Our 2016 candidates
Our candidates (in alphabetical order by surname) - click on the up arrows to return to the top of the page:
Stuart Macdonald has lived in Witney for over 20 years. He is married with four children and involved with a range of local causes, including Fairtrade, the food bank and the WOT campaign to improve transport between the Witney area and Oxford. Stuart stood as Green parliamentary candidate for the Witney constituency in 2010 and 2015 and is privileged to be standing for the district council in North Leigh in 2016.
Standlake, Aston & Stanton Harcourt
Born in Shrewsbury, Alma spent the early part of her life in Manchester, trained to teach in Hertfordshire then was based back In Manchester while working around the UK in broadcast TV and finally settling in West Oxfordshire in 1991 to raise a family. Living in a rural area, Alma was shocked to see village schools and public transport so poorly funded and as a result her thinking turned towards green issues and the environment. While in Oxfordshire Alma has worked as a Home Tutor and is currently studying on a TESOL course. Her main goal if elected would be to work towards equality of opportunities and access to services.
Chaddington & Churchill
Celia Kerslake has lived in West Oxfordshire since 1988. She has recently retired from an academic career in Turkish studies, of which the greater part was spent at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Regular visits to Turkey make her aware of how Britain is viewed from outside Europe,
and of the benefits and responsibilities of being part of an advanced democracy. She believes that the global village in which we now live can only survive through the kind of radical rethinking of social and political values that the Green Party stands for.
Hailey, Minster Lovell & Leafield
Andy moved to the area over 2 years ago to be near his grandchildren and have renovated a small property. His wife and him gave up work 5 years ago to do voluntary work in Africa and then travel. He has a degree in Mathematics, an M.Sc in Operational Research and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies. He worked in Sales and Marketing for major IT companies for over 30 years. His grandchildren are the reason he joined the Green Party as he is deeply concerned at the impact our current lifestyles will have on the world we leave to them and their children; especially the erosion of rural lifestyles and values.
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Rosie has lived in Oxfordshire since 1997. She grew up in Sussex, studied at Oxford University, and has worked in PR, journalism, education, philanthropy and the arts. She lived in Western Kenya for a year, and in Jamaica between 1988 and 1997. Since 1998, she has lived with her two daughters at Asthall Manor, near Burford, and attempts to justify the large footprint of the house by filling it with life-enhancing events, including the celebrated exhibition of sculpture in stone, on form.
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Maurice has resided in the UK for 34 years and lived in Oxfordshire since 1996. He is originally from Italy, but spent his youth in South America where in his teens he travelled widely as a volunteer for the WWF, reaching into the depths of the Amazon jungle at the age of 15. His passion for the environment has remained a constant source of inspiration throughout his life.
Stonesfield & Tackley
Paul has lived and worked in West Oxfordshire for 18 years and is an Occupational Psychologist by profession. He has a range of skills and experience he can bring to the District Councillor role having worked in both the private and public sector in the UK and abroad. Paul has been an active Green Party member for 15 years and is also a member of local groups that promote sustainable living and the environment (Sustainable Witney and Witney Bicycle User Group).
Woodstock & Bladon
Rosie has been a member of the Green Party for ten years. An optimist by nature, she believes that human beings are capable of finding a more generous and harmonious way to live on the earth than that which is currently considered normal. She is inspired by a vision of a future which is not only cleaner and fairer, but also happier, less stressful, and more creative.
After a fun but wholly unrenumerative career as a wannabe rock star, I now work part-time as a medieval historian for Southampton University. I live in Witney with my partner, Claire, who works at the Oxford English Dictionary, and I have two children. I am standing for the Green Party because I believe our policies offer some hope for a fair and sustainable lifestyle, with an economy run for the benefit of all rather than for the privileged few. I fear that the savage cutting of local government services will degrade the quality of life in Witney, and these cuts must be opposed."
Alex joined the Green Party a few months ago seeking a fairer society, one in which people live having regard for the natural environment and for each other. He believes we need a radical change from 'business as usual' of the three main parties. They are all obsessed with the idea of constant 'growth' which has shown itself to be unsustainable and is leading us into a self-destructive cul-de-sac. He likes the emphasis that the Greens place on the environment, animal welfare, and sharing of resources.
Freeland and Hanborough
Eynsham & Cassington
Karl has been an Oxfordshire resident for almost 30 years, initially whilst serving at Brize Norton. After leaving the RAF in 1991, he settled and raised a family in Witney and firmly regards Oxfordshire as his home. In 2013 Karl completed a BA (Hons) in Sociology, Politics and Economics at Ruskin College, Oxford. He admits that the particular brand of Social and Political awareness promoted at Ruskin had a profound affect on his desire to speak out against the inequalities that prevail in our society and fight for those denied an equal chance.
Eynsham & Cassington
Brigitte Hickman is a cycle trainer in West Oxon working with adults and children in schools and privately. She also volunteers for Wheels for All giving disabled children the opportunity to cycle.She has lived in Witney with her husband and two children for the past 22 years. Brigitte moved to Witney because it was a town with all the facilities her family needed which could be easily accessed on foot and by bike.
