Are you interested in becoming a Parish Councillor? If so, please reach out to our clerk Jacky Fleming.

Julia Davies (Chair)
Julia is a retired teacher who has lived locally for twenty years. She is currently Chairman of Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council and a Trustee of St Margaretsbury Recreation Ground. Julia has taken a keen interest in the Meadow and is Chairman of the Planning Committee for the Parish. She is a founding member of the Stanstead Abbotts Local History Society.



Jacky Fleming (Clerk)
Originally from Surrey, Jacky lived in London for 10 years and came to Hertfordshire via Leamington Spa – raising 3 sons along the way. She now lives in Bishops Stortford and works part-time for the Parish Council. As our Clerk, Jacky is the only Parish Council employee and works to maintain the smooth administration of the Council. She is also the Responsible Financial Officer and manages the council finances within the annual budget set by the Councillors. She works hard to ensure that the Parish Council follows best practice, keeps up to date with legislation developments and oversees central government requirements.


Paul Breach
Paul moved to Stanstead Abbotts from Barnet in 2012. He is married and is interested in hiking and the great outdoors. Professionally he is a Head of Audit at a major UK bank, a certified Internal Auditor and specialist in Anti Money Laundering. This is his first post on a parish council and he is keen to do his best to keep Stanstead Abbotts as a great place to live. He got into volunteering after being a volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics



George Cassidy
George moved to the village in 1996 with his 5 cats and married his wife Jane later that year. He noticed that there was a lack of Christmas lights in the High Street and was asked to join the parish council to help out. He works locally as a Gardening Landscaper. His interests are travel, cycling and enjoying life.




Mariesa (Mo) Clarke
Mariesa bought a property in Stanstead Abbotts in 2017 and she would like to be an active positive contributor to our community. 




Julia Witting
Julia has lived in Stanstead Abbotts with husband Tony and son Oliver, since 2002. She is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in audit and operational risk management. After years of volunteering on various village projects, such as the playground regeneration and the Riverside Festival, she got together with a fellow volunteer to set up a social enterprise consultancy to help other councils, charities and community groups find funding for their projects. For more about Julia, see LinkedIn


Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council is recruiting a Clerk to the Council, due to the retirement of the current Clerk. The role involves working with the Councillors for the benefit of the community of Stanstead Abbotts. We are an active Parish Council with nine councillors and a budget of £40,000.

The role is part time, 18.5 hours per week. There is some flexibility in the hours as the work may vary from week to week depending on when meetings are planned. Most Parish Council meetings are held in the evenings, so you would need to be available for these. Apart from attending Council and Committee Meetings, you would be free to manage your own time according to the requirements of the job.

Pay is in accordance with the National Joint Council for Local Government Services pay scale and will be remunerated depending on experience and qualifications.

The post is currently home-based, and that will be the official address of the Council. However, the Council is hoping to take up an office in the Parish Hall on Roydon Road, Stanstead Abbotts. On the job training will be offered and we would expect the postholder to work towards gaining the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualification.

A Recruitment Information Pack providing more information about the role and how to apply, can be found by clicking here.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, please contact Jacky Fleming if would like us to make any special arrangements concerning the completion of an application or attending an interview’.


Jacky Fleming, Clerk, Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council, 1, Linkside Road, Bishops Stortford, Herts CM23 5LP

Tel: 07585 029375