LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015: Conservative candidate biographies for the Royal Borough

LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015: Conservative candidate biographies for the Royal Borough

With the local elections just a week away, we're asking candidates standing for a seat on the Royal Borough council to submit biographies about themselves so you can know a little bit more about them.

We are aiming to put up biographies for as many candidates as possible, published on a party-by-party basis.

First up, we have the Conservative candidates, while Labour and Lib Dems will also be profiled in the coming days. We are also hoping to put up candidate biographies for UKIP and Green Party candidates.

If you are standing for UKIP, the Greens, another party or as an independent and would like your biography included in our coverage, please email your submission to jamesp@baylismedia.co.uk in a similar style to the ones below.

Please note: These biographies have come directly from the candidates and were not written by our staff. Style, content and grammar may vary, while any views expressed in the biographies do not represent those of the Advertiser or Express.

Ascot & Cheapside

David Hilton

David has had the privilege of representing the residents of Ascot & Cheapside for many years. David’s role is to support local residents and he has done this by opposing development that harms the character of the area, challenging Heathrow and NATS over aircraft noise, working to re-open the station footpath and assisting residents who have specific issues.

Lilly Evans

Lilly gained her doctorate in computing and worked in change management and leadership development.  She is a Parish Councillor in Sunningdale and closely liaised with Royal Borough on highways and health services. Lilly now wishes to bring her skills and experience to represent local residents needs. 




Philip Love:

Philip Love is married with two daughters and has lived in Courthouse Road for over 35 years. He owned and ran one of London’s top five recording complexes for 30 years. Philip is an experienced local councillor who has served Belmont four times over the years and always been a member of the Maidenhead Planning Panel. He is now Principal Member for Maidenhead Regeneration. Philip chairs the Maidenhead Neighbourhood Plan, is a member of PRoM, and a Trustee for both the C.A.B. and St. Luke’s Community Hall. He was Chairman of the Norden Farm Centre Trust from the start to the successful opening ten years later, and always believed it would bring a sense of community back to Maidenhead.

Marion Mills:

I have lived in Maidenhead for over 30 years. My children attended excellent local schools before going to University. I have always worked in Customer Service roles as I enjoy helping people. I was thrilled to be elected as a Belmont Ward Councillor in 2011 as I was keen to put something back into my local Community.

As a member of the Sustainability Panel, I am delighted to get the installation of PV panels on Maidenhead Town Hall roof. From the roof it is great to see several cranes, proving that the regeneration of Maidenhead is now underway.

Lisa Targowska:

Lisa Targowska is 30 years old and originally from New Zealand. She is currently a Senior Legal Advisor at the Security Industry Authority, but in the past has worked as a Solicitor in private practice, and as a Criminal Law and Human Rights Legal Advisor for the Law Society and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General in Australia. Lisa uses her spare time to contribute to the community. She is currently a Governor at Riverside Primary and Nursery School and a volunteer for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice. Lisa and her husband are Belmont residents.


Bisham & Cookham


Gerry Clark:

I have lived in Cookham for 29 years with my wife Pauline and raised our son Nick and daughter Gemma here.I am also well known for my organisation and support of local events as well as raising funds for local causes & charities including the Cookham Festival.

I understand local issues and concerns and the importance of planning control to ensure that we protect our local character and continue to preserve our Green Belt. I will work to improve local traffic and roads, support our schools and maintain waste collection and recycling to ensure that we continue to visibly improve our local services without increasing costs.

Richard Kellaway:

Richard Kellaway was elected to RBWM Council in 2007 and served as Lead Member for Finance from 2009-2012.  He is Mayor for the current year 2014-2015.  He has lived in Cookham and worked in Maidenhead for the past 37 years.  He sits on Maidenhead Town Partnership and PRoM and is particularly interested in the rejuvenation of the town centre.  Married to Mary-Lou, who is herself active on the Cookham Parish Council. the local NAG and health committees, they have three children and four grandchildren. They are both involved in local church, music and art activities.  

Michael-John Saunders:

Michael-John (‘MJ’) was elected Councillor for Bisham and Cookham in 2007 and has held Borough wide responsibility for planning, Maidenhead regeneration and Council policy and performance. Locally, MJ has helped to open the Causeway during flooding, reduce speeding and potholes on rural roads, manage development through the Village Design Statement and protect Poundfield. He actively supports local schools, including as chair of governors at Cookham Dean Primary. MJ has lived in the Cookhams since 2001 and is married with three children. MJ has been auditing and advising business for over 30 years, particularly companies pursuing substantial change or growth.



