Our councillors

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

Cllr Alex Coomes

Claygate ward – elected 2012

Alex Coomes

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 Fairbank Square

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.

Mike Rollings

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.

Vicki Macleod

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.

Ashley Tilling

Weybridge Riverside – elected 2019

I am proud to be representing Weybridge Riverside as your new councillor. I will work with my two colleagues, Andrew and Vicki, to look at ways of improving our town centre, protecting and enhancing our green spaces and maintaining the character of Weybridge by striving to ensure that we build the right type of homes.

In order to prevent further climate damage, I feel strongly that we must all take responsibility by reducing our own carbon footprint as much as possible: I therefore cycle to work and around Weybridge and I have installed a solar heating panel on my roof. 

As a councillor, I believe that the council should be taking a lead and I am pleased that our Lib Dem/RA administration has recently passed a Climate Emergency resolution to make the council carbon neutral by 2030.

My association with Weybridge began in the early 80s when I joined Weybridge Rowing Club: I have been Club Captain, committee chairman and now a vice-president and trustee. Moving to Weybridge with my family in 2003 to teach locally has meant that I have been able to enjoy training and competing (now in the ‘Masters’ category) whilst also coaching, umpiring and helping on the organising committees of local rowing events, currently as Chairman of Walton & Weybridge Regatta.  

I went to Tiffin School in Kingston-upon-Thames from where I gained a scholarship to join the Royal Navy as an Engineering Officer. I enjoyed a varied and interesting career serving on a destroyer and two frigates. Leaving the RN at a career breakpoint, I have since worked as a senior project manager at AWE but spent most of the following years as a science teacher: I first became a Head of Physics in 1999 and have subsequently held senior management positions. I enjoy singing in a local choir (the Ian Englemann Singers), listening to music and hiking.

Cllr Judy Sarsby

Weybridge Riverside ward – elected 2021

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.