I have lived in Harlow for most of my life, first moving here with my family in 1956, attending Little Parndon primary school and later being in the first year to start at Burnt Mill.
I worked for a major high street bank in a variety of branch and specialist roles, including management accounting and taxation until taking early retirement in 2000. Since that time I have focussed on being a councillor and supporting a number of charities and I am currently chairman of Street2Homes, providing support to rough sleepers and the vulnerably housed.
Since 2000 I have been a councillor for the Church Langley area, taking a great interest in its physical and social development, actively supporting the residents association. On the council I have focussed on finance, monitoring how it spends your money and more recently on tenant engagement. Between 2008 and 2012 I was the Resources Portfolio holder, setting four budgets which either reduced or froze Council Tax, whilst at the same time improving services. I also proposed ways for the council to invest its surplus funds securely during the financial crises – by lending to itself.
I am currently shadow Housing Portfolio holder, monitoring the major changes to the way the housing stock is financed and the major investment in improving tenants’ homes.
Although a councillor for Church Langley, my wife and I have lived in Mark Hall for over 20 years, trying to be good neighbours by helping out where we can.