Current Outside Body Appointments
Not a current member of any Outside Body.
Past Outside Body Appointments
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My front-line role
I am the County Councillor for Bishop’s Stortford West Division. The ‘Your Community’ section provides local service information, news, events, and contacts about the area. Click below for more information:
Bishop’s Stortford West comprises two wards, (six distinct polling districts): Silver Leys and Central Wards. Within the Division there are two secondary schools: St Mary’s RC and Bishop’s Stortford College and seven primary or infant schools as well as Windhill and the Little Squirrels Sure Start Centres with which I am associated through Stort Valley Childrens Centres Partnership.
I work closely with East Herts District Council and Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and I am an elected Councillor on both Authorities representing All Saints Ward since 2007 as well as being County Councillor for Bishop’s Stortford West. On EHDC I once again Chair the Human Resources Committee at EHC. Previously I have been Chair of Community Scrutiny.
For Bishop’s Stortford West I represent the interests of around 11,600 registered voters and a population of some 15,150. The Division is mainly residential with over 6,000 homes but includes a large part of the centre of Town, Southmill Trading Estate, Millside employment area, Millars Maltings, Rhodes Centre (with the Town Museum, theatre and arts complex) and the rail station, along with the undeveloped former Goods Yard site. The largest employer is Tesco at Lancaster Way.
The two wards within the Division are contrasted, for example by Central having unemployment above the East Herts average though Silver Leys is ranked 12th lowest in the County. Central is also one of the 20% of most deprived wards in Hertfordshire.
The Divison also includes ancient woodlands at Hoggates and Great Plantings together with old grasslands in the Dane O’Coys area. There are 10 wildlife sites in the Division and several important archaeological sites and buildings. Future challenges and opportunities will be presented by what has been said to be, “ the largest housing development in Hertfordshire”, at Bishop’s Stortford North; most of which will be in the Division. It is programmed to be a seven year development including a new secondary school; two additional primaries; a healthcare facility and employment/retail areas. BS West Division will also be at the ‘eastern take-off’ for the proposed Little Hadham by-pass.
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 applications I have previously agreed and declined.
My County Council responsibilities
I joined the County Council at a by-election in May 2011. I currently sit on two cabinet panels: Community Safety & Planning and Highways, having previously served on other Panels.
Roles on outside bodies
I have roles on a variety of other outside bodies including Birchanger Wood Trust (Trustee); Birchwood School (Trustee/Governor); various trusts associated with Bishop’s Stortford Town Council; ASPECTS and Community Initiative (Bishop’s Stortford) and a member of the directors group of Contexture Theatre as well as being a Business Advisor with Chip and PIN Solutions Ltd. Currently I represent HCC on the local Chamber of Commerce. I am also Chair of Hockerill Residents Association. Formerly I served as a magistrate at Bishop’s Stortford court and was a founder director of Bishop’s Stortford YMCA.
Personal, professional and political details
My political career began on Bishop’s Stortford Town Council from 1991-95 following active involvement in the successful campaign to save Birchanger Wood from housing development. I returned to Bishop’s Stortford Town Council in 2007 and at the same time gained a seat on East Herts District Council. In 2009 to 2010 I had the privilege of being Town Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford. From May 2011 I also became County Councillor for Bishop’s Stortford West following a by-election. For 2015-16 I am Deputy Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford.
In 2004 I gained a Master of Business Administration degree through study with the Open University. My MBA was gained during my career in Human Resources Management. Much of my working life has been with major retailers although I have also worked for local government, a non departmental government body making charity grants from the National Lottery. I have also been HR & Safety Director for a nursing/residential care home business and held an interim HR role with Mencap which added further experience to my local involvement with Bishop’s Stortford learning disability groups.