Chris Brown (Chairman)
Chris was born in Norwich moving to Horsford in 1986. He became a Parish Councillor to try and give something back to the village, to make improvements and generally listen to the Parishioners’ concerns. He has been on the Parish Council for about 12 years. Chris is MD of Anglian Carpets Ltd and he tries to adapt his business skills for the benefit of the Parish Council. He is keen on improving the facilities in Horsford for all ages, e.g. Play Equipment, Village Hall and traffic calming. Chris is Chair of the Village Hall Management Committee and he is a member of the Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel and Chairman of the Parish Council Business Action Plan group. He enjoys carp fishing and likes to watch football and other sports.
Adrian Scott (Vice Chairman)
Adrian was born and bred in the village and he is Sales Director of a family run joinery company in the village. He was the Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and joined the Parish Council in 2017. He wanted to follow through with the ethos and projects of the Neighbourhood Plan. Adrian has always wanted to help other people and he does not just sit on a committee but takes part and gets things done. He wants to help the Parish Council be proactive and be a positive influence on the community and to promote the good work that came out of the Neighbourhood Plan and make Horsford a better place to live, work and play. In the past he has been a School Governor and a member of Horsford Players. He was a Scout Leader for many years and likes to get involved in helping young people learn life skills and build up their self-confidence. He was the organiser of the last Horsford Carnival, when the village raised money for several local organisations and he was the driving force behind the recent play improvements to the Village Playing field. He is Vice Chairman of the Business Action Plan Group and Chairman of the Project Team working on the Youth Engagement Project for the village
Kathy was born in Gorleston to a Norfolk family, and has lived in Horsford for 46 years where her children went to the village school. She decided to be a Parish Councillor because she wanted to use her experience of commerce and management to serve our community and help to preserve Horsford as a flourishing, independent village. She has been a Parish Councillor for the past six years. Kathy successfully ran a florist business in Norwich for 31 years, during which time she served on various steering groups and trading committees. She has found the business and organisational skills required to run a small business extremely useful when applied to Parish Council work. Kathy is the Horsford member of The Airport Consultative Committee, which is a government committee to liaise between the airport and the local community. She was a member of the Horsford Neighbourhood Plan steering group. She is on the Parish Council Business Action Plan group to research and implement the projects identified in the Neighbourhood Plan. She was on the sub-committee to revamp the playing field and particularly sourcing equipment suitable for less able children and she is on the allotment committee. Kathy’s profession and hobby is floristry, hopefully useful if we can enhance the green spaces in the village. She is interested in village history and historical buildings and makes wooden period dolls houses.
Derek has lived in Horsford all his life. His parents and grandparents also lived in the village. He went to both of the Horsford schools and the village has always been a big part of his life. The majority of his work as a window cleaner is based in Horsford, so he gets to hear a lot of thoughts and ideas the residents have on the village. He has recently become the Chairman of the Social Club and he is trying to do a lot of fundraising for all age groups in the village, i.e. pre school, Rainbows and more. After all the little ones are the future of the village and the older people are our heritage. He wanted to be a Parish Councillor because, after 43 years of living and working in Horsford, he thought it was time to put something back into the village he loves.
Katrina grew up in Cringleford, a village located south of Norwich and attended Notre Dame High School for girls. On leaving school she went to Aylesbury College of Further Education and studied an HND in Business Studies. She moved to Horsford from Swannington in 1993, with her husband Graham and their son and daughter. In 1986, they took over the family business. She was financial director and following a period of expansion, operated four retail shops employing over 38 staff. In 2002 the business was sold, and the following year they started a new business. After a successful period of growth, this was sold in 2012. Having been a resident of Horsford for over 25 years, in 2016 she was asked to join the Steering Group to help produce the Horsford Neighbourhood Plan which the village adopted in July 2018. During this time she met with many people at the various consultations that were undertaken, which helped her understand the passion and values upheld by the Parishioners with regard to issues affecting Horsford. She also holds these same values as a hard working individual endeavouring to support the Parish in looking at new strategies, policies and projects, both as a Parish Councillor and a member of the Business Action Plan Group.
