Aylesbury Conservative Party announce candidates for Buckinghamshire Council Unitary Elections
Aylesbury Conservative Party have revealed their candidates for the Unitary Elections on 6 May 2021.
So, the Bucks Herald are putting together a handy guide of all the candidates who will be representing you.
Aylesbury East Candidates
Born and raised in Aylesbury, Richard has spent the last 12 years working for local banks supporting local business, getting involved in community initiatives and events. He recently changed career, now splitting his time between raising his two young children and working for a multinational technology company.
Richard is passionate about helping residents and the community, using his understanding of working with a variety of organisations and individuals to achieve a common goal and he will fight to ensure local voices are heard and views represented.
Aylesburian law student Khalid is completing his Masters whilst helping at his local family owned small businesses.
Khalid believes he will be able to bring a different perspective to the new Buckinghamshire Council by focusing on youth engagement, improving education for all and looking at the causes of anti-social behaviour.
If elected Khalid will be a voice for local people and help facilitate change for the residents of Aylesbury East.
First elected to AVDC in 2011 representing Bedgrove, Mark, a former AVDC Cabinet member, is currently the Chair of Aylesbury Community Board as well as a member of the Thames Valley Police & Crime Panel.
A recruitment consultant, having previously worked for 25 years for the Ministry of Defence as a Civil Servant, he has been active within the community for over a decade
founding the Bedgrove Volunteers during the pandemic.
Aylesbury North West Candidates
Jimi Awosika and his family have lived near Raban’s Lane for over 17 years. He is a Theologian and Global Criminologist. He previously owned and ran a small family business, and now divides his time between his role as a Pastor and working on his PhD in Global Criminology. He has been a constant campaigner on human rights, social injustice, equalities, and bridging the gap between the council and the community. He is also a strong campaigner of any disparity against the Black, Asian Minority Ethnicity (BAME) community.
Jimi was inspired to stand for Buckinghamshire Council as he has long been involved with supporting his local community and he now hopes to be able to help all of the residents of Aylesbury North West as well as the County. As an academic, he understands how important education is for our children and young adults. He is currently a member of the Aylesbury Community Board and is part of a sub-group working to enhance the lives of our youth.
Graham has lived and worked in Aylesbury for over 30 years having attended junior and secondary school in Aylesbury. Graham has worked for a large furniture retailer in Aylesbury for the last 11 years.
He was elected onto Aylesbury Vale District Council and Town Council for Gatehouse Ward in 2015 and it has been one of his proudest achievements to be able to support residents with issues big or small over the last 6 years.
Living in the heart of the ward, Graham has seen our town change before his eyes and he wants to make sure residents are getting the best out of the Unitary Council whether that be dealing with problem parking, potholes and pavement issues or rubbish collection.
Born in Aylesbury, John lives in Savernake and has worked in our town centre his whole life acquiring a wealth of local knowledge to help support residents
and their concerns in the area.
John is a Kingsbrook Parish Councillor and a member of the Aylesbury Garden Town project representing all of the North Parishes, both roles adding to his ability to support his community as he takes personal pride in trying to make our area a better place for everyone.
When not at work John operates a youth football club, and enjoys volunteering at St Marys Church at Christmas to support the more vulnerable members of our community, John is hoping to utilise his skills to assist with local issues in the area as well as supporting other community projects and local fundraising causes.
Andrew moved to Aylesbury from South West London with his wife Debbie in 2002, he served as local councillor to Coldharbour from 2007 - 2011 and again
from 2015 - present.
Andrew has been actively protesting against HS2 since the route announcement in 2010 and helped form a local action group with residents.
He is also concerned about the increase in localised flooding and has raised the issue at both District and Unitary scrutiny committees as well as helping residents to try and prevent water from entering their properties. He works for a local SEN school and was Chairman of Bucks Play Association a local children's charity, Andrew enjoys the local countryside and is keen to protect the environment against development and of course HS2.
