About the Ward
Southcote forms an electoral ward of the Reading West constituency.
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Meet the Councillors
I have lived in Reading with my family since 1981. I have 5 children and am a grandmother of 6.
I have been Labour Southcote Councillor since 2006 and was re-elected in May 2008. I was honoured to be the Mayor of Reading 2011/2012.
I am on the Family and Friends Fostering Panel and the Parenting Panel. These all cover my areas of interest and expertise.
I have worked not only in the community sector but also in the public and private sector, all of which has given me a lot of working and life experiences. Since living in Reading, I have held a number of voluntary community posts, the most recent being:
- School governor for Manor Primary and Southcote Primary schools.
- Chair and tutor for Southcote IT Experience, an award winning UK Online community project. I write courses and train local people in IT skills.
- Chair of the Steering Group for the Southcote Children’s Centre.
- Governor of the Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital NHS Trust until 2010
I run my own book-keeping business dealing with small business accounts. I have a passionate interest in life-long learning and personal development for all. In my free time, I swim, am an avid reader of detective novels and do crosswords to relax.
I have been a Labour Councillor for Southcote Ward since 2003.
I serve on the following committees that deal with day to day council affairs;
Licensing committee, Healthier Reading Partnership, Parenting Panel, and Health Board Tenants Participation Monitoring Group.
I am a member of the Foster Panel, which I find challenging yet very rewarding at times. I am also a Governor at Blessed Hugh Faringdon and at English Martyrs Primary School.
In Southcote I am Chair of the Southcote/Norcot Safer Reading Partnership and serve on the Southcote IT Experience (SITE) committee. I am particularly keen to visit Southcote residents/tenants to discuss their concerns, rather than just rely on contact through telephone or letter. I deal with a variety of issues, including housing, environmental and anti-social behaviour.
I have a particular interest in housing and tenant participation, shaping their living environment and increasing their influence over the services that affect them. I am also involved in health matters and reducing crime which can have a negative impact on residents.
I work full time as a Probation Officer in Slough and am Secretary of the Probation staff trade union, NAPO. I am also a member of NAPO National Executive Committee and Chair of the Children’s Trust.
When I am not involved in Council matters I enjoy being at home with my partner and two children. I am a keen sports fan and am a season ticket holder for Reading FC and regularly attend London Irish rugby games. Whilst I claim to be knowledgeable about sport, I must admit that I am a better talker than participator