Boyn Hill

Stuart Carroll:

I was born in Maidenhead and live in Boyn Hill with my partner Alicia. I work in Maidenhead as a senior health economist and have over 10 years of experience specialising in health policy, pharmaceuticals and the NHS. I am a public member of the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust and Healthwatch WAM and have a strong interest in the provision of local NHS services. I am also trained in accountancy with experience undertaking financial audits and managing multi-million pound budgets. As a local resident, I am passionate about the role of local government in delivering improved public services.  

Paul Lion:

Paul was born and has lived in Grenfell Road, Maidenhead all his life. He was educated at local schools - Boyn Hill, Furze Platt and Gordon Road. He went on to Slough College for further education. He has served for the last four years as local councillor to the Boyn Hill Ward. His community work includes serving for 6 years as a Foundation School Governor at Altwood School, supporting the Royal British Legion and the RNLI. Paul has worked in the construction and catering industries. He excelled in his sport of rowing, representing his country and is now President of Maidenhead Rowing Club. 

Claire Stretton:

Claire was born in Cookham and both lives and works as a graphic designer from her home in Boyn Hill. She has been a councillor for Boyn Hill for four years and is Cultural Champion for Maidenhead, Deputy Lead Member for Maidenhead, Culture and Maidenhead Regeneration. Claire has been an active member of the local community arts scene all her life and started her adult career as a professional dancer. She is passionate about Arts and Entertainment and is determined to ensure that the vibrant night time economy we need to underpin the regeneration of the town centre and provide entertainment for everyone, will not put Norden Farm at risk.



David Burbage:

David has lived in the ward since 1996 and has represented Bray since 2000, and  has been a governor at Braywood School since 2006. David was elected Leader of the Council in 2007, and in 2014 was awarded the MBE by the Queen at  Windsor Castle in recognition of his services to local government. He chairs both the Berkshire Leaders Group and the South East Strategic Leaders Group.

David Coppinger:

I have been a resident of Holyport for 25 years and was elected for the first time in 2011. I was a Parish Councillor for 10 years latterly as Chairman. I am passionate about the area and with my wife Maz, who chairs Holyport Fair committee, involve ourselves in many local activities. I am also  a governor of Holyport Primary School. I work with all residents associations across the Ward together with individual residents to ensure needs are met. I am responsible for Adult Social Care and Health within RBWM working hard to help residents at their most vulnerable.

Leo Walters:

I have lived in Holyport since 1965 and have represented the parish of Bray on the Royal Borough since 1974. I am a passionate supporter of the Green Belt and originally promoted the establishment of conservation areas throughout the Royal Borough. I served in the army for 3 years and the Territorial Army for a further 10 years and currently represent the Royal Borough on the South East Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. I was Mayor during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee 2002-2003 and again in 2007-2008.


Castle Without


Wesley Richards

Wesley, an investment analyst and non-practicing barrister, has been heavily involved in our community for most of his life. He is a Pastor at a Windsor Church and was part of a team that founded The King’s House School, the first new school in the Borough for decades. He studied at Royal Holloway and The London School of Economics. The former Windsor Boys’ School pupil and married father-of-four said: “It’s a privilege to be standing in central Windsor. I have lived and worked in the ward for years and my boys go to school here. It is an interesting ward with many issues of concern for residents from development to the night time economy to schooling.”

Jack Rankin

Jack lives and works in Windsor, he believes strongly in preserving our historic town which  means fighting Heathrow expansion plans and opposing over development that threatens the  character of our town. The financial analyst and Warwick University graduate said: “I wish to get further involved in our community and ensure that Windsor is a place where people choose  to live, I feel I can inject the energy of youth." Jack also wants to work with residents to resolve licensing and parking issues which are big problems in our town centre.

Shamsul Shelim

Local businessman Shelim is looking to make his first foray into Windsor local politics, and hopes to repay the faith shown to him by residents who have supported his restaurant, The Viceroy in St  Leonards Road. Shelim said, “I have been involved with the community for many years and the  people of Windsor are supportive of me, so I thought it was time for me to do something for them.”  The 51-year-old the father-of-four who moved to the UK in 1977 is no stranger to politics having been involved in his native Bangladesh.


Clewer East

John Bowden:

I have resided in Windsor since 1996. I have been an operational London Police officer for 30 years, This allows me to have considerable knowledge on how local policing issues in the Royal Borough should be addressed. I also have over 10 years experience as a private pilot, and an opponent of further expansion at Heathrow as a new runway will increase noise over Windsor, the new runway is further west, so aircraft will be lower. I am an active member of Datchet Players theatre group, where all proceeds go to charity.

