I’m in politics to get things done for the people who elected me. Since 2012 I’ve been fortunate enough to be one of the three councillors representing Hyde Park ward on Westminster City Council. My fellow councillors and I aim to improve our services and tackle any problems residents and local businesses can have with street cleaning, traffic, planning and licensing and anti-social behaviour. We work as closely as we can with our excellent local residents’ associations and community groups, who do so much to create a neighbourly, village spirit in this very diverse area. Previously I was Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing and chaired the Housing, Finance and Customer Service Policy and Scrutiny Committee. I now chair the Pension Fund Committee and am one of the eight elected members from across London on the Shareholder Committee of the London Collective Investment Vehicle.
You’ll often find me out and about in the ward, where I have lived with my family, husband Simon who runs an IT services business locally, and three sons, since 1997.I first campaigned for the Conservatives way back in 1983 in the Hampshire countryside where I grew up. In my parliamentary campaign in 2010 in Islington South we almost doubled the Conservative vote, led a strong team of council candidates and developed two wards to become priority targets for the Mayoral election. In 2016 I was a Londonwide List candidate for the GLA.
After working in London and New York advising businesses, I became a correspondent and leader writer at the Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard, and formed part of the launch team for a successful internet start-up company. I am currently a non-executive director of the Student Loans Company, a public body. As one of the four founders of Marylebone Boys’ School, a free school funded by the Department for Education in 2014 and now providing excellent secondary education for nearly 600 pupils, I am proud to be expanding choice and opportunity for west London children. Our permanent site is now open in North Wharf Road, Paddington Basin.