I have lived in Baylham with my wife Kay for 20 years they have two adult children and a grandson in secondary school in Colchester. I worked as a department a manager in high-tech industry responsible for finance, development policy, people & project management in Thorn EMI and then at BT at Martlesham. I have experience as technical lead for company negotiations in my specialty in several countries including France, the USA and Japan. I am a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology.
In June 2001 I was elected County Councillor to represent Gipping Valley: Akenham, Barham, Gt. & Lt. Blakenham, Bramford, Claydon, Flowton, Hemingstone, Henley and Whitton Rural. I was elected Mid Suffolk District Councillor for Bramford and Blakenham Ward in November 2005.
At County, for the last four years I have been Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Vice Chair of Scrutiny and a member of the Pension Committee that sets policy for £2.6 billion fund that provides pensions for people who work for Suffolk local government bodies.
I of course attend meetings of the full council and cabinet where as part of the Liberal Democrat opposition I try to examine the administration’s proposals and, where I think it necessary make constructive proposals for improvements or alternatives.
At Mid Suffolk, I represent your views on issues such as planning policy, housing, rents, waste collection and at budget time on council tax. I also serve on the Planning committee and a development control committee. These are “quasi-judicial “making decisions that impact dramatically on your environment, guided by planning law, the government planning guidance framework and Mid Suffolk Policy.
As a local resident, I believe I understand the issues in Gipping Valley and have worked well with Parish Councils and other local organisations. I have championed new road safety measures including the vehicle activated electronic speed signs in the area. I have helped local groups to make extensive improvements to children’s playgrounds and other recreational facilities. I am a Governor at Claydon Primary School and Henley Primary School. I have worked with other governors to help the leadership teams and staff at both to raise their game to “Good” and “Outstanding” respectively, the level our children deserve. I am Chairman of the SITA now Suez-Environnement liaison group that keeps you informed about the Incinerator and makes you views heard via local representatives.
This I hope will be my fifth term as a Liberal Democrat Councillor representing your views and fighting for your needs. I will to continue to put maximum effort into the task of persuading the County Administration to do what is best for you.
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