Croxley Green Parish Council has 16 elected Members from two Wards - Dickinsons Ward and Durrants Ward.
Dickinsons Ward (8 Members)
Durrants Ward (8 Members)
Cllr Emily Benner
I moved to Croxley Green (from Rickmansworth) in summer 2017 with my husband Jan and recently, the new addition to our family, Monty the kitten. I was so inspired by the great work of the CGPC I was keen to get involved at the first possible opportunity, co-opted into a casual vacancy in February 2018.
I’m a senior manager at a large UK bank but my passion has always been getting involved within the community and helping others. Since 2015 I’ve been running gift donations for those in care homes who are without friends or family at Christmas, and I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of local people. For example, last year over 100 people from the local community donated, wrapped and distributed presents to over 250 people across 23 care homes. I have always been interested in local government, previously completing work experience at the House of Commons, and sitting on the Youth Citizens Panel for London.
It's not taken long for me to feel an immense amount of pride for living in Croxley Green and appreciate the unique, friendly village atmosphere - something which I’m keen to maintain for my future children and grandchildren. I’m keen to encourage people (particularly young people) to get more involved in the community, be it standing for councillor in the 2019 elections or volunteering in one of the many clubs, societies or events in Croxley.
Cllr Adam Birch
My wife and I moved to Croxley Green 8 years ago. We loved the sense of community from the start and it has been a fantastic place to bring up our young daughter. Most of our spare time is spent outdoors in the many fantastic green spaces that Croxley Green and the surrounding areas provide.
Having attended a CGPC meeting last year as a member of the public, I quickly became aware of the men and women fulfilling the voluntary role of Parish Councillor and the good fortune we (sometimes unknowingly) have as residents due to their efforts and determination.
As a husband, father and full-time Finance Business Partner (and local allotment plot holder), I am blessed with a very fulfilling life, but I’m a strong believer that there is always an opportunity to help others. I hope that I will be able to do just that as a Parish Councillor and personally, I will be prioritising environmental matters, protection of the green belt and supporting the community events which give the village its fantastic character.
Having seen my 5-yr old daughter benefit so hugely from her time spent at Forest School, on guided wildlife walks and growing our own fruit and veg at the allotment, I believe very strongly in protecting all of this for our future generations.
Finally, I also firmly believe that there are opportunities for many local organisations to continue to come together to work in partnership on behalf of the Community and will continue to encourage this to happen wherever the opportunity exists.
Cllr Nigel Cole (Vice-Chairman)
My wife and I consider ourselves very fortunate to live in Croxley Green joining other members of our family in the village and nearby. After completing a business degree I qualified as a chartered management accountant and spent much of my career in various senior finance roles in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which took me all over the place Slough, Hong Kong, Hornsey, St Albans, Singapore, Enfield, Docklands, Zürich, the City, Paris, Frankfurt and New York. Once the travelling was over I supported a variety of owner managed business as a part time freelance finance director.
I was motivated to become a Parish Councillor in early 2017, by my experience in volunteering for a number of charities over the last forty years, where I have seen how committed individuals can work together for the common good. I never express my politics publicly, but believe in personal freedom and responsibility, social justice and the shared and collective bonds that unite us as members of humanity, while loathing inequality and all the isms that focus on the difference of the other.
As a local bee-keeper, a gardener, allotment holder at Barton Way, a school governor in Buckinghamshire, a parent and grandparent I am interested in improving and conserving our environment for future generations. I’m honoured to serve as vice chair of the council for 2019/20 having previously been chair and vice chair of the Leisure, Events and Amenity Committee. Not so strangely given my career background, I particularly enjoy, as a member of the Finance & Administration Committee, being involved with ensuring the accuracy and probity of our financial management.
Cllr Andrew Gallagher (Chairman)
Andrew has lived in Croxley Green since 1981. He originally trained as a civil engineer and worked overseas and in the UK before joining the BRE at Garston as a civil servant in 1975. He was subsequently employed in the Departments of the Environment and of Transport for many years and later in Transport for London. Andrew left TfL in 2002 and worked as an independent consultant until 2015.
