Wealden District Council

Chairman of the Council

Councillor Chris Hardy - Start of Term 2016

Chairman of the Council PhotoBiography

Chris was born in Kent in April 1939 where he resided for a large part of his life. He was educated at Haileybury, a beautiful independent school founded in 1862. At the age of 18 he was called up for National Service though had a deferment whilst flying and gained his private pilot's licence.

Chris's interest and involvement in politics started in his early twenties and with the great achievement of FCILA, ACII, ACiArb qualifications under his belt he went in to full time employment with Hart & Co Chartered Loss Adjustors in 1957 and became Partner by the age of 29.

In 1979 Chris became a Freeman and was President of The Chartered Loss Adjustors in 1984/5. In April 1990, he went on to become a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers. From 1991-1996 Chris was the Chairman and Managing Director of Cunningham, Hart & Co.

By November 1996 Chris had earned his retirement but even following two hip replacements, he continued to play an active role in the community. From 1997-99 he chaired benefits committees for two Kent County Cricketers.

Between 1998-2000 he wrote two books on the history of Loss Adjusting.

From 1998-2009 Chris made an investment and became a racehorse owner and a breeder with 11 horses; he enjoyed 25 wins!

Chris was elected to Wealden District Council in May 2011 and was appointed Chairman of Planning Committee North in 2012. He was elected Vice Chairman of the Council in May 2015 and Chairman in May 2016.

Following his election as Chairman of the Council, Chris stood down from his Chairmanship of the Hartfield and Fairwarp Conservative Group after 6 years.

Chris moved to Hartfield 22 years ago with his wife of 55 years, Susan, and they enjoy spending as much time as possible with their daughter Louise and their three grandsons and one granddaughter. Chris and Sue also sadly lost two sons through illness.

The Chairman supports the following charities:

Should you wish to make a donation please call the Chairman's Office.

Notes on the Attendance of the Chairman at an Event

Except when Royalty or the Lord Lieutenant/Deputy Lord Lieutenant is present, the Chairman as the First Citizen in the District, should be given due precedence at all proceedings and functions within his own District.

The Chairman will always be considerate of the host's requirement, but generally, except in cases where the Chairman is asked to take part in the Reception, his time of arrival should be only five minutes before the function begins.

A responsible person should meet the Chairman at the entrance on arrival address him as Chairman - and should introduce him to the host or the assembled company.

If the Chairman is to speak, his toast or reply should appear early on the toast list and any background information should be sent to The Chairman's Office in advance.

The formal announcement of the Chairman is "The Chairman of Wealden District Council, Councillor Chris Hardy.

When the Chairman enters on more formal occasions, those present should rise and this should be repeated when he leaves.  Unless the Chairman occupies the chair, he should be seated on the immediate right of the person presiding (assuming Royalty or the Lord Lieutenant are not present). The Chairman's Consort should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman.

The Chairman should be advised of parking facilities and the anticipated end time for the event.

Dietary Requirements

The Chairman has no dietary requirements

How to contact the Chairman

The Chairman's PA, Mrs Amy Evans, is always happy to discuss the Chairman's availability to attend or host an event and to advise on protocol.

Your can contact Mrs Evans on 01892 602435 or email amy.evans@wealden.gov.uk