High Weald Joint Advisory Committee

The High Weald Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) champions the High Weald AONB. It meets twice a year; membership is as follows:

  • A councillor from each of the 15 local authorities whose area is covered by the High Weald AONB designation;
  • A representative from Natural England; and
  • Five representatives co-opted from Forum member organisations to represent community, recreation, nature conservation, farming and forestry interests.

The High Weald Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) meets twice a year, usually in November and March.

Joint Advisory Committee members:

  • Chairman – Councillor P Bradbury
  • Vice-chairman – Councillor E Kirby-Green
  • Natural England – Laura Newland

County Council members:

  • East Sussex County Council – Councillor E Kirby-Green
  • West Sussex County Council – Councillor P Bradbury
  • Kent County Council – Councillor S Carey
  • Surrey County Council – TBA

Borough and District Council members:

Please note these positions are currently tbc following recent local elections.

  • Wealden District Council – 
  • Rother District Council – 
  • Hastings Borough Council – 
  • Mid Sussex District Council – 
  • Horsham District Council – 
  • Crawley Borough Council – 
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council – 
  • Sevenoaks District Council – 
  • Ashford Borough Council – 
  • Tonbridge & Malling District Council – 
  • Tandridge District Council – 


  • Recreation/Leisure – Ms J Hull, Forestry Commission
  • Landowners – Ms L Charman, Country Land and Business Association
  • Farming – Mr W White, National Farmers Union
  • Farming – Mrs S Tidy 
  • Community – Mrs J Davison

High Weald Management Board

A Management Board assists with the JAC’s work in between meetings. Membership is as follows:

  • Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the JAC
  • 1 representative from Natural England
  • 3 members of the JAC
  • Chairman of the Officers’ working group
  • The AONB Director.

The Management Board  meets three times a year, usually in June, October and February.

An Officers’ Working Group provides the JAC with professional advice on its terms of reference, core budget, business plan and policy related activities.

East Sussex County Council is the ”host” authority for the JAC. It is the employer for the JAC’s staff team, it is the JAC’s treasurer, and it enters into contracts on the JAC’s behalf. It also provides personnel, finance and IT support.

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