Hemel Hempstead North East
7 East Street
As is the case with every County Councillor, I have a locality budget to spend on community projects in the division. Follow the links for more details of the scheme and details of the applications previously agreed and declined can be found by following the links in the Members' Locality Budget section below.
Locality Budget Scheme Allocations
Highways Locality Budget Scheme
Executive Member for Adult Care & Health
Party Representation History
|Conservative||Thu 4 Jun 2009||
Division Representation History
|Hemel Hempstead North East||Thu 4 Jun 2009||
Current Committee Memberships
Past Committee Memberships
Not a past member of any Committee.
Current Outside Body Appointments
Past Outside Body Appointments
Not a past member of any Outside Body.
Personal Register of Interests
My front-line role
I am the Conservative Councillor for Hemel Hempstead North East division, which includes Grovehill and Woodhall Farm. The ‘Your Community’ section provides local service information, news, events and contacts about the area. Click below for more information:
I represent the interests of the residents of the North East of Hemel Hempstead, Grovehill and Woodhall Farm at County Council level. I also represent Woodhall Farm Ward on Dacorum Borough Council and work closely with borough colleagues in my division to ensure decision making is fully informed. I liaise regularly with our local Member of Parliament, Mike Penning, on any issues relating to Hemel Hempstead North East. I keep my finger on the local pulse through the Neighbourhood Action meetings.
I am always available by phone, email or letter if residents wish to raise issues with me. I do not hold a surgery but regularly visit residents in their homes by appointment. Twice a month I visit different streets in the division and knock on every door so that every resident has the chance to speak to me about matters of concern.
I have a locality budget which is spent by and large within the division on community projects often suggested by local residents. Follow the links for more details of the scheme and details of applications I have previously agreed and declined.
I also have a £90,000 highways maintenance budget which helps me to respond to residents’ requests for areas of need. Funding has been allocated for projects such as extra salt bins and road surface maintenance. Residents simply have to contact me and I will come and inspect, listen to their concerns and work together with Herts Highways to achieve a solution.
I was appointed as Chairman of the Health & Wellbeing Board in 2013 and am also a substitute member of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board.
My County Council responsibilities
I was first elected to Hertfordshire County Council in 2009. I served on the Development Control, Waste and Community Safety Panels. In 2010 I became Deputy Executive Member for Partnerships and Performance and in 2011 I was made Executive Member for Health and Adult Care.
Roles on other bodies
I represent Hertfordshire on the East of England Local Government Association Adult Social Care Lead Members network. I am also a trustee of Woodhall Farm Community Centre.
Personal, professional and political
I have lived in Hertfordshire for most of my adult life. I studied History and Literature at the University of Hertfordshire as a mature student. My career has been interesting and varied. I worked in an administrative capacity in local education and for a national public body. Latterly I was heavily involved in the running of two very successful businesses – an IT consultancy and a niche retail operation. I was first elected to public office in 2003 when I was elected to represent the Woodhall Farm Ward in the Dacorum Borough Council elections. I was appointed Executive Member for Community Services in 2007. This role was expanded in 2008 and became Residents and Regulatory Services. This role involved me in almost every facet of local life. I developed a strong interest in the voluntary sector and I have always been an active promoter of localism, seeing through its introduction at borough level in Dacorum.
I am committed to providing the best possible service to residents, both locally and across Hertfordshire.