Cllr. Nicholas Bennett JP

Cllr. Nicholas Bennett JP has represented West Wickham since 2006. He is Chairman of the Education, Children and Families Select Committee. His public service started with 8 years on Lewisham Council and continued as MP for Pembroke and a government minister. For the past 20 years he has been a JP sitting as a magistrate on the South West London bench. He has degrees in Philosophy and management from the Universities of London and Sussex and has been deputy head of a secondary school and Chief Executive of the Association of Consulting Engineers. He lives with his wife Ruth and two cats in Bromley. His interests include; history, transport, cinema, swimming and gardening.

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Councillors

There are 17 councillors in the Beckenham constituency, representing the 6 wards of Bromley Common & Keston, Copers Cope, Hayes & Coney Hall, Kelsey & Eden Park, Shortlands and West Wickham.

Cllr. Graham Arthur

Graham Arthur is a semi-retired Accountant who has lived in the Borough all his life, has three grown up children and his wife works in the third sector. He held senior positions in multi national PLC's before becoming Member for Hayes and Coney Hall in 1998 and is Portfolio Holder for Resources. In his leisure time he rides horses, is a passionate believer in music therapy and can walk on stilts. 

Cllr. Peter Dean

Peter Dean has lived in the London Borough of Bromley for over 30 years and has represented Kelsey and Eden Park as ward Councillor since 2002. Predominantly interested in Planning Peter is currently Chairman of Bromley's Development Control Committee and also sits on 2 plans sub-committees. He has also served as a school governor for the Unicorn School and Kelsey Park Sports Academy before it became Beckenham Harris. Peter is a full time civil servant and in his limited spare time plays golf to a poor standard. 

Cllr. Peter Fortune

Peter Fortune is a Councillor for Hayes and Coney Hall ward and holds the Education Portfolio.  He has been involved in the Boroughs successful ‘Friends’ organisations and has also worked in Housing, Health and Public Protection.  He is married to a Primary School teacher and has two wonderful children who are never ready for school on time.

Cllr. Hannah Gray

Hannah Gray grew up in East Sussex and moved to South London 20yrs ago whilst study Singing at Trinity College of Music ultimately becoming a professional Opera Singing. She now presents on QVC TV shopping channel. She relocated to Beckenham over 8yrs ago and is very proud of her two boys (Oliver 13yrs and Charles 15yrs) who are educated in the Bromley Borough. Hannah feels passionately about giving something back to the community; particularly protecting the environment along with supporting the young and the elderly within our community.

Cllr. David Jeffreys

Dr David Jefferys is Councillor for Shortlands Ward.  He is chairman of the Bromley Health and Well Being Board and sits as an observer on the Bromley and SE London CCGs.He is also a member of the Care Services, the Health Scrutiny and the Environment Committees of the Council, along with SACRE (the Standing Committee on Religious Education).He has championed the Shortlands Street Scene Pilot and also Dementia Care.

Cllr. Russell Mellor

Russell has served the Copers Cope Ward since 1998 and previously for Bromley Common and Keston Ward from 1978 until 1986. Russel is the lead Member for Ward planning matters, currently serving on two Planning Committee's. Russell has also served on Senior Positions within the Council, he is currently involved in the future planning designations for the Borough through his Membership of the Local Development Advisory Framework Panel formulating the Local Plan. Russell is married with two sons, both of whom were educated within the Ward.

Cllr. Alexa Michael

Alexa was born in 1969 and has lived in Bromley all her life. She was educated at a girls’ private school in Bromley and holds degrees from the University of East Anglia and University College London. A qualified librarian, Alexa works as a Business Information Executive at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the City of London. She has represented Bromley Common & Keston Ward since 1994. She is well known locally and has a reputation for getting things done.

Cllr. Neil Reddin

Neil has served as a local Councillor for the ward since 1998.  He has a long association with the area, having been born in Mason's Hill, spent part of his childhood in Hayes and lived for a number of years near Hayesford Park.Neil has served as a Cabinet Member for Leisure & Culture, Community Safety and Resources, and is now Vice-Chairman of the Education Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee. Neil is dedicated to putting Hayes and Coney Hall first and, with his two colleagues, ensure that the ward 'punches above its weight' on the Council.

Cllr. Michael Tickner

Michael Tickner is an experienced and active local Councillor who has represented Beckenham residents for a number of years. He lives off Court Downs Road and commutes to London from Beckenham Junction every day.He has wide experience of Planning and Traffic Management issues, and is currently Chairman of the Beckenham Town Centre group which has successfully led the bid to secure £4.3m funding for a major public realm improvement.  New sign posts and litter bins have already appeared in the High Street.

Cllr. Stephen Wells

Born in 1957 in Chingford, North London, Stephen attended Grammar school and then London University, Imperial College, obtaining Degrees in Geology and Chemistry, and later Geophysics. At university he meet Carol, a mathematician and now school-teacher and they married in 1988.

Cllr. Aisha Vance-Cuthbert

Aisha has worked in the housing sector for over five years in a variety of different communications and marketing roles and is currently leading the public affairs and policy activity for a central London housing association. She has sat on a number of charity boards and currently sits on her local primary school board as well as the Board of Trustees of the Multi Academy Trust.

She’s a passionate advocate of women in business and politics and was one of the founders of the Conservative Young Women’s organisation and now sits on their advisory board. She also sits on the board of Women in Social Housing for Greater London which supports and encourages more women to enter and succeed in the sector.

Cllr. Mary Cooke

Mary's interest in health resulted in her being elected as Chairman of the Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee where she has become ever more conscious of the effects of loneliness on health and diving below the obvious has become a vociferous supporter of the Freedom Pass and the activities which help reduce social isolation.

Cllr. Dianne Smith

Diane has lived in the Borough since 1967. A former pupil of Balgowan Primary and Langley Park Grammar School for Girls, Diane qualified as a physiotherapist from the Royal London Hospital in 1981 and worked locally in the NHS for 27 years.

Diane brings this local knowledge and skill set to her current role as the Executive Member and Portfolio Holder for Adult Care Services including
Housing and Public Health. She is also a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board and sits as the Local Authority representative on the Bromley
CCG Governing Body meetings.

Diane was first elected to serve as a Councillor for Kelsey and Eden Park Ward in 2010 and since that time has always been keen to serve residents dealing with issues as diverse as homelessness/housing, environmental issues such as missed bin collections. parking disputes and all Council functions in between.

Cllr. Robert McIlveen

Robert lives in Bromley and is a manager at Royal Mail. He has also worked in the prison service, taught at a university and worked for the railways.

Outside politics, Robert sings with his work choir, is a violinist with a local orchestra and a governor of a primary school in West Wickham. He also, enjoys cooking, quizzes and going to gym to work off the effects of the cooking.

Cllr. Mark Brock

Mark is currently a Retail Account Manager for a multi-national company and has worked in this sector for the past decade. Before this he was the owner of a Bromley Driving School for ten years. In his spare time Mark is a member of the West Wickham Safer Neighbourhood Panel, whose job it is to advise the West Wickham ward Police team about local community crime and disorder concerns, which then enables the ward Police team to decide promises and priorities which are intended to match community concerns.

Cllr. Christine Harris

Christine Harris is married with 2 grown up sons. She set up her own Accountancy business at home working around family commitments. She has always been hugely involved in the local community including 17 years as a Parent Governor and Officer of various PTA committees. For 13 years she has been chairman of a local Residents Association which has involved dealing with local planning issues. She has been Deputy Chair of Beckenham Conservative Association for 3 years.