I have lived in Washington all my life, raising my three children and now have three grandchildren.  Within the community, I have been an active school governor for 25 years.  I have represented Washington Central since 2010.

As a council, we have had to look for a wider range of solutions due of huge cuts in Government funding. We have some amazing residents who are active in the community, but there is still work to do and I would like to be able to encourage everyone living in the area to be more positively involved.

I have been Chair of Washington Area Committee for the last three years, a role I enjoy immensely and it allows me to work closely with partners across the city.

I will work to strengthen relationships with all partners and pool resources and expertise for the benefit of our residents; work with residents and community groups to further their objectives and projects; continue to support older and vulnerable residents to live in dignity in their choice of premises as far as practicable; ensure that anti-social behaviour is dealt with and to ensure the significantly small number of people in the area behaving unacceptably are held accountable; and to lobby Central Government for a fairer allocation of funding for our area.