2019 Earley Town Council Candidates

Here are our 2019 Candidates for Earley Town Council

Cutbush: Andrew Long


Andrew Long has lived in Lower Earley for over 30 years. He has previous Council experience. He is concerned about over development, and the need to keep infrastructure updated to ensure Earley remains a great place to live. Andrew also wants more recycling.

Cutbush: Clive Jones

Clive was elected as the member for Hawkedon ward in 2016 and was elected Deputy Leader of the Lib Dem group in October 2018. He is also the Lib Dem Environment lead. He is the Vice Chair of Earley Liberal Democrats and has become well-known in the area as the editor of their Focus newsletter that is delivered to over 10,000 homes in Earley nearly every month. Clive was the Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Wokingham in 2015 and 2017. Clive came to Earley in 1974 when his parents moved to the area from the Isle of Wight. He joined a toy manufacturer and importer as a management trainee and worked his way through the business to become Sales Director for 5 years and then Managing Director for over 10 years before finally starting his own toy business 10 years ago. Clive has been a Director of the British Toy & Hobby Association since 1998 and served as President (2012-15) and (Chair 2004-6). The BTHA is the trade organisation for the UK toy industry. He is also a trustee of a children's charity that supports charities who work for disadvantaged children. They have built an orphanage in Malawi for children who have lost their parents to AIDS. They support small children's charities in the UK, too. Clive is married and has two daughters.

Cutbush: Judith Clark

Judith has always worked hard to improve local activities for our young people. She is a member of the Earley Town Council's Policy & Resources and Staffing Committees, and the Earley Youth and Community Forum.

Hawkedon: Alison Newton

Alison is an occupational therapist. She is a Sunday School Leader in her church and belongs to a choir. She and her husband are foster carers. Alison is passionate about protecting the environment and ensuring high quality services for local people.

Hawkedon: Andrew Mickleburgh

Raised in Australia, I recently retired from a career in secondary and tertiary education - almost 25 years of which was spent in Africa and the Pacific Islands. I settled in Earley in 2004 with my wife and daughter. A strong commitment to community service and campaigning has always been a huge part of my life. I am a committed volunteer with quite a number of local and national groups, with a particular focus on our senior citizens, the environment and international development. Relaxation includes singing with the Reading Male Voice Choir and researching and writing my next book. My career, other interests and many positions of responsibility that I have held, have equipped me with the kind of skills - the ability to listen to and support others to achieve their goals - which I would now very much like to apply to represent all of our residents well."

Hawkedon: David Hare


David is a qualified counsellor, a lay minister in the Anglican church and is Chair of a local cricket club. He is an experienced town and borough councillor and is a former Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Earley Town Council.

Hillside: David Ireland

Dave brings a wealth of experience from the business world and has a passion for developing value for money solutions. He works to keep Chalfont Park and the surrounding area free from litter, and is against plans to build housing on the woodlands at Chalfont park.

Hillside: Keith Yabsley

As a parent of 3 young children, Keith wants Earley to be a community where young people feel happy and safe. He wants to protect our green spaces from development, and keep working for the facilities and services Earley deserves.

Hillside: Ralph Houlbrooke

Ralph has lived in Earley since 1971 and taught at the University of Reading. Having previously served on the council for 8 years, and again since 2015, he is proud of the enhancement of local amenities, particularly our parks and nature reserve.

Maiden Erlegh: Geoff Littler

Geoff, now retired, has lengthy local government experience having been a lawyer with Berks County and Reading, West Berks, and Bracknell Councils. He also understands the pressures and issues affecting the locality, having lived in Earley for 40 years.

Maiden Erlegh: John Eastwell

John, a retired professional engineer, has lived in Earley with his family for many years. A former town councillor, he served on many committees and was chair of Policy and Resources. He is keen to promote youth facilities in Earley.

