Your Green Candidates on the Isle of Wight

 

 

Arreton & Newchurch

Josh Pointing

Josh is a lifelong Islander, shaped by its unique character and people. He was lucky enough to enjoy a safe and happy childhood in Cowes, provided by his parents' tireless work running their small, local business. The dedication and brilliance of his teachers inspired him to go to university and become one himself, coming back to pass on his love of English to Island children and help them build their own futures; as Artistic Director of the IW Shakespeare Company, he has built a small business from the ground up, helping teenagers from all backgrounds engage with the community through theatre. He has seen first-hand the damage inequality does to our children’s life chances, and the good that local communities can do together to repair it. He is proud to stand for a party that recognises we aren’t alone in life, but part of a human family - working together for the common good.

Binstead & Fishbourne

Jacqueline Cook

Jacqueline is 38 years old and lives in Binstead with her husband and young son. She is a keen artistic photographer and a renowned spoken word artist and she also works as an administrator at a care home. Jacqueline was bought up on the Island from a young age, but at 18, left the Island to pursue an exciting job opportunity. It was shortly after marrying the love of her life in 2010 that the couple decided to move to the Island to start their family. Upon their return, they resided in the Ryde area, but with their small but perfectly formed family complete, they are now happily settled in Binstead. Jacqueline has decide to stand for the Green Party, as she feels that a change is desperately needed. She passionately cares about the future of her family, the Island and of the wider world and she feels that the Green Party can offer a more secure future for everyone.

Brading, St Helens & Bembridge

Roger Bartrum Junior

Roger was born in Egerton Road, Bembridge in a time when home births were commonplace.  Like many youngsters then and today, he left the island to seek employment and spent 27 years in the Royal Air Force.

Returning to the island in 2011 to be nearer his elderly parents, Roger has been working as an entertainer and now lives in Cowes.  Passionate about recycling, Roger is a member of the Amey & IW Council Community Waste Forum and has been looking for solutions to keep polystyrene out of landfill.  He also held recycling surgeries in his local library when the Amey contract was being rolled out across the island.

Disillusioned with the governments appetite for perpetual war, Roger is a keen member of Veterans For Peace (UK) and has appeared with them at the Cenotaph, Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday for the past three years.

He believes this beautiful island could and should be a showcase and a leader in renewable energy and sustainable island projects providing green jobs and an enhanced low-carbon economy.

Carisbrooke

Imogen May

Imogen moved to the Island 7 years ago with her two daughters, She has worked in numerous roles including as a horticultural technician, gardener, a nature therapist and also as a freelance instructor for the Isle of Wight college.

Having struggled to secure a stable family home, she is especially concerned about the provision of good quality affordable housing on the island. She is also passionate about community food schemes that can empower local people to connect with local farmers and businesses to bring high quality affordable produce into every family home.

As a mother, she wishes to see education services that enable children to become confident, respectful members of our community. Giving young people a sense of ownership, belonging and love for the place where they are growing up.

Central Wight

Andrew Langan

Andrew is 44 years old and grew up in Sandown. He worked as a kitchen porter and deck chair attendant after school, before joining the Army (Royal Corps of Signals) in 1988. Andy served for 14 years as a Telecomms Engineer, taking in Regiments based in Germany and the UK, with operational tours in Belize, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. He represented the Royal Signals and various Signals Regiments at Sailing, and Signals Regiments at Rugby.

He left the Army in 2002 and became a self-employed Telecommunications Engineer. Sub-contractor to the European Space Agency, MoD, DoJ amongst other contracts. He then worked for BT and BT Openreach.

Andy lives with his partner and children in Freshwater, and is currently studying accountancy at the IOW college. He is active in Cubs, Scouts, Sea Cadets, Rugby and Sailing.

Chale, Niton & Whitwell

Claire Critchison

Claire is a 5th generation Islander and a partner in a family business -Wight Vintage- so she understands the uniqueness of the island and the challenges this brings. She also leads girl-guides and is member of the local Methodist church.

Prior to running the business, Claire worked for 15 years in numerous roles for the Isle of Wight council, so has a great knowledge and experience of council procedure.

Her motivation for standing as Green Party candidate for Chale, Niton and Whitwell is to ensure that the area in which she was born and now raises her family has a representative that will fight to keep the facilities we have and not let them be cut back.

