About our councillors
After the 2021 elections, there are nine Elmbridge Liberal Democrat Councillors working to achieve a greener, cleaner, fairer and safer community, while ensuring value for money from our council tax. Information on the councillors is below. Their contact details are in the ‘Contact Us‘ section.
Cllr Bruce McDonald
Claygate ward – elected 2021
Cllr Jez Langham
Long Ditton ward – elected 2021
Elected in May 2021, Jez stood on a platform of representing all residents in supporting the prevention of development on the Green Belt, and also younger people and families’ interests. To that end he sits on the Overview and Scrutiny committee and is actively directing it into looking into issues impacting those groups, such as school place provision. He is also a member of the Affordable and Social Housing committee, as well as the East-Area Planning sub-committee – covering development applications across The Dittons, Claygate and Hinchley Wood.
Prior to being voted to the Council, Jez has actively been involved for many years in friends groups for his 3 children’s schools and also helping at the annual scout fair on Giggs Hill Green. If you’ve bought a tombola ticket, you’ve probably met him.
During the pandemic, he ran the Liberal Democrats’ successful campaign to collect and distribute pre-used laptops for local secondary and primary school pupils’, helping over 40 families.
He has lived in the Dittons for over 20 years, has three children, Thomas 21, Evie 19 and Edward 13 and commutes (or did!) to London, working as a Business Development Director for a branding agency and film production company.
Cllr Alex Coomes
Claygate ward – elected 2012
Alex is chairman of Elmbridge borough’s audit and standards committee. Alex has lived in Claygate since he was four months old and is a parish councillor. He enjoys the benefits of living in Claygate and wants to help it remain a lovely village and to work for the residents on borough matters.
He has worked hard on the Claygate parish planning Committee considering the views of residents on planning applications, the merits of any application and how these opinions should be transmitted to Elmbridge. He has been active in making comments to on the Elmbridge plan.
Alex was a very active supporter of the campaign against the imposition of metered car parking charges by Surrey County. Alex works hard for the benefit of Claygate, but still finds time for his allotment.
Cllr Barry Fairbank
Long Ditton ward – elected 2000
Barry has been a councillor for Long Ditton since May 2000 having moved from Wimbledon in 1992. He has been totally involved with the Long Ditton community since 1992, and still is. He was Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Elmbridge Council from 2011-2013, when he was elected Deputy Mayor. In spring 2014 he was elected as Mayor for 2014/15.
Over time he has served on many Elmbridge Council bodies, Including Overview & Scrutiny task and working groups covering a range of subjects including:- waste collection and disposal; council partnerships; council service performance; the dissemination of financial information; Overview & Scrutiny; the replacement Leisure Centre; customer service improvement; the Elmbridge Museum; land charge searches; the discharge of elderly people from hospital; and others.
Barry is currently Chair of the Older People’s Advisory Body: member of the Licensing Committee; member of the East Area Planning Sub-committee; member of the Community Infrastructure Levy Spending Board for the Dittons and member of the Elmbridge Local Committee.
He has lived in Elmbridge for more than 28 years, living previously in Wimbledon. He is married to Gill a retired headteacher, who is currently Chair of Elmbridge Liberal Democrats. They have two grown up sons.
Barry was educated at Sir Walter St John’s Grammar School, Battersea and following the closure of the school has served as a Trustee of the residual body providing educational grants to individuals; voluntary groups and project groups based in the former catchment area of the school.
Barry spent most of his working life in London starting at a merchant bank, Samuel Montagu and Co and subsequently joining a number of specialist investment management organisations including Invesco, NatWest, Midland Montagu and Gartmore. Before retiring, he become self-employed specialising in investment related financial investigations and risk appraisals. Barry is a member of the Chartared Institute for Securities and Investment (MCISI).
Barry is also involved with a number of local organisations namely:- HomeStart Elmbridge; Long Ditton Village Hall; Long Ditton Youth Project; St Mary’s Church Community Hall; He is a governor at St Mary’s Long Ditton Junior School and was Chair of Governors for five years.
Claygate ward – elected 2018
Mike Rollings had been involved in a low key way delivering Focus and was moved to take a more active role with the LibDems campaigning against Brexit and joining the party. As a consequence he was invited to stand in the local elections and was elected as a Claygate Ward Councillor in May 2018. He currently chairs the Elmbridge Licensing Committee and is a member of the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee, with a keen interest in financial matters.
By way of background he was brought up in Claygate and retains a great affection for its people and village community. Locally he is the Elmbridge nominated Trustee on the Claygate Recreation Ground Trust.
His business life has revolved around company restructurings and insolvencies.
