Councillors for Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside
Born in Lawrence Road, Ham, and have been a resident in this ward for nearly all of my life. I have two children, both of whom went to local schools, The Russell & Grey Court, then on to Richmond College and then university.
I have represented Ham, Petersham & Richmond Riverside Ward, with my Liberal Democrat colleagues for the last 18 years. I have worked on various committees in my tenure, Education, of which I was Vice Chair, Social Services with a key interest in the elderly, Leisure Services, Strategy & Resources. I have been Chair of Overview & Scrutiny Strategy & Resources committee and I am at the present time Chair of Overview & Scrutiny of Social Care & Housing.
I also have strong links with many local groups, the Ham & Petersham Police Liaison Group, the Ham Pond Refurbishment Group, the Ham Common Woods Group, looking at protecting and enhancing the many green areas of our Ward, and the Working Together Group for Ham, looking at regeneration and revitalising services in the community of Ham. I am a governor of Meadlands Primary School and play a full and active part in the local community.
Brian has lived in Richmond for over 25 years and has been a Councillor since 1990 for Richmond Hill and Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside Wards He has chaired the Education, Transport and Planning Committees and this reflects his interests in Council affairs.
He is a Governor of the Russell, Grey Court, which his four children attended, and the German School for six years all in Ham & Petersham. He has strong and active links with local Community Groups and is Chair of the Ham & Petersham Youth Club Committee. After a career in international marketing, Brian is now the administrator of the Petersham Trust, which is responsible for the care of Petersham Meadows.
Councillor for Ham and Petersham since 1974, Lib Dem group leader in 1978, Leader of the Council from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Lib Dems on the Local Government Association from 1996 to 2001. Moved to Ham in 1966 and then to Petersham in 1987.
Worked in the computer/IT industry all my working life. Led the fight to save Ham Lands from development in 1983. Stop the Government selling off Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park in 1987. Interests are book collecting, particularly about Lloyd George, and jazz record collecting. Knighted in 1999 for services to local government and the Local Government Association.