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Our Councillors


Rural Tunbridge Wells

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Hawkhurst, Sandhurst and Benenden

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Rusthall and Speldhurst

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Cranbrook, Sissinghurst and Frittenden

David Knight

David Knight moved to Goudhurst from Tunbridge Wells in 1999, with his wife to raise their two children in the Kent countryside.


He still works locally at the business he founded in 1987 and is committed to providing more effective, independent, representation for our villages at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, where he was elected Borough Councillor for Goudhurst and Lamberhurst in May 2021.

He is also the Rural Communities Champion for TWBC and has helped to bring fibre broadband to over 900 household in the area which has changed residents lives, more info here.


Ellen Neville

Ellen brings experience and expertise to the role of Cabinet member for Environmental Services. She was a key part of restoring and securing Council finances, seeking out infrastructure solutions for Hawkhurst and Sandhurst, tackling crime, helping those in need and seizing opportunities to revive Tunbridge Wells town centre and, importantly, our rural areas with work in the Neighbourhood Development groups.

There are a wide range of projects in the pipeline for her ward that will come into effect over the next few years.


Matthew Sankey

I grew up in Speldhurst before moving away after my father sold The George & Dragon. I moved back with my family some 13 years ago now and love the village. I have played an active role as Councillor having been elected in 2022, helping residents with local issues.

I am committed to ensuring that our voices are heard in the council & that every resident has someone they can contact if they need help. 

I have really enjoyed representing my ward over the last two years.  I have helped countless people with planning applications, some their own apps and others wanting help to understand how to effectively object to an application.

The Cycle Path from Langton to Tunbridge Wells that I promised I would push for is at its design stage and I regularly meet with the team to ensure that things are progressing.

I currently sit on the Finance & Governance Advisory board, The Audit & Governance Panel, The Investment Advisory Panel & The Property Asset Oversight Panel & Licensing.  

Whilst Cabinet makes the final decisions it's these boards give the council its steer and offer advice to the officers & cabinet about key decisions.  I use my experience from running my own business as well as listening to what I’m being told directly by those living in my ward.

In my role as Small Business Champion I have worked with the Economic Development team to help them understand how small business locally work and what they want out of the local authority.

I would love to continue this work and more, Thank you.


Nancy Warne


I was born and grew up on a farm near Cranbrook and have lived in the town since the 1990s.

I have been a borough councillor since 2019 and the Deputy Leader of TWBC and Cabinet Member for Communities since May 2022. From 2016 to 2022 I was a Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Councillor, where I led the Neighbourhood Plan which was successfully ‘made’ in October 2023.

It’s been a busy year, but I haven’t let that distract me from focusing on my ward’s residents. Some of the things I’ve helped bring about this year include:

•⁠  ⁠Achieved successful grant applications for community groups and small businesses from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and West Kent Rural Grant Fund.
•⁠  ⁠Supported the parish council’s successful bid for the former Weald Sixth Form Centre in Cranbrook to be listed on the TWBC Asset of Community Value Register.
•⁠  ⁠Been proactive in holding the police to account in combatting incidences of anti-social behaviour.
•⁠  ⁠Worked with users and the management team of the Weald Sports Centre to collaborate in improving service provision.
•⁠  ⁠Secured the Community Support Fund of £100,000 for the whole borough.

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