Council Members

Andrew Shaxson, Chair

Andrew Shaxson


I have lived in this area all my life, my family having farmed land in Elsted and Harting parishes for 90 years.  I was District Councillor for Harting for 20 years, was elected to serve on Harting Parish Council in 2015, and have been a parish councillor for Elsted since 1987.  I am also a member of the South Downs National Park Authority. Among my interests are planning and local history.  It is likely that Parish Councils will have to carry out tasks currently done by others.  We must be prepared to meet that challenge.

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Sheila Bramley, Vice Chair

Sheila Bramley

Vice Chair

I have lived in East Harting with my husband and two children (now grown up) since 1985. I am a solicitor by profession and spent most of my working life at the College (now University) of Law in Guildford. In 2015, following my retirement, I joined the parish council and am currently vice-chair. I also chair the planning committee and the traffic working group.

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Tim Bonner,

Tim Bonner

My background is in design engineering. After many years working with military hardware I established my own business specialising in microbiology and environmental instrumentation which I still own and run. I live in South Acre with my wife Ruth. During six years on the Parish Council I have chaired the Finance Committee and played a part on both the Planning and Parks & Open Spaces Committees.  As Chairman of the Horticultural Society, I take an interest in and try to play a part in village life. I enjoy making art and most sporting activities

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Nigel Johnson-Hill,

Nigel Johnson-Hill

I have lived in this corner of West Sussex for 36 years, the last 8 years in South Harting, with my wife Cathy and our Labrador Archie. We all love walking and I am the parish council’s footpath monitor. I am also chairman of Harting Minibus.

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Penny Curran,

Penny Curran

I was elected to Harting Parish Council in May 2019 as one of the two Councillors for Nyewood.  I have had a long career in the Foreign Service and moved to Nyewood 20 years ago.  I served on the Nyewood events committee for many years and am the current Nyewood Neighbourhood Watch organiser.

My main concerns are local planning and community development for the whole of Harting with particular emphasis on Nyewood.

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Anthony Palmer,

Anthony Palmer

Married with two adult daughters and two granddaughters, I have lived in the parish since 1993.  I grew up on a farm in north Hampshire, and after reading Modern History at Oxford University, worked for 42 years as an insurance broker in London, Paris, and Singapore until retirement in 2017.  I have been on the parish council since 2018 and chair the Highways and Byways Advisory Committee.


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Sunny Dawson,

Sunny Dawson

I have lived in Harting since 1972. While here, I have been involved with playschool, Brownies, Scouts, the PTA’s and school governors at Midhurst. I qualified as a Nurse then worked in Midhurst. For the future, I would like to increase the communication in the village and find ways to reduce loneliness.

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John Miller,

John Miller

I was elected to the Parish Council at the elections of May 2019. Since then, It is an honour to serve our local community and try to be an active councillor, I am also a member of the Finance, Highways and Byways (HABAC), and Aims and Objectives Committees. I am particularly keen that communication between residents and its parish Council is honest, open and transparent, and believe that this new website will help promote both better knowledge and profile of our lovely village.  I live in West Harting and also actively represent concerns of the residents there.

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Stephanie Gaterell,

Stephanie Gaterell

I have lived in South Harting with my husband Mark since 2011 and have my own Public Affairs consultancy practice. I am Chair of the Aims and Objectives Advisory Committee.    I also coordinate the Parish’s Emergency plan and am the point of contact for the Parish Council Emergency Group. 

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Jill Martin,

Jill Martin

I joined the parish council last year and am also on the planning committee. I will represent the views of our community and bring an empathetic and unbiased view to the role. My husband and I have lived in Nyewood for 8 years and are involved with fundraising initiatives for the new village hall. I spent many years in education, initially as a teacher, latterly as a special needs coordinator. I was also a member, then chairperson, of two parent teacher associations.

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Sally Bull,

Sally Bull

I have lived in the village since 2001 during which time I have participated in many aspects of village life including serving on the Festivities Committee.  I currently volunteer for two local charities and have witnessed at first-hand how our local services play a significant role in people’s everyday lives as well as the importance of friends, family and neighbours.  Harting has a great legacy built on family, local business and a sense of community. I am keen to serve the parish and to support the council in representing the interests of this unique environment and its residents.


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