Sam first moved to Fairford Leys in 2002 and, after a few years in Berryfields, returned to Aylesbury West living in Arncott Way in 2017. Having worked in education for more than twenty years, Sam currently works in the Finance Team for an Oxford University. Education in Aylesbury is really important to Sam, all three of her children were schooled here, with her youngest son is in his GCSE year. Playing an active role within her community is important to Sam, a former school governor, Sam also has experience of serving on a parish council and understands how important it is to have your representatives working for you all year round.
Originally from the Black Country Lou moved to Aylesbury in 2015. Lou has wanted to get more involved in his local community since moving south following his time as a school governor in Stourbridge. Having left school at sixteen Lou is now a chartered engineer as well as a published academic author holding a PhD
in engineering. Lou believes that education and practical learning through apprenticeships can make a huge difference to our children’s lives, and as a father and grandfather he wants all children to be able to get the best possible start in life.
Aylesbury South East Ward
Sue moved into Aylesbury South East ward with her parents in 1977 when her Dad retired from the RAF.
Apart from a couple of years when first married Sue has lived and worked within the area. She is married with two adult children who both attended William Harding School as now do two of her four grandchildren. First elected to Aylesbury Vale District Council and Aylesbury Town Council in 2007, one of her proudest achievements was the painting and clearing up of Elm Farm Road underpass with volunteers and her colleagues.
Since then, along with her Council work, Sue has helped with many community projects from planting daffodil bulbs and
trees, grass cutting, clearing weeds, litter picking and the painting of Highbridge Road foot bridge. Sue is a big supporter of the British Liver Trust, helping to raise
awareness of organ donation and fund raising. During the past year Sue has been working as your Unitary Councillor and is a member of the Growth, Infrastructure & Housing Select Committee, Aylesbury Community Board and Wendover Community Board.
I became a Mandeville & Elm Farm resident in 1982 and immediately found myself becoming involved as a local campaigner for the issues facing the residents. I have
represented the residents of Aylesbury as a Town Councillor continuously since 2001. A former Mayor of Aylesbury, currently I am the Armed Forces Champion for
the Council and the Town Council representative on the Aylesbury MultiCultural Centre Executive. I also served a term of office as a Councillor on the Aylesbury
Vale District Council and Bucks County Council.
As a local campaigner and on a wider scale, I am Chairman of the Aylesbury Sea & Marine Cadets, Chairman of CHAT Children's Charity, Chairman of the Aylesbury
Town Twinning Association, Vice Chairman of the Healthy Living Centre Board, Treasurer of the Buckinghamshire Army Benevolent Fund, member of the
Buckinghamshire Army Cadet League, Primary School Governor and Girlguiding Ambassador for Buckinghamshire. If elected as a Councillor I will continue to strive for a safe, pleasant environment for the residents of the Aylesbury South East Ward.
I moved to Aylesbury in 1969 and have held different jobs with locally based companies and in 1990 started my own business based in Aylesbury, which both my
wife and I are still running today.
I was first elected to the District Council in 2003 and was a Cabinet Member for 10 years before standing down before the 2015 election, to concentrate on my business
affairs. Having lived in Aylesbury South East for over 20 years, I was active in fighting Hampden Fields proposed development and inappropriate planning as well
as tackling speeding traffic and have always enjoyed resolving issues for residents. I want to use my experience and knowledge to get the best for the residents of
Aylesbury South East.
Ammer has lived in Aylesbury for 20 years and is married with four children. Working for the community is at the heart of everything Ammer does. He wants to ensure that our young children have positive role models, he is particularly concerned about the increase in youth violence and knife related issues. Ammer has met with Rob Butler MP and Police & Crime Commissioner Candidate Matthew Barber to discuss his concerns on knife crime directly, something he will continue to dedicate his time to if elected. Ammer is standing for the Unitary & Town Councils as he would like to change Aylesbury North to reunite our community in these challenging times by working to make Elmhurst and central Aylesbury the best it can be. Everyone has been impacted in some way by the pandemic, Ammer will use his energy and local knowledge to support you on the issues that matter to you.
