Cllr Katherine Gregory

Katherine is a freelance journalist who has worked for many national and regional titles and is councillor for the Saffron Walden Town Council Little Walden Ward.

 “I’ve loved bringing up a family in this wonderful place. I want to help be a custodian of our area, so that all residents, existing and new, can love where they live too.”
Katherine Gregory

As the daughter of a heritage architect, she is keen to make sure our built environment is protected and enhanced as our area develops. She believes our public spaces have played a critical role during the Covid pandemic, and she would like to help ensure that they continue to be maintained as a facility we can all be proud of.

Katherine has lived locally for 26 years and is a keen supporter of our local arts, libraries and press.

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Katherine is a freelance journalist who has worked for many national and regional titles. She has lived locally for 26 years and is a keen supporter of our local arts, libraries and press.

As the daughter of a heritage architect, she is keen to make sure our built environment is protected and enhanced as our area develops. She believes our public spaces have played a critical role during the Covid pandemic, and she would like to help ensure that they continue to be maintained as a facility we can all be proud of.

Katherine says she has loved bringing her family up in Saffron Walden and so wants to help be a custodian of the area so that families can continue to enjoy it well into the future.

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    Uli Gerhard

    Uli is an R4U adviser on finances. From his business career Uli is expert in dealing with complex problems. He has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge and has spent several decades in banking and investment portfolio management. During the Covid pandemic he has also been volunteering in local vaccination centres.

     “Local residents need good, honest local representation that works only for them and their needs. I’ve joined R4U because I don’t think that career politicians or national parties should be involved in local councils.” – Uli Gerhard

    Uli is a former local school governor. Uli also cares passionately about our rural environment and has been a beekeeper for over 30 years. He and his wife, local GP Dr Yvonne Girgis-Hanna, live in Radwinter and their children attend SWCHS.

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    From his business career Uli is expert in dealing with complex problems. He has a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University and has spent several decades in banking and investment portfolio management. He wants to bring those business skills to supporting council finance and local economy programmes. During the Covid pandemic he has also been volunteering in the Bishops Stortford and Harlow vaccination centres.

    “Local residents need good, honest local representation that works only for them and their needs. I’ve joined R4U because I don’t think that career politicians or national parties should be involved in local councils.” – Uli Gerhard

    Closer to home, as a former Radwinter school governor, Uli has shown that he’s happy to stand up and support local parents. Now he wants to represent all his fellow residents.

    Uli also cares passionately about our rural environment and has been a beekeeper for over 30 years. He and his wife, local GP Dr Yvonne Girgis-Hanna, live in Radwinter and their children attend SWCHS.

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      Bianca Donald

      Bianca is an R4U Team adviser on education. She has taught in Uttlesford schools since 2004 both in Stansted and Hatfield Broad Oak. During Covid she provided online tutoring to support pupils. She understands parents’ frustration as education budgets have been slashed and school choice eradicated. ECC are responsible for local education and Bianca believes they are failing our youth.

      “In over 20 years teaching, I have taught many of Stansted’s children. I’ve seen how for decades ECC’s education strategy has been failing our youth and community. It is time for change at ECC and residents need a strong say in what happens in Uttlesford.” – Bianca Donald

      Outside of her career Bianca coaches grassroots women’s sports and loves our countryside.

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      Bianca cares about our next generation. She has taught in Uttlesford schools since 2004 both in Stansted and Hatfield Broad Oak. During Covid she has been providing online tutoring in mathematics. She understands parents’ frustration as education budgets have been slashed and school choice eradicated. ECC are responsible for local education and Bianca believes they are failing our youth.

      “In over 20 years teaching, I have taught many of Stansted’s children. I’ve seen how for decades ECC’s education strategy has been failing our youth and community. It is time for change at ECC and residents need a strong say in what happens in Uttlesford.” – Bianca Donald

      Bianca coaches grassroots women’s sports. For several years she served on the committee of the Bishops Stortford District Netball League. She currently plays for, manages and coaches a local team.

      Bianca loves the countryside and feels we must be ‘careful custodians of our environment’ and feels through R4U she can make Uttlesford a place that cares for its residents, local environment and businesses.

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        Cllr Mike Tayler

        Thaxted GP Dr Mike Tayler is a highly respected by the community and district councillor for the ward he lives in. He’s an advocate for better community services and against Essex County Council’s attempted closures of our libraries. He is very concerned about the double threats of a new town at Easton Park and a huge airport expansion.

