Bio: Cllr Richard Freeman (Saffron Walden Castle Ward)

Richard Freeman has lived in Saffron Walden for 20 years, and has become involved in many voluntary activities. He has served as a Saffron Walden Town Councillor for twelve years, representing Castle Ward, and serving as Mayor. He currently serves as a Saffron Walden Castle Ward councillor on both the District and Town councils. He is a founder member of Essex Healthwatch, and serves as their representative on NHS England and the West Essex Clinical Commission Group.

Richard’s wife, Jan, is a fifth-generation Walden local, and has worked for several years as a modern language teacher at the Herts and Essex High School for Girls in Bishop’s Stortford (where she also went to school!)

Most of Richard’s working life has been spent in high-technology industries. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry, making antibiotics, and then the brewing industry (making beer!). Much of his professional life has been spent in international consultancy, providing technical and project management expertise to multinational companies and governments.

Richard is also a qualified environmentalist, specializing in energy management in buildings. Having lived in Sweden, he is very aware of the benefits of low-energy homes, and is keen to minimize energy use wherever possible. He has a particular interest in architecture, and has modernized several listed buildings. He wants to make better use of the much-loved Town Hall, and to make sure that Saffron Walden remains the historic ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Uttlesford. That said, he also believes that local government has a duty to ensure the supply of homes for ordinary people – not just mansions for the fortunate rich! The limited supply of so-called ‘affordable’ homes linked to housing developments is not sufficient – he believes we need to do very much better.