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.


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 this time she has had a grand daughter 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 O’Brien

Chair of Finance & General Purpose

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.


Alan Barnes

Chair of Open Spaces

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.

Daniel Brett

Phone: 01279 817 974
Email: danielbrettdotcom@gmail.com

Daniel lives in the village with his wife and son, who attends Forest Hall School. He is a keen conservationist with an interest in woodland management. Among his priorities are road safety for children, improving social housing and protecting local services from spending cuts.


Jonathan Harding

Phone: 01279 817 921
Email: jharding.stansted@gmail.com

Tom and his wife and moved to Stansted in 2011 and now have a six year old son. Since having a young child, he has become particularly interested in the provision of outdoor spaces and public services within the village. He is looking forward to the          challenges of working on the council.”


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.

Ayub Khan

Phone: 01279 815 80
Email: ayub4@icloud.com

Ayub has a long-established career within post 16 education and training. He has experience of Governance serving as a Trustee on national charities and a Sixth Form College. He moved to Stansted Mountfitchet in October 2018 and was also elected as a District Councillor in 2019 serving Stansted South and Birchanger .

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.


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.

Tom Van de Bilt

Phone: 07710426850
Email: tom@vandebilt.co.uk

Tom lives on Forest Hall Park with his wife Sarah and sons, Alex aged one, and Michael who is five and goes to St Mary’s. Tom is an IT manager with extensive experience in both local government and the private sector. Tom is particularly interested in making sure that the new developments are better integrated into the village and that developments are relevant to the needs of local people.

Cllr Wallis-Jarvis

Daphne Wallace-Jarvis

Phone: 01279 812 259
Email: dwjjwj.44@gmail.com

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 passionate about maintaining public access to the countryside which she believes makes a valuable contribution to a healthy life style.