BUCKINGHAMSHIRE UNITARY COUNCIL
Gerrards Cross (North & South),Beaconsfield Old Town and Hedgerley
I’m a local who returned here last year
I grew up in Gerrards Cross and after studying economics at university, went on to a career in finance. After some years in London, I moved to Asia where I spent almost 25 years most recently 14 in Hong Kong. I held a number of roles working as an investment banker and in various management positions including Asia Pacific Chief Operating Officer for a commercial and investment banking business.
In 2018 I returned to the UK and made Gerrards Cross home again.
My links with Gerrards Cross and Buckinghamshire
When choosing an area to live last year, my wife and I realised we conducted the same analysis as my parents 50 years ago ! Like them, we picked Gerrards Cross as the best place to make a home. Our town is full of friendly and engaging people, with efficient businesses of every type easily accessible and plenty of green spaces and things to do. It is also marvellously located with superb connectivity into London, easy links to the wider region and is close to key infrastructure such as Heathrow Airport.
Prior to returning, I have been a regular visitor to GX over the years visiting family. Living here has exceeded my expectations of what our town and area has to offer. I have discovered the vibrant community of bridge players and am learning piano in which I aim to take a diploma later this year.
The Conservative Party and my campaign experience
I joined the Conservative Party when I was a student and was Vice Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association. I continued my involvement in the party while living in London as a canvasser and supporter. One my campaigning highlights was in 1992 when, under John Major, we unexpectedly won that general election. It felt great to be a part of that achievement.
I re-joined the party on my return to the UK last year and am a member of the Gerrards Cross branch committee. I have enjoyed social events throughout the region, attended various party meetings and support local campaigning. It’s been a good way to connect with our town, meet new people and I have started to learn more about the issues which will face the new Unitary Council.
My goals as a Unitary Councillor
Above all, I want to represent local people and help them secure our area as a great place to live. Some focus areas would be:-
Finance and strategy – As Conservatives, our core responsibility is to ensure the good financial order of our government. The Unitary council will have large budget of close to billion pounds a year. Understanding revenues, costs and investment activities and how these develop over time is an area where I have experience and expertise.
Major budget items – One of the largest components of spending for the Unitary Council is social care. I’d like all of us as council tax payers to understand better how this money is spent and why and how it is changing – in fact in many ways the increase represents a good news story. As your representative I want to focus on what can be done to minimise growth in spending whilst ensuring Buckinghamshire has the best types of support for those that need it.
Planning – The quality of life locally has developed tremendously since I lived here in the 1980s. The recent local plan anticipates continued population growth (13% over 15 years) and no doubt the local economy will grow more than this. I welcome continued dynamism and growth and look forward to seeing how this can be shaped so it works best for local residents. Infrastructure needs to be developed to support that growth and maintain the quality of our local environment.
Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield and Hedgerley – Let’s make our towns and Hedgerley village even better ! Working together with the Town and Parish councilors, I believe there is much that can be learned from elsewhere and applied locally.