My working background has always centred on financial management, predominately in the higher education/university sector. I retired from my role as an accountant at the University of Hertfordshire and have since undertaken a consultancy role at the University of Buckingham. I have always felt the need to serve my community, on a voluntary basis. In this regard I have long and extensive experience chairing the Governing Body of my son’s school and in 2008 I was appointed as a Justice of the Peace serving on Benches in Stevenage, Hertford and Hatfield. I have lived in Great Ashby since 2005. Prior to the Community Council being created I was pro-active for change and successfully lobbied both NHDC and the County Council to install salt & grit bins in my locality, cut grass verges and modify road signage. I was elected to the Community Council at its inception in 2011 and chaired the Council for two years from May 2016 to May 2018 when I fostered closer links with Great Ashby Community Centre which I regard as our ‘village hall’. During this period the Council funded amongst other things the Centre’s installation of artificial grass, the purchase of new chairs & tables and essential treatment of its floors. I will continue to support the Community Centre which is the essential hub of our community. I am proud of my leadership of the Community Council’s finances. We now have a realistic budget and working balances to enable members to enhance facilities within our area for the benefit of the whole community. Our precept is virtually the lowest in North Herts. I have always served on our Highways & Grounds Maintenance Committee which has led the planting of our roundabouts, the financing of dog waste bins which would otherwise have been removed by the District, the installation of specialised play equipment and now the financial responsibility for three play areas. More recently I have joined our Strategic Planning Committee. I was drawn to Great Ashby because of its proximity to rolling countryside and an abundance of wildlife. I deplore the destruction of the Green Belt which is why I oppose housing development in our locality. I accept that Great Ashby was created on Green Belt but there comes a point when enough is enough. I was particularly saddened by the Planning Inspector’s approval of NHDC’s Local Plan which includes GA1 & GA2 and will strive to have Great Ashby’s inadequate infrastructure significantly improved through this now unavoidable development on our borders. I believe that it is my responsibility to represent the views of our residents and in so doing I will continue to work tirelessly for the good of Great Ashby.