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Welcome to my webpages. I hope you find them of use. For information about what is going on in the Stainsby Hill Ward please check the page called My News.
I was born in Stockton and I am married to Linda with two sons and a daughter. I attended Bailey Street School until I was fifteen when I got an apprenticeship as a decorator which I still do to this day.
During my years as a decorator I worked in the private sector but in the last 30 years I have worked in local government both at Middlesbrough Council and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
Whilst working in local government I took an interest in trade unions and joined UCATT then became a shop steward then a union convenor. Finally I became the secretary to all senior stewards on the council on a full time basis. My role on the council helped to change the structure of the council during the 80's and 90's helping it to become one of the best authorities in Britain.
I also served on the North Regional Council for Unions for many years. My involvement in the community has been life long and I was Vice-Chairman of the, now defunct, Stockton Voluntary Development Agency, helping and assisting a host of charities to initially set up in Stockton. I was also Chairman of Stockton Residents Group working to help set up other residents groups within the borough who have achieved many things over the years. Although I am no longer a board member I still work with them and today we have good Thornaby residents groups which work hard to support our communities.
Also, working alongside Tristar to help shape the future of our housing stock, I have served for over 15 years as Vice-Chairman on the Five Lamps Board in Thornaby which now operates in and around the North East and is widely regarded as one of the best charitable organisations in the country. The Five Lamps has helped thousands of people in our borough with advice on setting up businesses and reducing poverty with credit unions.
I have been a proud member of the Labour Party for over 30 years and hope to bring social change to the community. In my role as a councillor, I first served on Thornaby Town Council in the 90's and was Mayor on four occasions. One of my proudest achievements was to chair the Airmans Committee which brought the now famous Airman statue on Thornaby Road to honour the RAF personnel of 608 Squadron and those who served at Thornaby Airfield during WWII up to it's closure.
Role of Councillor
In May 2011 I was re-elected onto Stockton Council serving as ward member for Stainsby Hill Ward. I have found my role hard work but enjoyable, working on four scrutiny committees. Please click here
to see the committees that I am currently appointed to.
I take my position as Councillor very seriously and have attended many training courses to help me carry out my role and would like to single out the valuable help and guidance from Democratic Services, as without this department, I feel I would not be in this position today.
I am now semi-retired as a decorator and spend my free time building and collecting military models and following Liverpool and Middlesbrough FC although I like to see all our regional teams do well. I also enjoy snooker and horse racing, particularly watching Ronnie O'Sullivan and Tony McCoy.
I hold a surgery each month in Stainsby Hill Ward at South Thornaby Community & Resource Centre, St Mark's Church and Eltham Crescent Community Centre.
Ward Surgeries - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
|26 January 2015||Eltham Crescent Community Centre|
|09 February 2015||Eltham Crescent Community Centre|
|30 March 2015||South Thornaby Community Resource Centre|
10 Lunebeck Walk,
Tel: 01642 751028
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