Iqbal Zia

District Councillor for Ashley


T: 01727 835 654
E: [email protected]

Iqbal has impressed many with his strong community values and determination to get things done for Ashley ward since first getting elected in 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.

Iqbal’s priorities for the district council going forward are protecting the Green Belt and delivering more funding for road repairs.


Matt Farrell

District Councillor for Ashley


T: 01727 758 462
E: [email protected]

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.


Anthony Rowlands

District Councillor for Ashley

County Councillor for St Albans East


T: 01727 839 132
E: [email protected]

Anthony has represented Ashley Ward since 2006 and is County Councillor for 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.

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