Our district and county council candidates


We're excited to introduce our candidates for the district, county and police & crime commissioner elections on 6 May 2021. 

This year, there are three sets of elections: district, county, and police & crime commissioner. 

We need you to vote on 6 May to help us keep control of St Albans City & District Council, maintain our foothold in the Conservative-controlled County Council, and improve policing in Hertfordshire. 

Click on the names below to learn more about your St Albans Lib Dem candidates.

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Ward

District Council Candidate

Division

County Council Candidate

Ashley

Mark Pedroz

Colney Heath & Marshalswick

John Hale

Batchwood

Sinéad Howland

Harpenden North East

Paul de Kort

Clarence

Chris White

Harpenden Rural

Stephen Barrett

Cunningham

Geoff Harrison

Harpenden South West

Jeff Phillips

Harpenden East

Pip Liver and Paul de Kort

London Colney

Liz Needham

Harpenden North

Allison Wren 

St Albans Central

Chris White

Harpenden South

Denise Bowser and Maddie Liver

St Albans East

Anthony Rowlands

Harpenden West

Jeff Phillips

St Albans North

Helen Campbell 

London Colney

Tony Lillico 

St Albans South

Sandy Walkington

Marshalswick North

Raj Visram

St Stephen's

Emma Matanle

Marshalswick South

Will Jankowski

Police & Crime Commissioner

Sam North

Park Street

Simon Mostyn

 

 

Redbourn

Brian Gunson

 

 

St Stephen

Alison Smith

 

 

Sopwell

Sarwar Shamsher

 

 

Verulam

Chris Davies

 

 

Wheathampstead

Ben Batt

 

 

 

Mark Pedroz has lived in St Albans for 24 years. He was previously Head of English for St Albans School and is now a self-employed educational consultant. He lives off the Hatfield Road, with his fiancee, step-daughter, two cats and Poppy the cavalier. 

Mark wants to promote community values, campaign for 20’s Plenty in side roads and improve our green places. He has supported local residents in the pandemic, and negotiated with developers.

His vision is for Ashley to feel part of the city, and wants to continue making it a cleaner, safer, greener place to work and live. Mark aims to get things done on the doorstep in Ashley, and give the ward voice and direction. 

Sinéad Howland is an effective campaigner with strong community values. Her priorities for the area include improving the state of the roads, working for better community facilities and driving down crime and anti-social behaviour.

She lives in the area with her husband, two daughters and her dog Lucy. Sinéad and her family can often be found walking Lucy around Batchwood.

She has a strong track record of helping the community, including supporting local residents who were isolating during lockdown, running sessions for volunteers to call isolating residents, and volunteering at the vaccination centre. 

Chris White has served as the district councillor for Clarence Ward since 2008 and is now leader of the district council. A resident of St Albans since 1985, he lives with his wife and has two daughters. 

Chris is working with local people to find a way of refurbishing the Clarence Park cricket pavilion and rebuilding the Fleetville Community Centre. 

His vision for St Albans includes making the centre more of a "cafe society", with less traffic in the city centre and sensible pedestrianisation. Chris wants to encourage people in St Albans to walk and cycle - and aims to make it easier and safer to do so.   

Chris has also been the Herts county councillor for St Albans Central since 1993.

 

A district councillor for 14 years, Geoff Harrison used to live in Yorkshire, where he was a park ranger and a Scout leader as well as being highly involved in the local council there. He moved to St Albans from Yorkshire in the mid-90s, where he now lives with his long-term partner of 26 years.

Geoff was previously Mayor of St Albans in 2014 and also used to be a Morrisons 'Community Champion'.

He carries out a lot of work for charity, including distributing up to 40 food parcels a week for people in need and key workers over lockdown. A member of the Rotary Club, he can also be seen at Christmas time being Father Christmas on the Round Table's float.

Geoff's campaigns include advocating for shopkeepers on Cell Barnes Lane, and reducing unruly parking outside Samuel Ryder school. He's also looking to put in a small number of allotments and footpaths around the fields at the bottom of Cunningham avenue. He's also passionate about affordable housing for local people. 

 

Allison Wren used to live in the US and returned to the UK three years ago. The Liberal party's in her blood, with her father having stood as a Liberal candidate in Maidstone when Allison was 11. 

Key issues that concern Allison in Harpenden are creating more affordable housing for people; investing in road safety, including walking, cycling and the upkeep of the streets; and investing in youth services, particularly sports. She believes that Harpenden Station car park needs a rethink, particularly in a post-vaccine world when more people start commuting again. She's also keen for Harpenden to become more pedestrianised, with additional car parks enabling people to park and walk into town. 

