I have lived in and around Ashington for most of my life. I was born in Lynemouth and moved to Ashington to attend what was formerly known as the Grammar School at 11 years old. Apart from living in Nottingham for one year I have lived and worked in and around Ashington all my life. I am the partner of a well-known and respected local retailer who has been in business for over 30 years. We have both lived through difficult times and hope it is now a time to change the future in Ashington for our children and grandchildren.
I have been elected as a member of Ashington Town Council for the Central Ward and will be applying my skills and life experiences to build a meaningful future for the people of Ashington. I am also a member of the South East Northern Regional Trade Union Council which meets regularly to address local, national and sometimes international issues.
I have recently retired from working as a lecturer in Business Studies at Northumberland College. Whilst working at the College, I was a member of the UCU (Universities and Colleges’ Union). Part of my job role was to visit various workplaces where I delivered apprenticeships in Business and Administration, Customer Service, Retail and Management qualifications. This enabled me to network with employers, addressing their needs and in turn identifying how our area could move forward with the development of businesses and education. I believe the way forward is to address the needs of unemployment in our area by continuing integration of education and the workplace and to give our young workforce the best opportunities available.
I can remember when Ashington was a vibrant and interesting town centre which included four large department stores, five cinemas and numerous good quality shoe shops. It would be good to think that people choose to live in Ashington or visit our town through choice and because we have something special to offer. I am positively enthusiastic about our future in Ashington and would like to be part of this change.
Ashington was a vibrant and exciting place to live and work and I would like to see confidence and belief return to the residents of Ashington to bring back the feeling of dignity and pride to our town.