Almost 20 years of living in Shire ward has kept me close to the community especially the last eight years as an elected Town Councillor. My two years’ experience as firstly deputy Town Mayor and then this last 10 months as Town Mayor has ensured I can also see the bigger picture. Saffron Walden and Uttlesford District are wonderful places to live, but there are always ways we can improve our services and governance as well as ensuring our standards are maintained in all areas. The even greater transparency, objectivity and openness the new Conservative administration aims for will be welcome in ensuring all our citizens can know and understand what a high calibre Council is seeking to achieve for the benefit of all. You may also rest assured, that with over four decades managing a household, I will ensure there will be prudence with good organisation.