Allison shares the values of Harpenden and is keen to make the everyday lives of Harpenden people better.

Denise Bowser is a Harpenden enthusiast who will fight tooth and nail to maintain the high quality of life in this town. She has been living here since 2004 and her children went to The Grove and Sir John Lawes schools. Denise is a journalist who has done a lot of work for radio, TV, newspapers, and magazines. She also worked for several years in education, while her children were growing up.

Denise is a great believer that Harpenden residents should be able to live in a town that is green, free of pollution and safe for themselves and their children. She is passionate about the implementation of policies that translate into living sustainably to combat climate change. First and foremost, however, everything Denise wants to do, she wants to do democratically and in consultation with you.

Maddie Liver has lived in Harpenden South since she was seven years old and attended school in St Albans. Like many young people, Maddie moved back home at the beginning of the pandemic before finishing her undergraduate degree from Durham in the summer.

In this last year, she is undertaking an MSc at UCL and become in involved in a local sustainability charity. She is excited by the potential for local councils to get involved in tackling the climate and ecological crises and would advocate tirelessly for this cause. 

Jeff Phillips has been a Harpenden resident for over 30 years. A qualified accountant and a graduate of the London School of Economics, Jeff has had a career in finance roles in major UK based global enterprises. Additionally, he has been a trustee of Shelter, a member of the audit committee of the World Wildlife Fund and founder chair of CHUMS, a children’s and young person’s trauma and bereavement charity operating across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.  

He is currently Deputy Chair of Herts Community NHS Trust, Co-Chair of Governors at Manland School in Harpenden, Vice Chair of the Harpenden Society and a member of Herts County Council Education Appeals Panel.  In local matters, he is focussed on education, housing, health and economic development.

Pip Liver and her family have lived in Harpenden since 2006, moving here after 10 years in Redbourn after relocating from the north.  Whilst raising a family she completed a law degree at the University of Hertfordshire and volunteered for five years at St Albans Citizens Advice.

Since 2015 she has been based at Citizens Advice in Hemel Hempstead working on the Help to Claim project, helping people claim Universal Credit and manage other benefit issues.  In her role as a Town Councillor  she is a passionate advocate of improving facilities and opportunities for everyone who lives in Harpenden. 

Following the transferral of ownership of Rothamstead Park from St Albans district council to Harpenden town council, she also wants to see that money is spent wisely in a way that benefits the whole community and not just the football clubs. 

Pip knows first-hand from her work that housing is a crucial matter, and is keen to improve affordable, quality housing in the area that would allow young adults to be able to afford to stay in the town. 

Other key issues that concern Pip are making it easier for people to cycle, reducing the speed limit to 20mph, and improving the quality of Batford Springs, one of the few chalk stream rivers in the country. 

Paul de Kort has lived in Harpenden for 28 years and watched his children thrive in their passage through Manland and Sir John Lawes schools. He has coached various youth football teams, and made good use of the sports, leisure and cultural facilities that the local area offers.  After a successful 14-year career as a commercial manager in the oil & gas industry he became a teacher and, until the end of last summer, was a long-standing Head of Sixth Form at a local state school.  He's also a Harpenden Town Councillor. 

Paul wants to see sustainable infrastructure for the neighbourhood plan that includes education, the local economy and transport. He supports 20's Plenty and putting cycling lanes in residential streets. Paul believes that there needs to be a paradigm shift in the way we look at transport, and that sustainability needs to be at the forefront of every solution. 

Overall, Paul believes in the importance of a council that speaks and listens to everyone, and the need to be inclusive in order to link all parts of the community together and truly represent the diverse make-up of the town.   

 

Tony Lillico has lived in London Colney since 1998 and has been a parish councillor since 2018. He works in international marketing in the digital technology field. Tony is passionate about defending the interests of local people in London Colney and believes that we need to strike a careful balance between delivering affordable new homes for local people and preserving the green belt and the character of the village. 

Tony also wants much greater action on roads, footpaths and cycleways, including a properly policed 20 mph speed limit within the village (including Barnet Road/High Street and Shenley Lane) and safer routes for cyclist both inside the village and to locations nearby.  Since joining the parish council he has established a rights of way working group and has been an active member of the neighbourhood plan steering group.

 

Raj Visram grew up in South East London but has now been living in St Albans since 2007. His interests include wine, cooking and, when possible, travel.

He's very active in the community, and is a chair of the local charity St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme, which helps isolated people with shopping, medical appointments and making friends. 

