Cllr. Dick Madden

Essex County Council - Chelmsford Central
Association - President

With my family I have lived in Old Moulsham since 1980, originally in Moulsham Drive and now for the past 29 years in Lady Lane.

My working life has been one of public service, serving in Essex Police for 39 years, retiring in 2008.  I then took on the role of Chief Executive for a Children’s Charity working in Essex and East London.  The charity supports children and families in need.

I am a committed family man, having been married for 35 years with four adult married children and four grandchildren.  I am a member of a local community church and continue to be a Governor of a local school.

Naturally I know the area of Old Moulsham and the Town Centre well and have seen it being developed positively over many years.  However, as residents we must not be complacent as our residential roads can be grubby through litter, unsightly, damaged through potholes and a thoroughfare for all traffic wanting to by-pass and take shortcuts to all other parts of Chelmsford.  In addition mainly at weekends our residential roads, homes and vehicles can be subject to damage and anti-social behaviour from persons getting to or moving through our estate after attending and enjoying social gatherings in our city centre.


New buses for Park and Ride in Chelmsford

The new buses are part of a £1.7m investment from First Essex as part of their contract with Essex County Council to run the Park and Ride service. Advantages of the new buses will be free Wi-Fi, temperature-controlled air conditioning and announcements detailing the next stop.

County Council to invest a record £85 million in special school places

More than 400 new special school places will be created across the county as Essex County Council strives to meet demand by investing a record £85 million. The number of young people in Essex diagnosed with autism has risen and there is growing demand for special school places.

Essex Roads - Record 2016 Improvements

A record-breaking 3.2 million square metres of road surfacing has been completed on Essex roads this summer – that is the equivalent area of more than 12,000 tennis courts.

Work begins to upgrade 9,000 street lights to LEDs

Energy-saving LED lamps are set to be installed on all-night street lights across the county to save taxpayers thousands on electricity costs.

The new longer-lasting lamps require less maintenance and use less electricity. 

91% Attend Good Or Outstanding Schools

More than nine in ten pupils in Essex now attend schools rated as good or outstanding, according to the latest statistics.

Some 91.2 per cent of primary and secondary pupils go to a school with one of the top Ofsted ratings, compared with 84.3 per cent in 2015 and 71 per cent in 2013.

See Also

Cllr. John Spence CBE DL

Essex County Council - Chelmer Village & Beaulieu
Association - Life Vice Chairman

County Councillor for Chelmer & Cabinet Member for Finance, Housing and Planning

Susan Sullivan

Association - Chairman
Springfield Parish Council
Springfield Branch - Chairman

Susan is Essex born and bred and has enjoyed living in Springfield with her husband for over thirty years.  She is committed to the success of our City and believes in contributing to the community where she lives.

Yvonne Spence


I have lived in Chelmsford for 37 years and have been deeply involved in the community throughout that time. A wife, mother and grandmother, I had a career as a local schoolteacher.

Seena Shah

Deputy Chairman Membership

Seena Shah grew up in Chelmsford and has been an active member of the local community. She is a Governor at Chelmsford College, Trustee at Openroad and Vice Chair and Governor at Moulsham Junior School. 

Bob Villa

Life Vice President

I have lived in the neighbouring village of Galleywood for 33 years, married to Valerie with two adult sons and six Grandchildren.

By profession I am a retired Chartered Engineer and company Director.