Cllr Chris Hardy

District Councillor for Hartfield Ward
Past Chairman of Wealden District Council

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. 



The Chairman of Wealden District Council hosted his annual Civic Reception at Herstmonceux Castle where he also presented the Community Volunteer Awards.


Wealden’s Chairman Councillor Chris Hardy laid the final stone in Wealden’s new Crematorium at a ceremony to mark the completion of the building’s structure.


"Whatever uncertainties await us all in the year ahead, I am pleased to report the close of 2018 sees Wealden in a good position to meet the future.” Councillor Chris Hardy, the Chairman of Wealden District Council, looks at the past year and to what lies ahead next year in Wealden.


The deadline for nominations for the Chairman’s Community Volunteer Awards has now been extended to Friday 11 January 2019.


Wealden District Council is looking for nominations for the Chairman’s Community Volunteer Awards. The successful nominees will be presented with their awards at the Chairman’s annual Civic Reception on Friday 1 March 2019 at Herstmonceux Castle.


Details of how Wealden will Remember on Armistice Day Centenary have been released by the district council. 


Cllr Chris Hardy, member for Hartfield, begins an historic third term as Chairman of Wealden District Council. Here he talks about his official life in and out of the council chamber


Old Hop Gardens, Wealden’s latest affordable housing scheme for Hailsham, is beginning to take shape. When completed later this year, it will provide 17 high quality affordable homes helping to meet the specific requirement for smaller rental properties in the area.

See Also

Cllr Bob Standley

Wealden District Council Leader, District Councillor for Frant and Wadhurst
County Councillor for Wealden NE and Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability
Deputy Chairman (Political) of Wealden Conservatives

East Sussex County Councillor for Wealden North East
Wealden District Councillor for Wadhurst and Council Leader
a Deputy Chairman of Wealden Conservatives

Cllr Kevin Balsdon

Town Councillor for Hailsham North-West
Deputy Chairman (Political) of Hailsham Conservatives

Kevin Balsdon is a Town councillor for Hailsham North-West

He says: "We live in a beautiful part of the country that is precious to us all, and I want to do all I can for the residents and the community here to ensure it remains that way.

Cllr Bob Bowdler

County Councillor for Hailsham Market
District Councillor for Horam & Punnetts Town

I was first elected for Heathfield East in May 2015, and also elected to the county council in 2017.  

Cllr Nicholas Collinson

District Councillor for Hailsham North

Wealden District Councillor for Hailsham Central & North, Nick was elected as District Councillor for Hailsham Central & North Ward in May 2011.

Cllr Nigel Coltman

District Councillor for Hailsham Central
Town Councillor for Hailsham Hailsham Central
President of Hailsham Conservatives

Wealden district and Hailsham town councillor for Central Ward. President of Hailsham Conservatives.

Cllr Phil Dixon

District Councillor for Hadlow Down & Rotherfield
Deputy Chairman (Membership) of Wealden Conservatives

Association Officer and Wealden District Councillor for Rotherfield

Cllr Claire Dowling

County Councillor for Uckfield North
District Councillor for Uckfield New Town Ward, with Helen Firth

East Sussex County Councillor for Uckfield North
Wealden District Councillor for Uckfield Central
Chairman of Uckfield Conservatives

Cllr Geoffrey Draper

District Councillor for Chiddingly Ward
Chairman of Mid-Weald Branch

Geoffrey Draper was elected district ouncillor for Chiddingly, East Hoathly & Waldron Ward (including Golden Cross and Halland) 

Geoffrey says, “I am first and foremost a resident of this Ward, situated almost exactly equidistant between Chiddingly, East Hoathly and Waldron.

Cllr Helen Firth

District Councillor for Uckfield New Town, along with Claire Dowling
Town Councillor for Uckfield New Town
Deputy Chairman (Policy & Campaigning) Uckfield Conservatives

Wealden District and Uckfield Town Councillor for Uckfield New Town

Cllr Roy Galley

County Councillor for Maresfield and Buxted
District Councillor for Danehill & Fletching
Ashdown Forest Branch - Deputy Chairman, Political

Roy Galley is the East Sussex County Councillor for Maresfield and Buxted, representing the parishes of Buxted ; Danehill ; Fletching ; part of Forest Row ; Isfield ; Maresfield -- and Wealden District Council member for  Danehill, Fletching & Nutley.