Eileen (Dee) Quick:

Dee is proud to be the third generation of her family to be a Windsor councillor. She was lead member for Children’s Services and is currently lead member for Leisure and Libraries including Windsor. She chairs the Windsor Urban Planning DC Panel and believes in retaining our heritage and building homes on brown field sites. Dee is a governor of Windsor Boy’s School and represents RBWM on The Windsor Festival Board and Windsor Old People’s Welfare Association. Dee Quick has worked as a teacher and lecturer of Home Economics in local schools and colleges for more than thirty year.


Clewer North:

John Collins

 I was born and educated in Windsor at Trevelyan Secondary Modern and East Berks College.  I have lived in Windsor for many years and currently live in Clewer North on the Maidenhead Road. I have two grown up daughters.  Most of my formal career training has been in Accountancy and a second career in Enterprise Resource Software for household names like, Foster Wheeler, BSkyb and Christie’s.  Recent years I have been self-employed on website design and development.

Nicola Pryer:

I am a 38-year-old mum of two who has lived in Windsor for 14 years. I currently work part time for the Public Health Department at Bracknell Forest Council as a Resource Facilitator. 

I am very proud of Windsor and want to become more involved in the community. I am currently the Chairperson of a local Pre-school in Hanover Way and I have recently helped them to move into a new building, which has allowed them to grow and offer more flexible child care to people in the area. I am passionate about the voice of the individual and I’d like to represent local people within the Windsor area.  I understand that this could involve; discussing bin collections; road surfaces; school places; front line services and parking and planning issues.

Hashim Bhatti:

Hashim Bhatti has lived in Windsor his entire life and was educated at Haileybury School. He has a degree in Politics with International Relations and a Masters in PPE from York University. He currently works for a corporate law firm in the city specialising in Corporate Finance. He has previously worked as a Parliamentary Researcher. Hashim is also the Berkshire Conservative Future Area Chairman and has in the past served in the Army Regiment of the Combined Cadet Force.

His family has been running the Best-One convenience store on Longmead Road for more than 20 years.


Clewer South


Michael Airey:

Living in Clewer South Ward for several years, I am passionate about Dedworth. I am 30 years old, married and a long-time volunteer in the local community. As a current Bray Parish councillor, I represent the Dedworth area.

With living and working in Clewer South, my work in healthcare allows me to see the importance of investing in the health of local people. Additionally, I am involved in a local mentoring program to help young people in Windsor to develop life skills and am now a school governor at St Edwards RC First School where I hope to have a positive impact.

Ed Wilson:

Although I‘m a political novice I do have more than 30 years of business experience and have served as a governor at two local secondary schools. More importantly I am a dad of two boys who have been brought up in west Windsor and I have seen at first hand that we have some great sports clubs, libraries and schools in our area. I want to use my energy and experience to support our community and make west Windsor a cleaner and safer place to live.



Cox Green:

Paul Brimacombe:

Councillor for Cox Green since 2011, an early focus of effort was resisting excessive development of the land near Ockwells Park by submitting to Council what was at the time the largest on line petition highlighting residents' opposition and a motion to Council to put the land to Green Belt. A recent concern has been supporting and enabling Lock Lane residents to meet with and voice concerns to Housing Solutions regarding the future of Brill House. In the middle, promoting Ockwells Park as a leisure destination and protecting the significant character of Cox Green Lane have been important objectives. Contribution to Council administration has been largely around Efficiency and performance and future plans to achieve even more.  Finally it should be mentioned that Cox Green Councillors proposed the reinstatement of the Town Crier.           

Clive Bullock:

I have lived in Cox Green for over 50 years; I have three Children who attended the local schools; now my grandchildren are attending the same schools. In 1970 my wife and I founded and ran for 18 years Cox Green Youth Club in the old Victory Hall  which was situated opposite the Post Office and later in the Community Centre; I am still a member  of the Management Committee, I was a founder member of Cox Green Community Association whose main aim was to provide a Community Centre for Cox Green; the Centre was eventually built on the school site. I am currently Chairman of the Trustees of the Community Centre. I served for 16 years as a Borough Councilor from 1974 to 1990 and a further four years to date.

Ross McWilliams:

I’m Cox Green through and through. I grew up in the area and attended the local schools before reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lancaster University. I currently work for the Prime Minister’s former Deputy Chief of Staff.  I grew up enjoying Cox Green’s beautiful countryside; we must protect it against inappropriate development. I was brought up to believe in hard work and responsibility; we’ll always fight for lower taxation, so Cox Green residents can keep more of their own money. Adult Social Care and public services help those most in need; we’ll continue to protect the most vulnerable.




Jesse Grey:

I have been a councillor for a number of years trying to promote the best interests of the residents. In that time as well as dealing with local issues, we have also championed the free Park & Ride bus service that runs three times a day between Datchet and Windsor. As well as being the Chairman of the Highways Environment & Transport scrutiny panel on the council, I have also represented the Royal Borough on the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee along with a number of other community organisations. Datchet was seriously affected by the floods and as well as being on the ground at the time I will continue to represent Datchet when it comes to flooding issues.

Gary Muir

Working hard for local residents is something I want to continue to do for the people of Datchet. As well as being on the management committee of the Youth and Community Centre, during my time as councillor I have also supported the Women's Institute, the Monday Club, the Bridge Tea House, the volunteer ambulance service and Datchet Chat. As well as being committed to prioritising roads we will continue to work on improving flood relief as well as improving Datchet’s river front.  



Eton & Castle

Malcolm Alexander:

I'm originally from Hillingdon but I now live in Windsor and know it to be a special town. I have experience of being a councillor, having been a District Councillor for 16 years, including 8 years as a Deputy Leader. I have always been someone for who local community issues are of the utmost importance which is why I hope to represent Eton and Castle and help with the things that most concern people.


Eton Wick


Samantha Rayner

Samantha Rayner is married to Colin Rayner and has 17-year-old triplet daughters. Samantha and Colin are farmers in the Royal Borough and farm around Windsor and Maidenhead.

Samantha is a qualified accountant. She was Mayoress for the Royal Borough in 2012/3 supporting Colin.

Samantha is a Parish Councillor and has been joint chair for the Neighbourhood Plan for Horton and Wraysbury.

Samantha since being Mayoress has been involved with many local charities and organised fundraising events for a wide range of charities.

Samantha will work hard for Eton Wick and will address the concerns of the residents. She is already aware of many of the issues and is ready to start and help.

Samantha has been voted one of the 100 Inspirational Women in Berkshire by the judges for Berkshire Life.


Furze Platt

Mohammed Ilyas:

A qualified teacher of science for over 17 years, I attended all formal education at local Maidenhead schools. I am a Governor at Furze Platt infants school in the ward. I volunteer with a youth group in Maidenhead and a charity feeding homeless people. I have been a Furze Platt councillor since 2011. Our achievements over the last 4 years as in Furze Platt include preventing developers from moving the Furze Platt senior school and preventing development on the green belt in the ward, establishing a conservation area, investing in the new leisure facilities for both the Furze Platt secondary school and the local community. For me, the driving force for being a councillor is being able to listen to residents and find solutions to their concerns. I have found this very rewarding and I am hoping to continue to support and invest in the community in the future.

Hari Sharma:

I am married with my wife Mrs. Bipan Sharma and have three grown up children. I have a Masters Degree in Political Science from an Indian University. I passionately believe that education plays a vital role to achieve life aspiration for a child. To pursue this interest five years ago I joined Furze Platt Infant school as local authority governor to assist, support and help the head teacher and staff to provide the best possible education to our children. Politics for me is "making a difference" in society and empowering communities to take local decisions. The fundamental principle while dealing issues and taking decisions during my period as a councillor have been transparency, openness and honesty. I am a life member of charities Save The Children and Leukaemia Care Society.

Derek Sharp:

I have lived within the borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for the last 23 years. I was a Special constabulary police officer for both Windsor and Maidenhead for over 14 years and regularly policed both towns . I was privileged to be elected to serve as a councillor for the Furze Platt ward in 2011 and have worked hard to obtain recognition for the ward as a progressive place to both work and live. There are still lots of issues to address but have had a modicum of success in providing 2 new Play areas and a leisure centre along with my fellow councillors.

Horton & Wraysbury


Colin Rayner:

Colin Rayner is married to Samantha Rayner and has 17-year-old triplet daughters. He was elected Ward Councillor in 2002 and has since been re-elected twice. He was appointed to the Cabinet in 2007 with the responsibility for Highways and Streetcare.  In 2012, he was elected Mayor of Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council.  He is Vice Chairman of Horton Parish Council.  He is one of the Director's of J Rayner & Sons Ltd, Horton and the family have farmed the same land since the 16th Century, which is regularly featured in radio and tv programmes.

John Lenton:

John Lenton is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has worked in the motor, aerospace and finance industries.  He was elected for Horton & Wraysbury in 2007. Since 2007 John has served as Chairman of The Royal Country of Berkshire Pension Fund and as a member of the Royal Berkshire Fire

Authority. While Chairman of the Aviation Forum he led the successful fight against the Heathrow proposal to build a third runway through Wraysbury.  He is married to Margaret, former Head of Slough Grammar School and they both worked for nine weeks on flood relief in Wraysbury.


