07928 824482 
clerk@kenningtoncc.gov.uk 

Meet Your Kennington Community Council Councillors  

 
Councillors are volunteers who want to give time to support their community. There are 16 Councillors serving the 5 wards in Kennington. Elections are held every 4 years. 
MARK SILVESTER
 
ALAN COOPER 
(Chair) 
 
Committees:  
Communications and Finance & General Purposes 
 
Settled in Kennington after university and raised my family here. Civil Servant for 30 years, then European Commission and European Space Agency. 
 
After retirement, I took an interest in my locality, joined the Shadow Community Council and the Summer Fayre Association. Elected to the Council in May 2019. 
 
Knowledge of local issues and experience of government have helped Council to establish itself, with a focus on protecting public money. From solid foundations, Council now can make a tangible difference in our community. 
 
Bybrook Ward 
CHARLES ELLIS
 
CAROLE 
WHITE 
 
Committees: 
Personnel & Development and Planning 
Conningbrook Task & Finish Group 
 
I spent my teenage years in Ashford and returned with my family 15 years ago. I welcomed the opportunity to offer my services as councillor as I have a strong sense of responsibility for the success of the community. I hope to bring a pragmatic voice whist retaining an idealistic edge. 
Grosvenor Hall 
MARK SILVESTER
 
CHRISTOPHER MORLEY 
 
Committees:  
Bybrook-Bockhanger Community Facility, Environment & Open Spaces (Chair), Finance & General Purposes and Personnel & Development, 
 
Having led Project Controls teams in many sectors, I moved into IT Service Management with major corporates which brought me to Kent 30 years ago. Passionate about the ability of residents to improve their own neighbourhood, I was delighted to chair the campaign group which successfully gained approval for creation of the Community Council. 
Kennington 
JANE MARTIN
 
JANE MARTIN  
(Vice Chair) 
 
Self-employed in business development and marketing, I have over 6 years experience as an Ashford Borough Councillor with expertise in Communications. Planning and Resident concerns. I want to ensure the Community Council delivers value for money. 
Kennington North 
DEBORAH PRIOR
 
DEBORAH PRIOR 
(Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer) 
 
I was appointed as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer in December 2019, fully taking on the role from February and successfully completing the Introduction to Local Council Administration certification in April.  
 
I’m passionate about helping to give residents a stronger voice, and supporting the Council’s development. 
 
MARK SILVESTER
 
MARK SILVESTER 
 
Committees: 
Communications 
 
A Kennington resident all my life, I endeavour to help and support local residents any way I can. A 
black belt in karate, I produce a podcast called ‘Know Your Wrestling’. I believe in making the local community a better place to live. 
Bybrook Ward 
MARK SILVESTER
 
CHARLES  
ELLIS 
 
Committees: 
Bybrook-Bockhanger Community Facility, Communications, Enviromment & Open Spaces, Finance and General Purposes and Planning (Chair),  
Conningbrook Task & Finish Group (Chair) 
 
I joined the council because I wanted to be involved more in Kennington. I believe Ashford Borough Council has acted negligently regarding Kennington. I am working to ensure more thought is given to residents affected by the large developments planned in the area by A.B.C. 
Grosvenor Hall 
MARK SILVESTER
 
ELLIE  
CROOK 
 
Committees:  
Bybrook -Bockhanger Community Facility (Chair), Communications, Environment & Open Spaces and Planning 
Conningbrook Task & Finish Group 
 
Having recently completed a degree in photography, I have photographed the town a great deal. This has led me to become more interested in the area and its community. I enjoy representing the 
views of others and served as a student governor for 6 years.  
Kennington 
MARK SILVESTER
 
JUSTIN 
ARMITAGE 
 
Committees:  
Environment & Open Spaces and Finance & General Purposes 
 
After 12 years of being a Kennington resident I wanted to see a Kennington focused council. When that council came into being but needed more people to get involved, I decided to do so from a feeling of civic duty. While a councillor my intent is to try to influence decisions to be evidence based wherever possible.  
Little Burton Farm 
DEBORAH PRIOR
 
JOHN HOLDER 
(Allotments Officer and Assistant Clerk) 
 
Having recently been appointed Allotments Officer & Deputy Clerk my first major task is to manage the transfer of the Bybrook and Burton Farm allotment gardens from Ashford Borough Council to Kennington Community Council. 
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I am a non-practising solicitor and part time director of a company which provides management expertise and guidance. 
 
