Melanie Priggen - Harpenden North
Melanie has lived in Harpenden since 2008 and has four children in a local state primary school. She loves working with young people, helping out regularly at the school and with a local cub scout pack.
Melanie grew up in the Netherlands. She has worked for over 15 years in the tax profession both in a big four firm and in-house. She is very keen to use her energy and the professional skills acquired during this career, in particular, her ability to get things done and manage different stakeholders.
Melanie loves the great outdoors, walking, cycling and working on her local allotment. She will aim to improve and protect our gorgeous outdoor spaces, and the opportunity for all of us, young and old, to use these. The housing crisis affects us all, and where we need additional residential development, Melanie is keen to ensure that infrastructure is not forgotten, and that it is in the right place. Town planning should be at the heart of this, so that Harpenden will retain its unique feel and stay a local place for everyone.
Alison Woodley - Harpenden West
Alison has lived in Harpenden since 2006 and has children at Roundwood Primary and Roundwood Park where she actively helps out with the primary school PTA events. She holds a senior position at a large surveying consultancy based in Harpenden.
Having lived and worked in Harpenden for the past eleven years, Alison is passionate about protecting local business and shops. As a working mum, Alison understands the importance of balancing work and the school run, and will campaign to protect and promote our local enterprise, so that Harpenden remains a thriving and attractive place to work, as well as to live. For commuters, Alison will campaign and lobby against the proposed cuts to the Thameslink service at Harpenden Station.
In her professional role, Alison has worked on many large-scale planning and regeneration sites in London, and as a District Councillor, will work to make sure that additional residential development proposed for Harpenden is the right type of housing for our town, and will be supported by appropriate infrastructure.
Alison will help address the issue of congestion in the town centre by campaigning for better public transport. She is also keen to support the residents of Harpenden West with reducing the cost of permit parking for those affected by recent increases.
As an ardent Remainer (a founding member of Harpenden for Europe), Alison was inspired to join the Liberal Democrats in February 2017 due to its pro-EU stance; and has been subsequently encouraged and heartened by the discovery of common-sense politics - both nationally and locally.
Guy Cozon - Harpenden East
Guy has lived in Harpenden for 33 years. He is a Mechanical Engineer and currently works for an independent foundation in central London. Living in Batford since 2007, he commutes by train most days, and has worked professionally with Network Rail to improve reliability & punctuality. His wife is a junior doctor working in at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.
Guy joined the Liberal Democrats in 2016, after the Brexit vote, and campaigned for them in the General Election, because he believes that a Hard Brexit will be hugely detrimental to the long-term prospects of his own and younger generations. He has an engineer’s mindset: if you see something is broken, go and try to fix it!
On local issues, he believes Harpenden is blessed with wonderful green, open and public spaces, and we should work to preserve and enhance those to improve our health and environment. He is a keen cyclist and would love to improve our infrastructure to make our district more accessible to everyone. He believes that a pragmatic approach needs to be taken to planning, balancing the need for more homes & services against preserving the character of Harpenden.
Zoe Galvin - Harpenden South
Zoe grew up in Hertfordshire and has lived in Harpenden with her family since 2002. She graduated from Cambridge and is qualified as a doctor. She has worked for a global pharmaceutical company in Welwyn Garden City in a number of senior roles over the last 25 years. She is a hard-working parent and professional, and she is excited about using her skills to represent the residents of Harpenden South on the District Council.
Zoe has raised her family in Harpenden over the past 15 years, so she shares the issues and concerns of residents, including parking, preservation of the Green Belt and easing traffic congestion. As we endure continued uncertainty in relation to the Strategic Local Plan, she is keen to ensure that Harpenden remains a fantastic and affordable place to live. Zoe is passionate about fitness and well-being, and she and her family have helped to run a number of local sports clubs. She is committed to ensuring the sports and leisure facilities in Harpenden are maintained to a high standard and available to everyone.
Zoe was motivated to join the Liberal Democrats in January 2017 as a result of the outcome of the EU Referendum. She is a passionate "Remainer" who will support anti-Hard Brexit initiatives both locally and nationally along with her Liberal Democrat colleagues.