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Parish Councillors

Parish Clerk:

Sherrie Babington

Parish Councillors


Councillor John Govett    (Contact: )

I joined the Parish Council in spring 2010. Then became Vice Chairman of Leeds Parish Council and Chair the Parish Highways Committee and in May 2015 became the Parish Council Chairman. I also lead & maintain the Parish Council website & e-newsletter. I am delighted we have made a start to reduce speeding traffic and am trying to reduce the volume of cars and overweight HGV lorries in the village & I am committed to doing more and to getting the village a by-pass road. I am passionate about trying to engage more residents in a rural village community.

Former Chief Executive of the Money and Pensions Service (Money Advice Service, The Pension Advisory Service and Pension Wise). Co Owner of a business.

Former Deputy Chairman and a Non-Executive Director of NHS Hospital Basildon & Thurrock Foundation Trust acute Hospital (& former Chairman of Finance & Resources Committee, £350m & Chairman of the £1bn Joint Finance Committee of 3x Hospitals (NHS Basildon, NHS Mid Essex and NHS Southend hospitals). 
I've lived in Leeds village since 2003 with my wife and family in Upper Street and have 4 grown up children. I've had a varied career ranging from; Deputy CEO/Managing Director of all Surrey County Council services to 1.1m Surrey Residents (with a £1.2bn budget), to Commercial Board Director of P&O and also Stena Line Ferries. I was the Head of Marketing at Tesco.


Vice Chairman

Councillor Bob China

My name is Bob China, I am 74 years old and have served on the Parish Council since 2012 becoming vice chair in 2015. 

My wife and I have lived on the outskirts of the village for the last 13 years and have three daughters and a son between us and enjoy five grandchildren.

I am retired having ran my own business, enjoy the occasional game of golf, bowls and socialising with family and friends.

Leeds village and the surrounding area is changing, not always in the best interests of its residents and I fell we all need to all voice our views and have a strong Parish Council to represent us to air those views to local and national government.


Councillor Gill Fort

I have lived in Leeds since 1998 and have served on the Parish Council for over 10 years being elected as Chairman in August 2011

I stood down as Leeds Parish Chairman in May 2015 after being elected as Councillor at Maidstone Borough Council. (click here for Gills Maidstone Borough Council details)

I have worked on drafting and implementing the Parish Plan and was involved in the Joint Parishes Group objection to the KIG proposal at junction 8 which was ultimately successful. I sit on the planning committee. I joined the Parish Council because wanted to be involved in making Leeds a better place to live in. There have been some major obstacles not least the B2163. I am committed in trying to reduce traffic and HGV’s on our road.
Outside of Parish Council I live with my husband and 2 daughter who have both attended local schools and I work in the insurance industry.

Councillor Richard Springford

I have been living in the village of Leeds since August 1992 having moved from Maidstone with my Wife and Special Needs son. I became a Parish Councillor in 2012 attending my first meeting in October.

The reason for applying and becoming a Parish Councillor was after living in the village for over 20years with my business interests scaling back I felt I had the time to help put something back by being a member of the Parish Council.

I have over 35years business experience in the management of large National and International Transport and Logistics Operations and still have business interests involved in Worldwide freight movements and a Marine operation on the River Thames.

In my spare time I am a Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London along with being a warden of the Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames, other interests include getting involved in Vintage Commercial Vehicles and Tractors and supporting local charities including Maidstone Mencap through being a member of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club.


Councillor Etienne Greeff


Councillor  Lesley Martin

My name is Lesley Martin I'm 69 years old & was born in Maidstone. Ive lived in this area since1969 & in Leeds for 18 years. I was a barmaid in the Ten Bells for 12 years then the George for 3 years, so I know a lot of the characters & history of the village.

I am retired after helping my husband Peter run his business for 25 years on the accounts.

I was the lorry watch coordinator and a member of the WI and president for 3 years.

My reason for applying to become a member of the Parish council is I want to give them my support especially over weight lorries and getting the bypass.

I like to involve myself in all village activities.

My interests are watching my big grandson play rugby for Maidstone and my younger one play football for Vinters


Councillor Helen Ingram