Cllr Richard Hallett MBE

District Councillor for Crowborough St John's
Wealden Conservatives' Officer
Crowborough Conservatives' Treasurer

Richard Hallett has lived in Crowborough for 36 years and has been actively involved in the community. His children went to Beacon, and his daughter, son-in-law and  two grandsons live in St John’s Ward.

As Richard explains: "My work background is the manufacturing industry, mostly in the food sector, and I am a keen supporter of small, local food producers. For three years I was the Food & Drink Specialist for the national Manufacturing Advisory Service and developed new programmes of support for ‘local food’, especially important for a rural economy such as Wealden. I am still actively involved with a local farm shop here in Crowborough, giving ‘back room’ business advice and support.

"I have actively supported our local hospital (as a Friends’ charity trustee) for over 20 years. The redeveloped hospital (to which the Friends contributed £1.5 million) is a wonderful and valued community resource, which provides important local health services including treatment of minor injuries, x-rays, births, step-down care from the large acute hospitals, and a variety of specialist out-patients clinics."

He was elected district councillor for Crowborough St John's in May 2019.

Richard Hallett MBE


"Two of my own children were born in Crowborough, and when the small maternity department was at risk of closure in 1996 I was keen to see it retained. 

"I was instrumental in campaigning for it to become one of the first midwife-led maternity units in the country, and supported the midwives as they made it so successful that it became a national flagship example. 

"We have supported midwife campaigns across the regions, so that midwife-led birth choice is now national policy. As a result I was honoured to be appointed MBE in 2013 for ‘services to midwifery and parents’."

Richard is the Wealden Association's Hon. Treasurer and the District Councillor for Crowborough St John's.



Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, attended the opening of a new set of birthing rooms at the Crowborough Birth Centre, part of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

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a Deputy Chairman of Wealden Conservatives

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Cllr Bob Bowdler

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Cllr Nicholas Collinson

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Cllr Chris Dowling

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