When did you join the council?
I joined in November 2014 initially and served until March 2021. Then I had a break and re-joined in July 2021.
Why did you want to join the council?
I wanted to learn more about local government, understand how it worked and see if I could constructively contribute.
What do you enjoy about being a councillor?
I get to see how our democracy works through real life examples. Parish council work is issues-based – the devil is definitely in the detail – and few councillors have declared political affiliations. I welcome having different opinions around the table.
What has most surprised you since you became a councillor?
How important it is to have competent, progressive district and county councillors to protect the community and achieve constructive change.
What the biggest misconception other people seem to have about what a councillor – and the parish council – do?
Many people don’t realise that town and parish councils are the first, not the lowest, level of local government.
What issue are you most passionate about?
I feel it’s important that residents keep enjoying our streets, shops and pubs, public spaces and nearby open green spaces against a backdrop of rapid change
Why do you like about living in Eynsham?
Everything you need is only a short walk away. And if it’s not walkable, usually the bus or a borrowed car (Eynsham Car Sharing scheme) can get me where I want to go.
What is your favourite community event or activity?
I’m impressed by the numerous things other residents do to help mitigate and make us more aware of the Climate Emergency, such as the Repair Café, Swap Shop, EPIC, Nature Recovery Network and the Car Sharing scheme. I’m also big fan of the Shirt Race, Carnival Parade and the weekly Country Market.
What did you do as a profession?
I worked in Public Health research (management/communications), international emergency aid and development (project manager / logistics) and in a public library as a library assistant. Over four decades of paid employment has left me with no doubt that where and how you live and work has a significant impact on health and wellbeing.
What did you enjoy about your work?
I liked working with people who cared about creating a fairer society.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
My spare time is spent social cycling /walking, keeping up with friends and family, or simply ‘watching the grass grow’.
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