One of Raj's main focuses is the quadrant - as well as reducing anti-social behaviour in the area, he wants to support local businesses operating there, ensuring the local community is facilitated.

He's also keen to solve parking issues brought about by school pick-ups and drop-offs that cause damage to verges near Sandringham School, and is also a strong believer that new housing in the area needs to come with adequate parking. He also aims to tackle local flooding often caused by poor drainage on playing fields which then affects local footpaths.

 

District council candidate Will Jankowski grew up in Marshalswick South, so he understands the value of the area's green spaces and amenities for local families. A London commuter who lives in St Albans with his fiancée, Will has a strong track record of volunteering in the community, including helping to support isolated residents throughout lockdown.
Will aims to continue to improve green spaces in Marshalswick South while keeping it clean and environmentally friendly.

Simon Mostyn is an in-house lawyer who has lived locally since 2004 and has built a reputation as an effective campaigner and has impressed many with his strong community values and determination to get things done. 

His priorities are campaigning for improved facilities in Park Street, fighting the rail freight terminal and tackling anti-social behaviour.  Simon is a keen football fan, tennis player, accomplished pianist and represents Hertfordshire in national Bridge tournaments.

Brian Gunson  has lived in Redbourn with his family for 39 years.  After a successful career in Public Affairs, where he worked in the healthcare sector, he retired to focus on his community work.  He sits on a number of boards and charities, supports community groups and volunteers as a driver taking local residents to hospital appointments, food parcel delivery and is currently helping out at a COVID vaccination centre. 

He is committed to providing Redbourners with a voice in the District council, especially on major housing developments, ensuring that the council builds truly affordable housing to buy and rent, with infrastructure to support it and promoting well-being in Redbourn. 

Alison Smith has taught in St Albans primary schools for over forty years, now retired she still actively works with families and children within the community.  She lives locally with her husband and has two adult children and enjoys playing tennis and teaching music.  She would like to improve the quality of life in the area by working with the residents in St Stephen.
Sarwar Shamsher is a Sopwell resident, teacher, school governor and community activist.  He has impressed many with his energy, determination, and a collaborative approach to representing the needs of this diverse community.  His priorities are improving community facilities, creating safer neighbourhoods and fighting climate change.  He has a particular interest in tackling inequalities and housing.
Chris Davies has been a St Albans resident for several years, having lived in London previously and also worked abroad for 12 years in Hong Kong and Australia. Chris has enjoyed a 25-year career with financial services, both in wealth management and running his own research and development consultancy.   Chris became active with the LibDems after the 2015 general election. This is down to Chris’s firm belief in civil liberty and the need for inclusive and progressive liberal values in our modern day society.  Being a businessman Chris realises the need to identify and manage key risks such as crime, highway repairs, health and safety.

Ben Batt has been a Wheathampstead resident for over 47 years.  He and his wife, Diana, brought up their two children in the village.   After a leaving school at 16 and studying at evening classes he had a successful career in education, training and examinations.  Since retiring he has thrown himself into community work including running a local scout group. 

He is standing for the district council to give Wheathampstead a voice in local government focusing on zero carbon emissions for all council buildings and new builds; biodiversity and wildlife habitats; transport plans for the roads in and out of the village; airport expansion particularly noise and pollution; charging points in the Marford Lane and Mead Lane car parks for villagers; and planning to ensure our young people are able to afford reasonably priced property.

John Hale and his family have lived in Marshalswick for over 20 years. He has been a parish councillor since 2007 and is Chair of Sandridge Parish Council. Since 2017 he has been the county councillor for the area. When not acting as a councillor, John is active in the St Albans Quieter Skies campaign and has a keen interest in environmental issues. For relaxation he enjoys gardening in an organic manner.

Paul de Kort has lived in Harpenden for 28 years and watched his children thrive in their passage through Manland and Sir John Lawes schools. He has coached various youth football teams, and made good use of the sports, leisure and cultural facilities that the local area offers.  After a successful 14-year career as a commercial manager in the oil & gas industry he became a teacher and, until the end of last summer, was a long-standing Head of Sixth Form at a local state school.  He's also a Harpenden Town Councillor. 

Paul wants to see sustainable infrastructure for the neighbourhood plan that includes education, the local economy and transport. He supports 20's Plenty and putting cycling lanes in residential streets. Paul believes that there needs to be a paradigm shift in the way we look at transport, and that sustainability needs to be at the forefront of every solution. 

Overall, Paul believes in the importance of a council that speaks and listens to everyone, and the need to be inclusive in order to link all parts of the community together and truly represent the diverse make-up of the town.  

