LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015: Independent candidates standing in the Royal Borough

LOCAL ELECTIONS 2015: Independent candidates standing in the Royal Borough

With the local elections taking place in less than 24 hours, 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.

The Conservatives, Labour and Green candidate bios are up, while Lib Dem and UKIP candidates standing in Maidenhead have also been profiled.

This list features independent candidates standing in the Royal Borough who have submitted their bios to us.

If you are a UKIP or Lib Dem candidate standing in the Windsor area, are standing for another party or are an independent not included on this list, you have until 5pm today (Thursday) to submit your biography to jamesp@baylismedia.co.uk if you want it to be included.

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.


Castle Without


Raewyn Porteous

I have lived and worked in and around Windsor since the 1970s having been born in New Zealand.  Married, with a son and daughter who both live in Windsor, I retired in 2009 after a 33 year career in the aviation industry. Previously a reporter on the Windsor Express, I have managerial experience in operations and schedules and been responsible for managing change, budgets and manpower.

I am an active member of the Allotments Society and a member of other groups challenging inappropriate developments in Windsor and support local heritage societies.


David Eglise

David has lived in Windsor for over 40 years. A qualified technologist with more than 25 years experience in high-tech business start ups, corporate finance and strategic planning.  More recently a founder of a pioneering diabetes healthcare venture. David’s activities also include local heritage and action groups which support the ongoing interests of Windsor residents. Served as a Windsor councillor 2003-2007 and is married with a son and a daughter.


Margery Thorogood

I am standing in the ward where I have lived for 27 years. I work in Outer London as an Advisory Teacher. I was a member of the Labour Party. I  am active member of the National Union of Teachers, the Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign and Windsor and Slough Against the Cuts. I sit on Slough Trades Council where we support groups like the Peoples Assembly and Unite Against Fascism. I am interested in green issues like climate change. I belong to the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan and also Greenpeace, CND and Liberty. I believe passionately in real representation for everyone.

Clewer North

Kevin Chapman

Kevin is married with two grown up children, and has lived in Clewer North since 1987.

The former head of the Environmental Direct Services Division of the large London Borough of Hounslow, Kevin has 38 years of experience in local government managing Highways, Parking wardens, Transport, & Waste Management. Kevin is now a consultant in Waste Management, & Health and Safety assessing.

Given his ability and experience, Kevin has a special interest in improving the state of our roads and pavements, developing recycling and waste managements and managing the services for the benefit of all people.

Kevin has been a WWRA committee member for many years.


Carole Da Costa

Carole grow up as part of an Army family she moved around quite a bit in her childhood. She has lived in Clewer North for 18 years, and has three children, two step sons, a grandson, and three dogs

Carole has worked for the NHS for twelve years, and is currently a community midwife in the Windsor team. She supports retaining and also restoring services at Heatherwood Hospital.

She has a special interest in families, and affordable housing for key workers and local families. Carole will also campaign against further expansion of Heathrow and the negative effect this could have on Windsor residents’ wellbeing.


Wisdom Da Costa

Wisdom was elected as Councillor for Clewer North in July 2014 following the untimely death of Cllr Cynthia Endacott.

Wisdom is qualified as an Accountant (FCCA), a Corporate Treasurer (AMCT), and a teacher; he taught science at Slough Grammar School. He runs an accountancy and business practice in Windsor, and has written a book and created an App to help employees save tax.

The former Chairman of the WWRA, Wisdom has actively campaigned for people on social justice issues, and more recently poor planning & licensing decisions, Heathrow noise, and against the third runway.

He reports regularly on the WWRA website bringing to light local issues of concern.


Clewer South


Chris Beale

Chris is running as an independent Borough Council candidate for Clewer South and has been endorsed by the West Windsor Residents association. Chris is a stay at home dad, running a busy household for his family of five.  Chris has always taken an interest in local politics and community affairs, often getting involved through the local state schools that his three children attend.  He was a founding member of the Firestation Arts Centre in Windsor and has been active in various local football and tennis clubs.  Chris is outgoing and energetic and is keen to support and represent the interests of the local community.

Old Windsor


Lynne Jones (Old Windsor Residents Association)

Lynne Jones has lived in Old Windsor for most of her life, and was Lead Member for Finance on the Parish Council before being elected to the Borough in 2011.  She has been involved in many improvements to the Village - a new play area on the Recreation Ground, improvements to the Youth Club, and has championed the community's opposition to development on Green Belt land.  Since becoming a Borough Councillor Lynne has continued her interest in families. She is a member of the Children's Services Panel and helps residents with problems relating to Social and Residential Care, Benefit queries and homelessness.  When the Thames flooded last year,  Lynne, together with fellow Councillor Malcolm Beer, co-ordinated the distribution of sandbags, liaised with the emergency services, and supported vulnerable residents whose homes had been affected.


Malcolm Beer (Old Windsor Residents Association)

 Malcolm Beer has represented Old Windsor on the Borough Council for twenty years and is a former Chairman of Old Windsor Parish Council and of the Local Parishes Association.  He is the acknowledged expert on the ever-changing proposals for Heathrow, and has organised and addressed meetings around the Borough to keep residents informed.  Malcolm is Chairman of the Local Authorities Aircraft Noise Council, and represents the Borough on the Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee.  Malcolm played a major part in ensuring that the disruptive trials carried out by Heathrow last year were cut short in November.  His experience in planning matters has proved invaluable, and he played a major role in ensuring that the Battle Bourne Village flood defence was reinstated in 2013.




Franco De Luca

Franco is 38 years old and has lived in Windsor for 8 years, and was born in Taplow to Italian immigrant parents; Franco has a love of his town Windsor and country England and the opportunities it has given his family. 

Franco runs a business in Berkshire employing local people. 

Franco is a keen follower of local issues regarding planning and business with a great interest in environmental and youth issues.

If elected, he promises to campaign for the concerns of local residents in Park Ward, and to serve with integrity, energy and passion at all times. 

Jon Davey

Hello, I’m Jon Davey and I’ve been enjoying family life in Windsor for 20 years.  I help small business owners with their sales & marketing and am an active Rotarian. For me this is not about the politics of red, green or blue, it’s about making your voice count.  I’ve been told I’m a good listener and would be happy to hear what you have to say, reflect on it with you and determine a course of action that would benefit the Windsor community.  I’m about community, not about asset stripping to make “savings” that will bite us in the proverbial bum in years to come... VOTE FOR ME and I will do my best for yours and other families in Windsor as your Park Ward Independent Councillor.

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