Parish Councillors

Suzanne Clark

Suzanne Clark – Chairman

Committees: Planning, General Purposes, Finance & Legal, Neighbourhood Plan, Staff

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

Andrew Ratcliffe – Vice chairman

Committees: Planning (Chair), General Purposes, Finance & Legal, Neighbourhood Plan, Staff

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.

Douglas McElvogue

Douglas McElvogue

Committees: Planning

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 7 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. 


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Paul Fisher

Paul Fisher

Committees: Planning, Neighbourhood Plan

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 Porter

Committees: Planning, General Purposes, Neighbourhood Plan, Community resilience, Green matters, Village Hall

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 Vawer

Committees: Planning (Vice-Chair), General Purposes, Neighbourhood Plan

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.

Robert Rogers

Robert Rogers

Committees: Finance & Legal, Neighbourhod Plan, Allotments

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.

Jo Shackleton

Jo Shackleton

Committees: General Purposes

Jo has spent her working life in education – as an English teacher, a teacher trainer and a school inspector. She’s also written a number of books for teachers. She now works as an independent education consultant, and has more time to devote to her other interests, which include coastal walks, gardening and keeping chickens. She plans to walk the South Downs Way next year.

Jo moved from Woking to Walberton with her husband Philip in 2012, and spent a year renovating their house. She has welcomed the change from a large town to a rural village, including the discovery of a bat roost in their loft! She was co-opted onto the Parish Council in September 2019.

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 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.