I passionately believe that you need to live in the ward to truly represent and be able to respond to the issues impacting residents. I have lived here in Wescott Ward since the age of 9 and was educated at Westende & St. Crispin’s schools.
I work in the finance industry and advise a range of national & international companies on their need to raise longer term finance.
It’s been my privilege to have served on Wokingham Town Council since 2003 where I have chaired a number of committees and served as Town Mayor in 2018/19. I was a borough councillor from 2007 – 2019 where I set up the initiative to challenge the government over the level of housing in the borough as I believe Wokingham has done its bit and other developments need to be considered. I have and will continue to fight over development such as the speculative site on the Finchampstead Road being challenged by Gladmans.
My campaign for election is focused on 3 issues that residents have raised with me frequently in doorstep conversations and in emails.
- Stop speculative development within Wescott / Borough
- More investment for infrastructure – including roads & a youth café
- Support for our town centre to ensure it offers the right mix of vibrancy and choice for our residents.
During the pandemic, I’ve worked with the Community Hub delivering food parcels to families and vulnerable people; and continue to work with the Link Visiting Scheme with regular weekly conversations with those who are shielding to prevent isolation and loneliness.
I am a strong advocate of resident's associations and have worked with a number to resolve many and varied issues such as resurfacing roads & footpaths, preventing parking on verges, providing better leisure facilities and a regenerated town centre which now thrives when the opposition voted against it.
I would like to work with residents to set up more local resident's associations in order to help to understand and deliver the priorities residents want. Prior to the pandemic, I held regular meetings with residents to discuss issues concerning them in order to find solutions, and am always happy to listen and respond to their views.
I feel Wescott has taken more than its fair share of new housing and we now have to say 'enough is enough'. I believe a permanent solution is needed for Woodcray Manor if we are to avoid yet more spurious planning applications that will impact the lives of residents living close to the site.