Councillor Dave Pate
Dave Pate joined Speldhurst Parish Council in June 2018. He was elected as Vice-Chairman in November 2020 and Chairman of the Parish Council in May 2021. Dave is Chairman of the Highways Committee, and as Chairman of the council, is an ex-officio member of all other committees and working groups. Dave is also Speldhurst Parish Council’s Police Representative.
A former Chief Inspector with Kent Police, Dave brings thirty years of vital experience to the role of Parish Councillor. As West Kent Police Commander and Community Safety Partnership Chair, he delivered a number of initiatives, including the development of a Public Health Summit on Substance Misuse, full command of Operation Stack (strategic road gridlock) and Severe Weather multi agency response in Kent, and the policing of the Archbishop’s Enthronement in Canterbury in 2013. Prior to promotion Dave was a dog handler for many years and worked in the Speldhurst area.
Having grown up in Whitstable, Dave moved to Tunbridge Wells in 1988 before settling in Speldhurst with his family in 2016. He is a keen motorsport enthusiast and has just completed a lifelong ambition by building his own car.