Councillors Contact Details & Sub-Committees & Delegated Responsibilities

Updated May 2020

Councillors Contact Details

Mrs Jane Dodson


Since joining the Parish Council, I have been voted as Vice-Chair and now Chair. I am involved with various aspects of our lovely village. I sit on the Communications Group and Chair the HR Committee and Planning Group.

You may have heard that I am passionate about all things ecological and democratic and I sincerely hope to impart my passion for these areas going forwards.

My time served as a Governor at Datchworth Primary School and my involvement with various charities over the years (as Chair/Vice-Chair/volunteer) has given me a great deal of knowledge and experience, which I hope will be invaluable in my Councillor role.

I have lived in the village for seventeen years, with my husband and family.

Tel: 07733 237659


anne barker pic

Mrs Anne Barker

I have lived in this area for over 12 years.  My interests are many but include nature,  environment, rural affairs, wellbeing and community engagement. I am especially interested in reaching out to those in the Burnham Green area.
I have worked in careers advice, employment and skills throughout Herts and beyond for over 40 years. My life’s work has been to help people help themselves move on in their learning and working life. My motto is “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
I look forward to being of service to the local community.

Tel: 07896 192879


 Registrable interest form - Mrs Anne Barker (PDF, 1.81 Mb)

Mrs Natasha Burton

I’m Natasha Burton, a married mother with a young son at Datchworth Pre-School.

My background was initially in corporate marketing, however I now work as a Senior Paramedic in Hertfordshire.

I am active on the Datchworth Pre-school Committee and I am passionate about community health, wellbeing and safety.


Mrs Tracy Chapman


Hello Everyone

As your Elected Representative my responsibilities are HR, Parks and Communication.
Recently retired, I have a background in the Technology Sector and now have the time to devote myself to the running of our beautiful Parish.
I am available to anyone who may have a problem, suggestion or even a complaint. I’m happy to help where I can.
I look forward to meeting you all.

Tel: 07960 956169


Mr James Garrod

I’m James Garrod, married with children at both Datchworth Pre-School and at All Saints.

I am a househusband with a background in Financial Services Compliance.

I am active in village life and am a keen supporter of village activities.

I am a committee member and treasurer of Datchworth Tiddlywinks Playgroup.

Tel: 07585 873123


will gilbert pic

Mr William Gilbert

“Having moved to Datchworth in 2014, I’m proud to have joined the Parish Council and look forward to working on behalf of the local community.
I am married with two young children and have worked in the energy sector for the last 13 years. Prior to that I worked as a personal trainer and as a fitness fanatic you’ll probably see me running around Datchworth at some point.
I’m passionate about road safety and also finding new ways to give residents a voice in issues important to them”

Tel: 07971 170255


 Registrable interest form - Mr William Gilbert (PDF, 1.93 Mb)

Mr Charlie Groves

Mr Charlie Groves

My name is Charlie Groves and I was born and raised in Harlow for 18 years. When i was 18 i joined the corps of Her Majestys Royal Engineers where i spent 13 years of service before leaving in 2013 due to illness.

I moved to Datchworth in 2015 to settle down with my family and enjoy my retired life.

Trying to find things to keep myself busy i took on two of the allotments down at the turkey farm park (which is where you might have seen me if you walk a dog down there).

In 2019 my partner came up with the idea that i should become a parish councillor to take up a bit more of my time and to help out and to keep trying to make our beautiful village of Datchworth as beautiful as ever.

Tel: 07552 374330


david kelleher

Mr David Kelleher


I am a retired engineer and worked all over the world. I returned to the UK 15 years ago. I met and married my wife and we ran The Fox in Woolmer Green for some time.
I served 2 terms as a councillor in the 1980’s on Stevenage Borough Council which fostered an interest in local issues.
I have lived in Datchworth for 8 years and have a genuine passion for improving the lives of the villagers in any way that I can.

Tel: 07397528733


 Registrable interest form - Mr David Kelleher (PDF, 1.64 Mb)

david little

Mr David Little


Tel: 01438 798366


 Registrable interest form - Mr David Little (PDF, 1.59 Mb)

Mr Tony Stowe


I have always been passionate about protecting the rural nature of our Parish and in my time as Parish Councillor have in involved in many duties which include Highways, Road Safety, Planning and Sports Club liaison. I also chaired the Steering Group for the Datchworth Parish Plan, who published in 2009 The Interim Proposals – A vision for the Parish in the future. Currently I have responsibility for liaison with the Datchworth Sports Club and the HR Committee.

Tel: 01438 812327


District Councillor

Mr Tony Stowe

District Councillor

I have served you and our community of Datchworth and Aston on East Herts Council since 2017. In that time I have been extremely active and apart from my usual duties, I have served on the Development Management Committee, Performance, Audit & Governance Committee, Financial Sustainability Committee and several Sub-Committees, Panels and Outside bodies. I will always continue to work to protect our Green Belt and the rural nature of our villages for us all to enjoy. I am always happy to hear from residents about they worries and concerns and I will not be able to solve all problems, but I will always listen and do what I can to help.

Tel: 01438 812327


County Councillor

Mr Ken Crofton

County Councillor

I was firstly elected as your County Councillor in 2013. Having lived in the area all my life I knew that the Hertford Rural Division I now serve was the largest and most rural Division of all in Hertfordshire. The responsibility to support all 15 Parish Councils in my Division has been a full time commitment and one I have enjoyed. Working with so many Parish Councillors who also give their time and enthusiasm voluntarily and often go unappreciated has been inspiring.

As a County Councillor I do not receive a salary and have not claimed expenses and work from my home office. My experience as a businessman and now in my 27th year as a magistrate has been useful in processing the 150 to 250 emails and case work I receive each week.

I am proud of a well run County Council that has been effective and continually drives an efficiency transformation agenda to make better use of Council tax payers money. HCC has produced a balanced budget even with yearly reductions of millions of pounds from central government funding whilst we have protected front line services.

The finances have been assisted by profits from our trading companies Herts for learning an educational supplies operation and Herts Catering for schools. A joint development company called Herts Living has been created to build houses on the many disused sites HCC own around the County. As a result we can maximise our returns for the Council tax payers.

Thank you for your support.


HR Committee (Employment, Safeguarding, Health & Safety, Policies, Memberships)
Cllrs. J. Dodson (Chair), V. Marshall & T. Chapman, T.  Stowe, N. Burton

Finance Committee:
Cllrs. V. Marshall (Chair)
, J. Dodson & J. Garrod

Planning Committee:
Cllrs. J. Dodson (Chair)
, J. Boakes & V. Marshall

Burnham Green & Joint Management (including Inter-Village Liaison):
Cllrs. T Chapman &  J Boakes & V. Marshall (stand in)

Delegated Responsibilities

Sports/Rugby Clubs & Village Hall Liaison:
Cllrs. T. Stowe & V. Marshall – E. Norman (Village Hall Liaison)

Highways/Transport/Road Safety:
Cllr. C. Groves & N. Burton

Outdoor Pursuits

– Play Areas & Equipment, Grass, Leisure Plots & DIY
   Cllrs. Chapman, Marshall, Norman, Garrod & Groves

– Trees & Parish Paths
    Cllr. J. Boakes & J. Dodson

– Police/Neighbourhood Watch
   Cllr. J. Boakes & Cllr. T. Chapman

Website/Social Media Communications & Community Engagement & Magazine
Cllrs. Chapman (Chair)
, E. Norman & J. Dodson & T. Stowe (seconded)

The Plough Car Park Steering Group
Cllrs. T. Chapman,  J. Garrod & N. Burton, J. Boakes, V. Marshall