The Green Party is tacking real issues that affect us all in a way that is not just about being eco-friendly but defending our public services and creating a better future for our families. Claire wants to see progress in areas that really need support - tourism, transport and village services.

 

Cowes Medina

Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver is a physiotherapist working in the NHS on the Island. He treats people with musculoskeletal problems, necks, backs, shoulders, knees & sports injuries. Neil worked for the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) in the Peak district then managed a hostel in Norfolk and then nationally running training courses. He trained as a physiotherapist in Liverpool, worked in Merseyside then the isle of Wight followed by three years in the US and back to the Island for work and more importantly to raise his three sons.


Neil cycles on his commute to work, as a family only ever has run one car, supports solar power by installing PV panels, lives a largely vegetarian lifestyle, travels abroad infrequently by ‘plane and supports local enterprises as much possible. Living on an island, Neil is acutely aware of the potential risks of climate change and precisely because of that and our unique position as the southern most island in UK believes we should be leading the renewable energy revolution. Blessed with such weather, sun or wind all year round (witness the sailing fraternity) he believes we should be a net exporter of energy.

Cowes North

Jean Bartrum

Jean has been a Cowes Town Councillor for almost 18 months, and is involved in many projects and communty activities. A firm believer in community involvement from the grass roots up, she has been proud to serve the people of the town . Over the years Jean has been both an employer , Project manager and Artistic director for a Multinational company. Jean worked in the NHS and in Social care with parents / vulnerable teenagers and adults.
Married to an Islander, Jean has been connected to the Island for many years and moved to Cowes six years ago and settled there. She has over 30 years of experience working in the public sector and always been at the heart of problem solving . Jean is very concerned that in 2017 we have one of the highest rates of poverty in the country here on the Island and believes we need to pool ideas to tackle social injustice and deprivation. We have an ever ageing population that needs to be looked after with the best care available.
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Cowes South & Northwood

Laurie Tennant

Laurie Tennant is a native of East Cowes, and studied at Carisbrooke Grammar School prior to University. An early career in international sales of capital equipment took him to places where he learned the urgent need for sustainability under competent government. For the last 35 years, Laurie and his wife Ann have been running small businesses specialising in technical problem-solving. Together they founded, in 1991, the Island’s first dedicated solar energy company, still trading today. As a Chartered Engineer, Laurie now offers consultancy specialising in energy-related matters.

For several years, Laurie was chairman of Cowes Community Partnership, the originator of Cowes Heritage Group and Friends of Northwood Cemetery. He was a founding Trustee of the partnership which successfully bid to take over Cowes High School after the government forced all Island secondary schools out of local authority control. Laurie is a keen sailor and active local sailing club supporter, loves cooking and eating the results.

Freshwater North

Daniel James

Daniel has lived in Freshwater since 1999 and has been an active volunteer in the community. Daniel ran the Re~Cycle bicycle collection for Africa from the old ambulance station in Queens Road, and the music club at All Saints School, later helping with the Rob da Bank Music Club. Daniel also contributed to the business group of the Freshwater Neighbourhood Plan and helped bring the Wight Trash Bike Club and Skate Club to the village.

Daniel is the director of a software company working on projects for clients including Amnesty International. He is married to an Islander and they have a teenage son due to leave school this year. Daniel wants to use his business experience to create better job and housing opportunities for the people of Freshwater, by creating a business start-up centre and a housing co-operative. You can help him get County Council backing for these projects if you vote for Daniel James on the 4th of May.

Godshill & Wroxall

Patch Barry

Patrick Barry is a 41-year-old husband and a devoted father to three girls. He was born on the Island and has lived here most of his life, currently he resides in Lake. By day he is a driving instructor and in his free time he fulfils his passion for community theatre, war-gaming, history and a whole variety of other things, not least spending precious time with his family in our great outdoors.

He does not believe that austerity should be used as an excuse to drive our communities into social and environmental ruin, especially whilst inequality in society grows year on year.

He is determined for the sake of his family and friends to see a future that can address our social and environmental injustices, that’s why he chooses to stand by the core visions of the Green Party - social justice and environmental protection.

Havenstreet, Ashey & Haylands

Dave Logan

Dave has lived on the Isle of Wight for the past 8 years and manages a trade union funded learning centre, helping adults attain qualifications in Maths, English and Computing as well as providing employability skills and awareness sessions on ADHD and Autism. Dave has taken this learning out into the community and through this has seen first-hand the difficulties that people are having in these tough times. He understands the need for local government to support people when they need it.

