The Parish Council consists of nine Parish Councillors who are elected every four years by residents of the village.

The Parish Clerk is also the Responsible Financial Officer and is employed by the Council to: carry out its administration; keep the accounts; advise on governance and legal issues; and support the Parish Councillors.

Geoff Hand


When I was interviewed at County Hall in 1974, I was warned that if we moved here we would never want to move anywhere else – a forecast that has proved happily true!

After taking early retirement from the Education Department as a result of having M.E., I enjoyed a new involvement in local activities and I have been a school governor at two Chichester schools including Portfield Community Primary School where I am currently Chair of Governors. I am also an Associate Governor Trainer.

I was a late recruit to parish council work – and was surprised to discover how much Fishbourne Parish Council was doing to maintain and develop the quality of life in the village. Somehow, I soon found myself involved in preparing a bid to the Big Lottery Fund in support of the Fishbourne Community Project and it has been really rewarding to work with so many enthusiastic supporters in the village – a real “community” project. As co-ordinator of the Village Plan 2010-14, I appreciate the commitment that so many of our residents have to Fishbourne and I am particularly grateful to our hard-working task groups.

Tel: 01243 781692


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james vigor

James Vigor


Having lived in the village as a child, I moved away to go to university to read Environmental Science. In 2019, I moved back with my wife so that our son can grow up in the beautiful Sussex countryside. I am fortunate to have strong family connections to the village: my grandma lives here (and has done since she was little) as do my parents.

I am a Registered Scientist and a Member of the Royal Society of Biology. I work in the Water Quality Laboratory at Portsmouth Water, so know the area very well.

It is a privilege to be a part of the parish council and help keep Fishbourne a brilliant place to live for future generations.

Tel: 07584 060227


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helen marshall

Helen Marshall


I have been living  in Fishbourne for just over 8 years and before that I lived in Chichester.  My immediate family also live locally .. so I am pretty much rooted in this part of the world.

My professional background is in retail…where I have spent 25 years or so working with many high street brands, mainly on the operations and commercial side.

I have a huge interest in wildlife and the environment and am actively involved in a number of local wildlife conservation projects here in Fishbourne.

I also love walking and cycling  – especially around the harbour and in the nearby South Downs National Park.

Whilst living here in Fishbourne, I have found the enthusiasm and commitment to village life to be very inspiring. This lead me to want to be more involved and I am really looking forward to doing my bit to support the village.

Tel: 07889 658521


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Richard Bates


My family moved to Fishbourne in 1974 and has lived here ever since. I graduated from university with a Law degree but chose not to practise. Instead I got a postgraduate degree in Modern Drama, then started a small publishing business 30 years ago. Books, authors and publishing are my career, and it has taken me around the world. I enjoy designing books as well as other print publications.
When my dad developed dementia I closed my office in London to become his full-time caregiver. I kept him in the family home and looked after him until he passed away. Since then I have re-engaged in the local community. We have always taken an interest in local issues, especially planning and the environment. Spare time activities include theatre, music and cycling.

Tel: 07801 395102


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Anne Stevenson


I moved to Fishbourne in June 2017 with my husband, Leo, who is an artist. I am now retired after 37 years of dealing with litigation, criminal and civil, for London local authorities. I love living in Fishbourne and just wish we could have made the move years ago. It is obvious that the residents are passionate about their village and I look forward to being part of the collective effort to maintain and improve it. I have joined the WI and the U3A. I spend a lot of time reading, non-fiction of all sorts and biographies, and I am hoping to spend more time on art and craft activities. This is an area that I do not yet know well and there is a lot here for me to enjoy and explore.

Tel: 01243 787842


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Mike Lander

Vice Chairman

We moved to Fishbourne in 1992, having lived in Chichester since 1978 when I began working for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals at Havant as Financial Controller. Before that I had worked with a number of large companies in different industries. Soon after moving to Chichester we started attending Fishbourne church and it was not long before Ray Follis persuaded  me to join the PCC and even to organise the church fete – in those days they had their own fete in the church fields. We are now kept busy with our new puppy… a working cocker spaniel, having lost Meg our golden retriever and wanting to downsize our dog, and of course grandchildren.

