I was born in Coventry and came to London to go to university. With a BA(Hons) in Maths and Management Studies, I have worked in business to business marketing communications for companies as diverse as waste management, IT and recruitment.
After moving around South West London, I settled in Surbiton in 1998 and now have two young daughters who attend a local school. I love Surbiton, the community comes together frequently to celebrate life – sometimes in the most bizarre ways!
‘1p in the pound for education’ was what first attracted me to the Lib Dems, when I was at university. Over the years, it has been the Liberal Democrat policies that I felt most reflected what is important to me. I joined the party in 2001 and quickly became involved in local campaigning. I knew there were many things that needed to be done to improve central Surbiton. I was a commuter from Surbiton Station, user of the local facilities and a resident in St Mark’s Ward when I decided to stand in 2002.
I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent the residents of St Marks Ward for the last 12 years and hope that you will allow me to continue to do so on May 22nd 2014. Surbiton has changed over this time, with far more families needing school places and older people suffering from dementia. The Council working with partners has to continue to meet these needs with reducing resources, which creates a new challenge.
Whilst on Kingston Council I have taken various roles in addition to my ward duties:
2004-2008 – Executive member for Environment
2006-2010 – Vice-chair of Licensing Committee
2009-2013 – Deputy Leader of the Council
2010-2012 – Lead Member for Education for All
2013-present – Leader of the Council.