About Us

The Federation of Brighton Pavilion and Hove & Portslade Conservatives represent the Conservative Party in the Brighton Pavilion and Hove & Portslade Constituencies, which stretch from the Pier to the Portslade/Fishersgate boundary and from the sea to the South Downs.

As an organisation we work to elect Conservatives to Brighton & Hove City Council, Parliament and the European Parliament.

The Federation works in 16 of the 21 wards of the Brighton & Hove City Council. The other wards are located in the Kemp Town Conservative Association area. For information on the Kemp Town Conservatives, please visit their website here.



Geoffrey Theobald OBE

President and Conservative Group Leader

Geoffrey is Leader of the Conservative Group on Brighton & Hove City Council and he represents Patcham Ward. He is Group Spokesman on the Council’s Policy & Resources Committee and is also a member of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee and the Health & Wellbeing Board. He has been a member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board since it was launched.

He is a member of the Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board and the Councillors’ Forum of the Local Government Association.

Until recently he was a longstanding member of the LGA’s Conservative Group Executive and of the Board of the Conservative Councillors’ Association.

Geoffrey was Chairman of the Board of Directors of LACORS (Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services) for 7 years, a member of the Board of the Gangmasters’ Licensing Authority for its first 5 years and of the Board of PASS, the National Proof of Age Standards Scheme for 4 years, retiring from them all in 2009.

He is a past Chairman of the Cultural Services Executive of the Local Government Association and Conservative spokesman on the former Fire Committee and Tourism Panel and has served on the LGA’s Executive and Improvement Board. From 1989 to 1997 Geoffrey was a leading member of the Association of County Councils and Spokesman on the Fire and Emergency Planning Committee

Geoffrey retired as Senior Partner of a leading provincial firm of Chartered Surveyors in 1989 when he was elected Leader of East Sussex County Council and Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee. He had previously served as Chairman of the Highways and Transportation, Public Protection and Social Services Committees.

He was Mayor of Brighton in 1982/3.

Geoffrey is a past member of the Sussex Police Authority, the East Sussex Fire Authority, the Council of the University of Sussex and a former Director of Brighton Festival Society Limited.

He is President of the Federation of Brighton Pavilion and Hove & Portslade Conservative Associations

Geoffrey is a Governor of Patcham High School, Vice-President of the Brighton & Hove Branch of the NSPCC, previously Chairman for 15 years, a Freeman of the City of London, a Member of the M.C.C., a Life Member of Sussex County Cricket Club and Vice-President of Brighton & Hove Cricket Club.

Married to Carol, who was Mayor of Brighton and Hove in 2007/8, they have 2 daughters and 2 sons

He enjoys most sports, the theatre, reading the classics, gardening and foreign travel.

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Lee Wares

Lee Wares


Lee is a Chartered Building Surveyor and was born and raised in the City. He is proud to boast that he has lived here for his entire 48 years. He is fiercely passionate about the City and the wants to see adequate affordable housing, investment in local business and improved tourism. Lee believes in the quality of having a community spirit where people live and as a Councillor, will dedicate whatever time and effort is needed to support communities, their needs and bring solutions to their concerns.

Lee was educated at Portslade Community College and went on to Brighton Technical College, Southampton Institute of Higher Education and the College of Estates Management at Reading University. He has worked for the City Council and with major global institutions as well as businesses he has built from scratch. Lee brings a considerable amount of business skills to the local Conservative Party and has a tremendous sense of doing what is right for Brighton to the benefit of its residents and visitors.

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Tony Janio

Deputy Chairman (Political)

Tony has been a councillor for Hangleton and Knoll since 2007.

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Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor

Deputy Chairman (Membership)

Brighton-born, Nick has lived in and around the city for all of his life. He completed his A-Levels at Varndean Sixth Form College before reading Politics and History at the London School of Economics. Graduating in 2012 he took a year from studying, working for the MP for Hastings and Rye before completing a two years Masters in history; again at the LSE. His main area of interest is the political economy of the colonies of settlement within the British Empire, and the minority regimes in Southern Africa in the twentieth century.

Nick was elected as a Councillor for Withdean in 2015, winning the seat from the Greens. He currently serves on the Audit and Standards Committee which scrutinises the Council’s accounts. His main interest is in education and wants to ensure that every child in Brighton and Hove has the opportunity to succeed. He believes strongly for people of all backgrounds to exercise choice where they choose to educate their children and is keen for new schools to open to ease the capacity squeeze in Brighton’s schools. He has believed this for a long time; when he was ten he took part in a demonstration for Peacehaven to get its own school.

In his spare time, Nick enjoys cooking, reading and socialising with friends. He has been a member of the Conservatives since he was sixteen and is keen to campaign for Conservative principles and policies in his hometown.

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Danielle Harmer-Strange

Danielle Harmer-Strange

Deputy Vice-Chairman (Political)


Sue Ellerton

Deputy Vice-Chairman (Membership)


Cllr Andrew Wealls

Hove and Portslade Representative

Andrew is a Councillor for Central Hove, having been elected in May 2011. He is a committed community activist and advocate of the voluntary and third sectors.

Within Brighton & Hove City Council, Andrew is the Opposition Spokesman for Children & Young People and also sits on the Children & Young People’s, Adult Social Care and Housing and Audit Committees.

Andrew is also a trustee of Impact Initiatives, a Sussex wide charity which runs a wide range of projects for those in need across Brighton & Hove. He occasionally teaches on a voluntary basis at a programme for young people who are not in education, employment or training.

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Cllr Ann Norman

Brighton Pavilion Representative

Ann’s working career was spent in the Science Department at Roedean Scool and then the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex. She was elected to Brighton Borough Council in 1996 to represent Westdene Ward in what would become in 1997, the newly formed Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority Council; the boundary of Westdene Ward being extended and renamed Withdean Ward.

Ann is currently Chairman of the Audit and Standards Committee on Brighton and Hove City Council; a Trustee of the Brighton Fund; Trustee at the Martlets Hospice; and a Friend of the Keep Archives.

She is married to Ken who is also a councillor for Withdean Ward, and away from politics spends her time with Ken, her friends, two Tibetan Terriers, works with her bonsai and all kinds of gardening. She is also deeply interested in music and dance of all kinds.

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Lucy Samy

Lucy Emeile-Samy

Candidate Liaison

Lucy is a solicitor and has lived in the City for 8 years. She stood in the Goldsmid ward in the May 2015 election.

Lucy believes this is a great place to live and would like to see a local Conservative administration supporting the local community and improving our City for everyone. Lucy is mixed-race and particularly interested in reaching our Conservative ideas out to our diverse community.

When not spending time with her young family, Lucy can be spotted in the local yoga studio.

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Heather EDIT

Heather Newberry-Martin


Heather loves her job and always quips that there is never a dull moment in the world of politics. She especially enjoys meeting so many interesting people from all walks of life. The office is located in the centre of Hove and she has a strong team of volunteers who work tirelessly alongside her.

One aspect of her job is to secure the election of the parliamentary candidates, as well as securing Councillors in Local Government elections. Having worked alongside Mike Weatherley during his successful General Election campaign, Heather was invited to join him for the State Opening of Parliament and counts this as one of the best experiences of her life.

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