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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.
T: 01344 429660
Diane FinchI have always been active in local politics, and was a member of the Town council previously. Soon after getting married I got my husband (Alvin) involved, and in 2013 I was delighted to accompany him in his position as Town Mayor to various functions. I and my then Mayor husband are still amazed at the selflessness of Bracknell people that give their time to so many voluntary organisations. This made me want to become a Town Councillor again; an unpaid job, but very rewarding.
Alvin and I enjoy the use of the green spaces, such as the Elms and Lilly Hill Park. A lot of the open space we enjoy is provided by the Town Council. Having a pair of dogs helps us meet a people in different parks and green areas.
In my day to day job I support people with physical learning disabilities. I am keen to see a high quality of life and environment that keeps both young and old people healthy.
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.
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: 07432 710180
Clive HarrisonI have been a Town Councillor since 2011 and lived in Bracknell for eight years. I enjoy representing and helping people and promoting the good work and services that Bracknell Town Council provides.
I very much appreciate my re-election by the good people of Crown Wood, and look forward to being of assistance to them in the years ahead.
T: 01344 429660
Alvin FinchAlvin and Diane married 14 years ago. Diane has always been active in local politics, and soon got her then new husband involved. Alvin and Diane enjoy the use of the public open spaces provided by Town and Borough councils, and having a dog helps them meet a lot of people.
They are keen to ensure that there is “joined up” thinking between the Town and Borough councils.
Alvin works for himself providing individuals with computer support. Diane supports people with learning disabilities. Both are keen to see a high quality of life and environment.
T: 01344 772255
Tina McKenzie-BoyleAs your elected member for Garth, I am delighted to be able to work with you to address any issue as it arises. We are a team - and team work matters and gets things done!
Garth is special and I will do everything I can to ensure it stays a thriving community.
Great Hollands North
T: 01344 352048
Peter HillI live in Jennett\'s Park with my wife and two young children. I lecture economics, business data analysis and project management at Roehampton University Business School.
Before moving to Bracknell in 2013 I taught and worked across the UK, and continue to study my PhD part-time at Warwick University.
I am deeply passionate about maintaining and improving Bracknell as it is one of the best places to live in the country.
T: 01344 426191
Mary TempertonI have now served on Bracknell Town Council for over 30 years. I am proud of our superb play areas and well maintained recreation grounds. I am also proud of the fact that we still employ our own workforce - who take pride in maintaining the highest standards.
Bracknell Town Council has taken over responsibility for Bracknell in Bloom, organising the Celebrating Woods day and the Teddy Bears\' Picnic.
I will continue to ensure everything the council does is of the highest standard and for the benefit of all.
Great Hollands South
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.
T: 01344 640035
Roger MeakesAs a Town Councillor for Great Hollands South ward, I have already made the pledge to serve the community to the best of his ability, without bias or prejudice. I welcome any enquiries from members of the community of my ward and indeed anywhere else within the town of Bracknell if they are so inclined. If any enquiry is made within my ward and remit, I will endeavour to resolve the issue. If the issue falls outside of my remit I will pass the details to a colleage who is better able to handle any such enquiry and will then follow the enquiry through to its\' conclusion.
I make no apologies - I am a no nonsense councillor, so what you see is what you get.
Living in Great Hollands myself, I have seen some disappointing declines in standards over the years by some of the residents. I hope to start to reverse the trend. I understand that it can be a little awkward and fractious living next to someone that considers it OK to throw rubbish out into a garden, front or rear. I may not be able to resolve all problems but it will not be for the lack of trying.
I am here to serve you so do not be afraid to seek my help. You voted for me, so please use me!
T: 01344 224591
Jo WoodcockFirstly, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me as a Councillor representing Great Hollands South, for Bracknell Town Council. I will endeavour to represent everyone within the ward to the best of my ability.
Although I am a relative newcomer to Bracknell, I soon realised that has environmentally been missing from other towns in which I\'ve lived over many years. My timing into local politics seems to be perfect, now that Bracknell regeneration is visibly under way. I think we will all benefit from the new town and believe that Bracknell will be a great place to live, work and play!
I retired from HR Corporate life a few years ago, whilst retaining an avid interest in community affairs and local and national politics in general. In addition I continue with my other passion, albeit part-time now, of helping people with their health and well-being through nutrition and lifestyle choices.
I consider it a privilege to be part of Great Hollands South ward and welcome any suggestions as to how I may specifically help with any local issues you may have.
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.
T: 01344 420512
Sandra InghamAs the newly elected Bracknell Town Councillor for Hanworth, I believe I have the experience, commitment and communication skills needed to help residents and to make sure it stays \"great round here\".
I will work as Hanworth\'s Town Councillor to ensure we preserve our open spaces and maintain our sports and recreation facilities. With the town centre moving ahead positively I\'d like to make sure that we don\'t lose sight of our culture and heritage especially places like South Hill Park.
I am married and have two lovely children who go to local schools. Like a lot of people around here I run my own small business, working alongside my husband, who is a well known HR consultant, author and trainer. We have lived in the area for 20 years.
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.
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.
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.
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: 07939 202487
Paula-Elizabeth PoolerI have been a Bracknell Town Councillor for the last 4 years and have lived in the Old Bracknell Ward for 27 years. I am married with two adult children who were educated at Wildridings and then Easthampstead Park School. I was a parent governor at Easthampstead Park, sitting on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Committee as I am myself Dyslexic.
In 1975 I qualified as a Nursery Nurse, working in boarding schools as a matron. In 1980 I qualified as a State Registered Nurse at Thomas Guys Hospital in London. Since then I have continued to work as a paediatric (children’s) nurse.
My particular interest is in public health, health education and safety. I was a committee member for Links moving on to the Berkshire East Health Panel. I am an active member and Champion at my GP surgery. I\'m also a member of NPC (National Pensioners Convention).
I always prefer to walk locally. This provides a great opportunity to keep in touch with the community. You can always find me chatting to residents I meet along the way - listening to their concerns or issues they raise. I am also a keen observer of our surroundings, and actively report any issues to the appropriate departments at BTC, BFC, BFH, the Police and so on. I always make a point of reporting back to the residents the outcome of our actions.
My hobbies, in addition to walking, are restoring and maintaining our fleet of fire appliances, and spending as much time as possible with our dog Storm!
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.
T: 01344 426056
Diana HenfreyIn 1986, I moved west from London to live in this new town. Then in 1991 I was elected to Bracknell Town Council for Birch Hill and became leader and Mayor. In 2000 I was elected to Bracknell Forest Council to represent Harmans Water. We councillors began the fight to keep the Staff College site the green and pleasant place it now is; new homes, gardens and a community centre on The Parks.
I now belong to Bracknell Rotary Club which runs the 3 Counties Cycle Ride and have joined the Bracknell Forest Society which last year studies the WWI graves at St Michael\'s, Easthampstead.
In 2014 the Town Council spend £2.1m - a fair share of this was used in Wildridings on the sports pitches, allotments, open spaces and children\'s play areas. In our crowded and busy lives we are lucky to be able to walk outside to a park like Mill Pond but it needs maintaining.