Local Officers

We have a team of officers who run the local party and coordinate our activities 

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Stephanie Carn - Membership Secretary and Newsletter Delivery coordinator
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Becca Grey - Coordinator (winter months)

Becca has lived in the Midhurst-Petersfield area since the early 1980s. She was born in Sydney Australia in 1961 and came to live in the UK as a young adult, marrying a local kitchen designer. As their children grew up she went back to university and studied English and Creative Writing at Chichester and then Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. A former member of CND, she is keen on nature writing and walking in the South Downs, Dartmoor and Scottish Highlands. She joined the Green Party because it is the only UK political organisation that takes climate change and other crucial environmental challenges seriously. She can be contacted on becca@johnnygrey.com.

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Polly Gaskin - Treasurer

Polly is a qualified librarian and has worked in library and information services for over 20 years.  Her interest in all things green has been a lifelong passion and she is an active supporter of environmental organisations.

Valerie Briginshaw - Election Agent and Coordinator (summer months)

Valerie is a retired Professor of Dance from the University of Chichester. She has been a member of the Green Party since 1979. She is passionate about saving the world from the threats of climate change and to this end she coordinated the Climate Change March in Chichester in Sept. 2014 when over 200 marched through the streets. She is also a determined campaigner to keep our NHS public and she worked with the local 38 Degrees KONP group to help organise the Public Meeting and exhibition about the NHS crisis in St Pauls Church, Chichester in October 2014. She has also actively campaigned against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership) and for 20s Plenty in Chichester. As a member of Transition Chichester she helped initiate the first Transition Streets group for the Orchard Street area to raise awareness of sustainable living and neighbourliness locally. She is a committee member of Orchard St and Old Somerstown Area Residents' Association and she has actively challenged developers concerning the proposed Whitehouse Farm housing development. She is a keen cyclist and member of ChiCycle Forum, a bar and cinema volunteer for the New Park Community Centre and an active member of Chichester Racquets and Fitness Club playing regular club tennis and occasionally in their tennis teams.

Steve Coberman - Secretary

Steve was born and raised in London, but has lived in West Sussex since 1987.  He is now on his third career, working as a Parish Clerk, having previously been a Chartered Surveyor and a software engineer.  He is married, with a family in Surrey of stepchildren and step-grandchildren.  Besides politics, his interests are sport (strictly spectating!), reading, and having a quiet life.

Isabel Thurston - Press Officer (joint), and representative for Arundel & Littlehampton sub-group

Isabel has lived in the Barnham area for 15 years and was brought up in south London and Brighton. She knows and loves the area and enjoys walking in the South Downs and on the coast. She is passionate about preserving our natural world for future generations and is convinced that new development should be done in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. Isabel is knowledgeable about these issues, having worked for an environmental design charity and served previously as a Green town councillor. She also works in publishing and teaching.If elected, Isabel would be a strong voice for local people. She would support local jobs for a local economy and strongly resist any changes to our hospital services unless for the benefit of all. She is against major development in this already overcrowded area. She would oppose new road schemes and lobby for improved public transport links and incentives for local people to use such networks, in order to reduce peak time traffic problems. She is completely opposed to allowing our area to be developed in a way that simply profits housing and building companies, although she would fight for the right of residents to live in pleasant, affordable accommodation. Tel: 01243 551808 email:isabelthurston@myphone.coop.Isabel has been an active member of the Green Party for many years; she worked with one of Britain's first Green councillors, John Marjoram; served as a town councillor and was Secretary of the West Sussex Green Party.

 Sue Livett - Representative for Bognor Regis sub-group

Sue has lived in Bognor Regis since 1997.  She enjoys cycling, learning new skills & spending time with her friends and family.

Sue is the Managing Director of the Aldingbourne Trust, a local organisation which supports people who have a learning disability with jobs, education, training, homes, leisure and friendships.

Sue had previously developed three innovative schemes in the voluntary sector, including supporting women with forensic psychiatric support needs, a parent-led nursery and ex-offender accommodation. She has degrees in Psychology, Business Administration and a diploma in Forensic Mental Health. Sue believes in the power of community and her voluntary work has included prison visiting, supporting people who are alcohol dependent and the local Independent Living Association. Sue chairs  the English Steering Group of the Campaign for a Fair Society and is the Treasurer of Don’t Cut Us Out West Sussex.

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Tom Broughton - Website Coordinator

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