Wealden District Council for Hartfield Ward (covering Ashurstwood, Forest Row East, Hammerwood, Colemans Hatch, Hartfield, Holtye and Mardens Hill) and Chairman of the Council, Cllr Hardy is appointed to the following outside bodies:
- Action in Rural Sussex
- Conservators of Ashdown Forest
- Court of the University of Sussex
- United Nations Association - Wealden Branch
Chris was born in Kent in April 1939 where he resided for a large part of his life. He was educated at Haileybury, a beautiful independent school founded in 1862. At the age of 18 he was called up for National Service though had a deferment whilst flying and gained his private pilot's licence.
Chris's interest and involvement in politics started in his early twenties and with the great achievement of FCILA, ACII, ACiArb qualifications under his belt he went in to full time employment with Hart & Co Chartered Loss Adjustors in 1957 and became Partner by the age of 29.
In 1979 Chris became a Freeman and was President of The Chartered Loss Adjustors in 1984/5. In April 1990, he went on to become a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers. From 1991-1996 Chris was the Chairman and Managing Director of Cunningham, Hart & Co.
By November 1996 Chris had earned his retirement but even following two hip replacements, he continued to play an active role in the community. From 1997-99 he chaired benefits committees for two Kent County Cricketers. Between 1998-2000 he wrote two books on the history of Loss Adjusting. From 1998-2009 Chris made an investment and became a racehorse owner and a breeder with 11 horses; he enjoyed 25 wins!
Chris was elected to Wealden District Council in May 2011 and was appointed Chairman of Planning Committee North in 2012. He was elected Vice Chairman of the Council in May 2015 and Chairman in May 2016. Following his election as Chairman of the Council, Chris stood down from his Chairmanship of the Hartfield and Fairwarp Conservative Group after 6 years.
Chris moved to Hartfield 22 years ago with his wife of 55 years, Susan, and they enjoy spending as much time as possible with their daughter Louise and their three grandsons and one granddaughter. Chris and Sue also sadly lost two sons through illness. He believes that close control is needed to maintain and protect a beautiful and picturesque area.
Chris was elected district council for the new, enlarged ward of Hartfield (including Ashurst Wood, Hammerwood, Coleman's Hatch, Holtye, St John's Withyham and Mardens Hill) in May 2019's district council elections.