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Wokingham Borough Council Elections May 2012 - Liberal Democrat Candidates

April 20, 2012 12:00 PM

There are Lib-Dem candidates in each of the following Wokingham Borough Wards:

Bulmershe & Whitegates, Charvil, Emmbrook, Evendons, Finchampstead North, Finchampstead South, Hawkedon, Hillside, Hurst, Loddon, Maiden Erlegh, Norreys, Remenham Wargrave & Ruscombe, Shinfield South, Twyford, Wescott, Winnersh and Wokingham Without. Several of the candidates have experience as former Councillors on Wokingham Borough Council or its predecessor Wokingham District Council, as described below. To ask any of the candidates a question, please contact the web-site.

Bulmershe & Whitegates: LESLEY HAYWARD

Lesley has lived in Woodley for over 20 years and brought up her family of two boys here. She ran the White Horse Pub in Wokingham Without for some years. Her many interests include green bowling, reading and interior design. Lesley feels passionate about the need for good bus services, considerate parking, the regeneration of Woodley town centre and the preservation of the valuable green open space between Earley and Woodley.


Malcolm was a Wokingham Borough Councillor for 14 years before standing down at the 2011 elections. He is a Woodley Town Councillor. He has lived in Earley for 36 years and is married with three daughters who all attended local schools. Malcolm used to lecture at Bracknell & Wokingham college before his retirement. He enjoys helping local residents with their problems and is particularly interested in planning issues.


Suresh was born in London and moved to Wokingham 17 years ago, via 4 years of school in south India and Sheffield Hallam University. After 10 years working for US companies Oracle & IBM, he has been an independent consultant for 6 1/2 years. Suresh stood as an Earley Town Council candidate last year and believes his Liberal values come from a belief that we are all equal and should all be able to contribute to and have a stake in our own society. If elected, Suresh will strive to ensure that business works with local communities rather than see the council roll-over to big business.


Steve has lived in Berkshire for 24 years. He works in the charity sector where he has worked for Age Concern and latterly Citizens Advice in a specialist adviser role. For over 10 years, Steve was a parish councillor where he successfully brought in the lowest ever increases to the parish council tax, an achievement that has not been matched. Steve's strength is his ability to communicate with people from all backgounds, age, and abilities, listening to their concerns and taking up their cause.

Finchampstead North: ROY NEALL

Roy is now retired. Most of his working life was spent in Civil Engineering and the construction industry in a variety of roles, from design to work on site, spending his later years as a self employed Quantity Surveyor. He is an experienced town councillor and in that role has been involved with a number of charities within Wokingham Borough.

Finchampstead South: ROLAND CUNDY

Roland Cundy has lived with his family in the area for 24 years. Roland is Chairman of Finchampstead Parish Council, chair of Governors at Finchampstead C of E primary school. Roland is Chairman of the California Ratepayers Hall, and Chairman of the East Berkshire Education Business Partnership. Roland is well-known for his involvement in the community.


Anthony Vick has lived in Lower Earley for 8 years, and is bringing his family up here. He has actively campaigned to save Wokingham's
libraries, and is running a petition for a pedestrian crossing on Kilnsea Drive. Anthony has also been active in the community as a fundraiser for the Earleybird pre-school committee, a member of the Earley Adopt A Street Initiative (EASI), and Chair of the Wellington Grange Residents' association.


Keith moved to Reading nearly 20 years ago to study at Reading University, and has since lived in Reading and Earley, working in the IT sector locally. He has settled with his wife, a teacher, and young daughter in Hillside, and is working with the Lib Dem team to help build a community of which local residents can feel proud to be part.


Paul Trott is married with two children, and has lived in Twyford for 27 years. A graduate of London University, he is now Head of Marketing for an international Christian charity. His wife Jo is a teacher in Reading and a former Chair of Governors at one of the Twyford schools, while their children both went to Polehampton and Piggott Schools.

Paul's chief political concerns are in social justice, constitutional reform and, not surprisingly, education. Away from politics, Paul is a keen sportsman: he was Secretary of a local cricket club, helps to run a golf society and has arranged events to raise funds for a number of charities including Amnesty International, Cancer Research and The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust.

Loddon: TOM McCANN

Tom McCann has lived in Woodley for 30 years and both of his daughters attended Bulmershe School. He was a Wokingham Borough councillor for more than 10 years before standing for parliament in two general elections. He currently manages two local charity shops and is committed to making a difference in our community.

Maiden Erlegh: DAVID HARE

David Hare is Leader of Earley Town Council Liberal Democrat group. He was a Borough Councillor for 15 years, Chair of Social Services & opposition lead for the Environment. David brought up his three sons, now grown up, in Earley. David works for The Alzheimer's Society in Reading, recruiting, training & placing volunteers. David is a Secretary of Berkshire Cricket Officials Association, a registered panel umpire, is active in a local church and is treasurer of a charity working in gardens with people who have mental health problems.

Norreys: JOHN BRAY

John has lived in Wokingham Borough for nearly 23 years. He works in IT, and his hobbies include supporting London Irish. He is married to Prue Bray, the Leader of the Lib Dem group on the Council. This is the second year that he has stood in Norreys.

Remenham Wargrave & Ruscombe: MARTIN ALDER

Martin Alder has worked for many years as a pilot for commercial airlines. He has lived in the area since 1988. Martin is married to a head teacher, and his two children both attended Wargrave Piggott School. Martin has stood for the Remenham, Wargrave, and Ruscombe seat before, and would regard it as a great privilege to represent the residents of the ward on Wokingham Borough Council.


Imogen Shepherd-Dubey was born in Reading and went to school in Wokingham. She returned to the area nine years ago after living and working in both London and abroad. Her parents and other family have continued to live locally throughout this time. She currently works as an IT Consultant and in her spare time she is involved in volunteer work for a selection of local charities. She is also a very keen gardener and can often be seen on her allotment. Imogen is very concerned about the over-urbanisation of the area, the consequential traffic problems and pressure on resources. She is also keen to ensure that services within the borough are maintained and that finances are used efficiently.

This is the second year that she has stood in Shinfield South.


Lindsay has been a councillor representing Twyford on Wokingham Council before, so he knows the ropes. He has been a governor of the Piggott School, and a Twyford Parish Councillor. Lindsay has campaigned with Stephen Conway and Dee Tomlin for a new library in Twyford village.


A graduate of Nottingham University, James works in IT for a well-known major software company based locally. He has a young family. He is currently a parish councillor in Winnersh.


Rachelle has lived in the area for the last 8 years. She has had a variety of careers, from the Armed Forces through the medical field, to IT and Psychotherapy. Currently she works for a youth and community charity and is interested in children's education. Rachelle is a Winnersh Parish Councillor, a member of the Winnersh Neighbourhod action group and has campaigned in Winnersh for a pedestrian crossing in Robin Hood Lane. She is very concerned to improve safety and congestion at Winnersh crossroads. She lives in Winnersh and can often be seen on her local allotment.

Wokingham Without: ELAINE SPRATING

Elaine has lived in the area for 38 years and is well-known in the community. She has two grown up children who went to local schools. Elaine has been a member and Chairman of Earley Town Council, a former governor of a local primary school, and is currently Chairman of Earley Volunteer Care Bureau and a trustee and volunteer at the Crescent Resource Centre. Elaine received the M.B.E. in 2004 for services to the community.