Parish councils exist in all parts of Dacorum outside Hemel Hempstead. Parishes may run some local services such as allotments, playing fields and village halls. Parish councils are asked for their opinion on planning applications or on any issue which might have an impact on the parish.

All parishes employ a clerk and some have a parish or town council office. To pay for this and any other expenses, a sum called a parish precept or parish tax is added to the Council Tax of people who live in the relevant area.

Parish councillors are elected by their parish and must comply with the council’s Code of Conduct. This states how a member conducts the business of the authority, conducts the business of the office to which the person has been elected/appointed or acts as a representative of the authority.

Councillors must register financial and other interests within 28 days of election and declare relevant interests at all parish council meetings.

You can view a list of Parish Councillors and see the register of interests for each HERE

Councillor Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons

Chairman of the Council

Tim has lived in Flamstead for over twenty years, with his wife Sarah and their three daughters.

Tim and his family have great affection for the village and whilst it must never be resistant to embracing the modern world, it must work hard to preserve its rich and much loved heritage.

Working to ensure this balance is maintained is why Tim volunteered to sit on the Parish Council and why he continues to be involved in a wide range of village issues.

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Natalie Crowie


Natalie Crowie joined the council in November 2022.  She has lived in the village for nearly 20 years and so is very passionate about keeping the village as a great place in which to live.  She works in IT so brings valuable skills to the council.  Furthermore being so familiar with many people, clubs and societies in the village she has invaluable local knowledge which is so helpful when discussing village matters.

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Jane Timmis

I have been a member of Flamstead Parish Council since September 2017 and I am also the Local Borough Councillor (Watling Ward) for Dacorum Borough Council. I have lived in the area for over 46 years now and know it well. I was closely involved with Flamstead Pony Club for many years and I am currently the Chair of the Markyate Surgery Patient Participation Group.

I represent Dacorum Borough Councillors on two Luton Airport Consultative Committees, and am very active in opposing any further expansion of the Airport, as a result of the noise and environmental impact on both the villages of Flamstead and Markyate. I report to the Parish Council and also work closely with LADACAN. I also have an interest in the application of the planning laws in the area and Climate Change issues.

I support the rural environment in which we are privileged to live; and I am determined to fight for the preservation of the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Watling Ward and beyond as far as possible.

I am a trained nurse and was awarded an MBE in 2003 for my work with developing information for patients, and patient involvement in their care.

Councillor Humphreys

Dave Humphreys

Dave has lived in Flamstead for over 25 years and has been on the Council for almost all of that time.  There can be few people in the village who do not know Dave unless they either live in a cave or have only just moved to the village.  He was a fireman for all his working life and he has many interesting tales of exploits on a fire appliance including being the first on the scene at the Buncefield explosion.  Since giving up sliding down greasy poles he has turned his attention and skills to the plumbing world and there are not many houses in Flamstead where he has not cured a pesky leak, unblocked a U bend or stemmed an unexpected flood.  He gives much of his free time to help village groups, not only the Parish Council, but he is on the Village Hall and Almshouses committee, where his practical advice and unflappable demeanour are invaluable.  When not helping others, he can be seen out and about on his large motorbike or further afield enjoying the sunshine of Mallorca.

Samantha Kent

I have lived in Trowley Bottom since 2007 when I bought my lovely cottage.  I grew up and went to school in Windsor and then my family moved to Bray village and I attended college in Henley.  My passion has always been for horses and I now am lucky enough to own 3 horses and I compete in dressage.

In 2002 I qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant and I have run my own small Accountancy practice for the last 8 years.

I joined the council in July 2019 and I really enjoy working with the other councillors.  In my capacity as Chairman of the Finance working group I am on hand to offer the benefit of my accountancy expertise and help the Clerk with budgeting and financial advice.

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David Boothman

David joined the Parish Council during Covid so it was a while until we all met him in the flesh!  He has lived in the village for some years and aside from his busy professional life he is a very avid garden designer. He is a passional advocate of all things Flamstead and he brings great insight to the council especially with all matters relating to planning applications in which he has become something of an expert. He is also very skilled at the BBQ as proved by his sterling efforts at cooking burgers and sausages for 5 hours during the Jubilee celebrations.

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Nancy Wild

I have been involved with Flamstead village for over 25 years, firstly riding with the Aldenham Harriers, then because of the love of this unique community I decided to move here with my husband, 3 children and horses in 2010.

I became a Trustee to the Pre school which is based in the Village Hall for 3 years , then moved onto becoming a committee member of the Friends of Flamstead school ( FoFS). I currently support the Flamstead Gardens Association (FGA) helping out during the village shows when possible.

I joined the Parish Council in December 2019 as I enjoy being involved in village affairs and I am keen to promote sport for children and make positive contributions to the general environment of Flamstead and climate change initiatives.

Councillor Gary Poultney

Gary Poultney

Gary joined the Parish Council in April 2021 after living in Flamstead for 8 years.  He is very keen to ensure Flamstead stays a lovely place in which to live and despite his busy work life he still manages to contribute to the Parish Council.  Apart from his day job Gary runs a cocktail business for parties as he ran a bar in Spain for many years – so he can make a mean Pornstar Martini!

Billy Pither

Billy Pither

I am relative newcomer to the village, having moved here in June 2021, but I grew up in and have lived a lot of my life in St Albans. I also attended Beechwood Park School when it first opened in 1966. We used to do Scottish dancing lessons with girls from Flamstead and often attended St Leonard’s.

My wife, Kath, and I have relatives in the village and so knew it quite well before we moved here. We feel very privileged to live in such a lovely community and being on the council is a nice way for me to give something back. I work in bar design and my office is in Studham so I have a short and very pleasant commute to work.

Councillor Williams

John Williams


I moved to Flamstead village 48 years ago after marrying my wife Melanie.  I am a carpenter and joiner and have run my own building company for many years.  I have very recently retired from the building business and now I am looking for new challenges.  I will be able to use my construction and practical knowledge to assist the council in any new projects and with reference to the pavilion.   I was on the committee of the Flamstead sports and social club for 14 years.


Caroline Freer

Caroline Freer

Clerk to the Council

I have been the Clerk since 2006 and during this time I have had the privilege to work with many councillors and what never ceases to amaze me is their commitment to making Flamstead a better place in which to live.

My role is very different; I am responsible for the financial welfare of the Parish, all the meeting related administration, the compliance status of the council, plus assisting with various projects such as the pavilion, designing the playground and sourcing funding for new ventures. I have also attended many training sessions and gained a recognised qualification (CiLCA).

Tel: 01582 841346


Address: Bridgford End 127 Trowley Hill Road Flamstead Hertfordshire AL3 8DS