Cllr Chris Hardy

Wealden District Council for Hartfield 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.



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.