As of January 2024 your Parish Councillors are:

Cllr Ian Wardrop


Ian joined the Council in 2013. He has lived in the village since 1984 and in 2005 retired early after many years working for one of London's largest public sector organisations. He can often be seen walking the family's rescue lurcher in and around the village.

As well as Speedwatch Coordinator, Ian is a member of the Planning Committee.

Cllr Mandy Mickelsen

Vice Chair

Mandy is an Arts graduate and Chartered Public Sector accountant. She has lived in the village for over 30 years, and brought up two children here.

Retired from paid employment now, Mandy has been a Councillor since 2007.

She was heavily involved in the production of the Village Design Statement and the Parish Plan and is Chair of the Finance Committee.

Cllr Henry Bass

Henry has lived locally all his life; he was elected to the Parish Council in 1976; has been Chairman on several occasions and has a particular interest in planning matters and was an active member of the village hall committee for 34 years.  He is a member of the Library Strategy Working Group and Chairman of the Planning Committee.

Cllr Peter Bates

Peter joined the Council in May 2012. He has lived in Wickham Bishops for over 30 years and was previously the I T Manager at a local secondary school. Peter is also the Editor of the Wickham Bishops Parish Magazine, and Secretary of the local Horticultural Club.  His specific areas of responsibility are to maintain and develop the Parish Council website, and to publicise and report on Council activity.

Cllr Pete Layley

Pete moved to the village from Chelmsford in 2013 for a bit of peace and quiet, married to Pam since 1965. He took early retirement from Ford Motor Co. Ltd in 2003 after forty years as an engineer, working both at Ford and Jaguar Cars. He passed his motorcycle IAM test, RoSPA Diploma and assisted Essex Police as an assessor on their Bikesafe initiative. Hence a keen interest in road safety.  Pete was co-opted to the Parish Council in 2020 and has responsibility for Amenities and Public Transport.   He is a member of the Speedwatch team.

Cllr Simon Morgan

Cllr. Morgan has lived in Great Braxted since 1998. He holds a practicing certificate from the Law Society and operates as a freelance practitioner for a number of law firms. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in 1994 he served for sixteen years as a commissioned officer in the Army. He is married with two children, now grown up, both of whom were educated at the Great Totham Primary School. He is also a Maldon District Councillor representing the Wickham Bishops and Woodham Ward.

Cllr Jane Williams

Jane has a Zoology degree, an M.A. in Education Management and an MSc in Animal Welfare. She has been employed in the education sector, and has been a consultant since 2001, both in education and now as an animal behaviourist and trainer.

She has lived in the village since 1993.   Jane joined the council in 2017 and Chaired the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, until the Plan’s formal adoption in May 2021. She is the council's BHSA Trustee and is currently leading the Wickham Bishops Biodiversity Project. Jane is also part of the Finance Committee.

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Are you looking at new ways to get involved with your local community? Would you like a voice on some of the issues affecting Wickham Bishops and its residents? Are you
interested in local government, amenities, local transport issues and the environment in and around the area?

If so, why not join Wickham Bishops Parish Council?

All you need is:

  • An interest and willingness to be involved in your local community
  • The time to attend meetings and a desire to serve without personal agenda
  • To bring fresh enthusiasm and new ideas
  • To be able to communicate appropriately, be objective and measured and to respect democratic decisions

If you are interested, please contact Lorraine Bailey, Parish Clerk (details below), setting out some basic details about yourself, how long you’ve lived in the village, why you’d like to be a councillor, any village issues you’re particularly interested in and anything else you think would be of use to the Council in making its decision. 

Each Councillor is 'responsible' for several roads in Wickham Bishops, reporting problems, undertaking the annual litter pick, and so on.  You can view the list of roads covered by each Councillor by clicking this link:

Roads Covered

Although it may appear that some have more than others, the list has been created so as to allocate around 90 addresses to each Councillor.

The Register of Member's Interests  (Maldon District Council Website).  Each Councillor's declared interests may be viewed by clicking on their name in the lower part of the page.