Councillors Page 2
Darren Carpenter: Darren lived in the village for a number of years, and runs a funeral parlour.
James Smith: James lives in Loddington. He is a farmer who, with his family, has farmed in Linton and the surrounding area for several generations. He also supports many small local business in units on his land, everything from a local Brewery to Florists. James is also a former Chairman of the Kent National Farmers Union.
Peter is originally from Gravesend and, as part of a military family, spent his youth in various locations
in England and Europe before returning to Kent for his schooling. He has a degree in Mathematics and
has worked primarily as a Management Accountant and Finance Manager, also running his own business
for 10 years. Now retired, he works part-time as treasurer for the Stone Street Club in Maidstone.
He has lived in Coxheath for six years and now lives in Linton. His interests include Sport and Music.
He was co-opted onto the Council in July 2020, and is currently administering the Parish Council Website.
Patrick was brought up in Tunbridge Wells, the Great grandson of a well know Kentish fruit farmer. He moved to Linton, with his family, in the early 1990s aged 20, to live in a house on the Linton Park estate, Where his mother still lives. He was passionate about motorcycling and through his advanced training launched various initiatives to promote safer riding in Kent. He also launched the Garden of England Motorcycle show in Paddock Wood and Detling. He went on to have a career in publishing and advertising and spent 10 years working for Motor Cycle News. He continued his career in National press, business to business advertising and advertising recruitment. After having lived in Marden, London and Staplehurst, he finally returned to his favourite village, Linton, in 2014. Two years beforehand his yearning for fresh air and life in the countryside, lead him to return to his grass roots of trees and gardens and has been running his own company, Highleaf, a local Tree Surgery and Landscape gardening company ever since. He is a well-known character around the village and does enjoy watching the rugby with a pint at The Bull Inn. He loves cooking for family and friends and running the occasional BBQ for the village! He also enjoys watching musical theatre and listening to a wide and eclectic range of music from Bach to Hard House. A passionate advocate for village community and countryside matters, Patrick brings a pragmatic and enthusiastic approach to local matters. Formerly Church Warden of All Saints’ Church in Staplehurst, he now lives with his Golden Labrador, Alfie, in Wheeler’s Lane..