Parish Councillors




Walberton Ward
Click here for the formal notice of vacancy. 
Andrew Ratcliffe

Andrew Ratcliffe – Chairman

Committees: Planning (Vice Chair), General Purposes, Finance & Legal, Staff
Walberton Ward

Andrew and his wife Cathy have lived in the village since 1994 and they raised 4 children here. He retired in 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.

Toby Hewson

Toby Hewson

Committees: Planning and General Purposes
Walberton Ward

Toby has lived in Walberton all of his life and since 2019 with his wife Helen. 

He has had an extensive and high-profile career as a public speaker which led to him starting his own charity in 2008 talking to children about living with a disability.  The charity spoke to over 250,000 children before having to close due to the pandemic. 

He has also volunteered as a trustee for several charities, becoming the treasurer for a national charity  and co-chair and chair of the English sector of an international charity. 

He has had enjoyed a great sporting life. Representing England at boccia for 6 years. He still enjoys going skiing every year with Helen. 

He has always loved the village of Walberton and is passionate about keeping the village the lovely friendly community it is today.

Douglas McElvogue

Douglas McElvogue

Committees: Planning and Finance & Legal
Walberton Ward

Raised in the Northern Isle of Britain and having lived and worked throughout the UK and Europe Douglas has made his home within our Parish. A former Diver and Archaeologist he now works in secure communications whilst running his own not for profit heritage consultancy. This has given him a wealth of experience within the planning regime, both locally and strategically, and on committees as well as running campaigns.

As a Walberton resident of 9 years where he plans to raise his young family, he feels it is time to give something back to the community that he has made as home. 


Andrew Smyth

Committees: Planning
Walberton Ward
Sam Wicks

Lt Cdr Sam Wicks RN

Committees: Planning
Walberton Ward

Having been a resident in West Sussex for many years and working in the Defence Sector we recently moved to the village in search of some more space and nice walks. Delighted to be in the area with its beautiful countryside and strong community spirit and village environment.

The noticeable strengths of this village are its school, church, pub and community facilities, which are only as good as the support they receive and through the Parish Council we can provide support and a voice to these features, that are at the heart of a village community.

Photo of Andrew Titmus

Andrew Titmus

Committees: Planning, General Purposes (Chair) and Finance & Legal
Fontwell Ward

Andrew is a solicitor working in the Chichester area and specialises in estate planning. He moved to Fontwell from Worthing with his wife, Mihaela, in 2018 where they have been busy with DIY ever since.

Coming from a somewhat mixed background of first science and then computing before settling on the law, Andrew’s interests are largely technical and constructive.

Andy Vawer

Andy Vawer - Vice Chair

Committees: Planning (Chair), General Purposes and Finance & Legal.
Fontwell Ward

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 young 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.

Steve McAuliffe

Committees: General Purposes and Finance & Legal
Walberton Ward

Steve moved to Fontwell in 2019 from Hampshire.  Prior to this he lived in East Sussex where he was a Town Councillor in Hailsham from 2011-15 with responsibility for environmental oversight and was Vice Chair of the Planning Committee.  Now semi-retired, he is pleased to have the time to return to Councillor duties.  

He has worked in the wildlife conservation and environmental governance sector for around twenty years since graduating as a mature student from the University of Sussex.  He has been the Director of an Ecology, Arboriculture and Environmental Management consultancy since 2015. 

Steve enjoys walking his rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier 'Nelly'.


Andy Peppler

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 35 years, and currently living in Yapton. He is a retired police officer who  graduated with a degree in Science and Socia Studies from the Open University. Amongst other things he enjoys DIY, gardening and walking with his dog Florrie. His grown up children live in Western Australia and Slindon.