Matt Farrell

District Councillor for Ashley


T: 01727 758 462

Matt has lived all his life in Hertfordshire.  He attended school in Borehamwood and Elstree. Since 2007 Matt has worked as an IT professional within the Financial Services sector in Central London so he shares the commuting experiences of many Ashley residents. Matt and Laura have two small children. They are well aware of the challenges faced by younger people living in St Albans. Matt also has experience of working on community projects.


Rob Prowse

County Councillor for St Albans East Division: Covering Ashley and Cunningham


T: 01727 827 258
4 Tovey Close, London Colney, St Albans, AL2 1LF

Rob Prowse has been the District Councillor for Cunningham since 2002 and County Councillor for St Albans East since 2005.

He originally trained as an apprentice with Kodak and ended his career with them as a Senior Technician as world wide lead on product drying. Rob first joined the Liberal Party in 1984 and was first elected as a councillor in Harrow. He has been involved in local politics ever since.

As a County Councillor, Rob spends a lot of time trying to improve the state of our highways - and has highlighted the failings of the County Council to provide a decent repairs service.

At a local level, Rob is working with residents to find a way of improving the traffic management outside schools using parking restrictions and lower speed limits. He is also aware of the threat to the character of St Albans by inappropriate developments.


Anthony Rowlands

District Councillor for Ashley, County Council candidate for St Albans East.


T: 01727 839 132
106 Beaumont Avenue, St Albans, AL1 4TP

Anthony has represented Ashley Ward since 2006. He has also previously been a County Councillor, and is now standing again in St Albans East.

He is currently Chair of the Local Services Scrutiny Committee and Spokesperson for Sport, Culture and Heritage. Until May 2011, he was Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure and, along with colleagues, guided through the new Westminster Lodge project to the commencement of construction.

Over the years, he has worked closely with residents on a wide range of local issues:  highway safety; footway and  grass verges repairs; resolving parking problems; social housing provision; planning issues; improving  play facilities; improving our open spaces and enhancing other community facilities.

In July 2015 Anthony was appointed mental health champion for the City and District of St Albans. In that capacity he works with a wide variety of local organisations and individuals to raise awareness and understanding and improve mental health provision.

Anthony has two children, Sam and Alice. His late wife Harriet was a greatly respected and much loved teacher at Beaumont School until her retirement in 2013. The family have placed a bench in Harriet’s memory in Clarence Park.

He is often seen running around the ward checking on local issues. He has completed 12 London Marathons and 29 St Albans Half Marathons. He escapes from politics and work on Saturday afternoons in the sometimes hapless, sometimes joyful cause of supporting his beloved Burnley FC.


Iqbal Zia

District Councillor for Ashley


T: 01727 835 654
22 Drakes Drive, St Albans, AL1 5AF

Iqbal Zia has represented Ashley since 2007. In his professional life he has worked with young people for many years, both as a teacher and a Youth Adviser. He is involved in a large number of local organisations including Fleetville Community Group.


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