Elaine Thatcher

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Elaine is the Chair of the Broxbourne branch of the local party (East Herts and Broxbourne). A relatively new member, she only joined the party in 2015 after getting cross with her fellow electorate and realised rather than shouting at the radio she needed to put her money where her mouth was! She had become the local chair before realising that although her address is Broxbourne, geographically she resides in Nazeing, so stood in that ward at last May’s elections. However her affinities lie in Broxbourne so she takes the lead in Agent duties here.

David Payne

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David has lived in the Borough of Broxbourne for over forty years, sending his three children to excellent local schools and enjoying the Lee Valley Park’s green spaces. During his working life he has had a range of experience, working as an HR Manager for an International Company, as a pension scheme trustee and running his own consultancy business. Together with his wife Val he has been actively involved in local school and church activities.

David has always shared the Liberal Democrats' commitment to fairness and equality, but recently has felt that he needs to do more.

David feels that voters need the option to opt for change and that’s why he stood as candidate in the Goffs Oak and Bury Green County Council by-election back in February and for Goffs Oak Ward in the May Council Elections .

David feels that the government is consumed by Brexit and the Conservatives who run Broxbourne Council have become ever more remote from the needs of local people. He is also very concerned by the years of austerity-driven cuts to police, social care and other vital public services the borough has experienced.

David is strong voice for the borough and would like effect change a councillor. He believes that without strong opposition in the council, ill thought out changes will continue to be bulldozed through.

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Kirstie De Rivas

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Kirstie has lived in Hoddesdon for the last 24 years, volunteering in the Oxfam shop in the High Street for 22 of them! She has a keen interest in all that concerns vulnerable adults as she has a daughter with special needs. Should  she ever be privileged to represent the people of Broxbourne that is the area she would most like to bring her knowledge to.

Kosta Inchenko

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Kostas is of Greek and Ukranian heritage and, over 50 years ago at the age of seven came to live with his father in North London. By the age of 22 he had started his own business in ladies fashion, was married with four children, and had bought my own house in Cheshunt. Two years ago he retired and celebrated with his children and grandchildren in that same house. Every one of his children and grandchildren has attended the same two schools – Brooklands and Turnford.

Gianluca Perotti

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Gianluca discovered Hoddesdon in 2015 when he had been offered a job in the local area. With his wife and son he moved in that same year although he has since changed employment - he is now in the accounts team at Van Hage’s in Ware - whilst also studying for his SIMA certificate. His claim to fame is that two of his forefathers were presidents of Ecuador! If he was ever fortunate enough to follow in their footsteps and represent the public, his particular interest is in specialist child care provision. His son is autistic and he is learning of the singular challenges that throws up for parents.

Andy Graham

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Andy Graham started his career as a teacher of French and Drama and then went on to run his own business, the internationally acclaimed Snap Theatre Company based in Hertfordshire which he ran for over 25 years pioneering theatre in education and winning the Prince Michael Award for Read Safety.. He has reached over 3.5 million children and young people with over 220 plays and educational projects touring the UK in theatres and schools.

He is also a writer of children-s books and has published plays including Sense and Sensibility (which also toured the USA,) The Borrowers and Maurice.

Andy Graham started his career as a teacher of French and Drama and then went on to run his own business, the internationally acclaimed Snap Theatre Company based in Hertfordshire which he ran for over 25 years pioneering theatre in education and winning the Prince Michael Award for Read Safety.. He has reached over 3.5 million children and young people with over 220 plays and educational projects touring the UK in theatres and schools.

He set up a charity in 2005 to develop teacher training support in schools all over the world including Rwanda, Romania, Bangladesh, The Gambia and the UK.

Andy was chair of the Local Government Arts Forum between 1998 and 2003 and was a member of the Arts Council of GB during the same period

Andy has been elected a district councillor for 16 continuous years on East Herts District Council and 9 years as a town council becoming its Mayor in 1998/1999.

He has stood for parliament twice in the Clacton By Election 2014 and stood against David Cameron in 2015.

Andy is a strong advocate of ensuring in whatever walk of life but particularly in education, that has everyone has equal opportunity to reach their maximum potential.