About the Team

Tonbridge Town Team was established as a result of the Portas Review published in 2011. Our main aim is help make Tonbridge a vibrant and exciting place to live, work, visit and do business. We aim to link together businesses, local government, charities, clubs and the population as a whole. By working together, we aim to build a sustainable and prosperous town that draws together and maximises the potential of all its citizens.
There are lots of organisations, businesses and individuals who are doing fantastic things in Tonbridge. We want to celebrate their achievements and work with them so they can make even more of an impact. We encourage innovation and entrepreneurialism building on the community spirit that exists in Tonbridge and the surrounding area.
We recognise that Tonbridge is better off in many ways than many towns up and down the country. But we also recognise that many of our fellow citizens struggle. Our vision is an inclusive one that values all members of our community and seeks to build bridges and enable all to prosper.
By working together and concentrating on what we can do rather than what we can’t, by being open to new ideas and matching enthusiasm with patient resolve we can continue to make our community not just a good place to live, but a GREAT place to live.
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Howard Porter is a founding member and current chair of the Town Team. He has a background in the arts and education. He is currently a partner in a graphic design company.
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Sarah Spence is a Speech and Language Therapist, an artist and local councillor. She is vice-chair of the Town Team and organises the annual Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race.
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Susan Adams is one of our town's independent retailers who has been actively involved in our local community for the past 35 years
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Sally Pearce teaches yoga as sallyjaneyoga. She has lived in Tonbridge 20 years and looks after the Town Team's Facebook account.
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Paul Shilling is the Town Team Photographer, photographing your event fun.
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Laura Olley is a local businesswoman who runs Yarns of Anarchy and SocialTN9. She looks after the Town Team's Twitter feed. She is new to Tonbridge but loving it.
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Anne Molineux is a local artist who creates her work using top quality household paint. She is helping support the growing local art scene in Tonbridge.
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Bob Taylor is keen to help improve Tonbridge facilities for Tonbridge people. Tonbridge Lions Club member, Vice Chairman of the Kent Farmers Market Association
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Sarah Sturt is one of the founder members of the Town Team and works in Tonbridge as the editor of Kent Life magazine.
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Glenn Lowther is a solicitor with Warners Solicitors with a keen interest in helping the local community with their legal and property needs.
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Jeremy Whittaker is the Economic Regeneration Officer for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and is the Town Team's contact with TMBC.
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Matt Ryde is a local businessman who runs Graham John Estate Agents. He organises the Civil War re-enactment which takes place in May.