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Radio Verulam - Know your Councillor
16 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Ashley
Anthony Rowlands has represented Ashley Ward on the City and District Council since 2006. From 1986 until he stepped down in 2003, he represented Marshalswick South Ward. Since 2017 he has been County Councillor for St Albans East. He is Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Sport and Deputy Leader of the Council. He was Chair of the Community, Environment and Sport Scrutiny Committee from 2015-2019. Until May 2011, he was Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure and, along with colleagues, guided through the new Westminster Lodge project to the commencement of construction. Over the years, he has worked closely with residents on a wide range of local issues: highway safety; footway and grass verges repairs; resolving parking problems; social housing provision; planning issues; improving play facilities and open spaces and enhancing other community facilities. Anthony is a native of the Isle of Wight. A graduate of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, he spent the first part of his career teaching History in secondary schools. From 2000 until 2018 he was a Director of CentreForum, the independent liberal public policy think tank based in Westminster re-named in 2016 the Education Policy Institute. In July 2015 Anthony was appointed mental health champion for the City and District of St Albans. In that capacity he works with a wide variety of local organisations and individuals to raise awareness and understanding and improve mental health provision. Anthony has two children: Sam is a Solicitor specialising in Mental Health and Alice, an early years’ teacher, lives in Canada. His late wife Harriet was a greatly respected and much loved teacher of Drama at Beaumont School until her retirement in 2013. The family have placed a bench in Harriet’s memory in Clarence Park. He is often seen running around the ward checking on local issues. He has completed 12 London Marathons and 35 St Albans Half Marathons. He escapes from politics and work on Saturday afternoons in the often hapless sometimes joyful cause of supporting his beloved Burnley FC.
10 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
Councillor Chris White, Clarence Ward
We talk to Councillor Chris White about his work as a Councillor and the concerns of people in his ward, plus his ambitions for the District. Chris White is the Liberal Democrat district councillor for Clarence Ward and the county councillor for Clarence and St Peter’s wards. He has been a councillor for 27 years and has been the leader of St Albans district council since last May.
12 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Councillor Chris Davies Verulam Ward
We hear from Councillor Chris Davies, the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Verulam ward about his ward and some of the issues he deals with as a District Councillor. Chris is at the latter stages of first term of office as Verulam ward Councillor and is motivated to re-stand for election this May in order to continue to help Verulam ward and local residents, improve the city, protect the conservation area, support local business and disadvantaged individuals and improve the effectiveness of the council. He is a Chartered Manager and Director of his own financial services technology business and has spent his career in the UK and abroad in Asia and Australia for 12 years. Chris has written and performed in the theatre and recently wrote and directed ‘The Great War, Living Poetry’ staged at Maltings theatre in commemoration of the First World War. A member of St Albans Striders, Chris is a keen local runner and competing in many local races. He lives in Frogmore St Albans with his wife and two children.
11 minutes | Mar 12, 2020
Councillor Jacqui Taylor, St Peters
We talk to Councillor Jacqui Taylor, the Liberal Democrat councillor for St Perets Ward on St Albans District Council. Jacqui has been the district councillor for St Peter’s ward since May 2018. She grew up in Sheffield, studied chemistry at university in Nottingham and lived in Cambridge before moving to St Albans in 2004/5. She lives with her husband who grew up in St Albans, attending Cunningham and Townsend schools, and for the first ten years of living here, she commuted into London for work as a data and IT systems manager. Jacqui then became much more involved with local community projects as well as volunteering with the Open Door winter beds for rough sleepers. This led to her taking on the housing portfolio role in May 2019. She hasn’t owned a car since 2005 and therefore walks to and from most places locally and is always happy to stop and chat about local issues.
9 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Councillor Clare Julien, Marshalswick North
Liberal Democrat Councillor Clare Julien talks to us about the City and her ward and the issues she is passionate about. Clare has lived in St Albans since 2008 and is a single mother to her 2 children both at local primary schools. Clare is a Chartered Accountant who works part time for a charity in London and became a councillor in 2019. Clare sits on the Audit and Budget Committees and is keen to focus her finance and analysis skills to benefit the Council. Clare is enthusiastic about the ability of St Albans to pursue policies to benefit the community and climate. Clare aims to represent the views and wishes of her ward and St Albans District and promote diversity in the Council (which is one of the reasons she chose to stand).
