town. 

She is passionate about supporting residents and making sure their concerns are addressed. 

She is a keen dog owner, and has a rescue dog.

Portrait shot of Olivia Honeyman with sunglasses on the top of her head, sitting on a bench with leafy trees behind.

Olivia Honeyman for Seaford South

Seaford campaigner, Olivia, lives in the town and is well known local champion. She is the current Mayor of Seaford and has made ‘Healthy Living’ the theme of her mayoral year. 

Olivia has a strong track record of campaiging in our community and has spoken out over issues including sewage dumping, the state of local health services, and has worked to get road repairs throughout our area.

Head and shoulders shot of Paddy Henshaw in a Lewes Rugby Club sweatshirt, smiling broadly, a sprinkling of white hair on his head, and standing in front of a set of green doors.

Paddy Henshaw for Lewes Priory

Paddy has lived in De Montfort Road with his family for 20 years. He has his own business as a Chartered Building Surveyor. 
He has coached rugby for many years and is currently Chair of Lewes Rugby Club. He is a member of Commercial Square Bonfire Society.
He see being a councillor as a way to be involved in the community - it is important to give something back into our town and community that we all get so much from. 

Paul Mellor, an older man with glasses and wavy white hair, against a background of young and old leaves.

Paul Mellor for Ditchling and Westmeston

Paul moved to the Lewes area in 1999 and has two daughters who went to school locally. 

A member of the Electoral  Reform Society and a supporter of Unlock Democracy, Paul is passionate about change to our voting system to ensure that people feel their votes matter and can make a difference. 

Living and running a small business in a rural community, Paul is very aware of the issues that affect us. 

From potholes to HGVs, to accessing GPs, to rural bus services, Paul is campaigning on the issues that matter to residents in our area. 

Head and shoulders picture of Sally Markwell with glasses, short fair hair, and dangly earrings.

Sally Markwell for Seaford North

Sally is a nurse, and nursing lecturer. 

She has also coordinated the development and delivery of council health improvement strategies. 

She lives locally in Seaford, and is keen to hear about residents' concerns, especially health and social care needs.

Head and shoulders of Sean Macleod, smiling at the camera, casually dressed with short dark hair.

Sean Macleod for Newhaven North

Sean has been a councillor for the past four years and has loved every minute of helping people and making changes to the way the council is run.

Sean has spent two years as Chair of the Licensing Committee and found the process eye-opening and rewarding. Sean has also passed several motions on mental health improvements. He is a determined campaigner on mental health and SEND issues.

Head and shoulders of Stella Spiteri, smiling at the camera with shoulder length fair hair. In the background are a play area and trees.

Stella Spiteri for Kingston

Stella has lived with her family in Kingston for over fifteen years - even getting married at the local church.

She has already served our community as a governor at Iford and Kingston Primary School for eight years and also Vice Chair of Kingston Pre-School. 

Stella has helped run the popular Kingston village fete and other local events. She is a well known figure in our community who will stand up for our villages.

Head and shoulders shot of Stephen Gauntlett, with grey swept back hair. He is wearing a scarf with Ukrainian colours.

Stephen Gauntlett for Seaford Central

Stephen is a Councillor who believes that the local community best knows how to spend money wisely and promote wellbeing.

Stephen’s background is in occupational psychology within general management, HR, Learning and Development and Careers. He has worked at director level across the UK and Europe; in the private, public and voluntary sectors and has been Chair of the East Sussex Consortium of Citizens Advice Bureaux.

Head and shoulders shot of Victoria Vincent against a background of houses.

Victoria Vincent for Ouse Valley and Ringmer

Victoria and her husband have lived in Ringmer for over twelve years. She previously worked as a lawyer in the Government Legal Department for over ten years. She loves participating in the many community and varied interest groups in our village. She is the advertising assistant for the Ringmer Church & Village News and also a church bellringer. During the lockdown she delivered local pharmacy prescriptions and she is now registered as an NHS Volunteer Responder. She is passionate about the need for affordable and sustainable public transport for our community.

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