People

Helen Grant

MP for Maidstone and The Weald
On May 6th 2010 Helen Grant was elected as the member of parliament for Maidstone & the Weald. Born in London to a single mum, Helen was brought up on the Raffles council estate in Carlisle for much of her early childhood. She quickly showed sporting talent, becoming captain of the school tennis and hockey teams, and representing the County in Hockey, Tennis, Athletics, and Cross-Country.

John Perry

Group Leader, Conservative Group, Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone Borough Councillor, Staplehurst Ward

John Perry is a Chartered Certified Accountant, with an honours degree in History and Classics and an MBA from one of the UK’s leading business schools.

David Burton

Chair of Strategic Planning Committee, Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone Borough Councillor, Marden Ward

David has lived in and around Maidstone since the age of 3.  Having attended local schools and then Oakwood Park Grammar School he joined his father in the early 80s and they founded and expanded a business principally operating in the veterinary medical equipment sector.

Jon Purle

Maidstone Borough Councillor, Bridge Ward

Jon lives in Central Maidstone where he runs a small regulatory consulting business employing two others.  He was elected to Maidstone Borough Council in May 2018, to represent Bridge Ward.  He lives with his wife and young daughter in Maidstone, where his daughter attends a local primary school.

Louise Brice

Maidstone Borough Council, Staplehurst Ward

Louise Brice was elected to be a Borough Councillor in May 2015. She is proud to serve her local community and fight for the infrastructure and services she believes this vibrant community deserve.

Eric Hotson

Kent County Councillor, Maidstone Rural South

Eric and his wife moved to the village in 1968. Their three daughters attended Staplehurst school and then went on to Cornwallis and Invicta.

Andrea Thorpe

Chairman of Maidstone and the Weald Conservative Association

Andrea currently works with husband Chris in their family business, designing and manufacturing audio equipment for the broadcast industry.  Both have a television broadcast background, Chris as audio engineer and Andrea on the production side. 

Louise Brice

DC Fundraising and Membership

Louise Brice serves Maidstone and the Weald Conservative Association as DC Fundraising and Membership Officer.  To find out more about membership, or to speak or attend one of our events, please get in touch with Louise via louiseebrice@gmail.com

Steve McLoughlin

Treasurer

Steve McLoughlin serves Maidstone and the Weald Conservative Association as Treasurer.  Steve is a Borough Councillor for Marden & Yalding, who has chaired the Audit Committee at Maidstone Borough Council for many years. 

Alan Chell

DC Political and Campaigning

Alan Chell serves Maidstone and the Weald Conservative Association as our deputy chair of campaigning.  Alan is a seasoned campaigner, having served for many years as a County Councillor for Maidstone South.  Alan has also served as Chairman of Maidstone and the Weald on several occasions.