Cllr Michael Tarrant, Boris Johnson, and Cllr James Hunt
Councillor James Hunt is 30 years old and has lived in Welling and Bexley his whole life. He attended local schools, in fact his whole education has been in Bexley starting with Westwood Infants School, Junior School, Secondary School (now the Harris Falconwood Academy) and Sixth Form and then he went on to get his degree, BA (Hons) Stage Management from Rose Bruford College in Sidcup. He was a Scout for many years with 7th Welling (East Wickham and Welling District) and is now proudly a member of the County Executive for the GLSE Scouts. He was also a member of 358 (Welling) Squadrom ATC in Berwick Road for 9 years along with 74 (Crayford) Squadron for a brief spell, where he rose to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer.
James has had a varied work life starting at the age of 16 in Entertainment, spending the majority of it as a Stage/Company Manager working on West End Shows, Pantomimes and Tours. He has also run a successful Childrens Talent Agency, been a Project Manager for an entertainment merchandise company (designing and producing goods for shows such as FAME), and also worked for a Member of Parliament as a Parliamentary Assistant.
James continues with Production Management and event work on an ad-hoc basis, once in theatre ALWAYS in theatre but he also works for a local childrens hospice charity.
Councillor Huntís Council roles have/currently include: Chairman of Childrenís Services, Schools, Adult Education and Youth Services Scrutiny Committee; Chairman of Corporate Parenting; Member of Governor Appointments Committee; Member of Leisure, Arts & Tourism Scrutiny Committee; Member of Bexley Education Joint Consultative Council; Non-Exec Director of Bird College; Member of the Welling Town Partnership; Trustee of Eardley Exhibition & Martin School Funds Charity; Member of Falconwood Community Centre Management Committee; Member of Admissions Forum; Trustee of Fosters Educational Trust, and many other groups and sub committees.
James is also a Governor at his local school of Eastcote Primary. He is a keen supporter of the Bexley Youth Council and in promoting Bexley Youth Services at every opportunity.
Recently, he nominated 265 (Kent & County of London Yeomanary) Support Squadron (Sharpshooters) for Freedom of the London Borough of Bexley.
The honour is the highest that can be made by the Council and it is awarded exclusively to those who have rendered eminent service to the borough. It has been awarded only twice in the 44 years since the London Borough of Bexley came into existence: to the late Sir Edward Heath KG MBE, who served as Prime Minister and represented Old Bexley & Sidcup in Parliament for many years, and to the 17th Depot Regiment Royal Artillery, who are now based in Kent.
We are delighted that Bexley are planning to award this great honour to the only military unit based in the borough, particularly at a time when members of our armed forces are making such great sacrifices in the service of their country.
We can all take pride in the professionalism and long tradition of service displayed by all our servicemen and women and we are, of course, particularly proud of those who are based in our borough.
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