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!

Luisa has been living on Hales Green since 2013. A radical change after 30 years in London, first studying at the Chelsea Physic Garden and Kew Gardens then practising as a garden designer and freelance gardening and design writer and tutor. The move to South Norfolk has proved one of the best decisions ever, opinion shared by her long standing partner Adrian. Other interests include organic gardening and edible crops, foraging, conservation and the environment, animals, crafts and rescuing dogs.

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.

Heckingham Ward


Sheila moved to Heckingham in 2016 having spent some time away from the area. She has worked for a variety of organisations in London, Colchester, Dundee and Norwich during her career as a secretary/administrator. She currently works for a building consultancy firm in Norwich and is delighted to be back in Norfolk. Her interests are varied and include gardening and textile handicrafts.

Andy has lived locally since 1990 and moved to Hales in 2008 with his wife Anna and has four grown up daughters all educated locally. Andy’s work history includes periods in archaeology and in the music business and he has worked in IT management roles for some 30 years. He served as a parish councillor for Loddon and was for several years a governor of local schools including five years as chair of what is now Loddon Junior School. Andy’s interests include gardening, archaeology and exploring in his campervan. He has a season ticket at Carrow Road and plays bass in local bands.
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.

Parish Clerk

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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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