I was born in Cheltenham and have lived almost my entire life here in Tewkesbury. I have memories of many great events during which the people of Tewkesbury have come together as a community: – firework displays on the Vineyards, carnivals and of course the Floods of 2007, during which the best of Tewkesbury’s community spirit inspired people all around the world. It is that community spirit that I want to nourish and develop further in my role as a town councillor.
Apart from my lifelong association with Tewkesbury I feel I can contribute to the town by using my professional skills and knowledge. I spent four years at UWE, Bristol and one year at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, attaining an undergraduate master’s degree in Spatial Planning followed by an MSc in Transport Planning. Although most of my work experience to date has been in transport planning I still retain my interest in the wider aspects of planning through my involvement in the Neighbourhood Development Plan and Ashchurch, Tewkesbury and District Rail Promotion Group.
Thinking of my own childhood, I am conscious of the needs of the younger members of our parish and want to ensure that Tewkesbury provides a safe, exciting, high quality environment in which young people can grow.