9 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Councillor Stephen Barrett, Verulam
We meet Liberal Democrat Councillor Stephen Barrett and hear about what he thinks are the big issues in his ward and across the City Stephen moved to St Albans in September 2017 and was elected to the District Council in May 2019. He represents the Verulam which encompasses the Cathedral, Verulamium Park and surrounding areas (up to and covering the estate surrounding Waitrose). Having become politically active in the run up to the referendum in June 2016, he says he is very much someone that wants to be in the system trying to make things better rather than on the outside wishing it better. For a day job, Stephen is a School Business Leader in a large Secondary School – responsible for everything but the teaching (finance, HR, Health & Safety, compliance, etc).
10 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
Councillor Helen Campbell, Marshalswick South
We meet Liberal Democrat Councillor Helen Campbell. Helen tells us what matters to people in her ward and what she thinks are the priorities for the District. Helen has lived in St Albans for 17 years and feels privileged to live in such a beautiful city. She has two teenagers who keep her on her toes, is a freelance journalist and has a (very) small new eco business. Her writing covers energy, the environment, logistics, shipping and technology; the scariest thing she has ever done is to be submerged upside down in a training helicopter, and learn how to escape. Fast. Previously politically minded but not politically active, Helen had never considered standing for election before the June 2016 referendum. But that prompted her to get stuck in to the General Election in 2017 and then successfully stand as a candidate for Marshalswick South in spring 2018. She has also co-led St Albans for Europe since 2017. Motivated by her understanding of the gradual decline of some of the UK’s once-thriving towns, she is determined to help keep St Albans a pleasant place to live. She believes that only tackling issues holistically and at the root will produce sustainable solutions. Helen is a volunteer Centre 33, St Albans’ drop-in for the homeless and vulnerable; as well as the climate crisis, her main concerns are homelessness, poverty and social care.
12 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
Councillor Liz Needham, Batchwood
We meet Liz Needham, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Batchwood Ward. Liz talks to us about the area, and her priorities. Liz has lived in St Albans since 1990. She has two grown up children and one grandchild and lives with her dog, Lucy. She works as an accountant and runs her own small business. She is also a trustee of of St Albans for Refugees and also of a women’s refuge. She also has links to St Albans Action for Homeless. She has been a district councillor for Batchwood Ward since May 2019.
9 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
Councillor Simon Grover, St Peters
We meet Green Party District Councillor Simon Grover and talk about the issues he feels are priorities in our area. Simon was born and brought up in St Albans and lives here with his wife and daughter. He is a writer and actor and has been a St Albans Green party councillor since 2011. He is seeking re-election in May this year. In the Council he leads the Independent & Green group of four councillors, and has a particular interest in scrutinising Council policies and, of course, in environmental issues. He is Vice Chair of the Council’s Climate Emergency Response Working Group, and coordinates the Environment Action Group.
9 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
Councillor Josie Madoc, Clarence Ward
We meet Councillor Josie Madoc who is the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Clarence Ward in the centre of St Albans. Josie has always lived in St Albans, and was even born in St Albans hospital! She went to school here, and has held various jobs here too. Josie’s children now go to school here and she has a whole lifetime of memories tied to St Albans, including of the wonderful Clarence Park. Josie is the newest councillor, having recently been elected in October of 2019 in the Clarence by-election. Josie never thought she would be a councillor, and had never even been involved in politics before last year when her daughter was not allocated a place at secondary school. Josie protested in town, got national news coverage and helped lots of other parents in the same position. She found that she had a voice, and could help others. Also Josie was very keen to set an example to her children that anyone can make a difference. Josie says she is fairly vocal and not shy, so that helps!
14 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
Councillor David Mitchell, Redbourn
We meet Councillor David Mitchell who is an Independent District Councillor for Redbourn Ward and Chair of the Redbourn Parish Council. David is a retired Television Producer and Director. He worked for the BBC for most of his career but also made programmes for ITV and was an Executive Producer for Channel 4. David has been a Redbourn Parish Councillor since 2009, and Chairman of the Council since 2011. He became a St Albans District Councillor for Redbourn Ward in May 2019 standing as an independent candidate. He is particularly concerned about the environment and protecting the green belt, and has formed the Redbourn Climate Action group to see what we can all do at a local level to address climate change.
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