I was born in the East End of London in the 1950s, and have lived in Cheltenham for the last 27 years.
After briefly working in broadcast media I became an educational professional, with a focus on vocational education and skills consultancy, particularly for adults, working nationally with a range of government departments and agencies.
There is no doubt that unequal societies are less successful in every measure that counts – educational achievement, social cohesion and economic stability.
I support Labour because it truly believes in a society where people are treated fairly, with respect and compassion, while at the same time being realistic about the scale of the financial and climate challenges we all face.
I will campaign to ensure that this ambition is reflected in every policy pursued by Cheltenham Borough Council.