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Cllr Susan Myfanwy Prochak MBE

October 12, 2020 9:59 AM

Sue was elected as a Rother District Councillor for Salehurst and Robertsbridge at a by-election in July
1989, following the death of a long-standing Conservative councillor and has been a prominent member
of the local community over the last thirty plus years.
Her extensive activities include not only fulfilling her duties conscientiously as a District Councillor, but
also contributing enormously to the life of the local community through her involvement in a variety of
different activities and roles.

Sue was a long-term governor at Robertsbridge Community College, serving as Chair of Governors for a
number of years. As Chair of Charity Trustees, she was the driving force behind the local pre-school,
Robertsbridge Children's Services acquiring its new dedicated premises in 2007, and remains their Chair
to this day. At every Ofsted inspection, Robertsbridge Children's Services has been rated outstanding.
She helped set up Robertsbridge Arts Partnership in 2000 and was its Chair from 2000 until 2016.
Robertsbridge Arts Partnership has been able consistently, to bring high quality professional
performances of theatre, music of all descriptions, poetry and literature to enthusiastic local audiences
and has provided support and funding for community art endeavours.

In 2013 Sue helped set up the very successful Helping Hands community friends organisation in
Robertsbridge and is its co-chair with her friend, Anne Wells. Helping Hands has been a vital resource
for the local community in supporting villagers to cope with the Covid 19 crisis.

Sue has served for twenty years on the Romney Marsh Internal Drainage Board, a local authority
concerned with land drainage and maintenance of watercourses. She was appointed after the disastrous
flood of 2000, which dramatically afflicted Robertsbridge and she campaigned vigorously with Ministers
for flood defences for the village to ensure they were one of the first to be completed.

Sue has been a trustee of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill from 2012 to 2015 and was reappointed to
the Board in 2019 and has always been a fan of the Grade 1 starred listed building and one of its patrons
for many years.

During the mid-1990s, Sue was Leader of Rother District Council, leading a minority administration of
Liberal Democrats and since May 2019, has been Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member in a rainbow
coalition of Independents, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Green, leading a transformational agenda of
reform, after twenty years of Conservative in control.
On 10 October 2020, it was announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours that Sue had been awarded an
MBE in respect of her service to the community of Robertsbridge.Sue said 'It is an honour for me to be awarded an MBE. It is also an honour for the very special parish of
Robertsbridge and Salehurst. I have so many stories about the kindness and generosity of our
residents. This has recently been underlined so much during the current pandemic.
I could not have achieved half of what I have been involved in, without the support of residents, our
Parish Council and officers at Rother District Council, the latter always answering questions and solving
problems so efficiently. I also have to thank my husband, Stephen, who gives me such wonderful