Borough Councillor for Welham Green and Hatfield South
Chair of Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats
I have been a lifelong Liberal voter but only joined the party in 2013, prompted by the sheer nastiness of much of the political campaigning in the European Parliamentary elections. I felt then (and still feel) that cooperation achieves much more than conflict and negativity and the European Referendum campaign and its aftermath has done nothing to change my mind!
I worked for the NHS in mental health services for 15 years, in central Birmingham and in Hull. My particular interests were people with drug, alcohol and gambling problems, abused women and people with dementia. Because I have worked in the community in very deprived areas (including rural areas), I understand the devastating effects of poverty, lack of transport services and poor housing on people's lives.
My husband, two sons and I moved to Hatfield over 21 years ago. One of my sons is just about to graduate as an Osteopath and the youngest is in his last final year of an Animation degree. I left the NHS when we moved down to Hertfordshire and have been running my own successful online business as a Silversmith from home since 2006.
I have always tried to put something back into any community that I live in, Over the past few years I have been a Churchwarden, run an over 60s lunch club and currently am Vice Chair of Governors at a local secondary school. My passions are Education, Mental Health, Housing, Social Care (I have an 88-year-old Mum who lives locally) and the maintenance of our beautiful Hertfordshire green spaces, so essential to health and quality of life.
So why am I a Councillor? I think my greatest strength is my normality! I am a Mum, Wife and Daughter before anything else. I hate injustice and unfairness and I am tenacious in tackling problems where I find them. If you contact me with a problem, I will LISTEN to you, CARE enough to take time understanding your problems and then ACT alongside you to try to resolve them.
I was re-elected in May 2018 for 4 years.
I sit on the following Borough Committees:
- Affordable housing
- Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Member Development
- Housing maintenance
- And of course, Full Council!
Thank you for reading this far! If you want to contact me about any current issues please feel free.
Phone: 01707 694975
Address: 6 Pleasant Rise, Hatfield AL9 5DS