People

Chris Owen

Chris Owen - Beaconsfield West Ward:  I love Beaconsfield, having lived and worked here for most of my life.  I am married with two children. I have enjoyed working with and raising money for Holtspur School PTA, Beaconsfield Girl Guides and Scouts, Holtspur Scouts and the Beaconsfield Community Association amongst others. Running a business in Holtspur, I am proud to have employed local young people to give them a start in their working lives. As a Young Enterprise Business Advisor I have worked in local schools encouraging the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. If elected, I will use my local knowledge to help secure a great future for Beaconsfield.

Rita Bhalla

My career has encompassed banking, sales, insurance and fundraising, and the fact that I have dealt with people from all walks of life I feel would help me with the challenges I face as a councillor. I moved from Harrow to Buckinghamshire 12 years ago and into Beaconsfield 8 years ago. I am married with 2 sons who have spent their formidable years in Beaconsfield having both been through the excellent Grammar School system of Education that Buckinghamshire provides.

I will make a difference and be involved in shaping the future of the local community & want to represent the views of local people and ensure that community interests are taken into account. One of my main concerns is to improve services for the Elderly members of our community. I am an active volunteer for ‘Save the Children’ , ‘The Sadhu Vaswani Group - Feeding the Homeless’ and most recently worked within Buckinghamshire and volunteered for my Bank collecting food donations from around the county for the victims of the Nepal Earthquake which I then delivered to Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

James Hartley

James Hartley - Beaconsfield West Ward: I am married with two young children and have lived in Beaconsfield for the last twenty years. Having a young family I want to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone – with a particular focus on the parking and traffic.

Fifteen years ago I started my company in Beaconsfield and have many of the local businesses as clients giving me a good understanding of the town and the people who live and work here. Beaconsfield is my home and I am committed to making it a better place for the sake of my family, friends and neighbours.

Philip Bastiman

I enjoy living in Beaconsfield, we share a beautiful town with a great heritage and quality of life. I am standing for the town council to help to preserve our environment and make Beaconsfield an even better place to live. I have a track record as a councillor in Wandsworth where I was responsible for introducing doorstep recycling, providing outstanding Social Services for vulnerable local people and delivering excellent value for money.

Barbara Gibbs

I am both delighted and honoured to have been selected the County Councillor in the Gerrards Cross division which includes Hedgerley and part of North Beaconsfield. For the last two years I have served on the SBDC as an active member of three Committees, Planning, Audit and Overview and Scrutiny where I have used my extensive experience to try to gain the best outcomes for local residents. I am very active in the local community where I am the Chairman of the Gerrards Cross Conservatives. I am a member of Misbourne Matins Rotary club where I serve as the Safeguarding officer. I am an enthusiastic member of Rotary and support many activities including helping at the Gerrards Cross Jumble sale. I am on the Governing body of Beaconsfield High School. I am interested in ensuring that the quality of life for residents is maintained and if possible enhanced. For this to happen, particularly when funding is tight, new solutions to existing problems need to be found. Continuing to build on the self confidence and therefore resilience of all is surely part of the way forward. I am a strong advocate for reevaluating existing practices, preserving what is effective but looking for fundamental change where appropriate.

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

John Read - Deputy Chairman Political

I believe Beaconsfield Old Town has a character and a charm that is worth preserving, whilst meeting the needs of the community and business. 

I have lived in Beaconsfield for nearly twenty years. For the last eight years I have run my web consultancy firm from the Old Town and worked with a number of local businesses during that time. Although I have seen the town change, it has remained a pleasant place to live and work. I will strive to serve the town to the best of my ability whilst keeping an open and informed mind on all matters.

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.

Sandy Saunders

I and my wife Rosemary have lived in Beaconsfield for 40+ years. Our four daughters went to St Mary’s School, and to the High School, and we have also fostered several young people who needed help. In 2007 I was elected Chairman of the Beaconsfield Society, and subsequently I chaired the committee which included BOTRA and the Neighbourhood Action Group when we assessed the concerns of more than 60 diverse local organisations in writing the Parish Appraisal .