Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Councillors
Cllr Wendy Rider
Wendy moved to Brickhill in 1975 to take up the post of a specialists Social Worker for the blind. When she retired as a Social Worker she took up the post as centre Manager for St Mark's Church in Brickhill, which is a role she still holds. Wendy has always had a strong interest in working with the local community. She was chair for over seven years for Sight Concern Bedfordshire an organisation working for the visually impaired and was also the manager of Brickhill Community Centre for several years. Wendy is a Brickhill Parish Councillor and has been a Bedford Borough Councillor for nine years. She has been involved in voluntary work within the local community for many years and was awarded the MBE in 2004 for services to the community. Wendy cares passionately about the community in Brickhill and works hard on their behalf. Her aim as a councillor for the future is to make Brickhill a better place in which to live and take pride in.
Cllr Charles Royden
Charles has lived and worked in Brickhill since 1991 as Vicar of St Mark's Church Community Centre, Calder Rise and he was responsible for setting up Brickhill Parish Council. Charles is passionate about the need for thriving local communities and works hard to achieve the best for Brickhill. Charles said, "When I became a councillor, we had empty shops in Avon Drive and Brickhill Drive, the area was looking shabby with broken street lights and road signs and anti-social behaviour. The local Liberal Democrats have worked hard in Brickhill to look after and protect our community. We must continue to take a pride in our area and make a it a great place for ourselves to live and for our children to grow up." Charles has served as a Borough Councillor for Brickhill and Deputy Mayor for ten years and looks after Transport Highways and Environment on the Council.
Cllr David Sawyer
David Sawyer has lived in De Parys ward for 32 years. He is married with 4 grown-up children, all of whom attended local schools, and has served on the governing bodies of each school. David works in the financial sector, specialising in training and development work for central government and other public bodies. He has been Borough Councillor for De Parys ward for 16 years, and has always worked hard for local residents, and helped many residents with their casework. He has served on many Council committees, including a 4 year spell as Lead Member for Childrens' Services. His recent achievements have included reducing speeding, 20mph limits in most of the residential streets, improving road safety, double yellow lines on the narrowest and visibility restricted corners, and more resurfacing of streets and footpaths, with a continuing campaign for resurfacing all of the damaged residential streets. David keeps in touch with residents through regular Focus leaflets and emails, and monthly ward surgeries
Cllr Henry Vann
Henry Vann was born in and grew up in De Parys Ward (Glebe Road and St Edmond Road) and now lives locally in Goldington Road, in De Parys with his wife, Eve whom he married in 2017. Henry has been a local Councillor for De Parys Ward since 2011 and, having commuted into London for 10 years working in the music industry and campaigning in support of arts education, Henry now teaches history and politics at a local school in De Parys Ward. Henry's recent achievements include delivering 20mph speed limits in local residential streets, launching our local safer junctions campaign with double yellow lines on the narrowest corners, and continuing to campaign for even more streets and footpaths to be repaired. Henry has also been a local school Governor and as Cabinet Member for Education on Mayor Dave's Executive Henry has overseen a multi-million-pound investment in local schools including Castle Newnham, the Hills and Hazeldene. Henry also Chairs the Bedford Park Charity. In his spare time, Henry is a keen musician and sings in local choirs, including Cantamus and St Paul's Church Choir.
Elstow & Stewartby
Cllr Tim Hill
Tim lives locally and has been the FOCUS newsletter Editor for the past 14 years. He has served as governor for two of the local schools and is a Director of the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity. Since being elected as our local Councillor, Tim has fought against the Covanta Incinerator, secured urgent funding for resurfacing the A6 and the B530, continued to work to reduce the parking problems outside local schools, and tackled speeding across the Ward. He cares passionately about the area and its diverse communities. He has always worked hard for residents and be there to help if anyone has a problem. Tim works hard all year round for the community and will continue to hold regular help and advice surgeries for local residents, and champion the interests of residents of Elstow, Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick.
Cllr Tim Caswell
Tim Caswell was born in Goldington, attended local schools and has lived and worked in the area. Despite leaving school with no qualifications, he is a qualified and experienced barrister who runs a local business and works part time for a Bedford charity, recruiting volunteers to work with people who are homeless. Tim has an allotment on Goldington Field and runs a community garden and allotment project for people who are homeless. He is also a dog lover, prolific reader, book collector and writer in his spare time. Tim is friendly, enthusiastic and has a vast experience of getting things done. He is hardworking and approachable and will be a strong voice for everyone in Goldington on Bedford Borough Council. After many years in the Labour Party, Tim decided they were divided and extreme and joined the Liberal Democrats who he describes as: "The most hardworking, kind and innovative community spirited people I have ever had the privilege to work with." He is passionate about standing up for Goldington and hopes that the, Pride in Goldington campaign he and Christine started can build on the improvements they have already achieved in the ward.
Cllr Christine McHugh
Christine has lived in Bedford since 1991 with her husband Dave and works as an environmental scientist. Christine has been a school governor at two Goldington schools and a member of community centre management committees. In her spare time Christine volunteers for Bedford and District Audio News (Talking Newspapers) for those with a visual impairment and enjoys playing and watching sport. As a councillor Christine will continue to campaign for services for Goldington, such as the Putnoe Walk-In Centre, for improvements to our area such as the mini roundabouts to improve the Goldington Road/Goldington Green junction, resurfacing of roads and paths, and work with the local neighbourhood Police to keep Goldington a safe place to live. Christine is absolutely committed to keeping residents informed through regular FOCUS newsletters and being available at local surgeries.
