Iffley Fields and St. Mary's: Tim BEARDER
Tim Bearder grew up in Oxfordshire and after gaining a degree in Microbiology at Plymouth University he decided to make a radical career change and joined the BBC where he spent 11 happy years. He had a hand in everything from presenting radio shows, reporting for the television news and writing stories for the BBC websites. In late 2012 he decided to take another radical career change and left the corporation to enter politics. He is now the Regional Campaigns Officer for the Liberal Democrats and chairman of the Oxford East party.
Barton, Sandhills and Rishinghurt: Jennie HOWARD
Having grown up in the North West, spending a year in the States and then working in Israel, her work then brought her to Oxford where Jennie came to open up an ophthalmic retail store. Together with her husband, they bought their first home in Sandhills in '94 and have been very happy there with their two children who currently attend Wheatley Park School. As a Parish Councillor her passion is to work towards youth provision and the safety of the residents. She also runs a local football club and feels very strongly about how imperative it is to gain respect for each other in order to provide a positive environment.
Rose Hill and Littlemore: Mark WHEELER
Mark lives in East Oxford and is concerned about housing, crime, and the level of local facilities. He studied politics at university and as political assistant to Oxford-based LibDem MEP Catherine Bearder he has lots of experience in helping people across the South East of England dealing with issues. He is a supporter of Oxfam and has raised funds by taking part in their sponsored 100km walk.
Marston and Northway: Simon BEARDER
Professor Simon Bearder moved to Oxfordshire in 1979 to take up a position in the Anthropology Department at what is now Oxford Brookes University. During his career he became Deputy Head of the School of Social Sciences and Law and established the internationally recognised MSc in Primate Conservation, which won the Queen’s Award for Excellence in Higher Education. Since retiring he has extended his field research on the nocturnal mammals of Africa with a grant from the National Geographic Society and has been nominated as the president of the Primate Society of Great Britain. He loves living in Oxford close to his family and friends and is actively engaged in a range of sports
Leys: Alasdair MURRAY
Alasdair lives in Hilltop Road with his wife and two sons, and studied history at Oxford University. He was Economics and then Brussels correspondent for The Times, and latterly Director of CentreForum, the principal Liberal Democrat think tank, before joining a leading strategic communications company. He was Liberal Democrat candidate for Bournemouth West in the 2010 election. Alasdair enjoys cooking, gardening, football, mountain walks and running - he ran the London Marathon in 2009. He is a member of Friends of the Earth and Amnesty International, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Churchill and Lye Valley: Nick DEWEY
Nick Dewey has been a resident in Cowley for five years. His degree was in Sociology with Psychology, he has spent some time self emplo
yed and therefore understands some of the needs of small business and has also worked in more corporate environments. He is aware of some of the key and pressing issues in the local areas to do with the local environment, highway maintenance and at risk groups. He is a member of St Francis Church Parish and Church committee.
Cowley: Mike TAIT
Mike is originally from Snaith. He qualified as a Librarian in the late 1960s and worked at Wigan Technical College as a Librarian for a couple of years before coming to Oxford in 1970 to start a long career with Oxfordshire County Council as a Librarian. Mike has lived in East Oxford for many years.
St Clement's and Cowley Marsh: Cllr Graham JONES
City councillor for St Clements ward since 2010, Graham speaks for his group on green issues and transport. His main concerns also include schools, health, and building on Oxford’s rich diversity.
He's an active member of Oxford Asian Cultural Centre management committee and St Clements Charities, and supports Cowley Road Carnival and Low Carbon East Oxford.
Graham is a former award-winning journalist and now a postdoctoral university academic. He has two children and four grandchildren and keeps up a healthy diet and exercise.
'I love working for the people I represent,' he says. 'Every day brings a new challenge. Solving people’s problems is a pleasure. Too often it seems East Oxford's at the back of the queue.’
Headington and Quarry: Roz SMITH
Born in Oxfordshire, Roz is an experienced councillor who works tirelessly for the local community. A champion for local democracy and transparent decision making, Roz believes residents should be consulted properly about local issues.
She serves as a trustee for the Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association, Risinghurst Community Association and chairs the newly formed management committee for Headington Quarry Village Hall. Roz also serves as a school governor at Quarry Nursery and is vice-chairman of the Windmill School governors.
