I have represented Burton Latimer variously on the town, borough and county councils, with main interests in planning, transport, education and children's services.
Outside Burton Latimer - but helping Burton residents amongst others - I am chair of the Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation, an educational charity which runs an outdoor activity centre at Govilon in South Wales and gives grants to help young people realise their full potential. I am also chair of LANRAC, the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Rail Action Comiittee, which campaigns for improved services and electrification of the Midland Main Line through Wellingborough and Kettering.
My main mission is to ensure that the growth in population imposed on us by central government is matched by an enhanced town centre, with a better shopping offer and improved public services. To achieve these objectives I am working with colleagues to ensure that the financial benefits of housing development in Section 106 contributions are spent in Burton Latimer, together with wind farm community payments, so that the town council can kick start the improvements. I am also a great believer in working with others as partners to retain and improve services such as the library and highways.