Charlbury & Finstock
Nicholas has lived in the area for fifteen years and has been a member of the Green Party for twenty. One daughter lives in Eynsham, the other is at university. He works as a computer programmer for Oxford University and teaches at Abingdon & Witney College. He is encouraged to see an ever-increasing number of green initiatives locally and hopes to support them as a Councillor. “Our quality of life and our children’s futures depend on making the right decisions over the next few years”.
As a trainer in home composting, a tutor of environmental issues and a mother of two children, Harriet is keenly aware of the pressures on our limited resources and is very concerned about the future for the next generation. She is standing in the election to enable the residents of Stonesfield and Tackley have an opportunity to show their support for green issues so that the big parties realise they need to move environmental issues up the political agenda.
Originally from Bromsgrove, Nick has had a talent for writing since the age of seven. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Keele University, qualifying and working as a teacher, but his aim was always towards working as a counsellor and psychotherapist. At thirty, he became one of the first graduates of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Counselling in Westminster. After ten years working for Social Services Departments,
He has lived in West Oxfordshire for over ten years and has actively campaigned for more integrated and affordable transport links.In 2010 he organised and delivered a petition to David Cameron on safer rural roads and better environment and he subsequently co-founded the Witney Oxford Transport Group. He is a trustee of two charities, one on education and another on poverty relief, as well as an active Fellow of two chartered institutions. He works as an online communications specialist. Follow his blog here.
The National Health Service, and in private practice, Nick became a director of The Oxford School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, at the age of forty. He was also a consultant to the BBC on psychological matters and has taught humanistic psychology, groupwork, counselling and psychotherapy for many Colleges and Universities, both nationally and internationally.
At the age of 50 he refocussed on poetry, and concentrated on photographing West Oxfordshire, an area of outstanding natural beauty as well as setting up "The Oxford Prenatal and Perinatal Education Research and Awareness Trust”. Nick is married with two exceptionally gifted daughters, 32 and 22, and two fine step-sons, 21 and 16. He lives in Witney, in Oxfordshire
She is an active member of Sustainable Witney, a local environmental group promoting a practical sustainable lifestyle.
If elected she would work hard to ensure that every issue that comes to the District Council is considered in terms of the wellbeing of the community as a whole and of the environment that we share and will pass on to succeeding generations. “Economic growth is good, but only if the rewards are shared by the whole of society and does not damage the environment in which we live. We must pay more attention to the quality of life that is available to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. This earth belongs to all of us, not just a privileged few.”
Alex has been active in his workplace as UNISON branch rep and his experience there has shown hiw how concerted action can bring about positive change for both staff and the organisation as a whole. His hobbies are reading, cycling, swimming, music.
Harriet has lived in West Oxfordshire for ten years and is especially concerned with supporting local businesses in the area and promoting nature conservation. On spring evenings you will find her patrolling the road through her village to help migrating toads cross the road safely.
Karl is also particularly concerned about our unending reliance on fossil fuels and is passionate about our need to seek workable solutions that relate to the way we live our daily lives. An integrated public transport system that actually provided a means of leaving the car at home would be a prime example. Now living in Eynsham, he relishes the idea of being able to make even just a small difference in his community and work towards a sustainable future for his children and their children.
He believes that inequality is at the heart of our current difficulties: in a divided society problems are shifted onto others rather than solved. Stuart works as a professor and union representative in a management school, persuading university students that they are being educated not to be paid more, but so that they can contribute more to society.
Kingham, Rollright, Enstone
Paul is concerned that current policies are heading for a ruinous future for our children and feels that we really should treat each other and the environment with more care. Paul would promote policies that make it easier for people to make life choices that enhance quality of life now and for our children.
Rhys is originally from Wales but has worked and lived in Oxfordshire since 2008. He has a particular interest in transport matters and he looks after the West Oxfordshire Green Party print graphics
Paulo was during 2003 and 2008 the Manager of the Old Mill Coffee house in Chipping Norton, and he would now like to serve as a district councillor. His main interests are: 1) Workers to have a fair minimum wage and that their voices to be heard in their workplaces; 2) Stop heavy transports in Chipping Norton;
3) More car parking spaces; 4) Professional tourist information and exhibitions centre; 5) More activities in arts, music and sports.
David is standing for the Enston and Kingham District. He has lived in the local area for ten years and works as a gardener. Before he moved to Oxfordshire he worked in the Civil Service and in the voluntary sector with environmental education. He has been actively involved in local politics for over thirty years and has a wide knowledge and experience of the issues and problems of life in rural communities. Particularly for those who live on a low income and are reliant on transport and public services.
Chipping Norton (Town Council elections)
A chance trip to Hook Norton over twenty years ago captured my heart, I left London and made my home in the area. My two daughters were born and brought up here, both attending Chipping Norton School. I’ve always wanted to change the world, to make it better for everyone and my whole career in television documentaries has been dedicated to that end.
I believe in localism, I believe the Green Party delivers the best programme and I guarantee I will give my all to the Town Council in the town I love.
David believes people want a green and realistic alternative to the tired and disappointing old parties with social, economic and environmental policies that value people, are sustainable future and fit with the best traditions of local government.