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.
I live in the Hoddesdon Town and Rye Park ward where I volunteer for the Neighbourhood Watch as the ward coordinator. For the last 20 years, I have worked in retail and leisure retail management. I love living in Hoddesdon and believe that our town and our borough deserve better than the service that our Conservative council is providing. I am a member of 'The Friends of Lowewood' and 'The Hoddesdon Society' and was appalled at the attempt by our council to close our museum to solve a funding gap of their own creation.
I believe that our council is not doing enough with regards to:
- Working to tackle anti-social behaviour and supporting vulnerable youngsters to find positive influences and constructive activities
- Protecting our green spaces and ensuring local infrastructure is fit for purpose
- Scrutinising council spending and having more robust financial projections
I want to listen to my fellow residents, so that I can work on what is important to all of us.
Kirstie De Rivaz
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.
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 his 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.
A teacher in North London, Bradley has lived in Broxbourne for a few years now and as a single dad of sons he believes strongly in family and children's rights.
‘I feel Broxbourne should have additional youth schemes, be it funded, or simply the provision of community centres or space for others to run schemes. When I moved to Broxbourne there was a real community feel, I remember flyers for various gatherings regularly happening, that now sadly seems to be disappearing with the loss of services.
But I also believe more funding should be made available for education for all age groups, not just up to 18. Broxbourne has many nationalities, so language or training should be made available through partner organisations for adults, and with funding covered where possible. This will help those who wish to make a career change improve their English, Mathematics or ICT.
I love the Borough with its wonderful open spaces – it has meant I’ve met people from all walks of life and heard their ideas about how they would like Broxbourne to be. After all as a public servant we should listen to the community, discover their needs and take action on their behalf wherever possible.’
A teacher of History and Politics in Stevenage, Lisa lives in Wormley with her husband and three teenage daughters.
‘The thing I think is mostly missing from the council in this borough are sufficient facilities for young people. There are so many lovely voluntary groups trying their best to fill the void but we need youth clubs and cheap sports facilities. Should I be fortunate enough to be asked to represent this ward that is an area I would want to address early on.
What I love most about Broxbourne is the willingness of so many people to give up their time to support the local community. It is heart-warming.’
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.
Fabio was born in Italy and has lived in Waltham Cross from the age of two.
His background is in architecture and property, so he takes a keen interest in planning and new development in the borough.
Elaine Thatcher - Chair
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.
Julia Bird - Parliamentary Spokesperson
Julia brings a fresh voice to Broxbourne after years of the Tories taking our area for granted. Julia was formerly an academic economist, and she sees the need for effective policies to build a strong and fairer economy - not the reckless politics of recent years. She is committed to investing in improving services, particularly in education which drives opportunities for the next generation. She is also very concerned about air pollution in the Borough, and the climate emergency.