Meet The Council
Sarah Dobson, Chair
Sarah moved to Sarratt in 2001 having grown up in Ruislip. She has been a member of the Parish Council since 2016, taking on the role of Vice Chair in 2018, and became Chair in May 2019.
Sarah is married to John Gill, who is Treasurer of the Sarratt Horticultural Society. They have two sons, Oliver and Samuel, who both attend St Clement Danes School, plus two labradors. Sarah has worked at BP since 1987, and in 2010 moved from working full time to part time. When not working, Sarah runs the Sarratt Cub Pack and is an assistant leader with Sarratt Explorer Scouts. Sarah is also a member of the Sarratt Youth Group steering team. She has previously been involved in other initiatives in the Village including development of the 2012 Parish Plan, the Sarratt Village Day and served on the KGV Committee for 3 years.
As SPC Chair, Sarah’s goal is for the Parish Council to continue preserving the things so many members of the community love about Sarratt, as well as supporting the future development of the Parish in a way which protects what residents and visitors to the area treasure, whilst enabling it to continue to grow and thrive.
John Rugg, Vice Chair
We have lived in the parish of Sarratt for over 20 years and I have held various roles as a Parish Councillor both in Sarratt and previously in Cheshire.
Having recently relinquished my role as a Trustee of an International Conservation Charity I continue to maintain a keen interest in the protection of the environment on land and sea.
Prior to retirement I had a long career in British industry, most of it spent with ICI Plc, gaining business experience in sales, marketing, export logistics, trading, and process management. After retiring from I sat on the Board of two Not For Profit organisations and was a committee member of the British Horse Society and a local Sailing Association. I retain an interest in and enjoy being further educated on the history, architecture and art of the UK and Europe.
Lee Farman, Planning Lead
Lee has lived in S.W. Herts all his life and moved to Sarratt with his family in 2010 when he had the rare opportunity to build an eco house. He recently retired from a career as an IT director and now spends time as a youth drama leader and arts venue management. He is the Chair of the Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust in Watford and founder of the Watford Fringe.
Lee is a passionate environmentalist focusing on practical solutions to reduce our impact and to live sustainably. He enjoys living in Sarratt as a place that takes good care of its environment and has a strong, proud community. As a councillor he hopes to be able to provide some useful support to help Sarratt continue to be a great place for all its community.
Flo Garvey, Lead for Sustainability
I am delighted to be your parish councillor for sustainability. Ecology, sustainable living, and particularly soil science are my passions, and I have a first class BSc in Environmental studies. My family and I have lived in Sarratt for 12 years, during which time I feel I have walked every footpath and treasured every tree! I lead the Sarratt Community Garden, (which started life in October 2019 and fills my time and thoughts), keep a few colonies of bees, and tutor GCSE students in Maths, Chemistry, and Biology. I feel that Sarratt is a fabulous community that has enough energy and determination to preserve and improve the glorious environment that we are lucky enough to live in, and as councillor, I would like to be a part of that process.
Iain moved to Sarratt from London in 2021 and is keen to contribute to the preservation and development of this beautiful parish for the benefit of its residents and visitors.
A barrister by background, Iain now practises as a mediator, coach, facilitator and legal consultant. He has just finished a 2 year assignment as the Lord Chancellor’s Policy Fellow at the Ministry of Justice and holds regulatory and quasi-judicial roles on the Bar Standards Board and the Parole Board. He has also trained as a professional actor.
Iain’s partner Lisa is from Ukraine where her parents still live and they are grateful for the support of the local community at this time. Iain has two grown up daughters and he and Lisa are expecting a baby in the summer of 2022.
Michael Lowry, Policy and Resources
Michael has now lived in Sarratt for two years recently moving from nearby Croxley Green where he lived with his wife and teenage son for over twenty years.
A qualified accountant, he has spent most of his career in the large accountancy practices providing client advisory services to both private and public sector organisations. Most notably, his public sector experience includes projects within the former Department of Social Services, Ministry of Defence and the Department of Education. More recently, he has been providing consultancy and project management advice to a newly formed organisation formed from two large local government authorities providing pension administration services to other local authorities.
Michael is currently working remotely from home for a Glasgow based charity and consequently his commute has changed to the daily school run between Sarratt and Rickmansworth. This Scottish charity is supporting and enabling the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme in providing work opportunities for young people both in Scotland and the Northeast of England within the current climate.
John Gell, Highways
I joined the Parish Council in 1987 and served as Chairman four times and was Lead Member for Highways from 1992-2019 and now Deputy Leader. I represent the Council on the London Green Belt Committee, the Village Hall Committee and the local Residents Association.
I was a Three Rivers District Councillor for Croxley Green and Sarratt at various times between 1982 and 1998.
I was appointed as a Governor of two schools in Croxley Green in 1975 serving as Chairman for 15 years and subsequently a Herts County Council Schools Appeals Panellist.
I owned and operated a Stock farm near Harefield from 1965 to 1995.
I am married to Barbara and we have four daughters and twelve grandchildren.