Parish Councillors

Suzanne Clark – Chairman. 

Suzanne moved to Walberton in 1990 and was a partner in her business, working as an international events and meeting planner and travelling extensively throughout the world. She lives near the pond with her partner Mike, who took up woodworking on his retirement, and Border terrier Benson.  

She has been on the Parish Council since 2010 and is chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Suzi still enjoys travelling but whilst at home enjoys the garden, loves cooking, eating out, good wines and plays crib.

Andrew Ratcliffe - Vice chairman, Chair of Planning

Andrew and his wife Cathy have lived in the village since 1994 and they raised 4 children here. He retired summer (2018) from a career as a Managing Director, latterly for the UK arm of a global consumer products business and he hopes his time on Trade Associations boards will help him adapt to being a councillor.  Having spent years commuting and travelling he is now looking forward to more local activities.  

He was co-opted onto the council in July 2018 and has become fully involved in the council and its committees and is pleased to now be an Elected Councillor.

Keith Stevens

Keith was raised in East Sussex & has lived in Hampshire, West Sussex and France.  He moved to Eastergate in May 2016 with his wife & young daughter. He spent many years in Sales for a market leader in the Construction Industry. He was also a 22 year veteran volunteer Marine Engineer/crewman for the RNLI, a Commercial Skipper working on Off shore Wind Farms as well as a serious Sport Diver.  Keith is the Chief Executive of a glazing company in the Marine Sector. 

In prior voluntary roles as a School Governor and in roles within Selsey, Keith has organised Christmas lights, a blue plaque trail and a local guide to footpaths. 

Interested in Nature, Conservation, History & Geography, he enjoys involvement in community matters.

Paul Fisher

Paul is a semi-retired robotics engineer, who grew up in suburban London, moving here in 1985 with his wife and three, now grown and flown, children. 

Having run a small access-automation design company for many years, Paul moved into robotic design for various universities' needs around the start of the millennium and lecturing in engineering and robotics. He also oversees home exams for people unable to attend exam centres.

Paul also enjoys property development, preservation and restoration, particularly hands-on, and is currently 'caretaker' of an old stone cottage on the moors. He is also passionate about conserving the habitat of local wildlife, and the human environment of our villages.

Malcolm Porter

Malcolm was elected as a parish councillor when he lived in Nottinghamshire in a village very similar to Walberton. He was also chairman of the village cricket team and the village youth club and on the board of the Notts Cricket Association. Malcolm was an active member of the community helping with fund raising for the sports club and the youth club. His wife was also involved with the youth club and the brownies.

Since moving here in 1999 they have been more involved with helping children and grandchildren and have not been involved with village life, but now feel they should be more involved. Malcolm is currently a governor of 2 schools and his wife has just been elected to the governing body of Walberton Primary school. Both are passionate recyclers and his wife is involved with West Sussex waste prevention as a volunteer.

Andy Vawer

Andy qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1999.  He moved to Westergate that Autumn and worked with the Downland Veterinary Group from 1999 until 2018.  He was initially a veterinary surgeon, and then became a Director of the company.  His responsibilities included general day-to-day clinical practice and out-of-hours emergency work and also responsible for IT and telecommunications. He moved from Westergate to the north of Eastergate, on the boundary with Fontwell, in 2013.

In September 2018, Andy left veterinary practice to spend more time with his wife and toddler daughter.  He is currently a co-Director with his wife of a property lettings company with holdings outside our local area. 

He also undertakes freelance IT work including web development, system programming and maintenance.

Allan Coe

Allan has lived in Fontwell since March 2017, with his wife Kelly. He served in the Fire Service for 20 years, retiring in 2005. Allan now works in Safety & Security and has professional memberships of the Institute of Safety & Health & the Institute of Fire Engineers. 

His free time is spent with his wife looking after their home and garden.  They love holidays in the sun, and he has a love of golf.



Robert Rogers

Bob is a retired company director and has lived in Walberton since 1992. He graduated in Business from Brighton University in 1979 and had a career with a small number of SMEs within the Publishing and Book distribution industry. Bob now keeps occupied with two part time positions in the Charity and Property Services sectors.

Married to Dianne, who is a recently retired teacher, they have three ‘grown up’ sons and 3 grandchildren. Bob is a qualified Cricket umpire, a spectator member of Worthing RFC and a BHA season ticket holder. He is a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the treasurer of Walberton Allotments association.  

Andy Peppler - Parish Clerk   and the only employee of the Parish Council.

Andy has lived with his wife Gene in the Six Villages area for over 30 years. He joined Sussex Police following a gap year travelling, where he worked for 31 years, retiring as an inspector in 2006. He then worked as a civian investigation team supervisor unitl retiring January 2017. His grown up chidren live in Western Australia and Yapton.

Andy enjoys going to the gym, gardening and walks with their dog Florrie.