When did you join the council?
I joined in the Autumn of 2016, which was pretty ambitious of me when I look back, as my twins were only 18 months old at that point. I think I was keen to do something that got me out of the house! But I also wanted to represent Eynsham’s parents and families. Back then there weren’t many councillors who had young families and I felt that we were an important voice that needed to be heard.
What do you enjoy about being a councillor?
It’s great to hear about all the things happening in the village and, hopefully, represent parents and families in any discussions. Some of the specific projects I get involved with can be really satisfying too. I enjoyed the redevelopment work we did for the Witney Road play area a couple of years ago and I’ve liked being part of the team working on the Christmas lights this year. I like getting involved with all the things that make Eynsham such a lovely place to live, like the Fishponds, the footpaths and the playing areas.
What has been the hardest thing about the role?
It has been challenging to get to grips with the complexities of planning and the legal aspects of some of the work that’s happening in Eynsham and the surrounding areas. Understanding the implications of the Garden Village and the West Eynsham developments, for example, is almost a full-time job! Thankfully we have councillors who have the time and the ability to fully digest these complex issues.
What do you like about life in Eynsham?
I moved here ten years ago and love the sense of community here. It’s small enough that people know you, but it still has a vibrancy, with loads of things to get involved with. It’s also great to be so close to Oxford and London. I think we’re really lucky to live here, in fact!
What do you do for work?
My background is in marketing, communications and fundraising for various non-profit organisations. I’m currently the Marketing and Communications Officer for HENRY, a charity that supports parents to give their children the best possible start in life. We’re based in Eynsham and work nationally.
Do you enjoy your job?
I really enjoy it! It’s a wonderful organisation and we work really hard to support families in all sorts of ways, from improving nutrition and emotional well-being, to sharing advice on parenting skills, breastfeeding or getting more active. Everything we do starts from understanding that while parents always want what’s best for their children, it can be hard to know what ‘best’ looks like. We try to support them in this by sharing advice, skills and opportunities. The work we do really makes a difference and that is enormously satisfying.
Do you have a question or a concern you’d like Katy to raise with the council? You can contact her via email on Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.