Originally from Woodley, Reading, I studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast and Business at Baker University, Kansas. I have over 10 years of experience in the media sector as a financial journalist, editor and digital leader. I live in Woking with my wife and five year-old son, who attends a local primary school.
I was proud to be elected to represent Mount Hermon ward on Woking Borough Council in 2016. Since then, I have worked hard every day for local residents, tackling issues such as flooding, road safety and untidy pavements, shopfronts and verges.
In my first year as a councillor, I won the Council’s support for two landmark motions—one ensuring the Council considers the extension of town centre CCTV to neighbouring areas such as Mount Hermon; and another to bring forward free public Wi-Fi in Woking Park.
In 2017, I was appointed as a member of the Executive, with responsibility for Leisure and Cultural Services, Heritage, Cultural and Community Development, Leisure Centre and Pool in the Park, and Marketing Communications.
Crime is an issue of particular concern to me. Before being elected as a councillor, I founded a Neighbourhood Watch scheme covering 92 properties close to Woking town centre, which I am still involved in running.
I am Lead Member for Young People and also serve as one of the Council’s representatives on Woking Youth Council, an initiative that gives local 13–19 year-olds a voice on the issues affecting them, and the ability to award grants to local youth-related projects.
In my spare time, I like to run and spend time with my family enjoying Woking’s beautiful parks and countryside.