Maiden Erlegh: Tahir Maher

Tahir lives in Earley with his wife and their children went to local schools. Tahir is an accountant and was a founder member of the Arthritis Matters Charity in Reading. He was an Earley Town councillor for 8 years. Tahir would like to see an increased focus for a local green agenda. He is keen to protect our green spaces and has serious concerns about the housing development plans of the Conservatives across our Borough. Tahir will focus on issues that support residents to improve the quality of their lives: community gardens, more public orchards, more cycle lanes, and more parks that are family orientated. Tahir supports Lib Dems proposals to improve road and pavement surfaces across the Borough. He believes that Earley is not as well-resourced as other parts of Wokingham and wants to see a dedicated parking warden in Earley to sort out parking problems near our schools.

Radstock: Caroline Smith

Caroline was born in Reading and grew up in Caversham. She's married and has 3 children who are grown up and have children of their own. She moved to Earley 1984, where the children went to the local schools, she was a governor at one of their schools for 12 years. At the age of 39, I read for a degree at Reading University as a mature student. Graduating in 1998 with a BA Hons in Sociology, I then started working for a National Charity in Wokingham and still do so 20 years on. I am also keen to protect green spaces where we live and will continue to campaign against development at Chalfont woods in Hillside ward. Earley and Wokingham are great places to live and I would like everyone to have the same experiences and inclusivity in society. Caroline has served as a Liberal Democrat Wokingham Borough Councillor.

Radstock: Richard Sangster

Richard is a retired Chartered Civil Engineer - his experience would be invaluable on the town council. He has lived in Earley for over 30 years. He supports close relations with Europe. He is a member of The Ramblers' Association and CAMRA. Traffic congestion is a concern to him.

Radstock: Rosemary Cook

Rosemary wants to apply her 37 years of experience and knowledge of local issues to community service on the council. She is particularly interested in Green Issues and the local environment, educational opportunities, elderly care and access for those with disabilities.

Redhatch: Anne Bassett

Anne is a retired teacher and previously served as a Town Councillor for eight years. She has lived in Earley for 35 years. Anne wants to protect its precious green open spaces and ensure Earley does not become over-developed, so that it remains a great place to live, raise a family and retire.

Redhatch: Irene Mickleburgh

Irene worked abroad with organisations empowering girls and women, and later in child and adult social care in the UK. Irene believes everyone should be listened to and treated fairly. She wants to see a good range of leisure facilities in Earley.

Redhatch: Mike Smith

Mike is a professional Engineer working in construction with a deep passion for sustainability in the built environment. He has lived and worked locally for over 30 years and keen to protect our green spaces.

Redhatch: Philip Stothart

Philip is a former Earley town councillor and chair of governors at Aldryngton School. In more recent years he has actively campaigned in support of facilities for people with disabilities.

St Nicolas: Al Neal

Al has lived in St Nicolas ward since 2001. He works in the IT industry. He is interested in protecting green spaces, putting pedestrians first, and the zero waste society.

St Nicolas: Miryam Eastwell

Miryam is a former town councillor. She is a representative of the town council as a Trustee of The Earley Charity. Her particular interests are in the protection of local open spaces and also the improvement of youth provision.

St Nicolas: Nicola Brock

Nicola is a town councillor for the ward and is keen to ensure residents are kept fully consulted about issues affecting them. Nicola would like to see more kerbside recycling.

Whitegates: Stephen Newton

Stephen is a highly experienced commercial manager working for a global financial services company where he has procured and managed multi-million-pound contracts. Stephen moved to Wokingham Borough in 2007 and soon became chair of governors at a local primary school during which time the school's Ofsted rating progressed from "satisfactory" to "good". Stephen is married with two children living at home and he and his wife are registered foster carers. Stephen has been involved in youth work for most of his life and is part of the team leading an Urban Saints youth group in Earley. Prior to moving to this area, he stood for Parliament on two occasions and was very active in local politics. Stephen has previously held positions representing thousands of residents and service users and is looking forward to using his skills and extensive experience to benefit the lives of Wokingham's residents.

Whitegates: Shashank Garg

Shashank has lived locally for 13 years, with his wife and 5 year old son, who attends a local school. Sashank is a freelance IT consultant. He likes to be involved in the community, especially helping to develop sporting opportunities for children.

Whitegates: Ali Kingsnorth

Ali has lived in Earley and Reading for 15 years, and is passionate about recycling and making the most of our resources. She works as an asset manager for a hotel company and enjoys baking and icing cakes for her family and trying to keep the garden under control.