Strategy & Finance
The committee recommends and monitors the Town Council’s budget and advises on financial management as well as other matters which do not fall within the remit of the Environmental Services Committee.
This Committee has responsibility for:
- Strategic direction for the Council
- Financial planning, management and monitoring
- Use of IT
- Grants to support community activities
- Grant support for South Hill Park Arts Centre
- Property management and insurance
- Contractual matters
- Health and Safety
- Liaison with partners / statutory agencies
- Communications, including newsletter
- Production of a Neighbourhood Plan
- Other projects
The Strategy & Finance Committee works closely with the Budget Monitoring Group which monitors day to day income and expenditure and is the first point of discussion and scrutiny for financial matters. The Strategy & Finance Committee normally meets six times a year.
T: 01344 420471
Chris TurrellI have represented Harmans Water on Bracknell Town Council since 2000, and have been Leader of the Council since 2004. I chair the Finance & General Purpose Committee and the Staffing Committee. My main aim is to see that the Council continues to give value for money in providing quality services. It is important to keep up standards in its parks, play areas, allotments and other activities. The Council also has an important role in supporting local groups and South Hill Park through grants. Bracknell Town Council is also a distinctive voice for Bracknell Town.
T: 01344 778140
Gill BirchI have been a Town Councillor for 11 years and am proud that the town council aims to keep all our green open spaces maintained to a very high standard to promote the well-being of residents. We have employed an Environmental Warden whose job is to make sure that all our open spaces and play areas are free of litter, dog mess and well maintained.
M: 07968 297318
Peter HeydonI moved to Bracknell in late 2009, attracted to the town by its location and environment. I am retired and now have the time and the desire to be more directly supportive of the local community. My business background has been great preparation for the responsibilities of a local Councillor. I have over 30 years’ experience of representing a major company’s relationships with other large UK organisations.
I have extensive hands-on financial, people and general management skills. I see the councillor’s role as providing community representation and leadership, something which I understand well. I am anxious that the Town Council maintains its high standards in the provision of parks, play areas and other facilities in its care.
T: 01344 412492
Paul BidwellI have lived in the Bracknell ward of Priestwood for eight years, moving to Berkshire from Essex in 1996. A lifelong Labour supporter, I am also a trustee of a local elderly day centre and am especially interested in ensuring that the elderly of Bracknell have access to quality services that allow those over 65 to enjoy a safe and full life.
I combine my support of Labour, Trusteeship with a full-time job delivering ICT services to Local Authorities across the UK and have worked in Europe and the USA. I am married with three children and combine my family with a passion for sport and the arts.
M: 07711 421950
Marc Brunel-WalkerMarc lives locally with his wife and two young children. Their children attend local schools. He works in Bracknell as an Online Marketing Manager for a major IT company.
In his eight years on the Town Council, he has been on the Planning, Staffing, and Finance and General Purposes committees. He was the Town Mayor in 2007/08.
Marc enjoys representing local people. He thinks that Crown Wood is a great place to live, and wants to keep it that way!
M: 07919 217185
Iain McCrackenMarried with two daughters, I have lived in Bracknell Forest for over 35 years and served the community as a Councillor for 19 of them. I have been an Executive member of the Borough since 2001 with responsibility for 3 portfolios: Culture, Corporate Services and Public Protection. I am Vice Chairman of the Thames Valley Police Authority and serve on the Management Committee of Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and am Chairman of Audit and Performance.
Under my chairmanship Coral Reef & The Look Out were designed, built and opened and I have overseen the successful delivery of the £2 million restoration of Lily Hill Park.
M: 07472 255336
Michael GibsonLocal family man Mike is a public affairs consultant. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in politics and modern history specializing in local government at Brunel University. He also studied public administration at Warwick Business School. Mike was previously a councilor in Bedfordshire and has many years\' experience in Adult Social Services and Planning.
Mike moved to the Hanworth and Birch Hill area with his wife and young family a month after his youngest was born. His eldest son attends St Margaret Clitherow Primary School. Mike has also been a school governor and has been a Probation Board Trustee.
Away from work Mike is a folk singer and club organizer. He has sung around the world at festivals and clubs such as Oxford Folk Weekend and Sidmouth Folk Festival. When he has time to relax, he and his wife Lizzy are mostly chasing their children around Bracknell\'s fantastic parks.
Sanjeev PrasadI am a resident of Bracknell for over 20 years and am actively involved with the community as a volunteer since 2003. I was Chairman for the Old Bracknell ward, worked as member of Public and Patient Inolvement Forum (PPIF) with the aim of bringing the patient at the heart of everything the NHS does and for a short period as a School Governor at Sandhurst School.
I have long-standing interest in government at the local and national level in areas including Education, Health, Planning, Law, Services and Infrastructure, plus Bracknell Town Council are responsible for parks, sports pitches, play areas, grant support for local groups, and the related staffing and finance.
I am keen to see the Town Council continue to keep up its high standards of work in these areas and consider it a privilege to be a member of Bracknell Town Council, serving the local community.
T: 01344 831080
Jennie McCrackenMarried with two daughters, I have lived in Bracknell Forest for over 35 years and served the community as a Councillor for 11 years.
First elected in 2000 I was elected Town Mayor and again in 2002. I have served on all the Council committees.
In 2007 I became a Borough councillor and am currently the Vice Chairman of Corporate Parenting. In 2008 I led a ground-breaking and highly commended Working Party on English as an Additional Language (EAL).
In 2010 I led the Safeguarding Children Working Party involving senior representatives of the Police, NHS, Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and Head teachers of our primary and secondary schools. The resulting report is considered an example of best practice for other Authorities.
M: 07950 996014
Ash MerryI am very fortunate to have lived in Harmans Water ward for 21 years. I came here as a 30-something-year-old new mother in 1993. My daughter has been brought up here and schooled locally. I served as an Army Officer for 8 years and have always had a strong sense of duty and a willingness to play an active part in my community. I have had a successful career running my own business and working for others in the profit and non-profit sector. I have seen and experienced life from many perspectives, which I believe will enable me to support residents, and ‘do my bit’ to strengthen a very special community.
As a regular media commentator I recognise the importance of providing a balanced voice of opinion to protect the more vulnerable members of our community, and I am a strong supporter of finding best solutions through a common sense approach. I am currently the Constituency Manager for the Bracknell Conservative Association, which gives me the opportunity and pleasure to speak to residents and better understand local issues.
I will focus on ‘neighbourliness’ - keeping our ward safe, green and happy and supporting initiatives to combat isolation and loneliness.