Michael Bracken

Buckinghamshire Council Candidate
Gerrards Cross Ward


Gerrards Cross (North & South),Beaconsfield Old Town and Hedgerley

Michael Bracken

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.

See Also

Julia Langley

Buckinghamshire Candidate

Wycombe District Councillor for The WooburnsJULIA LANGLEY has lived in Buckinghamshire for 30 years, originally moving here to find a better standard of education for her son.

George Sandy

Buckinghamshire Council Candidate for Cliveden Ward

George Sandy, together with his wife Sally arrived in Taplow in 1971. Their three daughters were educated at a mix of local schools comprising; St Nicolas, Burnham Grammar, and St. Bernard’s.   George held several directorships during his career. Mainly in sales, marketing & retailing. One of the latter included the Fullers chain of cake & patisserie shops, and he also held the position of Head of Retail of London Regional Transport.

Anita Cranmer

Town Councillor for Beaconsfield - Anita Cranmer lives in the Old Town, Beaconsfield with her with husband George. They have 5 children and now 11 grandchildren. She taught at Wycombe High School for 6 years and for 8 years Anita was District Councillor for Hedgerley and Fulmer.

Santokh S Chhokar

Buckinghamshire Council
Denham, Fulmer and Gerrards Cross East Candidate

Santokh S Chhokar BSc (Hons), Solicitor (Hons), FRSA
About me : I am married with three children and we have lived in Gerrards Cross East for the past 18 years. I am the Senior Partner in a medium-sized solicitors’ practice, established in 1994 with offices in Southall, Slough and Central London.

Carol Heap

Buckinghamshire Unitary Council

Carol Heap will be new to elected office. Carol is a Pharmacist by profession and currently serves as Director of HealthWatch Bucks, and is a Trustee for Community Impact Bucks.

Julia Adey

Buckinghamshire Candidate
The Wooburns and Bourne End


Having lived all my life and raised three sons in Buckinghamshire, I moved to the Cores End area of Bourne End in 2007.

Alastair Pike

Buckinghamshire Council

Alastair Pike has been a Town Councillor in Beaconsfield since 2011 and became Leader of the Conservative Group and the Town Council in 2015.  He is currently Deputy Mayor.

Luisa Sullivan

Buckinghamshire Candidate

The role of a county councillor is predominately that of a communicator. Being able to engage with all residents and community groups and balancing the needs and interests of residents, with council policy and its services, at all council tier levels.

I have been active in the community for many years, and have built solid relationships with many of our community groups. 

Over these last 25 years you’ve given me an insight and understanding of how our local community feels about their environment, its needs, its development and growth and aspirations for our younger generation.

There are many developments and projects happening in The Ivers. Alongside these, we need to plan for more community facilities, develop the road network and address the congestion problems.

We need to balance the need for housing, with affordable and cost saving initiatives like shared equity and self-build opportunities, alongside protecting our precious Green Belt and open spaces.

A tall order and this task requires your County Council representative to hold integrity, honesty and rational level thinking, to be an effective communicator, negotiator and team member, able to work with different local authority tiers and in partnership with other organisations to deliver positive outcomes for our community.

If you would like to speak to me or have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Luisa Sullivan Mobile: 07915 000767 Email: luisa.sullivan1@gmail.com

Ralph Bagge

Buckinghamshire Council Candidate

I have lived in Stoke Poges since 1995, and both our children went to The Stoke Poges School, where my wife teaches music. I started taking an interest in local politics around the time of the Bells Hill redevelopment and was elected to Stoke Poges Parish Council in 2010, being elected Chairman the following year. I was elected to South Bucks District Council, representing Stoke Poges in 2011, where I became Chairman of the Planning Committee, and after re-election, in 2015 I became Leader of the Council, working regularly with County colleagues on issues including housing, health and the local economy. With my experience of local government, you can rely on me to represent your concerns effectively at County Hall.

I believe that South Bucks is a great place to live in – we have beautiful tree-lined roads and the openness of the Green Belt while enjoying the excellent road, rail and air access. I’m passionate about preserving our quality of life and ensuring that South Bucks remains a great place to live. I'm determined to see off the threat from Slough to build on our Green Belt and to preserve the semi-rural character of our quiet villages that we all enjoy so much.

Jason Behenna - Deputy Chair Membership

Jason moved to the leafy town of Marlow 7 years ago and has become part of the local scene, owning both his own rehabilitation business and as a parent involved in Great Marlow School Key stage 3.

Jason was involved in politics for the Conservative Party in South Africa for 15yrs up until he immigrated to the UK in 2001, where he has continued to support and vote Conservative since.

The divisiveness in the current political climate spurred Jason on to take the ambitious step to stand as Deputy Chair Membership and Fundraising for BCCA in a bid to help heal the divided electorate

Jason speaks 4 languages (English, Afrikaans, Dutch and Flemish) and having lived on 2 continents and in 3 countries, has a very diverse and multicultural background which helps him reach out to all communities.