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 four times a year.
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Guy GillbeElected in a July 2022 by-election, and then a full term in May 2023, Guy moved to Bracknell in 2015, first living in Jennett’s Park, then Wildridings, and now Easthampstead. Attracted to Bracknell by its New Town ethos, Guy is determined to defend its founding philosophy – an abundance of green space, close-knit communities, and ease of travel by walking or public transport – at the same time as making improvements based on the collective experience gained since its inception.
With a background in operations for the charity sector, Guy wants to bring forward his experience of working with families in hardship. As a proud resident of Easthampstead, he wants to stand up for what he considers to be one of the jewel communities of our borough.
In his spare time, Guy feels the best way to understand Bracknell Forest is by walking it, so he enjoys his time as an avid rambler with his partner Emily…and their pet dog Pip! However, he still partakes in the thrills of being an obsessive F1 fan. Guy is also a councillor for Easthampstead & Wildridings on Bracknell Forest Borough Council.
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Anna KeenIt is a privilege to be your Labour councillor. I will continue to work with you to ensure that all members of our community can enjoy our recreation areas and play facilities, with opportunities for exploring, learning and fun for everyone.
I have lived in Bracknell for most of my life, with both parents successful local Labour Councillors. I have been a teacher in Bracknell for over 20 years and also lead the Board of Trustees of a local scout group. I am passionate about nature and conservation.
I am proud to live, raise my family and work in Bracknell and proud to represent my constituents to make Bracknell a very special place to belong.
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Megan WrightMegan has a background in nursing and for the past 13 years she has been running a children's charity that operates in Kenya.
She is looking foward to joining the Town Council and being part of the team that keeps Bracknell green, clean and accessible for all.
Kathryn NeilI was first elected in 2019 to represent Jennetts Park as part of the Great Hollands North ward and have enjoyed representing the interests of residents in ensuring quality services and value for money from the council.
I grew up in Sandhurst, have lived in Jennett’s Park for over 10 years and have worked for a number of organisations and companies in Bracknell- including the council in their transformation team a number of years ago. So, I understand what is so brilliant about Bracknell Forest and our community; as well as the challenges we have experienced and how to get the best outcomes for residents.
We are so lucky to have the green spaces, facilities and community spirit that we do and it is important that we maintain and protect these for all residents and the wider community.
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Roy BaileyA former Thames Valley Police Superintendent, Oracle Business Consultant, university lecturer and teacher, Roy has a doctorate in Criminal Justice and has published papers on policing and policing governance.
Roy has previously served on both the Borough and Town Councils and he is delighted to be able to offer his services once again to Bracknell residents.
He has been a school governor in Bracknell for over 30 years and has been Chair at Fox Hill School for several years.
Roy loves Bracknell’s green spaces and play areas. He looks forward to supporting the Council in all its endeavours to maintain the highest of standards and service delivery to everyone in Bracknell Town.
Donna SidebothamI have lived in Bracknell for nearly 20 years, entering the area into the Binfield side of Bracknell, then moving to housing association flats in Downshire Way. I then moved to Forest Park and have now lived in Harmans Water for 10 years.
I love Bracknell and I've become a strong part of the community. I became a school governor for Harmans Water school 6 years ago and also run my own company in Bracknell.
As a mother and dog mum to my 2 dogs, Swagger and Bonnie, I have great appreciation for the outdoor space and parks and am passionate about the environment and green living. My roots are from country living, but enjoy what Bracknell has to offer. I believe there is a great community, green space and you can always see trees where ever you stand.
I look forward to being even more active in the community and standing up for all the parks and open space can offer.
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Paul BidwellI am delighted to be re-elected as a Bracknell Town Councillor for the third consecutive time, I have now been a Town Councillor since 2015. As Town Councillor for Easthampstead and Wildridings I will continue to work with the Community and Town Officers to ensure that all open spaces are a joy for everyone,. Bracknell is a great place to live but it is important that the upkeep of open spaces provides a safe environment, enjoyable for all.
I am also a Borough Councillor for Easthampstead and Wildridings (Executive Member for Economic Development and Regneration), Governor at Fox Hil Primary School and Chair of Age Concern Bracknell (Dementia Day Centre).
I hold a monthly surgery at Easthampstead and Wildridings Community Centre and look forward to discussing your community events, issues or just to catch up. I look forward to meeting as many residents as possible over the coming months,
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Imara WrightI moved to Bracknell in 2013 when I was 8 years old, and enjoyed my time in Bracknell Forest primary and secondary schools.
I am now at University studying Politics and French, and I am very interested in the participation of young people in civil society.
As a councillor I hope to bring a voice to young people in Bracknell and make sure that we are not overlooked in key decisions about our future!
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