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Meet our candidates standing for Borough Councillor in the 2019 Local Elections:

Robert Tuck

Barkham

Robert Tuck

Rob has lived at Arborfield Garrison in Barkham for over 10 years, and has lived in the Reading/Wokingham area since moving there nearly 20 years ago.

He has the best part of two decades' experience working in IT as a software developer and is a keen runner. He can often be seen at the California Country parkrun in Finchampstead where he is a regular volunteer, or running about with his local running club.

Rob says "I am standing because I want the voice of Barkham to be heard at the Council.

We have been ignored long enough - local residents are fed up with endless disruption from new developments and want to have the services and facilities that they were promised. I also want to maintain and improve access to the green spaces that are vital to people's wellbeing and are part of what attract people to the area in the first place."

Nigel Harman

Bulmershe & Whitegates

Nigel Harman

Nigel has lived in Woodley for over 20 years and has been actively working with the Lib Dems for most of that time. Nigel campaigns for issues that matter to residents and fights to make Bulmershe and Whitegates a better, greener, safer place to live and work.

"It's time we took our responsibility to the environment seriously, we need to increase recycling - in particular introduce the kerbside collection of glass and reduce our reliance on the car. It will be a privilege to campaign and speak up for the residents of Bulmershe and Whitegates.I want to be a strong voice that makes their views heard at the Council."

Paul Barton

Coronation

Paul Barton

Paul has been a Coronation resident for over 40 years. He was a Town Councillor for 4 of those. He is a Chartered Accountant who was CFO of a large European services group. His particular interest now is the care sector and he is Chairman of the Executive Committee of a Reading care home.

Rachel Bishop-Firth

Emmbrook

Rachel Bishop-Firth

Rachel is an active community member. She started the St Paul's Residents' Association and is a School Governor. She's been campaigning to get the unpopular temporary rail bridge at Tanhouse Crossing replaced by a permanent, accessible bridge and to tackle antisocial behaviour and litter in the local area. Rachel will be standing to join Councillor Imogen Shepherd-Dubey on the council to represent Emmbrook residents in the May elections.

Adrian Mather

Evendons

Adrian Mather

I have lived in Wokingham for the last 20 years with my wife and 3 children. I work for a global IT firm and am actively involved with my local church and its community. In my spare time, I help out with various youth activities.

Andrew Mickleburgh

Hawkedon

Andrew Mickleburgh

From a young age Andrew has been very active in politics and charitable work. He has extensive experience in the education sector and is committed to improving the lives of Earley's young people and senior citizens.

Caroline Smith

Hillside

Caroline Smith

Caroline works for a National Charity and has served as a borough councillor. She spent 12 years as a local school governor. Having lived in Lower Earley for over 30 years she has a deep understanding of local issues. Caroline says Earley needs a decent bus service.

Carol Jewell

Loddon

Carol Jewell

Carol first moved to Woodley in 1966. She has been an active community campaigner - 27 years on Woodley Town Council (she was Mayor three times) and 12 years on the District (Borough) Council. Carol gets around Woodley (and beyond) on her bike and is very concerned about the state of Woodley's roads.

Tahir Maher

Maiden Erlegh

Tahir Maher

Tahir was a member of Earley Town Council for many years and a former Lib Dem Group Leader. He is well known in the local community where he's worked with the Lib Dem team to improve Earley's bus service. Nationally he is Vice-President of the English Liberal Democrats.

Lizzie Bishop

Norreys

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth has lived in Wokingham all her life and went to local schools. She's a student and currently works in Beanoak Road in Norreys.

Elizabeth says, "I want to see more facilities and support for young people in our area. Young people need places to meet and support services, such as mental health support, to help us when we need help in solving problems. The needs of teenagers and young people were ignored when the town centre was redesigned and budget cuts mean that support is available only for the most troubled young people. I also want to see housing affordable housing made available for young adults".

Stephen Newton

Shinfield North

Stephen Newton

Stephen is a commercial manager working for a global financial services company. Prior to moving to this area, he stood for Parliament on two occasions and was very active in local politics. Stephen was the inaugural Chair of the Shoebury Community Forum representing over 15,000 residents, local businesses, schools etc. and Chair of the Southend Railway Travellers' Association and worked closely with the new railway line operators to specify the new rolling stock. Stephen moved to Wokingham Borough in 2007 and soon became chair of governors at a local primary school during which time the school's Ofsted rating progressed from "satisfactory" to "good". Stephen is married with two children living at home and he and his wife are registered foster carers. Stephen has been involved in youth work for most of his life and is currently part of the team leading an Urban Saints youth group in Earley.

Tom McCann

Sonning

Tom McCann

Tom McCann lives in Woodley with his wife and has twin daughters. He is chairman of Reading-based charity SARA UK, which supports asthma sufferers. Tom has been a District (Borough) Councillor, serving over a total of 11 years. He is concerned about traffic/congestion as well as the provision of good/local leisure facilities for people who want to keep active.

Beth Rowland

South Lake

Beth Rowland

Beth and her family have lived in South Lake for over 40 years and she is committed to our local community, serving as a governor at both South Lake and Highwood Primary Schools and having represented the ward on both Borough and Town councils. She has been campaigning for better infrastructure and local services.

Stephen Conway

Twyford

Stephen Conway

Stephen served as one of Twyford's borough councillors from 1994 to 2012, standing down only because of increased work commitments when he became head of department at his university. His work pressures have now eased and he would like to serve Twyford again as councillor. He is active in the local community, chairing the Twyford Together Christmas Fayres Committee and is one of the community volunteers helping the parish council draw up its Neighbourhood Plan.

Maria Gee

Wescott

Maria Gee

Maria has lived in the borough for over 30 years. She is a chartered accountant who teaches accounting and finance in higher education. She says "I want to be elected to use my skills to make sure the council's finances are well-run and residents can understand them!"

Paul Fishwick

Winnersh

Paul Fishwick

Paul has lived in Winnersh for over 13 years with his wife Lesley. He has met so many residents on the doorstep and understands the issues they face. Some of these he has already managed to solve by being active and taking appropriate action.

Many residents will already know Paul as Vice Chair of the Parish Council, and through his monthly weather reports.

Jordan Montgomery

Wokingham Without

Jordan Montgomery

I have proudly lived and grown up in Wokingham Borough since I was a year old, and lived in Wokingham Without specifically for over 10 years. I have seen first-hand the detrimental effects the Conservative run council has had on the rural communities in Wokingham Borough, with endless roadworks and congestion paired with poorly executed regeneration plans and ill thought out housing projects.

I would be an invested and hard-working councillor with no qualms about challenging the Conservatives on their sketchy record.