Weybridge Riverside ward – elected 2018
Vicki is a long term resident of Weybridge with a strong history of action in the community.
She is a Founder Member of the ElmWey Learning Trust, and was a Governor at Heathside School from 2010 to 2016 when the Trust was established. She has a strong interest in the wellbeing of pupils in the Trust’s schools and of vulnerable members of our community. She continues to be involved with local charities for the elderly as a Trustee of the Weybridge Old Folks Club.
If elected as councillor for Weybridge Riverside, Vicki will bring her considerable knowledge of Weybridge and professional skills, developed in a number of management and business roles, to this work.
“I will do my utmost to ensure that, in these times of austerity, Elmbridge Borough acts in the best interests of all who live in Elmbridge, as well as seeking to bring much needed improvements to Weybridge.”
1. Vicki Macleod is a long-term resident of Weybridge, having moved here to work with Surrey Special Schools in 1991. She is well known locally and is embedded in the community through her work with charities for the elderly and with Heathside School. Vicki brings energy, interest and commitment to all she is involved in.
2. Vicki fully will work for more affordable and council housing, careful stewardship of the environment and to ensure our towns are great places to live. She supports the restoration and improvement of health provision in Weybridge and a future-proof ap-proach to traffic and parking in Weybridge.
Weybridge Riverside – elected 2019
I am proud to represent Weybridge Riverside as one of your councillors. Since being elected, I have worked with my colleagues as a member of the South Area Planning Sub-Committee to try to maintain the character of Weybridge by striving to ensure that we build the right type of homes. I became actively engaged in the final stages of the Brooklands Accessibility Project and several measures I proposed to improve the town paths, including installing lighting, smoothing out two dangerous right angle bends next to the skate park and extending the route through to the car park for easier access to the town centre, have all now been implemented. As a member of the Energy and Sustainability Working Group, I managed to arrange a trial of food and drinks carton bring banks at Weybridge and Walton station car parks.
Since May 2021 I have been a Cabinet member with the portfolio for the Environment. This responsibility includes overseeing waste management, air quality monitoring and measures to make improvements, and co-ordinating the council’s response to the climate emergency, aiming to make the council’s operations carbon neutral by 2030. To this end, I sit on the Carbon Reduction Advisory Panel and I also sit on the main Planning Committee.
Cllr Judy Sarsby
Weybridge Riverside ward – elected 2021
I was asked to stand as a Weybridge Riverside Candidate by my predecessor Andrew Davis, who died of cancer in January 2020. Andrew knew of the work I did at that time, with the local refugee charity Elmbridge Can, in helping refugee families to settle and integrate in the community. I was also the Welfare Officer of Weybridge Rowing Club and had started a litter picking group to protect Desborough Island.
I started up my old sourcing company at the beginning of the pandemic to find much needed PPE for the country, after the care home next to my house, reached out for help.
On being elected I learnt of the The Grace Dear Trust, the mayor’s charity, designed to help educate in signs and symptoms of ill mental health in the young. I had seen juniors suffering since lockdown, so arranged a major sporting event the “Row Paddle Run”. We brought together over ten sports clubs and one hundred athletes and raised over £6000. So far we have run two full day mental health first aid workshops and have another due in February and will run the sports event again in 2022.
The Weybridge Community Fair was cancelled, so I ran it in September and brought together local clubs and organisations to show the local residents what Weybridge has to offer. The next fair, will be held on June 25th 2022 and promises to be an even greater community embracing event.
Other events I have organised have included the planting of five trees around the green space by Elmbridge Canoe Club following the felling of local trees. The five were planted from money raised by a local business woman, to commemorate those lost as a result of Covid in the first waves of the pandemic. Local families of loved ones lost, attended and found closure in the ceremony.
When news of dumping of raw sewage in our rivers was raised, a march along the river was organised to raise awareness of this issue and put pressure on the government to prevent the pollution. National Radio interviews followed.
More recently I’ve worked alongside the Environment Agency and other Thames-side organisations to address issues of river safety from moored boats and floating obstructions, cutting back of overhanging trees, to educating river users on safe enjoyment.
Issues of the young people of our town, of enjoying, sport and the green spaces and water ways, to bring good mental health and well-being, maintaining healthy living by becoming carbon neutral and maintaining the aesthetic beauty of Weybridge, are all areas I will continue to fight to protect for the town of Weybridge and the families that live here.
Cllr Robin Stephens
Cobham & Downside ward – elected 2021
Robin was elected in a by-election in Cobham & Downside in July 2021 as the first ever Liberal Democrat Councillor for Cobham and Downside. A resident of Cobham, he lives with his wife and two children in Cobham and runs a business locally called Cirrom which does artificial intelligence.