The Horley Town Council Office provides administrative support to the Town Council. There is a team of five Town Council Officers, headed by the Town Clerk, Joan Walsh. If you wish to contact any member of the team, you can phone us on 01293 784765 or email using the appropriate email address below. Alternatively, click on CONTACT at the top of the page.
Joan Walsh - Town Clerk
Joan has worked at Horley Town Council since 2009 and was appointed as Town Clerk in January 2018.
Joan states that “it is a role I very much enjoy due to the ongoing support from the Councillors and excellent team spirit approach with my colleagues. I gain much job satisfaction in not only helping out the public where possible, but also being involved in a wide variety of community-focused projects for the benefit of Horley. I started on my career path as a legal secretary at a number of London-based firms, and then as a PA at a local actuarial consultancy group. When I returned to work after having my 4 children, I worked as a duty supervisor for a private medical and assistance services provider, during which time, I completed a diploma in Call Centre Team Management. Before joining the Town Council, I was employed as a Call Agent for the National Crimestoppers Bureau and as a Customer Service Agent for Surrey Police".
Joan achieved the Local Council Administration qualification (CiLCA) in May 2018.
Judy Morgan - Responsible Financial Officer & Planning Officer
Judy joined Horley Town Council in 2017. She comes from a background in public service and the third sector and is enjoying the variety of work at the council, the collegiate working environment and contact with the public.
"I like helping with a diverse range of queries. Although we are often signposting to other organisations, it is good to think that we have set people on the path to a solution. I enjoy the work at the Town Council and like working together with my colleagues to provide a good service. I am keen to learn about the Town and all we have to offer. Apart from general administrative duties, I support the Finance and Planning Committees and am also responsible for the Hall Hire, Football Pitch and Banner Bookings.
I began my working life at Midland Bank (Now HSBC) before moving to the Home Office where I had a wide variety of roles, including supporting Ministers. Whilst my children were young, we lived in several other countries and I did an assortment of voluntary work, including being a School Governor. I returned to work at Mid Sussex District Council as a Democratic Services Officer supporting Councillors. More recently I was the business administrator at a preschool. I am a qualified HR professional and an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development."
Rachel Botcherby - Planning Officer
Rachel joined Horley Town Council in 2021 as Planning and Finance Assistant. She is a chartered Town Planner and Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
She started her career in a customer-facing role with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council before moving into the Borough’s Planning Department. She has since embarked on a varied town planning career with several London-based consultancy’s and, most recently, as a planning adviser to the National Trust.
Rachel has spent the last 5 years at home in Horley raising her 3 boys, as well as volunteering her time as Treasurer to the Horley Evening WI, brushing up on her finance skills.
“I’m really looking forward to supporting the Planning and Finance Committees and supporting Members with planning and development projects that benefit Horley town and its residents.”
Helen Maan - Leisure & Facilities Officer
Helen joined Horley Town Council in 2018 after nearly 14 years at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. 'I began my working life with British Airways at Heathrow after completing my degree in Geography so I have a bit of a fondness for maps and far-flung places.
I like dealing with people and have spent most of my working career in a customer services environment. My role here gives me to chance to meet people from all walks of life. In addition to helping people, I am also responsible for overseeing communications, compliance and leisure activities, I've lived in Horley with my young family for quite a few years, but until working here, I didn't realise the massive amount of clubs, events and activities that are available to the people of Horley. I'm hoping that as a Council we can 'get the word out' to all members of the community about what's on locally. As a Council we own and maintain quite a few leisure sites across the town, its my role to ensure they are looked after and manage their use.'
Sophie Mandak - Administrative Assistant
Sophie joined Horley Town Council in 2022 after Completing College where she studied Information Technology, Photography and Media production.
'I Completed Alevels and Btecs in 2022 and was looking for a role in the local council where I can learn more about the community
My role here allows me to engage with a variety of people and, in the process, learn about all the services the Town Council has to offer Horley and its residents. I enjoy helping out members of the public where possible and supporting the Councillors and my fellow colleagues in their various projects for the benefit of Horley. In addition to general administrative duties, I largely aid in the management of Horley’s Allotment sites, social media communications and public engagement. as well as support the Leisure and Planning & Development Committees
I am excited to learn and grow within my role here at the Town Council and look forward to meeting with and helping many more Horley residents.'