Emma Matanle

District Councillor for Sopwell

Emma Matanle

T: 01727 855 523
E: [email protected]

Emma Matanle has worked in strategic communications and as a researcher, for a wide range of organisations, including Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), BBC World News and UNCHS Afghanistan, a UN Agency responsible for urban rehabilitation. 

Emma is a recent LLM graduate in International Law, with a background in international security/defence (Chatham House) and international development (UNDP Afghanistan). Her legal expertise includes how to prosecute crimes committed during the Syrian conflict; Conflict and Development; Business Law and Human Rights Law, International Law and Legal Theory.  

Emma 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.  

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.

Mandy McNeil

District Councillor for Sopwell

Mandy McNeil

T: 01727 855 523
E: [email protected]

Mandy McNeil is active in the local community both as a campaigner and as a volunteer in the charity and not-for-profit sector. She is a board director of Radio Verulam, St Albans’ community radio station, and champions local independent food and drink businesses via St Albans Tastes.

She is vice-chair and campaign manager for Save St Albans Pubs and Save UK Pubs, and is responsible for transforming the campaign for local landlords into a national campaign for independent publicans, fighting for fundamental business rate reform. 

Mandy is a World Trade Centre survivor and as a result has an understanding and empathy for those who have suffered from prejudice, shock, grief and trauma.


Sandy Walkington

County Councillor for St Albans South
(covering Sopwell and Verulam wards)


T: 07802 177317
E: [email protected]

Sandy is County Councillor for the St Albans South division covering Sopwell and Verulam.

He was an apprentice in Cold War Berlin and also worked as a printer, crane operator, fettler, and swarf clearer.

After university and qualifying as a lawyer, he worked in the oil industry in London and New York before becoming Director of Public Affairs for British Telecommunications and then holding the same role at Transport for London. 

He is a former parliamentary candidate for St Albans and also a former district councillor for St Peters ward.  His particular interests at County Hall are adult care, environment and transport. 

As a Liberal Democrat he sums up his philosophy in four words: Freedom, Fairness, Green, International.




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