East Dean and Friston
Candidate address for the Parish Council By-election - 6th May
My name is Hollie Milligan; I have lived in the village for 28 years, growing up here as a young child. I now have a family of my own, and my husband and I have a son called Max and two French bulldogs named Dottie and George. I am currently a candidate for East Dean & Friston Parish council.
I am the only female nominee, and currently, no seats are held on the current council by a female. When inclusion and diversity are at the forefront of business and politics at all levels, I feel it is essential to have a female voice and the voice of someone raising a family in the village on the council.
A quick overview of my credentials. I have worked for The Lawn Tennis Association for 15 years; as part of my various roles over the years, I have worked with local authorities and other national governing bodies, such as the ITF and Tennis Europe and various national tennis federations. My current role is National Individual Competition manager. I manage the individual competition structure ensuring regular competition opportunities for juniors (including performance pathway), adults (non –professional) and disabled people. I manage the competition planning process across GB for circa 10,000 events per annum and oversee our Junior International and British Tour Calendars. Rest assured, although I am not retired like many councillors, I am fully committed to the council and have attended every single planning and committee meeting since March 2020, more than some current standing members. This has been invaluable, as it has allowed me to observe the council for the last year, familiarise myself with the processes but more importantly, it has made me realise how much I can offer. I currently volunteer for the village and have done so for a year now in a volunteer role as the active safeguarding and welfare officer for East Dean and Friston Cricket club. I was keen to volunteer my time to help support our local village cricket team and ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, including the children in the village.
What I stand for
I want to be a Parish Councillor to represent the parishioners. I want to be an approachable councillor that listens to the concerns of parishioners. I am an independent thinker and keen to drive changes to improve Parish life. One of my primary personal values is integrity, and I want to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and respectfully. I will stay true to The Seven Principles of Public Life, Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, Leadership. The Parish is home to many different people, some such as myself who have lived here for many years, others who are new to the village. We all appreciate the beautiful village we live in, which is why I feel passionate about the heritage, culture, and environment. Whilst I am not an expert in any of these area’s I am sure many parishioners have valuable knowledge in specific areas and feel it is essential to work in partnership to ensure we are looking at current issues and tackling them together.
The culture of the village is also something I feel passionately about. Some people wish to immerse themselves in village life, and others are happy in their own space doing their own thing. I respect both, and I want to support everyone in the village. If there are any other concerns you have about current issues in the village that aren’t being addressed, I would be happy to listen to your concerns with an open mind.
I really appreciate you taking the time to read this. If you have anything you want to discuss with me ahead of the vote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
My number is 07703472406