The Deputy Mayor of Worthing
Cllr Hazel Thorpe
Hazel spent her early years in Essex and worked as a draughtswoman at London Transport. She was one of the first women on the track at the age of 18. She then joined the cartography section and drew the “You are Here” maps.
She married Peter Thorpe, moved to Writtle and had two daughters Angela and Juliet. The family moved to Shoreham in 1973 where Hazel gained her B.A. Open University degree.
She taught at King's Manor, now Shoreham Academy, for several years and whilst teaching continued studying for her Master's degree in Education Management covering SEN (MA ed) - which she obtained from Chichester Institute for Higher Education in 1995.
Hazel moved to Worthing in the early 1980's, brought up her family and became a Councillor for Tarring ward in 2000. She has been a Parliamentary candidate for her Party and a Past President for Worthing LIONS, and a Worthing College Governor. She enjoys setting up action groups to make all of lives better.
She has been directly involved in various charities as a Trustee, for example Homestart, Enable Me and currently the Maybridge Keystone Youth Club. She is also part of the new Tarring Flood Action group.
Hazel married Robin Rogers at the Offington Park Methodist Church - Robin has two sons, (Simon and Lee) and Hazel has two daughters (Angela and Juliet), all of them are married with their respective partners, and they have seven grandchildren aged between 19yrs and 2yrs between them who keep them busy and young at heart.
Hazel and Robin are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary later this year. Hazel's interests include gardening, going to the theatre, arts and crafts and supporting the environment and her family.
Hazel was re-elected as a councillor to Tarring ward in 2016.
“I am extremely honoured and pleased to serve my adopted Town of Worthing as Deputy Mayor in the coming months. I am looking forward to working with and supporting the Mayor Cllr Paul Baker in his Mayoral year. Together we will promote our caring people and our great town by the sea.”
See also: Cllr Hazel Thorpe's webpage
Robin was born in North West London and, at age of 8yrs, moved with his parents to Worthing where he has lived for most of his life. The then Family Doctor encouraged his parents to move to the South Coast for a healthier environment.
After leaving College, he has been an insurance Underwriter, an insurance Life Inspector, a Building Society Manager, an HR specialist and finally an Office Manager.
Robin was elected as a County Councillor to the then Maybridge Division of West Sussex County Council in 2001, later to the Northbrook Division, standing down in 2017. He has also served as a Cllr on Worthing Borough Council from 2004 to 2011.
Robin and Hazel married in 1998 and will be celebrating 20 years of marriage in August of this year.
Robin's interests include working in a local charity shop, being a Governor at Durrington High School and going to the gym. He also enjoys buying and selling model railway items, socialising with friends, and going with Hazel to the National Trust venues.
“I am really looking forward to supporting Hazel in her role as the Deputy Mayor.”
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