I am one of two Mendip District Councillors for Frome College ward, which covers the northern part of Frome, in Somerset. I was elected in May 2011 and re-elected in May 2015.
Originally from north London, I moved to Frome in 2003. I am married with three young children (and a rabbit). Having been a care attendant while at university, helping people in their homes while their carers took a break, I now work in an environmental consultancy, assessing the implications of planning major development projects.
I stood for election to help protect and improve our important community services and open spaces, and help make Council decisions better informed, fairer, greener, and more responsive to and engaging with local residents and community groups.
From 2011 to early 2014 I was the Mendip Liberal Democrat group’s ‘Shadow Cabinet spokesperson’ for Governance, Assets and Public Spaces at Mendip District Council, and have also been a member of Mendip’s Corporate Assets Working Group, Local Plan Advisory Group, the Play Strategy group, and the Markets working group. In 2015/16 I served on the MDC Council Tax Collection Talk & Finish Group. I am currently shadowing the Neighbourhood Services portfolio, and Mendip’s Strategic Board for Leisure, and also sit on the Fracking Working Group. In December 2013 I was elected at the byelection for Frome College ward onto Frome Town Council, and served until the election in May 2015. Some of my main areas of work have included the Old Showfield, Frome Leisure Centre, fracking, local parks, Council Tax collection (bailiffs), and local planning applications.
I work for Nicholas Pearson Associates, Environmental Planers, Landscape Architects, Ecologists and Graphic Designers, at Church Farm Business Park, Corston, near Bath.
I work mainly in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment and planning of major development projects. Through work I am a member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, and the Society for the Environment, and I am an IEMA Registered EIA Practitioner. Previously I have been Chair of the Ireland-UK Branch of the IAIA, and remain on the IEMA Impact Assessment Network’s Steering Group.
I am a member of the Liberal Democrat party, and the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC).