LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015: Labour candidate biographies for the Royal Borough

LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015: Labour 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.

Next up we have Labour, while the Conservatives were profiled yesterday. The Green Party and Lib Dem candidates standing in Maidenhead will also be profiled in the coming days.

If you are a UKIP candidate, independent, are standing for another party, or a Lib Dem candidate in the Windsor area 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.

Is this list incomplete? If you are standing as a Labour concillor and are not included, please email James using the address above.


Ascot & Cheapside


Mark Olney

I am a primary school teacher in Binfield and have seen the deterioration of the teaching profession under this government. I am married with two grown up sons who have both taken up apprenticeships.  The Labour Party is committed to provide more apprenticeship opportunities for our young people.


Ian Smith

Ian has lived in Maidenhead for 12 years and is an employment advisor, with 20 years’ experience of assisting and representing people with problems at work.

Nigel Smith

A surveyor in the tele-communications  industry, Nigel has lived in Maidenhead for 25 years.  He is a local school governor and former West London councillor.



Bisham and Cookham

Jane Collisson

Jane is a qualified social worker, now retired from social care management and inspection. She is actively involved in voluntary work, mainly for older people.

Graham Lee

Graham has lived in Maidenhead since 1991. He is now retired, but has held various Trade Union Officer posts and been a Pension Scheme Trustee.

Richard Penston

Richard has business experience that straddles multinational, private equity and family businesses across several countries, specialising in advisory work chairing companies and in coaching senior managers.


Boyn Hill


Louise Raffo

Louise is an IT professional of over 20 years, working for an international computer company locally. A passionate believer in a fair and decent education for all and better facilities for older people.

 Mark Wilson

 Mark has lived in the Thames Valley for 25 years and is currently Chair of Maidenhead Labour Party. Works as an executive for a UK based multi-national engineering company and has a wealth of business experience.




Andrew Foakes  

 Andrew has lived in Bray for 15 years and works as an engineer in industry.  He attends a local church and can often be seen cycling around the area.

 Ashok Sharma

 A Bray resident, Ashok is a former parish councillor. He is an active trade unionist, and is involved in youth sports and cancer charities.

 Dudley Targett

 Dudley has lived in Holyport for 20 years but is now enjoying his retirement, following a career in London as a secondary school headmaster.


Castle Without


Yvonne Olney

I am married with 2 grown up children and work for an energy company as a Finance Manager. I love running and have just run the London Marathon.  The Labour Party is the only party to have a clear commitment to banning zero hour contracts.

Fiona Dent

Fiona is also the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Windsor.

My career to date has been spent in running cutting edge initiatives for Central Government and ensuring good quality local public services to improve our quality of life. If elected I will hold the Council Leadership to account and make sure that Castle Without residents have a clear voice and influence in Council decisions.

Michelle Boundy

I believe getting a fair deal in your money matters is a basic right - without this, people cannot feel included in their community. I have a long history of working with credit unions and I currently work for the financial ombudsman service. I am standing as a Labour party candidate because I believe they are the only party working to create a society that's fair for everyone.


Clewer East


Janet Campbell

Janet is married to David and has lived in Windsor since 2014. She is originally from a large family in Northampton. Her interests are reading, embroidery, cooking and socialising. She joined the Labour Party to help the poor and unemployed, end unfair sanctions on people looking for work, protect the NHS from privatisation and to end the bedroom tax.

Clewer North 

Tony Matthews  

I am a retired BBC-TV Producer. I have lived in Windsor since 1964. Until April 2014 I was Chair and founder Trustee of Windsor & Maidenhead Crossroads (Caring for Carers) for 22 years Now I’m a writer and beekeeper. I have written several plays about Windsor’s local history, performed by local people


Clewer South


Mulle Price

Mulle Price has lived in Windsor for over 40 years, her 3 children were educated in local state schools and grandchildren are now following suit.

She has worked in education and chemical sales, is a member of St. Andrew’s Church, Clewer, and a volunteer for the Windsor Homeless Project.

Cox Green

Bob Horner

 Bob is a retired Bank Official.  Serves on the Parish Council, where he is Chair of the Environmental Committee, and previously was Chair of Governors of a local school.

 Ruth Horner

 A retired schoolteacher, Ruth has lived in Cox Green for 27 years. Interests include education and has particular concerns about the future of the NHS.

Elsie Neil

 A retired accounts clerk, Elsie has lived in Maidenhead for 20 years. Concerned about the lack of jobs and affordable housing for young people.




Jenny Ward

Jenny is a long term resident of Datchet and is now retired. In the past, she worked locally for an international magazine and for the NHS. She has served as a school governor and is a member of Unison. Currently, she is the Chair of the Windsor Constituency Labour Party.


Eton Wick


Peter Shearman

A local resident, I moved to Eton Wick in 2012 with my wife and two young children.

I believe communities are best served when they are represented by one of their own. I'm standing for the Labour Party at it is the only party that can make our care services and professionals feel valued and respected for the extraordinary work they do.


Furze Platt

Chris Harding

 A student in Maidenhead, Chris is studying English, Politics and History at A-level. Enjoys playing football, rugby and basketball in his spare time.



Horton & Wraysbury

Peter Ward

Peter has lived in the locality for many years and has been a member of the Labour Party for over 30 years. He works for the NHS and is a member of Unison.


Hurley & the Walthams


Jessica Bisset

 Born in Maidenhead, Jessica has two children, and is concerned about the lack of good information and access to childcare for working parents.

Pat McDonald

 A long standing parish councillor, Pat was instrumental in getting Woodlands Park Village Centre built and is Chairman of its Youth Club.

Sara Reeves

 A resident of Woodlands Park, Sara is dedicated to supporting people locally.  If elected, she will be a strong advocate for local residents’ rights, including those of older people.



Maidenhead Riverside

Bob Barclay

 A retired science and maths teacher in a comprehensive school, Bob‘s main interest is still good education for all.

Colin Fowles

 Colin has lived in the Maidenhead area since 1981, working in the Computer Industry. Special interest is in providing good opportunities for all.


Old Windsor


Ahamed Mashoor

Ahamed is a long-term resident of Old Windsor where he lives with his family. He works as a physiotherapist in the NHS.

Roy Reeves

Roy has lived, worked and is now retired in the Old Windsor area. He was previously  Chair of the Windsor Constituency Labour Party, and  Branch Secretary of the GMB Union. A former Head Gardener at Eton College and Gardener to the Queen, he believes in encouraging people to be involved in local organisations, but not if this is at the expense of council workers’ jobs.



Louise Clarke

 Lived and worked all her life in Maidenhead, and is especially interested in the regeneration of Maidenhead and seeing the High Street become one to be proud of.

Geoff Cutting

 Works as a legal adviser on immigration and was formerly Chair of an NHS Primary Care Trust, Councillor and Leader of Slough Council. Previously ran an environmentally friendly shop and promoted doorstep recycling.




Laura Binnie

I am married with three children and work as a Geoscience Technologist for an International Oil Company. I help out at my local church and enjoy walking my dog in Windsor's beautiful Great Park. I strongly believe that Labour is the only party that can protect and improve the NHS.


  Pinkneys Green


Hilary Brodie

 A resident for more than 40 years, Hilary’s interests include education and health.  Other concerns include footpaths and green issues.

 Jenny Cooper

 After a working life spent in manufacturing, Jenny knows the importance of apprenticeships and supporting small firms. Now active in local groups for people with disabilities, the elderly and improvement of the local area.




Anne Brindle

I am a former journalist who is married and has lived in Sunningdale for eight years. I now work in a local library and passionately believe that having access to good local services is vital to creating a strong and fair community for everyone. 

Sunninghill & South Ascot


Spike Humphrey:

I moved to Sunninghill and then Ascot with my family 9 years ago, brought here by my work as a marketing manager.

I am keenly involved in the local community, in several areas including as a Parent Governor at Charters School, a Parish Councillor, a ‘virtual’ member of my local GP’s patient participation group, and I represent all the Windsor parishes on the Royal Borough’s Crime & Disorder overview & scrutiny panel.  I’m a leading member of the Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign (which succeeded in saving the hospital, and is now continuing to campaign for the right services to be provided there) and part of the team which promoted a Yes vote in the Neighbourhood Plan referendum – achieving 91% in favour.

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