Our Staff

 Clerk to the Council

Anthony Belgrave

The Clerk to the Council, a position that he has held since November 2016.

The Clerk is the Proper Officer appointed by a Council resolution to exercise the statutory obligations of the Council and to discharge its functions. The role encompasses working in partnership with the Chairman of the Council to guide and advise the Parish Council on Local Government Policy and other related matters. Further responsibilities include the running of Council and Committee meetings, formulating the respective agendas and minutes. Other tasks one might expect within a busy local government office include the preparation of correspondence and other documentation as requested by Parish Councillors.

The Clerk sanctions the responses made by the Parish Council to external public enquiries relating to a wide variety of issues and reports, investigates and informs the interested parties, whether they are Chigwell residents, local businesses or Parish Councillors themselves. These matters include planning enquiries, highway defects, illegal dumping, noise pollution and other environmental/street scene issues.

At the Parish offices a variety of committee meetings are conducted on a fortnightly basis. If these meetings are to be productive it is vital that they are administered thoroughly and prior preparation is done to ensure they run smoothly.

Anthony continues to participate in a variety of training courses to improve and further enhance the service he is able to provide.  Anthony is a qualified emergency first aider and the office photographer as well as a keen sportsman who enjoys chess and fencing. 



Responsible Financial Officer

Mark Hembury

Mark is married with three daughters and has lived in Chigwell for the last 30 years. Mark is a member of All Saint’s Church in Woodford Green where he has been the Child Protection Officer. Prior to joining Chigwell Parish Council, Mark served in the Metropolitan Police for 29 years, completing his last 13 years of service as a Police Inspector within a number of different roles in the Borough of Haringey.

Mark’s responsibilities include all Financial matters, Chigwell Cemetery, Highway issues, Parish noticeboards, Health and Safety, Allotment management and environmental issues.

Mark is a keen golfer and member of Chigwell Golf Club, enjoys listening to music, reading and working on his allotment..



Cemetery Supervisor

Scott Donovan

Scott Donovan is our Cemetery Supervisor. He has been working for Chigwell Parish Council since February 2014.

Scott has worked for Local Councils for a number of years in a variety of roles.

Following his marriage to a girl from Essex, he moved from South-East London, and joined Loughton Town Council as cemetery supervisor and maintenance man, until a great opportunity arose at Chigwell.

The role of Cemetery Supervisor is wide, varied and at times challenging. Scott enjoys working with the public and helping solve problems that may arise. He is very practical, and level-headed. Any job he undertakes is completed to his exacting standards. In 2010 he was a part of the team winning the Customer Care award for The Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Scott is an enthusiastic Formula One, and Manchester United Fan (obviously, being born and bred in South-east London), and enjoys all types of music. He has a growing family, and enjoys his free time with them.

Since taking up the post he has furthered his knowledge attending numerous courses to maintain and extend his excellent standards. He hopes to continue to build on the developments at the cemetery and enjoys being part of the team at Chigwell.



Scott Donovan

Correspondence should be addressed to the
Parish Council Offices at:

Chigwell Parish Council
Hainault Road
Essex IG7 6QZ


Office Administration Apprentice 


Harry Harding

Harry joined the Parish Council on Monday 5th June 2017.  Harry grew up around Chigwell and currently lives in Abridge. Harry is enthusiastic about helping people, and this prompted him to apply to work for the Parish Council.

Harry is a talented footballer who was on the books as a youth of Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur. He is a polite and outgoing individual who wants to be successful in all he does. 


Cemetery and Grounds Maintenance Apprentice


 Samuel Warren 

Sam joined the Parish Council on 15th May 2017as an apprentice. Sam lives in Romford with his family. Sam describes himself as highly motivated and keen to help people.

Sam is a football fan who supports Arsenal, and also enjoys formula one motorsport.