Councillor Profiles

Wakes Colne Parish Council 

Who we are

There are seven Wakes Colne Parish Councillors and one Parish Clerk who seek to serve you to the best of their abilities.

Parish Councillors are:


Monica Taylor -  I have been closely connected with Wakes Colne for almost 60 years when I came here to live with my parents in 1961. After a national and international career in education and living in the Thames Valley, where I was a parish councillor in Cookham for 8 years, I returned to live in Wakes Colne in 2000. I was elected to WCPC in 2012 and became Chairwoman in October 2020. Together with my co-councillors and the parish clerk, we aim to serve the community of Wakes Colne and within our remit to enable the village to function efficiently and effectively as a pleasant and vibrant place to live and work.

Representative:  LHP Working Group, Public Footpath Working Group, Flood Defence Scheme.




Francis Mead - I spent my childhood years in Feering before moving to London and Bristol to study and have been a resident of Wakes Colne for twenty six years. I now have more available time to spend in my local community having enjoyed the privilege of living in this beautiful area with its abundant advantages. My primary interest is the planning aspects of the role but I am equally concerned about our local environment in general including wildlife, the increase in traffic flow particularly on narrow lanes used by walkers and cyclists, the preservation of our footpath system and all things that make living here a joy. I’m realistic enough to appreciate that environmental change happens over time hence I welcome change providing it’s sustainable and not detrimental to the built environment or the ecology of our parish.

Representative: Planning Representative, Flood Defence Scheme.


Emma Coney  - I have lived in Wakes Colne for 18 months and previous to this had lived in Stanway for 7 years. I have a young child and as a family we enjoy what the village has to offer including walks with our dog and hope that I can add value to the village being a parish councillor. In my working career I am a self employed Quantity Surveyor, which I have been doing for 18 years. 


Representative: Colchester Association of Local Councils Representative, River Warden Volunteer. 


June Fisher - I joined Wakes Colne Parish Council in March 2020. I have live in Wakes Colne for eight yeas, and am recently retired. I have four grown up children all of whom attended schools in Chelmsford where I lived at this time. I was actively involved with PTAs etc and was a parent governor at my eldest son’s school. I spend a geat deal of my time walking. I use the local footpaths regularly with my husband and recently been involved in long distance walking and the Ramblers association.  I therefore have a great interest in the conservation of the footpaths in Wakes Colne and beyond. I hope to be actively involved in the Parish Council in the future not I have more time and opportunity.

Representative: Public Footpath Working Group - Personnel Committee, Defibrillator.


Samantha Latarche - I have lived in Wakes Colne for 11 years very happily with my family. Prior to this we lived in Earls Colne for 5 years having moved from London. I grew up in Epping Forest, so Essex life is the life for me! I love the countryside and long walks with my family and dogs. I also love the balance of a bit more to offer in Colchester and beyond that the full spec of London under 1 hour away! In my working life I worked in the City of London in the insurance sector as an Underwriter and Broker in Lloyds of London. I wish to bring my professionalism and efficiency to that already present in the Parish Council and will support the local community to make this an even better place to live.

Representative: Personnel Committee, Telephone Book Exchange, Facebook.


Helen Wasteney - I have been living in Wakes Colne for the past 8 years, previous to that was living not far away in Little Tey. I have 3 grown up children who attended the local schools/ clubs. I am self-employed and for many years worked as a nurse in the Colchester Hospitals. I joined the council in March 2020.

Representative: Personnel Committee, Millennium Green Trust, Telephone Book, Exchange, Defibrillator.


Parish Clerk: Diane Jacob - Diane has been the Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer since June 2012.  Diane passed CiLCA (Certificate in Local Administration) in January 2014 and is now a fully qualified Clerk. CiLCA Certificate.

Diane and her partner have one child and have lived in Greenstead Green for the past 16 years. To contact Parish Councillors or to express your views or concerns, if you have anything you would like to report to the Parish Council please feel free to contact her.