Current Outside Body Appointments
Past Outside Body Appointments
Not a past member of any Outside Body.
My front-line role
I am the county councillor for the diverse division of Letchworth South. The ‘Your Community’ section provides local service information, news, events and contacts about the area.
My primary role is to represent the interests of the 10,000 or so residents of these communities on the County Council. I work closely with my North Herts District Council colleagues of all political parties, our Member of Parliament, Oliver Heald MP and local community groups and schools.
Residents who wish to raise any issue with me are welcome to do so at any time, whether by e-mail, letter or telephone. I will always try to deal promptly with casework issues.
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.
Of key importance is to avoid any actual or perceived conflicts of interest between my District and County responsibilities.
My County Council responsibilities
In May 2013 I was appointed as Deputy Executive Member for Resources and Transformation. Previously, I was the Deputy Executive Member for Transformation, Performance and Waste Management. This portfolio included the 2012 London Olympic brief. In 2014 I was appointed the Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
Roles on outside bodies
In addition to my council responsibilities, I am a Governor at Lordship Farm Junior and Fearnhill Schools in Letchworth Garden City, and a Peer Reviewer for the Local Government Association. I am the Herts County Council representative on the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.
Personal, professional and political details
I was born and raised in Swanscombe in Kent on the river Thames where the cement and paper mills dominated the riverside. A post war baby boomer.
Educated locally ultimately at Gravesend Technical School based in Northfleet. Left school at 16 because my parents could not afford not to have me in employment.
After a short spell at Strood (not Stroud) Rural District as a trainee auditor, I started working for DuPont, the US chemical company, in London in May 1967 and finished with the same company links in June 2002 when the pharmaceutical business, of which I was the UK Director of Finance, was taken over by Bristol Myers Squibb.
During those 35 years, I was based in a number of countries including Switzerland, South Africa and Turkey working in the finance field of a variety of businesses.
My political career began in May 2001, when I became the Letchworth South West representative on North Herts District Council. I am now the Deputy Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder on North Herts District Council, and sit on a number of committees, Cabinet, the Political Liaison Board and the Appointments Panel.