Cllr Dean Crofts
Dean lives with his wife and children in Kingsbrook. He works in the advice sector and has special interest in homelessness, disabilities, discrimination and the causes of poverty, campaigning to ensure that all families keep access to local services and have local representation. He has been campaigning in Kingsbrook since August 2016 and has been the Editor of the Kingsbrook Liberal Democrat Focus Team Newsletter. Dean was elected on the 02nd May 2019, continues to campaign and was appointed as Health Spokesperson for the local Liberal Democrats in May 2019. Dean will make sure that every resident in Kingsbrook has a local point of contact who they can get in touch with all year round and not just at election time. He will be freely available by email, telephone and face to face when communicating with local residents. He will also look after the local Kingsbrook area and the local community, keep in touch with regular Focus newsletters, emails and advice surgeries. Dean will stand up for Kingsbrook on the Council.
Cllr Patrick Solomon
Patrick Solomon was born and raised in Bedford, where he lives with Joanne, his wife of 35 years. He has worked for Vauxhall Motors for the past 37 years, where he is now a vehicle inspector. His passion is to work in the community and be of assistance to others. He was a Street Pastor in Luton for six years and is now involved with a charity that feeds the homeless. Patrick is campaigning for better schools and education for children in Bedford, better roads and pavements for all and for it to be a safer place for people to live. If elected, Patrick will work hard to have a positive impact in Kingsbrook and keep in touch with residents all year round with the regular FOCUS leaflet and by holding regular help and advice surgeries.
Cllr Hilde Hendrickx
Hilde moved to Bedford 20 years ago. She lives locally in Newnham ward with her two teenage children (and two cats) and loves it here. Hilde has a degree in psychology and has built a career in Research and Innovation in the private sector. She has always been active in the local community, be it as a school governor or currently as a Bedford Samaritans volunteer, helping those most in need. She enjoys a good read, likes to keep active and makes desperate attempts at learning to play the piano. Hilde will do all she can to make Newnham ward an even better neighbourhood to live in. She will strive to keep Bedford as welcoming and inclusive as it already is and will work hard to ensure that everyone in Bedford continues to have access to vital services and benefits from a thriving local economy. Hilde will keep in touch through regular Focus leaflets.
Cllr Jake Sampson
Jake has lived in Newnham all his life and cares passionately about the local area. He has recently graduated from the University of Westminster London, where he studied Politics and international relations and worked with the Student union. Jake believes this experience would mean he could bring a fresh and alternative role within the council and community. Jake has been working hard to communicate with the local community on what issues are important to them. He has continue to keep in contact with residents with the Newnham FOCUS all year around. Alongside other local Liberal Democrats Jake has been reporting issues such as potholes, missing road signs, fly-tipping and surveying residents about road safety. Jake has recently been going the extra mile in Bedford by starting to work with local schools and other grass roots organisations. Jake takes pride in the community and works hard for the residents of Newnham ward. Jake's priority is to put local people's interest first and to maintain good communication with residents in the ward.
Cllr Jon Abbott
Jon has lived in Bedford Borough for 20 years, and locally in Oakley for the last 15 years. He has been an Oakley Parish Councillor for nearly 3 years. He has been very involved with the local community, running the village Cub Pack for seven years and then being Group Scout Leader for a further three. Since September, he has been Deputy District Commissioner for the Scouts, overseeing 17 groups in North Bedfordshire. Jon is a school governor and spent eight years on the governing body of Oakley Lower School; since 2017 he has been a governor of Sharnbrook Academy Federation. Professionally for the last 20 years he has worked in sales within the construction industry, prior to that his background is in agriculture, having studied this at college and University. Jon will work all year round for our local villages, continuing to hold his regular surgeries in all three villages and ensuring the voice of the rural communities are heard in Borough Hall.
Cllr Michael Headley
Michael is a well-respected, long standing councillor for Putnoe. He lives in the ward and has served the local community in many ways over the years, including spells as a school governor on three of our local schools and currently as a volunteer with the Bedford & County Athletic Club based at the Barkers Lane stadium. In his spare time he enjoys cheering on Bedford & County Athletic Club in competitions all over the country. Michael is well known for his hard work, getting things done for Putnoe and keeping in touch all year round with local residents. One of the biggest successes has been the transformation of the Church Lane shopping parade that is popular with Putnoe residents as well as the protection of vital services, such as Putnoe Library. Michael stands up for residents such as campaigning to protect the Putnoe Walk-in Centre from closure and against government funding cuts to our local schools. Michael has worked as a member of the council's cabinet with responsibility for council finances since 2009.
Cllr Max Royden
Max has been a resident of Bedford all his life and having grown up in the Brickhill and Putnoe area. He really appreciates what a great area Putnoe is and he is ready to do his best to support the local community. Max is a Primary School Teacher and has worked locally in Bedfordshire for the last six years. He is passionate about education and wanting to provide the best for children and young people. As a local resident Max makes use of many of the services in the town and wants to see these constantly improved, maintained and made accessible for everyone and he will do the utmost to help the community with their problems. Max will remain committed to working hard in Putnoe and making it a better place to live, work and socialise for everyone, he will stay in touch with regular FOCUS leaflet and make sure he is available to help local residents with his regular mobile advice surgeries alongside Councillor Michael Headley.