Isobel Darby

Isobel Darby has lived in the village all her life and was educated at local state schools, as were her three children. She is an accountant and, having trained in a City firm, practices locally.  Isobel enjoys her work in the community and is pleased to be able to give something back to the area. Prior to joining the Cabinet last year, as member with responsibility for Health and Housing, Isobel served on two of the three overview committees at as well as being Vice Chairman of the Licensing and Regulation Committee.


Isobel is also a Parish Councillor, a governor of two local schools and is a strong advocate for lifelong learning. She is a member of the local Neighbourhood Action Group and uses her professional skills as treasurer of the Village Appraisal Group.  She has also been the co-ordinator of the Village Guide committee since its inception. Isobel has a common sense approach in resolving issues and has the ability to empathise with people of all ages and backgrounds.  She believes that it is important that we support the most vulnerable members of our community who are not always able to represent themselves.


Isobel believes passionately in preserving our environment for future generations, and feels that there has to be a sensible balance between maintaining what we have whilst providing for the future in a sensitive and sympathetic manner – a philosophy which applies from issues such as recycling and energy usage to the provision of new homes. In her spare time Isobel enjoys gardening, decorating and the theatre.  

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Patricia Birchley

Chiltern Ridges including The Lee, Cholesbury, Hawridge, Asheridge, Bellingdon, Chartridge, Hyde Heath, Asheridge Vale and Lowndes.
Tricia has represented Chiltern Ridges Division of Bucks County Council for almost 12 years and has listened carefully to local residents to action their concerns at County Hall. She holds regular surgeries and attends Parish Council meetings to ensure she is fully briefed on all local issues.

For 5 years Tricia was the Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing with responsibility for 40% of the Council Budget. One of the direct benefits to Chiltern Ridges was the building of the Chesham Opportunities Centre and the new Care home for older people in Cameron Road. She cares passionately about our environment and is currently Chairman of the Rights of Way Committee and a Trustee of the Chiltern Society. She champions local causes in her role as Vice Chairman of Bucks County Council.

Since the announcement of HS2 Tricia has spent the last seven years fighting the project, attending Select Committee meetings in Parliament, talking to Members of Parliament, writing regularly to the Press and working with local action groups to stop it. During the construction phase she would hold HS2 to account on Health & Safety, protection of our unique environment and managing the increase in traffic movements. This would be an absolute priority.

People express concerns about the state of some local roads and Tricia would continue to fight for extra budget to maintain and improve the roads and pavements. Working with the Local Area Technician she would go out on site regularly and be vigilant in ensuring quality repairs to our roads.

Des Bray

Des has lived in Chalfont St Giles since 1986 and has been a Parish Councillor since October 2009.  For the last 15 years Des has been one of the organizers of the Chalfont St Giles Fireworks Show and is currently the Acting Chair of the Friends of Guides.

Noel Brown

Chess Valley including Chesham Waterside, St Marys, Townsend, Little Chalfont (part), Ley Hill, Latimer and Chenies
Noel and his wife have lived and worked in the Division for over 44 years. He has served on the County Council for 12 years and District and Town Councils since 1976, only standing down from District two years ago, after a final two years as Chairman. He is just finishing a year as Mayor, for the third time, so knows a good deal about the area and the problems facing all sections of our Community. He established the first Youth Council in Bucks, has been a school Governor, Chairman of Chesham Youth Club, and the CAB. He was also responsible for setting up the Chesham and Little Chalfont Revitalisation Groups.
Last Christmas, with the support of the Town and Parish Councils and volunteers, he was responsible for running the Christmas Day Party for 55 of our elderly residents from Chesham, Amersham and Little Chalfont who would otherwise have been alone.
He is currently Deputy Cabinet Member for Education at County supporting Primary and Special Educational Needs. Also, serving on the Health Overview Committee, he has pushed both the Hospital Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group representing local GPs to get improved care more locally provided and pressed for Social Services to be ‘more joined up’ so care is better coordinated. He successfully challenged the delay in medical assessments for children coming into care. 
He was responsible for getting the NHS to contract NHS Dentists at the Chess Surgery where he has also been involved in the County Wellbeing Project seeking join working to lift the most vulnerable out of deprivation across the whole of the County.
 He has always pledged to put ‘people before politics’ and will continue to use his considerable experience to seek the best outcomes for Residents in these uncertain times

Julie Burton

Julie Burton has lived in the Chiltern District for over 35 years and has served on the Council for a total of 12 years. She is Currently Chairman of the Housing and Planning Overview Committee and the Homelessness Committee, and a member of both the Planning and Licensing Committees. As a magistrate for 18 years she sat in the Adult and Family Courts as a Chairman at Amersham and High Wycombe.

Tim Butcher

Chalfont St Giles, Seer Green, Coleshill, Jordans and Gold Hill.
Tim Butcher and his partner Emma live in Chalfont St Giles. Tim has worked in the City of London's Insurance market as an underwriter for over 40 years, and has played his part in running a successful enterprise.  This has brought him into contact with many people from small businesses to quoted companies.  He understands the business community. 
Tim believes that Buckinghamshire County Council must deliver the most efficient and effective services, as well as providing value for money.   Tim was one of the driving forces behind the introduction of performance related pay for Bucks County Council employees.  He detests bureaucracy and red tape and hopes that you will continue to give him the opportunity to make a difference for the benefit of the local community.
As Chairman of the Chalfonts Local Area Forum, Tim has secured funds to be spent in the Chalfont St Giles Division, along with his Community Funds.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys walking, golf and classic cars.  Tim is also a member of Lloyd's.

Jules Cook

Julie was born and raised in Amersham, attending St Georges, Woodside and Dr Challoner’s High schools. She is the eldest daughter of Davida Allen, who is a previous District Councillor, Town Councillor and Mayor. She can trace her direct family in Amersham all the way back to the 1600’s!

Emily Culverhouse

Emily comes from a long line of Culverhouses and can trace her family in Chesham back to the 12th  Century! Her Great Grandfather was Chairman of the Chesham Urban District Council in 1936 and her Grandfather was a local campaigner.


Mark Flys

Mark was born in a council house in Amersham, 52 years ago. He attended 4 local schools, including Dr Challoners Grammar School and also undertook a 4 year apprenticeship at local printing company, Halstans.


Christopher Ford

Chris grew up in nearby Hazlemere and moved to the area in 2007, following his graduation from St. Andrews University. He lives with his fiancée, Rebecca, and plays an active role in both the local community and the Conservative Party.


John Gladwin

John GladwinJohn Gladwin is married to Carol and they have two grown-up children. They have lived in Prestwood for 30 years, and previously in Gt Kingshill. He is a Chartered Accountant and works as an interim Finance Director. He has broad experience in business, including 18 years with a large multi-national chemical company.