Your Councillors

Hales Ward


Lived in Hales since 2002, is co-ordinator for the Parish speedwatch team, has worked as a groom for John Parker and driven at Olympia international horse show, grown roses at a local horticultural nursery, been production manager for a precision engineering firm and yard manager at a local carriage driving company specialising in weddings and funeral. Enjoys being outdoors, has two children, cats, dog, horse and a dragon!

I have lived in Hales for about 30 years and have always lived locally. I spent over 26 years working for Lotus cars in various roles on the production side of the business, now however I’ve returned to the family business Hillfields Nurseries. In my spare time I like walking, wildlife and watching football.

Heckingham Ward

Akhil (‘Manik’) Parmanik

Having studied for a degree focused on hydro-power which due to a lack of funds he was unable to complete, Manik entered the catering business as a chef and for the last few years has been successfully managing and developing Masala Garden, actively recruiting locally to offer work opportunities to the young.

Multi-lingual and very hardworking, Manik has a love for the community that has adopted him and is keen to continue supporting it as your councillor and hear your views.

After a successful career in consumer goods and manufacturing sectors, Craig and his family moved to Norfolk to start the next stage of their lives, and after a short stint working in Norwich's financial services sector, in 2019 Craig, and his wife Julie, were approved as long-term foster parents. So began their journey into caring for young people who have experienced traumatic early years.

Outside of work, Craig has held coaching badges at both junior football and rugby league clubs, been a school governor, and sat on the board of Yorkshire's MADE UK, previously known as EEF, supporting schools' engagement with apprenticeship programs and work experience.

He is passionate about supporting the local community, people's welfare and wellbeing, and is currently the Welfare Officer at Beccles Tennis Club.

Parish Clerk

Please email your Parish Clerk in the first instance if you have any concerns or questions for the Council. If you would like to email one of your councillors, please email the Parish Clerk and they will forward your email directly to them, acknowledging that this has been done.


County Councillor

Barry has been an active Local Councillor and Community Campaigner for nearly 25 years serving as both a District and County Councillor. Over the years he has been a Cabinet Member; Chairman of the influential Business and Property Committee and he is currently the Chairman of the Infrastructure and Development Committee.
He was a senior a teacher for forty years retiring from Lynn Grove High School in Gorleston in 2010 where he taught Information Technology and Business Studies.
Barry's local priorities will be: Highways, Environment and High-Speed Broadband for everyone.


District Councillors



As well as being a Labour South Norfolk District Councillor, Jeremy is also the CEO of Waveney Valley Academies Trust, a group of six schools across Norfolk & Suffolk.

In his capacity as one of our two District Councillors, he has helped to form, and run, ChetChat, a volunteer-run group which helps and supports over-60s across our area.


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