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Town Council representation on outside bodies for 2022-2023 can be found here.

 

The Mayor

Cllr Lesley Millard - Mayor & Chairman

Ward: Burnham North

I am a proud Lancashire lass from Manchester. I came to Bristol to train as a teacher and have been in the West Country ever since. I have worked in education for almost 40 years. When I retired as a Primary Head teacher, I was then employed by North Somerset as an Education Consultant developing Leadership and Management skills in primary schools. After that I was Chair of Governors at 2 different schools in Weston Super Mare at different times.

When I moved to Burnham I joined Berrow Conservation Group and over the last 3 years have been working with Somerset Wildlife Trust to create an annual monitoring programme on Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve. We also organised a conference to raise awareness of Climate Change.

I attend St Marys Church in Berrow and we have been working to support people suffering from loneliness and isolation. After listening to our community we established Berrow and Brean Good Neighbours and have set up a Community Hub and Café in each village. These have been very successful and we are now seeking to support our community by looking at how lack of local transport provision has increased isolation.

As Mayor, I intend to support our young people to find their voice through a Youth Town Council building on the work of the previous council. I will also raise the profile of Climate Change and Sustainability. I would also like to see improved support in the community for all those people suffering from loneliness, isolation, anxiety and depression. I will work alongside other councillors to develop and strengthen our community to ensure all residents and visitors can enjoy our beautiful environment.

Councillors

Cllr Mike Facey

Ward: Burnham North

I was born in Burnham-on-Sea and grew up here. I went to school in Highbridge at St Johns and later at King Alfred’s. I have worked with the community on many local groups and as a district councillor.

Although I currently live in Bridgwater, I will always consider my true home to be Burnham where for more than 30 years I owned a plumbing & heating business that employed local people. I aim to take a hands-on civic lead to help the council & communities of Burnham & Highbridge to look to the future for continual improvement and growth.

Peter Clayton

Cllr Peter Clayton

Ward: Burnham North

I have lived in Burnham on Sea for 35 years, and worked on Burnham’s High Street for 28 years of that as a field service engineer, visiting many homes in the area.

I have been a Town Councillor for 31 years, and also served as Mayor on two occasions. I am also a Sedgemoor District Councillor and Somerset County Councillor. I am a member on Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, and a consultant panel member for South West Adoption.

I would like to see more attractions for our residents and tourists, as well as a vibrant town centre. I welcome more public engagement within the Town Council.

Cllr James Warren

Ward: Highbridge

Educated to a degree level in science, i have worked in various sectors at different levels. 

I started with youth work and supporting disability groups, working with people, targets and budgets.  For a while i purchased and sold materials in the construction and aerospace industries. 

I have also been involved in the organisation of large scale events – from local to international.

The skills i gained are paramount in the running of an effective and progressive council, along with empathy and integrity.  I am looking forward to using them for the benefit of my community for the next five years.

Cllr Roger Keen

Ward: Highbridge

I moved to Highbridge in the early 90’s and have lived in the Town ever since. 

I have had the privilege over the years to have travelled and visited many other countries and places, and still found my way back to live near where i was born and brought up.

Highbridge has grown on me and in many ways has become part of me.

I am currently a Churchfield School governor and Chair of Trustees at the Morland Community Hub.

I believe Highbridge has a lot of potential and given the right support will grow and thrive.

I would like to be part of that process. 

CLLR Sharon Perry

Ward: Burnham Central

Ward: Burnham Central

I have lived in Burnham-On-Sea for over 30 years and am married with two grown up children.

I had a successful  career in Human Resources in the NHS before having my children and later retrained to be a primary schools teacher.  Having taught in local primary schools for ten years, i am aware of the many challenges facing children and families today.

I have recently retired from teaching and look forward to serving our community in Burnham-on-Sea.  We live in a beautiful part of the country, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  I will work with residents and other members of the council to improve our environment, maximise, opportunities for all to participate in the community and take steps to invigorate our local economy.

CLLR Julie Flurry

Ward: Burnham North

After moving to Burnham-on-Sea in 2011, I wanted to become involved in the local community, and, as a mum of three boys, I have volunteered at various organisations such as toddler groups and Berrow Football Club throughout my time here.

I graduated in 2018 from The Open University with a BSc in Natural Sciences (Biology) and more recently achieved an MSc in Wildlife Conservation from The University of the West of England. I, therefore, have a keen interest in the environment.

I look forward to participating in the Planning and Princess Management Committees and aim to improve the towns of Burnham and Highbridge for residents and visitors while protecting and enhancing the variety of unique ecosystems that the towns have.

CLLR PAUL WYNN

Ward: Burnham South

I have lived in Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea all my life, and worked in the high street for over 40 years.

I aim to help make Highbridge a better place to live in, to work in, and visit by listening to its residents and to make sure their views are heard and taken into account wherever possible .

CLLR Barbara Vickers

Ward: Highbridge

I have lived in the Burnham and Highbridge area for over 55 years.  I am now looking forward to being able to serve my community.

I am a retired secondary school science teacher.  I have BSc Environmental Science Degree (Hons) so naturally have an interest in using my skills and knowledge to consider our local approach to green issues.

I have also been National Chair of Gingerbread the charity for lone parent families.  We have many diverse organisations and outside bodies that support our community and i welcome the opportunity to be involved with these.

CLLR Ross Baker

Ward: Burnham South

Now i am elected as a town Councillor i will do my very best to bring all issues to the council.

I will bring all my knowledge to fight issues mentioned in my campaign.

I look forward to working with you all.

CLLR Alasdair Elrick

Ward: Burnham Central

CLLR Andy Morgan

Ward: Highbridge

I’m a married man with two grown up children.  I have been based in Highbridge for 61 years.

I have worked on the Walrow Industrial Estate for the last twenty one years.  I retired last christmas from Somerset Cusine where we made Jam and marmalade  for Fortnum and Mason, Duchy and Waitrose.  

I am deeply interested in the development of Highbridge and Burnham and I’m already involved in cases.

I look forward to a busy time and I’m looking forward to serving as an active town councillor.

CLLR Catherine Searing

Ward: Burnham Marine

Born in the North of England, I attended catering college in Blackpool and went on to have a very long and varied career in the catering industry.  I’ve worked in bakeries, pubs, hospitals, motorway service areas and Royal Mail catering outlets.  My jobs ranged from bar work, to chef and various management roles including personnel and training.

One of my major achievements was to win Manager of the year 2 years running.

During my career I’ve picked up many skills which would assist me in my role as a town Councillor.

Skills such as sound financial planning, dealing with the general public, good communication skills, training, development, problem solving and working as part of a team.

I moved to Burnham in 1986 and have grown to love the town.  Now retired I joined the Penguin Swimming Club, make and decorate cakes which I donate to local charities for their fund raising.

 

Alan Matthews Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council

Cllr Alan Matthews

Ward: Burnham North

Cllr Mike Murphy

Ward: Burnham North

CLLR Ganesh Gudka

Ward: Burnham Central

I have been living in the town since 2018, having visited my wife’s family here for many years. 

I am an accountant by training and I am currently the Chief Finance Officer for a group of care homes.

I am thrilled to live in a town with some great local resources, and I hope we can work together to make them even better.

 I am particularly interested in exploring a more sustainable future for Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge so we can keep it a great place to live, work and play for future generations.


This is a wonderful area to enjoy the great outdoors, and you will often see me doing that as I go for a run around the many routes in town.

Cllr Sue Barber

Ward: Burnham South

Cllr Benjamin Metcalfe

Ward: Highbridge