Gilian, who was born in Aylesbury, lives in the heart of the ward in the family home her father built. Gillian is a retired nurse having worked at Great Ormand Street, Wrexham Park and towards the end of her career Gillian retrained to work as a Macmillian nurse based in Willen. Using her experience she gave advice and help with the creation of the Florence Nightingale Hospice. Having watched Elmhurst and our town being built up around her, Gillian wants to give back to her local community bringing commitment and community spirit to the role to tackle the issues that are important to Aylesbury North residents.
Politicians love to make promises about what they are going to do but we all know talk is cheap, our six-point plan for Aylesbury sets out what I and my Conservative colleagues are going to do over the next four years:
Protecting the environment
Safeguarding children and the elderly
Supporting post covid job creation
Investing £90 million into roads and pavements
Mitigating the impact of HS2
How do you know these are not just empty promises? Look at our record;
Over 90% of schools are rated as good or outstanding
Spending has been increased on social care
Rough sleeping has been virtually eliminated across the county
An extra £60 million has been secured for communities blighted by HS2
Connecting with local communities by forming 16 new Community Boards
All this has been done while making sure we get value for money While others talk the Conservatives deliver, let’s keep moving forward, support our six point plan and vote Conservative on Thursday 6 th May.
Aylesbury South West
Experienced Managing Director of Cadomah Investment Ltd, Charles has spent the last few years working in the retail industry. He is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Education (BEd) focused in population and family life from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
Charles moved to the UK over 15 years ago. A married father of two, Charles has always had a keen interest in local politics. Charles is standing for the Unitary Council to be a strong voice for local residents. If elected, he will work with his Council colleagues to prioritise post-Covid recovery for local businesses and work towards making Aylesbury South West the best it can be for residents, both young and old. He would like to get the youth involved in politics by including them in political discussion and decision making process. He would encourage everyone to take advantage of free trade and wishes to promote export trade to Africa and the world.
Local small business owner Asalat has lived in the heart of the ward in Southcourt with his family for almost two decades. As the owner of a local newsagents Asalat
has seen first-hand the impact that Covid has had on the local community. He is standing for the Town & Unitary Councils because he is concerned about crime in the local area, and he wants to help bring together the community during these challenging times. Asalat will use his extensive local knowledge and community spirit to continue to support the Aylesbury South West residents on the issues that matter the most to them, as he has been doing for years.
Originally from the North East, Sarah moved to Aylesbury just over 10 years ago from London. Having lived in Walton Court and Southcourt she has now settled in Berryfields. A former school governor, working in the centre of town she understands the concerns residents have across Aylesbury South West including the recent one way system in Southcourt, anti-social behaviour especially around the Edinburgh Playing Fields and traffic concerns. She has enjoyed playing a part in a number of community projects across Aylesbury and most recently was involved in the food collections during lockdown via the Bernie the Bus project which collected food and donations for the Vineyard foodbank.
Conservative Candidates for Aylesbury Town Council
Bedgrove: David Thompson, Khalid Khan, Mark Winn
Oakfield: Richard Gaster, Julie Ward
Central: Richard Newcombe, Ashley Waite
Elmhurst: Gillian Neale-Sheppard, Ammer Raheel
Coppice Way: Mike Collins
Gatehouse: Dr Prakash Dey, John Yandrapati
Quarrendon: Jimi Awosika, John Watson
Oxford Road: Sam North, Lou Redding
Walton Court: Sarah Sproat
Southcourt: Charles Adomah-Boadi, Asalat Khan
Hawkslade: Andy Cole
Mandeville & Elm Farm: Sue Chapple, Roger King, Denise Summers
Walton: Bill Chapple