My wife and I moved to Kennington in September 2020 to be nearer to our daughter and grandchildren who have lived in Kennington for some years. 
 
 
 
SHAFI KHAN
 
SHAFI  
KHAN 
 
Committees: 
Bybrook-Bockhanger Community Facility, Finance & General Purposes and Planning 
Conningbrook Task & Finish Group 
 
Originally from Uganda, I have been an Ashford resident for over 4 decades. I have always been strongly active in the community and voluntary sector and have served as trustee on numerous 
charities and groups. I am a member of the Independent Police advisory Group. 
Bybrook Ward 
CAROLE WHITE
 
PAUL BARTLETT 
 
Committees
Bybrook-Bockhanger Community Facility 
 
I supported establishing Kennington Community Council at ABC and was a member of the Shadow Community Council before the Community Council was set up. My role on the Community Council is to represent Kennington residents in planning meetings, on highways matters and promote the delivery of new community facilities in Grosvenor Hall ward for the wider benefit of the parish. 
I use my role as a community councillor to improve feedback to the Borough and County Councils on how they can deliver better services in Kennington. 
Grosvenor Hall 
ELLIE CROOK
 
JOHN  
SEATON 
 
Committees:  
Bybrook-Bockhanger Community Facility, Communications and Planning 
Conningbrook Task & Finish Group 
 
Born in Kennington, I spent my middle years running several successful businesses in the west Midlands. On my return to the area 6 years ago, I wanted to put my past experience as a Metropolitan Borough Councillor, Chair of School Governors and Health Trustee to good use for the community. 
Kennington 
JANE MARTIN
 
For details please contact the clerk on 07928 824 482 or email clerk@kenningtoncc.gov.uk 
Kennington North 
DEBORAH PRIOR
 
 
COUNCILLOR VACANCIES 
 
 
 
To apply and for details please contact the clerk on 07928 824 482 or email clerk@kenningtoncc.gov.uk 
or complete and send the application by clicking on appropriate link above.  
 
 
For details please contact the clerk on 07928 824 482 or email clerk@kenningtoncc.gov.uk 
MARK SILVESTER
 
SIMON 
SOUTH 
 
 
 
 
 
Bybrook Ward 
CHRISTIE HAGGIS
 
For details please contact the clerk on 07928 824 482 or email clerk@kenningtoncc.gov.uk 
Grosvenor Hall 
JOHN SEATON
 
NATHAN 
ILIFFE 
 
I have been the Councillor for Kennington Ward on Ashford Borough Council since 2018, so it made perfect sense to join the Kennington Community Council when it was established to better represent my residents further. 
I was a member of the Shadow Community Council before the establishment of Kennington Community Council. The purpose of the Shadow Council was to ensure everything was in place and to prepare a smooth transition when the Community Council came into legal existence in 2019. 
I am here to represent Kennington residents and to ensure the views of residents are heard at both a Community Council and Borough Council level. 
Kennington 
JANE MARTIN
 
SUE  
HUNTLEY 
 
Committees: 
Planning 
 
Born in Northumberland, I spent the majority of my working life in market research and administrative roles, the last of which was based in London working for a firm of patent attorneys. We moved to Ashford in January 2016 having purchased a Guesthouse in Kennington. I wanted to join Kennington Community Council as I would like to see more communication between Ashford Borough Council/Kent County Council and local residents - particularly those affected by the large housing developments planned in the area - and to have more general involvement in the local Ward. 
Little Burton Farm 
DEBORAH PRIOR
 
NON-COUNCILLOR VACANCIES 
 
 
For details please contact the clerk on 07928 824 482 or email clerk@kenningtoncc.gov.uk 
Councillors' Declarations of Interest can be found on Ashford Borough Council's website at https://ashford.moderngov.co.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?ID=366&LS=3 
 
 
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