Hurley & the Walthams


Carwyn Cox:

Carwyn is Lead Member for Environmental Services. He has worked to keep the weekly bin collection, expand the numbers and role of Community Wardens and has made representations to the Airports Commission. As a Ward Member he fights hard for Residents on planning issues and other matters of concern to them.

Carwyn is also a Barrister.  His Chambers are in London, though he travels around the country.  He grew up in Merthyr Tydfil, and moved to Maidenhead in 2009. He is married with two children. He enjoys sport, in particular rugby, though mainly as a spectator.  

David Evans:

I have been the Borough Councillor for Hurley and the Walthams Ward for four years and live in Waltham St Lawrence. I am married to Kate and we have two sons. I am a commercial negotiator and work in the energy industry. During my period as a Councillor I have campaigned vigorously to preserve the Green Belt from inappropriate development, reduce speeding in our villages and fought against illegal traveller sites. In my role as Vice Chairman of the Children's Services Committee I have highlighted the need to raise educational performance post 16 and led the campaign for a satellite grammar school in Maidenhead. In my spare time I love watching cricket, rugby and football with my sons.

Maureen Hunt:

I have been very fortunate over the last eight years to represent the beautiful Ward of Hurley & The Walthams at council level.

My working career has been varied – PA, Nurse, Air Hostess and prior to running a B&B, worked full time alongside my husband in the Tool Shop in Knowl Hill incorporating all aspects of running a small business.  This vista of life has given me a good grounding to confidently represent residents on all issues at the council.  I am now retired and have two grown up children both living in Maidenhead.  I have the time to listen to what residents want and have the experience of all aspects of council work. 


Maidenhead Riverside


Simon Dudley:

Simon is Deputy Leader of Council and Lead Member for Finance. Married to Sue a former pupil and now governor of Furze Platt Senior School he is a father of four children. Simon has lived in Maidenhead for approaching twenty five years and has been a councillor for Maidenhead Riverside for eight years. Simon is a founder (with Sue) of Holyport College and is chair of governors. Simon is a founder and governor of Forest Bridge School and is chair of governors of Riverside Primary School. Simon has a 30 year career in finance and believes strongly in social justice, a meritocratic society and working to make Maidenhead a great place to live, work, learn and play.   

Andrew Jenner:

Andrew has lived worked in the Riverside area for over 30 years and has been a magistrate for over 20 years. Andrew was Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead last year. He is President of two local children's charities and a past President of the Maidenhead Chamber of Commerce. Married with three children, Andrew has been the Deputy Lead Member for Leisure Services as well as a member of the Maidenhead Development Control Panel on the council.

Adam Smith:

Adam attended local schools and lives in Riverside ward with his young family. A senior advertising executive, Adam is committed to improving education locally and is a governor at Riverside Primary School. Working hard on behalf of local residents is something Adam is keen to continue and is committed to making sure Maidenhead Riverside continues to improve.



Old Windsor

Elizabeth Cudd:

I have been a resident in Windsor for 36years and Old Windsor for 15 of those. Helping others and having fun is my passion, formerly I spent 18 years with British Airways travelling the world and doing just that. I am blessed with a great husband, Stephen and two wonderful boys Christian and Lewis, a small menagerie; Heidi the Bernese, and our cats Inks and Susie. I am a journalist and work in event management /charities, two favourites were - Great Ormond Street and Child Bereavement UK. My goal is to improve Old Windsor no matter what that might be!

Hamish Macmillan:

I have been a resident of Old Windsor for 25 years, living on Crimp Hill on the edge of Windsor Great Park, with my wonderful wife Susie, my 18 year old son Ollie and my runaway Labrador dog Humphrey. I currently work in London, for a global Technology firm, but before moving to Old Windsor, I had spent many years living and working all over the world, in Sales, Marketing and Finance roles. I could not be happier to have finally settled, here in Old Windsor, and to now have the opportunity to improve the way of life for the people and the village of Old Windsor.



Geoffrey Hill:

I have lived in Maidenhead for 21yrs and will celebrate 30yrs of marriage to my wife Jennifer in August this year.  I retired from the Information Technology sector after a 26yr career.  I've been a Conservative for 37yrs and was delighted to be elected in May 2011 as a Royal Borough Councillor.  Since then I have served in the RBWM Cabinet as Lead Member for Highways & Transport, Customer and Business Services & ICT.  I'm currently Maidenhead Conservative Association Chairman.  I also serve RBWM Residents as an Associate Governor of Oldfield School and Treasurer of 4 Marlow Road Youth and Community Centre. 

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