Wendy Matthews

Buckinghamshire Council Candidate
Candidate for the Iver Ward

I have always been involved in the local community:-  I was the Chairman of the Richings Park Residents’ Association for 8 years and a governor at Iver Village Infants School.  I have retired from my career in the Civil Service and therefore have the time and commitment to be able to attend the many meetings that the role of Councillor requires.  The meetings of the new Buckinghamshire Council will often be held in Aylesbury and probably during the day so I will have the availability to be able to fully participate in the work of the new Council.

I have been the Chairman of South Bucks District Council for the past 2 years and have raised over £12k for a project with Bucks Minds which provided our infant schools in South Bucks with much needed help and support.  I have enjoyed being part of the youngsters’ community and I want to continue to try to bring a secondary school back to Iver.

I am very aware of the of the many developments that do and will surround us, particularly Heathrow expansion, M4 smart motorway, Western Rail Access to Heathrow and those that add to the HGV load on our unsuitable local roads. There may be little we can do to prevent these and they will certainly pose challenges for us on many levels, but there are also opportunities that I am determined to seize to ensure that our area is included when compensation and mitigation is being discussed so that our villages remain as vibrant communities where people want to live and work.

 I am passionate about protecting our community from the impacts that these developments will create, be it noise from aircraft, HGVs on our residential roads or the resulting air pollution and that the disruption to residents is kept to a minimum.  I have been instrumental in bring together all the various players to work in partnership to try to develop a realistic strategy for a relief road and I am proud to say that this now forms part of the recently published Local Plan.

I want to stand for election to the new unitary council because I want to be able to ensure that residents can engage with the new council and that the services and facilities it provides for our communities are the best they possibly can be and to make a difference to their lives. In other words, to get things done.  However, there will be challenges ahead to ensure that in such a large council covering the whole of Buckinghamshire that the concerns of the residents of the Ivers in the very south of the County are heard.  The proposed new community boards comprising the local unitary councillors will give me the opportunity to do just this and engage local residents and groups in the process. 

I look forward to seizing the opportunities and challenges that will come with the new council and I hope that you will allow me to stand as your candidate at the forthcoming election.



See Also

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.

Andrew Wood

Buckinghamshire Council

My name is Andrew Wood and I am 56 years of age. I was fortunate to grow up in a lovely part of the north east of Scotland called Buckie with two Loving parents and a Sister, all of whom are still alive today.