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.
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Chris TurrellI’ve been on Bracknell Town Council since 2000, and have been Leader of the Council since 2004. I also chair the Strategy & Finance and Staffing committees.
I am keen to see the Town Council keep up its high standards of maintenance for the parks, play areas and other facilities in its care. Recently, these have included new water supply to Glenwood allotments and refurbishment work on Oareborough play area.
I want the Town Council to continue to offer residents in Harmans Water the best possible service and value for money, and to maintain its grant support for local groups.
I work locally for a major hotel group, and have lived in Bracknell since 1993.
I am also Executive Member for Planning and Transport on Bracknell Forest Council.
With my fellow councillors, we hold regular monthly surgeries and produce regular In Touch newsletters.
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Jennie GreenI have lived in Bracknell for over 45 years, firstly with my parents in Bullbrook. On leaving the family home I set up house in Crown Wood, later moving to Easthampstead and finally to Garth where I have resided for the last 20 years.
I enjoyed a forty-year career in Finance, commencing with Clark & Eaton as an Accounts Junior and rose up the ranks to my last position as a Director and Company Secretary of an HR Software Company. I took the decision a couple of years ago to retire and care for a family member.
My immediate family live close by; my mother, daughter and grandson in Bullbrook, my brother in Garth. I have three rescue dogs which I walk at the many fabulous green spaces we have in the area. During my spare time I enjoy gardening, various sessions at the Bracknell Leisure Centre, and trips to the Wilde Theatre.
I am keen to ensure that Bracknell continues to be one of the best places to live; this includes the continuation of high standards across our green spaces, play areas and community centres for all to utilise and enjoy.
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Gill BirchI have been proud to represent Birch Hill since 2000. Birch Hill has its own spirit which is vibrant and caring
We are fortunate to have South Hill Park. My grandson Leo (7), loves the park and the lakes. Hedgehog Park is his favourite play area and I have encouraged and supported the continued improvements.
The play area at Barry Square is soon to be taken over by the Town Council from BFC and I will press for improvements.
I have worked to improve car parking at South Hill Park for main events. I secured funding for signs directing cars to the parking at Leppington. I also worked with South Hill Park to get the markings on the car park repainted.
Now retired from teaching, I was a governor of Birch Hill School and I am still a governor of The Pines School, so I stay in touch with parents and children.
I was delighted to organise the art and poetry competitions to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1. Over 300 poems were entered for the competition and the highlight was a recording of the winning 14 children’s poems being played at North Lake Field.
All the schools had a recording given to them. The art exhibition at SHP had 84 entries which were outstanding and a delight to view and I was thrilled that the overall winner for the Junior schools was from The Pines.
I pledge to work hard to keep Birch Hill a great place to live, work and play.
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Isabel MattickWith my family I moved to Bracknell in 1972 and I was first elected to Bracknell Town Council in 1976. I currently sit on the Strategy and Finance and Staffing Committees. Bracknell Town Council has consistently maintained high standards.. The value and importance of these facilities are much appreciated by local people and I will work to ensure that this continues.
I am involved with health related matters and sit on several committees. My particular interest is mental health and the care given to both those suffering and their carers, I am one of the founder members of Ascot Area Alzheimer’s Support Group. I am very proud to be the Chairman of a Disabled Sports Club.
I am a member of 2 local Community Associations, a member of Frimley Park Hospital Dementia Group. Local communities are important and I will continue to support residents in partnership with my colleagues.
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Sanjeev PrasadI am a resident of Bracknell for over 25 years and volunteering to serve my community since 2003. My first term as a new councillor was full of activities as I carried out my duties in areas including Strategy and Finance, Easthampstead & Wildridings Community Association and Planning. I have supported our Mayors and colleagues at various events like the World War I event in Bracknell in 2018 and I contribute to debates in the council chamber for ongoing Bracknell concerns. I look forward to engaging with young people to make them aware of how they can play an active role in their communities.
I have a long-standing interest in government at the local and national. 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.
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Diana HenfreyDear Resident,
Thank you for electing me as one of your two Bracknell Town Council (BTC) Wildridings Ward Councillors in May 2015. It’s been a busy four years since and Wildridings residents’ casework has varied from enquiries about blocked drains, HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) licence applications & street lighting to traveller incursions on Threshfield and Wildridings Field, fly tipping, the Thames Water cast iron water main bursts & the Bracknell in Bloom planting. I’ve visited the Pilgrim Hearts night shelter at St Michael & St Mary Magdalene both this year and last year, met more residents in the BTC tent at the annual July Bracknell Show, represented BTC at South Hill Park Arts Centre’s monthly board meetings & served on BTC’s own Budget Monitoring Group. Since 2017, I’ve been helping draft the 2016-2036 Bracknell Town Neighbourhood Plan with its emphasis on protecting our planned New Town’s green infrastructure and Heritage. It is now being examined by a Planning Inspector before going to referendum later this year.
The 2019/20 BTC budget is £2.1m and again, if re-elected, I would want a fair share of this used in Wildridings on its allotments, children’s play areas, open spaces, park and sports pitches.
When we Conservative candidates knock at your door, I’m asking you as I did in 2015 to please talk to us and then decide for yourself whether we can best represent you in Wildridings on what matters to you locally.
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Paul BidwellI have lived in Bracknell Town for over 20 years, spending eight years as a resident of Priestwood. A lifelong Labour supporter, I am also a Trustee of Age Concern, Priestwood Community Centre and an elderly day centre in Wokingham. I 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.
Its an honour to be re-elected as Town Councilor for Priestwood and I will continue to support my constituents and the wider community of Bracknell. As a continued member of the Planning, Carbon Reduction, Finance & Strategy committees I will stand up for the elderly and vulnerable in the Town as well as working with Councillors to ensure that Bracknell continues to be an excellent and safe town to live in.
I combine my support of Labour, Trusteeships with a full-time job delivering Project Management services within the Security Industry 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, West Ham and the arts, old films especially.
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Dai RobertsI was born and brought up in rural Wales. After leaving university where I studied Engineering, I moved to the south east and started my career in computing.
Having lived in Bracknell since 1997 I’ve come to appreciate the varied quality of life our town has to offer.
I am married with two children, both of whom are schooled locally. I live and work in Bullbrook and enjoy socialising in our new vibrant town centre.
I would list my strengths as a good listener, I have lots of energy and I love a new task.
I believe I have a wealth of experience to give to the Town Council. I am very much a ‘people person’ and I will not shrink from a challenge.
I feel I have a great insight into the problems and difficulties encountered in the day to day lives of the people of Bullbrook and I feel part of the wider Bracknell community, with connections in many groups within the area.
I believe I have the background and experience to be your Town Councillor and will do all I can to improve upon the great work our Town council already does.
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Marc Brunel-WalkerMarc lives locally with his wife and two children. Their children attend local schools and colleges. He works locally as director of international marketing for a software company.
In his sixteen 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. He is executive member for economic regeneration on Bracknell Forest Council. In this role, he oversees The Lexicon.
Marc enjoys representing local people. He thinks that Crown Wood is a great place to live, and wants to keep it that way!
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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.