His professional interests include road maintenance, transport and planning. His two sons attended Malvern Way, Little Green and Watford Grammar schools. Supporting them he was involved with the Pump House Children & Youth Theatre Group in Watford and the Croxley Green and Rickmansworth Scout Groups. His personal interests include gardening, walking, the theatre and opera, and politics. He has had many years’ practical experience of house and car maintenance.
Cllr Andrew Hobbs
Andrew Hobbs is a newly Elected Councillor (August 2015). His interest in the local Community has now led him to continue to contribute with the Parish Council .
Previously he has been heavily involved with PTA Activities for Harvey Road School at various events , coordinating Revels entries for the School. He has also assisted the teaching of Martial Arts with Total TKD, Croxley Tae Kwon Do club also participating in displays at the Revels arena. He is passionate about the local events throughout the year and wishes to create further events to include all ages together with a sense of fun.He currently assists managing a local youth football development team.
Andrew’s career has been in Construction and Development for many years this gives him a keen interest in local developments to the area. He sits on the Planning and Development committee and is pro development as long as it is considerate, in keeping and in benefit to the local Community. He does not want Croxley Green to become a total housing area for London businesses, preferring a balanced community with local businesses creating jobs and services for all . In summary continuing to carry on the great work of previous Parish Councillor’s .
Andrew is a Watford FC Fan and a keen Outdoors enthusiast.
Cllr Susan Hughes
Cllr Martin Jacob
Cllr Harry Kyriakou
Cllr Chris Mitchell
I have been involved in the community for many years, including being the Frankland Road Allotment secretary for over 25 years, being a committee member for the Revels for 18 years, and have organised the Arena events and entertainment at the Revels for the last 14 years. You may have also seen me in recent times playing St George in the Croxley Mummers Play.
Croxley Green is a very special place balanced between easy access to London and Watford and surrounded by greenbelt countryside. I want to put something back into the place I lived for over 33 years, and that is why I have been a councillor for over 4 years and worked hard on the Neighbourhood Plan that we are developing to help protect Croxley Green into the future. I am currently Vice-Chairman of the Planning & Developlment Committee.
Cllr David Montague
I have a BSc in Biochemistry and a gained a Doctorate in 1981 from the University of Sussex and the WHO National Institute of Biological Standards, London. After doing research I joined Amersham International and had positions of increasing responsibility within the Company as it evolved from Amersham through to Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, part of Johnson and Johnson.
I ran a large R&D departments and led global teams to deliver over 40 new diagnostic products in the diagnosis of Infectious disease, Thyroid disease, Myocardial Infarction and the treatment of infertility. When I retired in July 2016 I was the Director and Global Project Leader responsible for assay development.
Croxley and Rickmansworth Community Background
Resident of Croxley Green since 1984 and our three children attended Yorke Mead School where my wife was chair of Governors for several years and I built carnival floats and helped run many events including the Yorke Mead Firework display. I have been running the display since 1998. I also ran the firework display on the Green for the Croxley Millennium celebrations and helped the team building "Big Ben".
I have led the team that organises the Rickmansworth Festival for the last 16 years and grown it from its early beginnings to the large community event it is now. Currently Chairman of Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, the charity based at Batchworth Lock.
Decided when I retired to become more involved in the community that I had spent the majority of my life in and was very grateful to be co-opted onto the Parish Council early in 2017. I am a member of the Environment & Amenity Committee.
Cllr Karen Taylor
Cllr David Tobin
Cllr Cliff Vassiliou
Cllr Tony Walker
Cllr Derek Wallington
I am on the Planning and Development committee and will make it my quest to put Croxley Green and the community at the forefront of any decisions that I may be asked to take part be in.
I also see myself to be one of the older, or mature Councillors, so I would like to represent their views and wishes , and to make myself available to them whenever requested.
I will also make every effort to make myself available to volunteer to help at any of our community's functions.
In the road I live, I have organised with at the moment ten neighbour's , a sun flower growing competition, and in August we meet up at one of the houses to present a small cup to the winner with the tallest sunflower, it is fun with lots of banter and I believe does help neighbours to communicate and be more a part of the community. So, what I would like to do is organise a sunflower contest for the tallest sun flower grown in Croxley Green. Contact me for further details on how to take part.
Cllr Anita Yeung