She recently retired from the Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre based at Oxford Brookes and continues to take an interest in environmental and green energy issues. An energetic grandma to six grandchildren, Roz believes that our parks and open spaces should be protected and improved for all users.
St Margaret's: John HOWSON
John Howson is a long-standing Oxfordshire resident.
He's spent his working life in education including periods as a teacher, lecturer, civil servant
and small business owner. He advocated a
Pupil Premium scheme in 2002 when he chaired an education commission
for the Liberal Democrats in England, which subsequently became party
policy, and is now coalition government policy.
John is also interested in renewable energy, having installed PV cells on his roof in 2008,
and taken part in trials of an electric car. He also lectures on the 2003 Licensing Act, and is a director of the estate where he lives. Nationally, he is a vice President of both the Magistrates' Association and the Liberal Democrat Education Association.
Most recently he has spoken about the need for extra primary school places and the threat to small schools created by the government's new funding formula for schools. In 2010 he identified the poor Key Stage 1 results in Oxford City as an issue and has championed the need for improvement in performance in the City's schools.
Isis: Catherine HODGKINSON
Catherine Hodgkinson (nee Stratton) was born in Swansea and grew up in Mid Wales. She joined the then Liberal Party as a student and was chairman of the Liberal Society at University College, Swansea. After graduating, she joined the research department of a City stockbroking firm and became a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1975. She left the City in 1992 to become a freelance business writer and consultant. In 1995 she moved from London to Headington, where she lives with her husband Brian, a retired school master.
Catherine was a Liberal councillor in the London Borough of Hammersmith in the 1970’s and more recently represented Headington Quarry on Oxford City Council.
University Parks: Jane MACTAGGART
Jane has been a student at Harris Manchester and Linacre Colleges (Modern History). For 6 of her 9 terms at Harris Manchester, she was their OUSU Rep. For much of her adult life, she lived in Wiltshire, where she ran a small business. She was a Wiltshire County Councillor for 12 years, and a member of the Swindon Unitary Authority for 4 years, representing the small and medium sized villages around Swindon on both councils. On the County Council (then a hung authority), she was Chair of Planning and Environment, Chair of Finance and Vice-Chair of Policy & Resources. She moved to Oxford in 2005. She greatly enjoys living in a city with decent public transport, with cultural opportunities of every kind, and where people read books. Jane is a member of Liberty, Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth and Fawcett.
Jericho and Osney: Catherine HILLIARD
I first came to Oxford as an undergraduate and have lived here longer than anywhere else, though I have also lived abroad and in the North-East for long periods. I have voted Liberal all my life and joined the party and the National Council for Civil Liberties in 1981, when it looked as though Mrs Thatcher would succeed in abolishing many of the measures and laws which safeguard a civilised society. I have been a backroom supporter locally since coming back to live here in 1995, and I have run as a candidate several times, twice in West Oxford/Jericho. I found life in complete retirement rather monotonous, so I have returned part-time to working again as a librarian. I am a trustee of the Oxford Citizens Advice Bureau and St Giles PCC secretary.
Wolvercote and Summertown: Cllr Jean FOOKS
Jean Fooks has represented parts of North Oxford on the County Council since 2001. Since 2005 she has represented Summertown and Wolvercote division and fought for improvements to traffic and parking problems in the area. She has been a City Councillor since 1992, first representing North Ward until 2006, then Summertown Ward since then. She is now the Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the City Council.
As a county councillor Jean has taken a particular interest in looked-after children and their education. She has been a governor at the Cherwell School for many years and sits on the Student Experience subcommittee, concerned with pastoral issues and links with the community.
She is a Trustee of the Friends of Summertown Library, formed in 2011 to fight the closure of the library, and is a member of the Wolvercote Young People's Club committee, which has taken on the running of the Youth Club after the County Council withdrew support in 2011. She has supported the Cutteslowe Community Association for many years, helping them to find funds and extend their work in Cutteslowe.
Jean has served on the Local Government Pension Fund Committee for many years and has pressed for more regard to be paid to Corporate Governance and ethical issues. Environmental issues have always been a passion, reducing energy use and encouraging more planting where possible.
On leaving school Jean studied physics at Somerville College and worked in space research and medical research as well as spending a few years teaching maths and science . Her recreation now is in gardening and walking when time permits, visiting her grandchildren in Devon whenever possible.