Stephen Barrett has impressed many with his strong community values and determination to get things done for residents across the ward.  His priorities for the district council going forward include protecting parks and green spaces and securing more funding for road repairs.  Stephen says that for him, politics is about commitment to his local community and working hard to deliver improvements that make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.

Jeff Phillips has been a Harpenden resident for over 30 years.  A qualified accountant and a graduate of the London School of Economics, Jeff has had a career in finance roles in major UK based global enterprises. Additionally, he has been a trustee of Shelter, a member of the audit committee of the World Wildlife Fund and founder chair of CHUMS, a children’s and young person’s trauma and bereavement charity operating across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.  

He is currently Deputy Chair of Herts Community NHS Trust, Co-Chair of Governors at Manland School in Harpenden, Vice Chair of the Harpenden Society and a member of Herts County Council Education Appeals Panel.  In local matters, he is focussed on education, housing, health and economic development.

Liz Needham is widely known for her strong sense of community values and has been praised for her determination to secure vital improvements.  

She has lived in St Albans for more than 30 years and runs her own accountancy business in the area. She chairs the board of Trustees of Welwyn Hatfield Women's Refuge and is also a trustee of St Albans for Refugees and St Albans Action for Homeless.

Liz loves riding her motorcycle and walking her Akita dog in the local parks.

Chris White has been the Herts county councillor for St Albans Central since 1993. He's also served as the district councillor for Clarence Ward since 2008 and is now leader of the district council. A resident of St Albans for more than 35 years, he lives with his wife and has two daughters. 

As a county councillor, Chris takes a particularly keen interest in the state of our highways while on the district council he has ensured that the council declared a climate emergency and developed a climate action plan. 

Anthony Rowlands is Deputy Leader of the District Council and the current County Councillor for St Albans East. He's had more than 30 years' experience of being a councillor.

He's regularly in touch with the local residents, listens to their concerns and then takes the right actions at the right times to fix problems. He's particularly keen on campaigning to stop over development, as well as providing enhancements and improvements to green spaces. Anthomy believes councillors should be effective, visible and approachable. 

A native of the Isle of Wight, he has lived in the City since 1980.  His late wife, Harriet, taught at Beaumont School and both their children attended local schools.  Apart from being an avid runner – he has completed the St Albans Half Marathon 36 times – he is a devoted supporter of Burnley FC and St Albans City FC.

Helen Campbell has lived in St Albans for almost 20 years, is married to Neil and they have two children. She is self-employed as a journalist and English teacher and is approaching three years as a district councillor. Helen volunteers extensively in the community, particularly with the homeless. She also works closely with community groups to safeguard our green spaces, and loves the history and tranquility of Beech Bottom Dyke.

She believes that her current role as a district councillor will complement being a county councillor, and work in favour for local residents.

Helen wants a St Albans where it's easy and safe to walk and cycle, and is in favour of implementing a better school bus system. She also wants to see a change in the school allocation system that makes it fairer for families. 

She's keen to consult residents and keep them up to date on what's happening on their doorstep. Helen believes in transparency and clarity at all times in order to help residents get the right support. 

Sandy Walkington Everyone in Sopwell knows someone who has been helped by Sandy Walkington.  As county councillor, he has fought for our area on many different issues and he always keeps in touch.  A notable victory was his work with residents to keep the Cottonmill rail crossing open.  “It is such a privilege to represent this wonderful community at County Hall”, Sandy says.

Emma Matanle was elected a district councillor serving in St Albans District Council in May 2019 for Sopwell Ward and is an Associate Briefing Writer for the Local Government Information Unit on Parliamentary legislation, affecting local authorities. 

She lives locally with her family and enjoys walking her dog along the Alban Way.  With strong interests in climate change and education, she is a member of a number of local campaign groups and she was the chair and co-founder of the Fair Funding for All Schools Campaign in St Albans, until September 2020 when the campaign was closed.

Sam North's statement: 

“Policing is a fundamental building block of our society and must be recognised as being so.

"However, the police are underfunded, ill-equipped and morale is at an all-time low.

"My plan sets out the foundations for how policing should be done in Hertfordshire. Is it right that less than 5% of reported rapes are taken to court? That it takes on average 2.5 years for a victim of domestic abuse to contact the police? Or that we continue to see extraordinarily little action by the incumbent PCC on tackling issues of Equality and Diversity?

"I don’t think any of this is right. I believe we are a society that cares. I believe policing can be done so much better.”

 

 


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