Councillor - Hull Road
I've lived in York ever since arriving to study at the University in 2002. The proudest moment in my York life has been my election as councillor for Hull Road in 2011. I was equally proud to then be re-elected in 2015.
I'm Chair of the Council's Audit & Governance Committee and Shadow Executive Member for Finance & Performance.
Improving community engagement is one of my priorities and I participate in the 'Tour de Tang Hall' project led by local community partners (which won 'Best Community Project' at the York Community Pride Awards 2014). I also work regularly alongside local residents groups, for example, helping to secure extra parking regulations in Badger Hill as well as a new bus shelter for Field Lane.
Equality and diversity is also a major interest of mine – for example, setting the precedent in 2012 for the rainbow flag to be flown atop the Mansion House on York Pride day. I'm also proud to have been a supporter of York Mosque over the years, including on the day they tackled hatred from far right groups from outside York, with tea and biscuits.
I'm a disabled councillor - being profoundly deaf - and am working to ensure the council continues to fully support equalities in York. I've highlighted the issues that deaf people face in the city as well as proposing a scrutiny topic to assess access to culture and heritage in York.
I was a member of the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority from 2012 to 2015 and highlighted the issue of Firefighters' pensions, in support of the Fire Brigades Union.
Outside of the council, I have a strong career as a media relations professional and have worked for a local, not-for-profit, mutual healthcare organisation since 2007. In my spare time, I continue to indulge in my love of history, whilst at the weekends I can be frequently found cheering on York City Football Club.