Prior to moving to the Isle of Wight, Dave worked in IT supporting automated systems. Dave was also a team official for the Wightlink Raiders, a trustee for the mental health charity Wightfutures, and has recently taken on the role of Trustee for the Pan Together project.

Nettlestone & Seaview

Mark Gaskin

Newport North

Rebecca Blachford

Rebecca Is an Island Girl. She is standing for local Councillor in the Newport North ward. Lots of you will know her from her Local business Bebeccino. For those that don’t Bebeccino is a children’s play café in Newport. Bebeccino provides a safe, fun, creative environment for families to play and socialise together in a creative and imaginative way. We also act as a listening ear and offer support and signposting to various organisations and help families access help when needed. Rebecca believes that families are the foundation stone of our society and what they feel supported so many problems disappear from our community. This is her driving passion.

After just a few months in Business Rebecca and her team won the local Venus (Woman in Business) award for Outstanding Customer service. A few months later her team won the National award for the best customer service by a woman owned business in the UK. Bebeccino has just won the Federation of small Businesses Local Community business award for the South central region. Rebecca feels that the level of support her team already offer locally is huge but it has highlighted things within the system that she feels need reviewing or changing. From her current position she is unable to do more about, but would like to try and change.

She sees a huge disconnection between voters and the council and wants to help engage people and narrow that gap. She believes is standing up to Austerity and minimising the effects on our most vulnerable people, our children, our disabled and our elderly. Standing for the Green party gives her a solid Ethical framework in which to do this effectively. She does believe that we can find creative solutions to some of these issues and she would love to see strong working relationships between the local authority and the local community. Where people felt valued and listened too and that what was important to Islanders was reflected in the way the Island was run.

Newport West

Jaimie Bundell

Jaimie is a 29 year old mother and has lived on the island her whole life. After her training to become a registered nurse she worked as a Health Care Assistant before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, forcing her to take a different career path. She now works as an IT technician in an independent computer store, her passion for sciences and technology means she keeps up with innovation and always has one eye on the future. Her experience with MS has led her to write published articles and produce videos for disability and MS charities. Accessibility and disability rights are highly important to her, and as a mother, she is especially concerned with long term environmental protection issues and education. She hopes that by working for this beautiful island as part of the Green Party she can make a positive contribution to the community as a whole.

Ryde East

Michael Lilley

Michael Lilley is standing in Ryde East and was elected for the Green Party in a by-election to Ryde Town Council in March 2016 with 315 votes. Michael is standing for County and Town Council elections. Michael's childhood was spent on the Island and he left to find work at 17 in 1974 and returned in 2013. Michael has worked in the mental health and community development sectors for 40 years and for 17 years has been Chief Executive of Psychological Practice and mental health charity which operates in West Midlands and Isle of Wight. He specialises in post traumatic stress and supporting people who have experienced domestic violence, conflict and war In 2014, he led the merger of 5 UK mental health charities to establish one of the largest mental health charity group in UK. Michael is shortly to retire and focus on his writing children books and politics. He is nearing 60, a grandfather of 2 and father of 5 children and lives in Ryde East with wife and dog.

Ryde North East

Nancy Farrell

Nancy is 35 years old and has lived on the Isle Of Wight since she was 10, moving here from Woking in Surrey where she was born. Nancy attended Ryde High School, then the Isle Of Wight College where she studied English Literature and Psychology. She also studied Psychology with the Open University. Nancy studied singing with Linda Philby Borrett and sang in the choir “Voices Of The Isle Of Wight” for many years.

She has worked for many voluntary organisations, including volunteering at The Quarr Abbey Book Shop, and running an Art Club for children in Oakfield. Nancy now also volunteers at Aspire Ryde. Nancy sits on the mental health reconfiguration board, as one of two service users working to improve mental health services on the Island.

Ryde North West

Ewald Widiner

Ewald has extensive experience as an international businessman, having been Managing Director of Linyi Textiles in Shanghai, Qingdao and Hong Kong until 2012 and working at 51 Education and Tongji University in Shanghai. Since 1984 he ran his own design company Leather Technics Ltd in London, whose designs are collected at the Victoria and Albert Museum, including: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O111965/jacket/

Ewald was educated as an engineer with two degrees from a Technical College in Germany and further studies at Aachen FH in Engineering, Object Design and Economy. He has experience running his own retail shops, strong analytical skills, knowledge of global tax law and teaching in China.

