Committee Members

Charles King – Chair

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Charles King MBE was voted in as Chair of ECRA at the June 2007 AGM and has been a member of the Committee since 1994.

He has worked as a policy officer for the GMB trade union since 1994 and before this he worked for British Gas.

He was also a member of London Travelwatch for 25 years and Deputy Chair for the 6 years retiring in 2006. in the 2007 New Years Honour’s List he received an MBE for services to Public Transport.

He is Chair of the local transport user Group the East Surrey Transport Committee, which represents rail and bus passengers in the south of the Borough of Croydon and North East Surrey.


Gill Hickson – Vice Chair

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Gill  has lived in Coulsdon for 26 years. She was born in Croydon, the 8th of 9 children. She lives in Mead Way and is interested in politics, people, dogs and travel.  She was a parent governor at Coulsdon High and volunteered for a year at Oasis Academy. She is passionate about the area and volunteering and has joined Marlpit Bowling Green. She stood as Liberal Democrat Candidate in the 2014 elections.

Maureen Levy – Secretary & Website

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Maureen joined ECRA in November 2005 having lived in Coulsdon since 1978.  Almost immediately taking over the job of taking minutes and officially became Secretary at the AGM in June 2006.

She worked for both Croydon and Sutton’s Planning Departments. She did an Open University Degree whilst Credit Manager of The Croydon Advertiser and worked as a National Contracts Administrator for the Facility Management Company of M&S.

She is on the Committees for Coulsdon Forum, Friends of Farthing Downs, Chair of Friends of Marlpit Lane Bowling Green, Member of the Coulsdon Police Panel. PPG for OCMP and a Patient Representative for One Croydon.

She also deals with planning issues and has set up the ECRA website


Alison Sleight – Review Editor

Alison was elected onto the ECRA Committee on the 18th June 2014.  Prior to this she had been a guest on the committee and had been helping with the editorship of The Review.

She has been a Coulsdon resident for nearly forty years and volunteered for ECRA as she wanted to get involved in the local community to ensure that Coulsdon remains a great place to live and work.

After many years of working for large, corporate businesses in direct marketing, database management and client account management, after the birth of her daughter to become a stay-at-home parent and enjoy spending time with her in the local parks and countryside, as well as the great variety of toddler groups and classes in the area.  Other interests include reading, history and crochet (very much at a beginner level!).


Alex Martin – Committee Member

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Alex Martin has been a member of ECRA since 2004.

Alex launched Coulsdon Green Belt Action Group in 2003, raising funds to stop two plots of greenbelt land being sold off at auction by the Council. These plots are now incorporated into Farthing Downs. She then joined Graham in The Celebrating Coulsdon initiative.

Graham Lomas – Committee Member

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Graham Lomas has been a member of ECRA since 2004.

He was a very capable Chair of The Coulsdon Neighbourhood Partnership but stepped to one side when his 2 year stint was up and took the position of Vice-Chair.

He was one of the main people in Coulsdon Green Belt Action Group in 2003 and steered Celebrating Coulsdon surrounding the opening of the by pass and helps raise the profile of the town centre.

Maxine Leyland – Committee Member

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Maxine is an ECRA Committee Member who joined the Committee in June 2010

Eleanor Richardson – Committee Member

Eleanor works as a Property solicitor through Keystone Law and in her ‘spare time’ runs a branch of The Family Network in  East Surrey, supporting mums, dads and anyone who runs their business around other family commitments.

Visit the East Surrey Family Network on their website or on Facebook.