Tel: 01243 780699


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Lynda Hunter


I have been married for nearly 34 years and we have 2 sons of 25 and 27 who both live and work around the Camberley area where my husband and I moved in 2015.

I was a senior Management Consultant and Project Manager for over 25 years working with various private and public organisations helping to improve the way they work.

Now semi retired, and enjoying this new life in Fishbourne, joining the Parish Council has opened up a new field of interest and an opportunity for me to get involved in Village life.

I am now a member of the Fishbourne Tennis club and recently joined the Hunston Golf Club, both of which are new challenges and are taking time to gain some level of proficiency. I also enjoy walking in and around the harbour, canal and the local areas in both rain and shine.

Tel: 07968 296759


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Adam Porter


I have lived in Fishbourne since 2003. I was a founder member of the committee of the Flavian Fields Residents’ Association in 2006, and have been chairman  since 2009. I have also been part of the Fishbourne Infrastructure Panel.

I work in London as a broadcast journalist for the BBC network radio. Spare time is spent on our narrowboat, which is moored in Norhamptonsire.

Tel: 07760 393704


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Gary Mason


I am a retired Graduate Chemical Engineer and have worked in pharmaceutical, nuclear, chemical and oil and gas industries for almost 45 years!!!, retiring 6 years ago from being a Process Director in a major American Contractor.
During my career I have traveled to many countries including Thailand, Bangladesh and Africa where I have been humbled to recognize just how fortunate we are here in the UK.
I am married to councillor Hunter, have 2 sons, help out at Fishbourne Companions and lecture to the Chichester U3A Science group.
Since joining the Parish Council I have put both my Managerial and Engineering skill sets to good use including an unfortunate cancelled (Covid !!@) VE day celebration and the recent restoration of the old village signs.
I continue to support the Parish Clerk on Technical and Engineering Projects and hope that in the future I can kick start a Mens Shed group in the village.

Tel: 07584 551216


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District Councillor

Adrian Moss

District Councillor

Adrian moved to Fishbourne in 1993 and raised his family in the village.  His children attended school in Fishbourne and he has been continually involved in the local community.  He was elected to the Parish Council, served on the Fishbourne Playing Fields Association, and was first elected to the District Council in 2003 standing down in 2011.  He is committed to working across the community to ensure Fishbourne remains a village and retains its sense of community.  He is a committed environmentalist.  When not at work or on Council duty he enjoys sailing his boat, which is kept in Chichester Harbour

Tel: 07860 236505


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David Rodgers

District Councillor

Tel: 01243 574074


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Penny Plant

District Councillor

I have lived in Bosham since 2004, when I first enjoyed its sailing location.  I trained originally as a pharmacist, then re-trained and worked as a teacher of chemistry for 17 years.  I have been a primary school governor for 5 years and still work for a personal advice charity.  I have 5 year’s previous experience in a Buckinghamshire District Council and 8 years (2 years as chairman) on a Parish Council.  I am deeply committed to the environment, especially the preservation of Bosham’s unique amenities.

Tel: 01243 575031


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County Councillor

Louise Goldsmith

County Councillor

Louise Goldsmith has been Leader of West Sussex County Council since May 2010.

She has lived in West Sussex for more than 33 years and was first elected onto the County Council in 2001 representing the Chichester West division.

Louise worked in the finance and banking industry and for a time had her own business as an Independent Adviser. Her time is now taken up with County Council work.

Louise sits on several Boards. She is on the Local Government Association, a Board Member of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and a Board Member of Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

She has two children who were educated locally in Chichester, now following their own careers, and she has a great interest in all local issues. Her interests outside of the County Council are the countryside and the environment, walking, gardening, reading, yoga, the theatre and opera.

Tel: 033 022 24998


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