Bernadette was selected by local members to fight and win to represent Winnersh at the borough elections in May 2020 that have now been postponed until May 2021.
She says: "I will be a strong voice for the people of Winnersh and have already started working closely with a number of residents, the council and other stakeholders on issues such as flooding, HMO’s and antisocial behaviour. This is what drives me - an insatiable ambition to improve people’s quality of life and to serve the community.
"Born in South Africa, I’ve been married for 15 years to my British Indian husband and moved to Wokingham Borough 14 years ago. I act as a trustee for a charity, do freelance consulting providing governance advice on the structural aspects of an effective risk management framework in Islamic finance to banks and other firms with a MENA presence. I also provide advisory services on new insights in risk management practice and data aggregation and hold a master’s degree in International Business and Finance.
"My hobby is Bikram and Baptiste power yoga which helps me to stay focused and balanced.
"There are so many great things already being done in Winnersh by the Conservative-led council - the new special needs school that will be a huge asset to Wokingham and Reading, a new activity centre at Dinton Pastures and an overhaul of the bridge by Winnersh meadows. These are just some of the exciting projects in the pipeline and already completed.
"My whole life I’ve navigated change and overcome challenges - I want to use what I’ve learnt to make positive changes in Winnersh and as a Borough Councillor would fight tirelessly for Winnersh residents."
It's time for change in Winnersh and Bernadette is proving by her hard work that she's the right choice to represent Winnersh residents.