Sandra moved to Norfolk in 1986 from Maidstone, Kent. She bought Gt Witchingham Post Office which she ran for 13 years. Having left the Post Office, she worked in an office for 11 years. She left due to ill health, and started doing lots of charity work. She moved to Horsford three years ago. She has three children, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren. Two of her children live in Horsford and two of her grandsons attend Horsford schools.
She is a keen environmentalist, currently organising recycling bins in Horsford for crisp packets, pet food sachets and several other items - great for the environment and it will raise funds for Hallswood Animal Sanctuary. She fosters dogs for Protecting Preloved Border Collies and cats from Hallswood. She has her own two rescue dogs and five rescue rabbits.
She’s a keen walker, climber and fundraiser taking part in Trek China, Trek Peru, Trek Namibia and climbed Kilimanjaro then cycled across Rajasthan all for Cancer Research UK. She volunteers for PACT and cycled from London to Paris and climbed the highest mountain in Ethiopia to raise money for PACT. She is passionate about Africa and has done a month volunteering at an AIDS outreach post in Kenya, three weeks teaching in Ghana and three weeks teaching in Uganda. When she has time she’s a keen gardener and she also does patchwork! She hopes to bring to the Parish Council openness and fairness, which she thinks Horsford needs, and she supports change. She believes the village has people of all ages and abilities and that we need facilities for them all - the loneliness and isolation of the elderly is as important as stimulating the children.
Angela has lived in Horsford for nearly five years. She has been something of a nomad all her life finally putting her roots down firmly in the village.
She worked for a leading global accounting firm from 1983 until it imploded in 2002 when 68,000 people globally were made redundant and she was one of them. She started as an Assistant Office Manager in the Audit Practice, ending up as a member of the Global Technology Management Team, spending 85% of her time on a plane travelling around the world as a relationship manager.
In 2003, she started training as a Counsellor, specialising in Counselling for Carers, and graduating in 2006. She spent seven years going backwards and forwards to the North West coast of Sardinia, until she moved to the Horsford in 2014. She volunteered with Norfolk Carers’ support, setting up a Counselling Service, specifically for Carers, which continued until 2017.
She was part of the Horsford Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and subsequently the Business Action Plan Group working on policies and projects out of the Neighbourhood Plan and she is currently working on the project to bring a Youth Group into the village for 11-16 year olds. She wants to bring her business and management skills to the Parish Council and do all she can to put the Parishioners’ needs and views at the forefront of our thinking and actions. Deb Scott
Deb’s family have been in the village over 200 years. She went to both Horsford Schools and then Hellesdon High School, during this time doing Boys Brigade and Brownies.
She has worked in both the Horsford Bakery and Horsford Co-op, and is now working on the outskirts of Norwich in an Engineering Company in the role of Business Assurance Facilitator. This involves the development of training and educational needs for all employees, supporting HR duties, including ensuring all policies and procedures are adhered to throughout the Company and assisting with reinforcing health and safety.
In her role as a Parish Councillor, she would like to add some youth and enthusiasm to the team, ensuring the changes Horsford is going through are beneficial for all.
Virginia was born in Horsford, attended the village school and lived here all her life apart for five years when she was first married and lived with Danny in New York.
They returned to Horsford to raise their family. She became a Parish Councillor in 2015. Virginia worked for Norfolk County Council for twenty years in the Highways section.
She understands how local government works and which department within the three levels of local government is responsible for what. On the Parish Council she enjoys helping to drive forward various projects, particularly those identified in the Neighbourhood Plan which is very special to her. Also important is the money from development to help the village. She wants to ensure that people receive the infrastructure that large scale development needs. As development happens she wants planning applications to comply with the policies the people of Horsford have written.
The Role of a Councillor
They are elected to represent the interest of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected Councillors depends on the size of the area, in Horsford we are able to have 12 Councillors.
Local Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'Local Council' is synonymous with ' Parish Council, 'Town Council' and 'Community Council'.
Local Councils are made up of locally elected Councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least four meetings a year. Most meet on a monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District and County Councillors regularly attend parish meetings and report at the Annual Parish meeting. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct, a set of rules on how Councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their financial interests in the parish, details of which are kept by the District Council.