Division: Stafford - Stafford Central
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I have lived in Stafford for 45 years with my husband Andy, where we have raised a daughter and son who have both gone into teaching. We have five grandchildren and, therefore, I am particularly interested in the support on offer for families with young children.
I was a lecturer at Stafford College for 28 years, encouraging young (and not-so-young) people to fulfil their potential through a university education or job experience. I believe strongly in the importance of good education, free health care, work for all, a safe and attractive environment and good housing. I also believe in the importance of voluntary work and am a trustee of two charities: Friends of Staffordshire Young Musicians; and Back to Bikes.
In 2002, I started the Stafford Music Festival which in 2016 was in its 15th year with a programme of over 30 events. As Chair, I encourage young bands and local musicians, including some who are now international stars, to perform. Support for the events from the community is quite overwhelming, with packed venues and great encouragement for the musicians. The programme includes a Latin-American musician going into one primary and one secondary school to spend a day teaching a class of children to play traditional South American instruments - leading to a performance for parents at the end of the school day.
I previously served on Stafford Borough Council for 20 years, including as Cabinet Member for Culture and Heritage (including sport). At the County Council, I last served from 2005-2009, when I had responsibility for Culture and Heritage (including music, libraries, arts and the Olympics in Staffordshire). These areas remain important to me and the communities in my division. In my current term of office at the County Council, I support the Shadow Cabinet on Safe and Strong Communities.
As the town centre is my division, I am particularly concerned to retain the best of its historic features, whilst trying to make sure it is enhanced by the developments that are taking place. I continue to act on the issues raised with me, such as residents’ parking schemes.