I’ve lived in Weston-super-Mare for 7 years with my wife Katherine (the Mayoress) having relocated here when Katherine got a job at a local charity. Since then we’ve never looked back and we consider Weston to be our home!
My background is entirely working in the charity sector at charities that provide front-line advice to people in difficult situations. Katherine and I actually met at one of these charities! For the last 8 years I’ve worked at a national advice charity as their Head of Services where I’m responsible for delivering services that provide debt advice to over 100,000 people a year.
I first became a councillor in 2019 when I was elected to represent the ward of Winterstoke on both North Somerset Council and Weston Town Council. I decided to seek election because I lived in Weston Village and was frustrated by some of the lack of progress and felt I’d be able to represent the area strongly.
I’m passionate about the role of Weston Town Council which is in a unique position to meet residents’ needs and passions because it’s closely connected with the local community and can use its position to facilitate important initiatives on behalf of residents. For example Weston Town Council owns the Museum, the Blakehay Theatre, the Water Park, has purchased the Mercury building, took on responsibility for Ellenborough Park West and has facilitated initiatives like Weston Wallz and the local COVID response. This is just a snapshot of some of the great work the town council has done and we have plans to do a lot more.
Weston is an incredibly family friendly place, a great seafront, great attractions, lots of history, and exciting events happening regularly.
I see the opportunity as Mayor to showcase what’s brilliant about Weston – and how the people here are brilliant too. That’s going to be one of my key priorities and the Town Council is involved in lots of these brilliant things too so there’s plenty to showcase.
A further focus for me as Mayor will be to use this platform to recognise the incredible work of our community who are supporting our residents through challenging times. My role as the Mayor will be to find these organisations, recognise them and amplify their excellent work.
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