I am very pleased to be the Conservative candidate for County Councillor for Ashford Central. I have been the County Councillor for Ashford Central for 4 years and a Borough Councillor since 1999. I have lived in Ashford for over 45 years so understand the area very well. By being re-elected as a County Councillor, I will represent residents and make sure their views are heard on Ashford town centre reset.
It is a huge privilege to represent the residents of Ashford Rural East on Kent County Council. I work closely with parish councils and Ashford Borough councillors, making sure our voice is heard at KCC, where I also serve as Cabinet lead for Adult Social Care and Public Health.
It has been an enormous privilege to represent the people of one of the loveliest parts of England on Kent County Council. My division is centred on the ancient town of Tenterden and includes the beautiful villages of Biddenden, High Halden, Kenardington, Stone, Appledore, Wittersham, Rolvenden and Newenden.
Originally from a mining village in Yorkshire, I was brought up in a council house with my younger brother and sister. I went to a state grammar school, then to Oxford University, where I read chemistry, and I had a successful business career in very large companies, including Unilever, Tesco, Safeway and Shell. I am recently retired, fit and energetic, with an active brain.