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’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.
T: 01344 778140
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.
M: 07968 297318
Peter HeydonPeter has lived in Bracknell for over 5 years serving as both a Town & Borough Councillor representing Old Bracknell. He quickly came to appreciate Bracknell as a great place to work and live. As a Town Councillor Peter sits on both the Strategy & Finance Committee and Budget Monitoring. In addition, as a Borough Councillor, Peter is a Business Champion and chairs both Governance & Audit, and the Corporate Parenting Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Overview & Scrutiny Commission and plays an active role on a number of working groups. He is also on the Planning Committee.
Peter represents Bracknell Forest on the Easthampstead & Wildridings Community Association, and is very active in the local business community, with a specific interest in the Town’s economic development.
Peter maintains a very active presence within Old Bracknell holding regular resident surgeries, and has quickly established a reputation of being approachable and responsive. He values the role of a Councillor as a key link between the council and the community, providing representation and leadership. As a lifelong Conservative, this echoes his belief in sound public finances and spreading opportunity, enterprise and ownership across the community.
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 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!
T: 01344 420997
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.
M: 07472 255336
Michael GibsonI have been a Town Councillor in Bracknell since 2017.
Originally I was born in Hayes in West London. I moved to Birch Hill 4 years ago with my family. Bracknell is a great place for all our children. I use the local facilities such as the parks, Birch Hill recreation ground with my wife and two boys aged 4 and 6. When time allows we go to South Hill Park. As an occasional performer I feel very lucky to have such a prestigious art centre with a vibrant music record so close to where we live.
Previously a legal executive for the Crown Prosecution Service, my current day job is in London in public relations. I have been interested in local government for over 30 years and I have a degree in Politics and Modern History. My hobbies include singing and playing Pokémon go with my children.
I hope you will support me in my aim to work with, and for the residents of Birch Hill on Bracknell Town Council, and to help look after all those things that make Bracknell a great place to live for all of us.
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.
M: 07824 864889
Malcolm TullettSince leaving the Fire and Rescue Service, as a senior officer, I have owned and continue to run my own company, which employs local people and provides risk management and occupational safety advice and support services.
I have been a Justice of the Peace for over 30 years. With a 17-year-old son, I also tend to be kept fully up to date with the issues of relevance to young persons and believe, passionately, that we should have more for our young people to do. I support the provision of the forthcoming youth hub, in the town centre.
I have been fortunate to have been both a Borough and Town Councillor since 2015. I have served on a number of committees, panels and public-facing forums. I have also been heavily involved in both the World War One centenary commemorations at North Lake, South Hill Park, and the building of the new Great Hollands Pavilion, now completed and ready for use.
I want to become your councillor so that I can use my skills, to be your voice in the right places and drive well-managed change, to make sure that Old Bracknell remains such a great place to live.
M: 07950 996014
Ash MerryI am very fortunate to have lived in Harmans Water ward for 25 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 has enabled me to support residents, and ‘do my bit’ to strengthen a very special community. I am delighted to be closely involved in initiatives to support military personnel, veterans and their families.
I was privileged to be the Deputy Bracknell Town Mayor and Bracknell Town Mayor in 2015 and 2016. In this capacity and with my Consort and fellow councillor, Isabel Mattick, we were able to recognise and thank many of the fabulous volunteers who make a daily difference to so many lives.