Ryde West

Alex Pointing

Alex had his birthday in March and will be 18 years and 55 days old on Polling Day on May 4th. He is a student of Geography, History and Economics. Politics has always been a key passion of his. Alex hopes to energize these local elections by adding a youth voice into the debate, and by doing so engage and encourage other young people to get involved in politics.

Sandown South

Eric Lawson

Eric has lived in Sandown since moving here with his family in 2003. A keen team sportsman in his younger years, Eric has embraced the opportunities Sandown Bay offers and now spends his leisure time cycling, surfing, sailing, paddle boarding and fishing. Due to his experience leading the effort to keep the Lake Slipway toilets open, he has become very aware of the challenges facing our community and is passionate about accelerating the improvement of the seaside and town infrastructure around Sandown.

Eric recognises that Bay regeneration plans have come and go, with very little positive impact for Sandown. He believes a renewed determination and approach to sourcing funds is needed. Eric's 30+ years IT and business intelligence experience in large and medium size enterprises make him a very strong candidate for defining projects and delivering results. Also, he believes the interaction between the council and the residents they represent is outdated and ineffective. As a result, their strategies and activities risk being unrepresentative. Eric is certain there is significant room for improved decision making and working relationships with residents and businesses at the town and county level.

Shanklin Central

Robert May

Robert May has lived on the Island all his life, spending the first 8 years in Newport and the last 17 in Shanklin, where he settled and has now grown very fond of. He lives with both parents who support him and his brother in everything they do. Robert has worked since he was 13, starting in the hotel industry in Shanklin, moving on to The Co-operative Food supermarket in Shanklin where he worked for 6 and half years, then the last 2 and half years at The Southern Co-operative Convenience Store in Shanklin. All these jobs gave him the great opportunity to meet all types of people from all walks of life which has given him the ability to understand what Shanklin residents need and want from Shanklin. Robert has always had a love of public transportation, especially the history around buses and trains. He attends the Beer, Bus & Walking festival every year, and is a regular attendee of the Isle of Wight Bus & Rail Users Group (IWBRUG).

Shanklin South

Lorraine Briar

Lorraine is a divorced, single mother of two, she arrived on the island six years ago to help her daughter set up a small local business which she now runs single handed. Happily, the business has become an established 'Beacon' for community support and socialisation.

Her background is in nursing, specialism Health Services Management (Royal College of Nursing London), business and more recently PGCert.Sp.Ed.(ASD) Birmingham University. She has experienced extremes of success through business and hardship through personal life, which means she can appreciate life’s ups and downs. Back injuries as a young nurse means she now lives with constant chronic pain and understands the struggle to live and work without benefits or support.

Lorraine believes in good schools for all. She had a child with no appropriate school place and had no choice but to home educate, no one should have to choose between their child’s education and their own career. She has a passion for real Community care through strong diverse communities, good local food production, facilitating and fostering a culture of 'buy Local', and challenging fracking. She would also like to see a reduction of oversized vehicles on our tiny roads.

Ventnor East

Jonathan Marks

Jon moved to the Isle of Wight four years ago after some some years in Dorset and others in Italy. He is an educational materials writer and consultant relating to teaching English as a Foreign Language. The projects he feels most privileged to have worked on recently include development of Primary education in Bangladesh and a programme to provide education for school-age Syrian refugees in camps in Turkey. Jon is particularly interested in renewable energy, and is excited about the prospect of a tidal energy generation system off St Catherine’s point, not far from his home.

Ventnor West

Stephen Cockett

Stephen grew up on the Island and enjoyed a very happy childhood, then completed an engineering apprenticeship locally. His career took him around the UK and later to Europe where the role developed into planning and project management. Stephen's motivation to stand for local government as a Green Party candidate stems from the belief that decisions should be made with the long-term benefit of people and the environment in mind, not simply short-term thinking and political expediency.

Stephen believes the Island does not need an administration acting as a rubber-stamping outpost of a central government. Ventnor should be recognised for its unique location, vibrant character and the needs of its population, many of whom are retired and depend on close knit community. Stephen considers it a privilege to live in the ward of Ventnor West; it would be both an honour and a challenge, for which he has the time and energy, to serve as a representative of this uniquely beautiful place.

West Wight

Petar Marinov

 

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