Both Members of Staff are Qualified Clerks who have attained the Certificate in Local Council Administration and are Principal Members of the Society of Local Council Clerks.
Clerk to the Council
Parish Office Banks Road Haddenham Bucks HP17 8EE
I have been the Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer to Haddenham Parish Council since May 2014. Before moving to Haddenham I was Assistant Clerk at Wendover Parish Council for 3 years, which was quite a change in direction as my career since graduating university had been in the pharmaceutical industry working as a cell biologist. Having learned the ropes in Wendover I decided it was time to take on a greater challenge and more responsibility - little did I know what was on the horizon when I took on what was a part-time role at Haddenham.Haddenham is a great place full of charm and character with a wonderful community spirit and one of the greatest challenges we currently have is to retain all of this while dealing with the impact of growth. The Parish Council has had to rapidly modernise and expand in order to keep up with the changes brought on by development and the impact of austerity. The Council is very forward thinking and pro-active and as the Clerk it is my role to ensure that the Council acts within the legal framework, provides a responsive service for its residents and uses its powers to deliver new and improved facilities whilst properly managing its existing assets. I have the pleasure of working alongside some highly talented Council members and the Deputy Clerk Emma who is professional and supportive. Collaborating with many groups and individual residents since joining is one of the most rewarding aspects of the role, by using the connections the Parish Council has with other organisations to bring people together to get things done for the community. I’m looking forward to the challenges of the next few years where the Council will be working with the community to deliver a range of new facilities and significantly improving some of the existing ones. A new Parish Council Office and meeting room being a personal priority!
I was delighted to join Haddenham Parish Council in September 2018 after working as a Clerk for Little Marlow Parish Council for 4 years and Deputy Clerk for Hughenden Parish Council for 9 years. Prior to working in local government I worked within Computer Forensics and Security.
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and the closest to the community it serves. There are lots of challenges ahead for Haddenham as the village is expanding rapidly with lots of new housing developments being built. Haddenham is a vibrant community and the parish council is very active in ensuring the full integration of our new residents within the village. This growth gives the Parish Council a unique opportunity to use the funds it receives from this expansion to improving the local facilities for all parishioners.
It is an exciting time as the Parish Council strives forward to improve Haddenham’s amenities. Projects such as the installation of the Green Lane at Churchway, a new playgrounds at Banks Park and new kitchen at the Youth Centre are already completed. Other projects such as the building of a new a sports Pavilion; new football pitchers on the Airfield; new playground at Sheerstock; improvements to the Parish Office; the repair of the church wall at St Mary’s are to name but a few of the improvements planned.
There is never a quiet moment here!