Our Councillors


Maureen Caton


Phone: 01279 813 914 Email: m.caton@hotmail.co.uk
Maureen is married with two adult children. She is an independent Children’s Social Care Consultant, previously working as a senior manager at Essex CC. Maureen has been Chairman since May 2014. Her priorities are supporting only sustainable development within Stansted, local business, accessible playgrounds, new skate-park, Stansted’s open spaces. Championing Mountfitchet Estate/Stoney Common.


Alan Barnes

Phone: 01279 817 214 Email: afbarnes13@yahoo.co.uk
By education and training, Alan is an organic chemist and has spent all of his working life associated with the pharmaceutical industry both in this country and abroad. He is now semi-retired and moved to Stansted 6 years ago to live in Bentfield Road with his wife, Christine. One of his two daughters also lives in Stansted on the new Forest Hall estate.


Catherine Dean

Phone: 01279 813 579 Email: catherinemarydean@btinternet.com
Catherine has been a parish councillor for many years, during which she has been chair of the Open Spaces committee and chair of the Council. Whilst interested in all aspects of the parish, she is particularly concerned that Stansted should be a pleasant place in which to live, free of litter and dog mess, clean and tidy, with attractive open spaces and built areas. She is married to Alan, a district councillor, and has three grown-up children and six grandchildren.


Samantha Dunn

Chairman of the Open Spaces Committee

Phone: 01279 810 859 Email: cllrsamanthadunn@stansted.net
Sam moved to Stansted in October 1984 when she was 5 years old. She went to primary school in the village and has subsequently also enjoyed full and part time employment in the village. She now lives in The Mews on High Lane and helps run the residents association there.


John Hudson

Phone: 01279 814 489 Email: johnhudson@gmail.com
John has served on Stansted Parish Council since 1995 on a variety of parish committees and was also a District Councillor 2008 – 2011 on the former housing and licensing committees. He formerly worked in telecoms with Nortel Networks in Harlow and still works part time as a technical consultant.

Cllr Jessup

Matthew Jessup

Phone: 01279 816 591 Email: matthew@in2it.biz
Matthew has lived in Stansted for 18 years, is married with two children. He has run his own IT consulting business for the last 16 years. He is a governor at St Mary’s Primary School a, a member of the Parochial Church Council at St. John’s and First Responder. He believes that Stansted has an extremely strong community spirit and, is keen to ensure that this spirit is not only maintained, but nurtured and built upon.


Peter Jones

Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee

Phone: 01279 813 252 Email: peter@lowerstreet.com
Peter has lived in the village since 1973. He has been on the Council since 1976 and has twice been chairman (1981-84 & 1991-96). He has been Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee for many years. His main purpose in being a member is to sustain the village as a separate, viable and caring community.

Cllr Kavanagh

Jo Kavanagh

Phone: 01279 815 157 Email: jokavanagh.248@gmail.com
Jo was born and raised in east London and moved to Stansted in 1997. She has worked for the past eight years for a local property developer. She is a golf widow but has plenty of her own hobbies including reading and genealogy. Two of the areas she wants to focus on as a new councillor are parking and light pollution which she feels are viewed as a significant problem by residents.


John O’Brien

Phone: 01279 816 772 Email: johnedobrien@gmail.com
John came to Stansted in 1987. He has been active in the community as member of the PTA at Forest Hall School and involved with St Theresa’s Parish Church. He was co-opted to the Council in January 2014.

Cllr Rands

Rachel Rands

Phone: 01279 817 413 Email rachelrands@btinternet.com
Rachel is married with two children and now lives in Forest Hall Park although she has lived in and around the village all her life. She agreed to become a councillor because she wants to ensure Stansted maintain its village qualities and remains an attractive environment for the next generations.


Frances Richards

Vice Chairman

Phone: 01279 812 748 Email: frannie.richards@gmail.com
Fran has lived in Stansted for nearly 40 years and has been involved in the health service for over 40 years. This is her second term on the Parish Council and each time she has had a 2-year old to help her with her Council duties! Her focus has very much been on how best to serve children and families in this community. Main interests are Open Spaces, Civil Protection and Windmill.


John Salmon

Phone: 01279 814 789 Email: dandjsalmon@gmail.com
John lives in the Bentfield Green area and has been on the Parish Council for over twenty five years. He has also served as a District Councillor and is a long term supporter of the Scout movement.


Geoffrey Sell

Phone: 01279 815 925 Email: cllrgeoffreysell@stansted.net
Geoffrey has lived in Stansted for most of his life and has been a member of the Parish Council since 1995. He also represents Stansted on Uttlesford District Council . Geoffrey served as Chairman for eight years between 2006 and 2014.

Valerie Trundle

Valerie Trundle

Phone: 01279 813 433 Email: prtvrt@btinternet.com
Valerie was co-opted to the Council in November 2016. She had stood down as a councillor in 2015 after eleven years service but agreed to make a come back after a vacancy had been created by the retirement of a sitting councillor. She is chairman of Stansted Neighbourhood Watch, one of the transport representatives for the Village, and is also involved in organising Stansted in Bloom.

Cllr Wallis-Jarvis

Daphne Wallace-Jarvis

Phone: 01279 812 259 Email: dwjjwj_44@yahoo.co.uk
Daphne has been a Stansted resident for over forty years. Prior to retirement she worked as a Financial Consultant in the public sector. She is Secretary of The Birchanger Wood Trust and is passionate about maintaining public access to the countryside which she believes makes a valuable contribution to a healthy life style.