        After recently joining forces with R4U with fellow ward councillor Martin Foley, Mike said

        “R4U are aligned with my principles and share the agenda I was elected on. We have lots to do to assure the future of Uttlesford. That means I am especially keen that strategic focus is set though the delivery of solid Corporate and Local Plans by UDC. I have been very impressed by how R4U have approached both of these so far. By joining forces with R4U at UDC, Martin and I believe that we will have more direct input over this future, as well as it being more beneficial for the needs of our ward residents.”

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        Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Energy and Climate Change Working Group (UDC), Licensing and Environmental Health Committee (UDC), Local Plan Working Group (UDC), Strategic Infrastructure Delivery Group (UDC), Waste Strategy Panel (UDC), West Essex Wellbeing Joint Committee (UDC)

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        Dr Mike Tayler is a highly respected Thaxted resident and district councillor for the Thaxted and Eastons ward. He’s an advocate for better community services, having campaigned for maintaining Day Centre services in the village and against Essex County Council’s attempted closure of the library. He cares about Uttlesford rural life, Climate Change and our rural environment. That means he is very concerned about the double threats of a new town at Easton Park and a huge airport expansion.

        After recently joining forces with R4U with fellow ward councillor Martin Foley, Mike said

        “R4U are aligned with my principles and share the agenda I was elected on. We have lots to do to assure the future of Uttlesford. That means I am especially keen that strategic focus is set though the delivery of solid Corporate and Local Plans by UDC. I have been very impressed by how R4U have approached both of these so far. By joining forces with R4U at UDC, Martin and I believe that we will have more direct input over this future, as well as it being more beneficial for the needs of our ward residents.”

        Mike and his wife Mary line in Thaxted. He’s been a GP at the Thaxted Surgery since 1986, where he still undertakes locum work.

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          Cllr Martin Foley

          Community champion and Thaxted resident Martin is one of Uttlesford’s longest serving and most respected councillors. He is also an Essex County Councillor for the Thaxted Division. He’s represented his ward at UDC since 1995. He’s an active local voice who campaigns for our environment, and against airport expansion, urban sprawl on our fields, and the closing of the local libraries.

          After recently joining forces with R4U with fellow ward councillor Mike Tayler, Martin said

          “Mike and I carefully watched the progress that R4U made at UDC since being elected to lead the council in 2019. They have fixed the finances, got the Conservatives’ £6m failed Local Plan back on track, are contesting the airport expansion, and are delivering a major Climate Change programme. By combining forces with R4U at UDC, Mike and I believe that we will have more direct input over the future of our district, as well as for our ward residents.”

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          Chair of the Council (UDC), Councillor at Essex County Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Governance, Audit and Performance Committee (UDC), Housing Board (UDC), Standards Committee (UDC), Stansted Airport Advisory Panel (UDC)

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          Residents champion Martin is one of Uttlesford’s longest serving and most respected councillors. He’s represented the Thaxted and now Thaxted and the Eastons ward at UDC since 1995. He’s a strong and active local voice who campaigns for our environment, and against airport expansion, urban sprawl on our fields, and the closing of the local libraries.

          After recently joining forces with R4U with fellow ward councillor Mike Tayler, Martin said

          “Mike and I carefully watched the progress that R4U made at UDC since being elected to lead the council in 2019. They have fixed the finances, got the Conservatives’ £6m failed Local Plan back on track, are contesting the airport expansion, and are delivering a major Climate Change programme. By combining forces with R4U at UDC, Mike and I believe that we will have more direct input over the future of our district, as well as for our ward residents.”

          Before the Thaxted and Eastons Independents decided to combine with R4U, Martin and Mike spoke with many residents in their ward to gauge their feelings. They got strong support for the change. Now, as part of a larger R4U group, they will continue to work to deliver the things they were elected to do for their villages.

          Martin lives in Thaxted with his wife Claire.

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            Arfur Gnome

            Residents Adviser, Activist, Hi-Viz Model, Pothole Hunter, Campaigner, Thinker. Community issues are real, views are my gnome.

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              Cllr Kirstie Frost

              Kirstie has lived in Saffron Walden all her life. She has three children of school age and works full time as an Early Years Educator. She is passionate about the provision of services and facilities for you people.

              “If I am elected I will try and improve the towns youth services and green spaces for the use of the Saffron Walden’s young people.” Kirstie Frost

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              Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Member: Finance and Establishment (SWTC)

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              Kirstie has lived in Saffron Walden all her life. She has three children of school age and works full time as an Early Years Educator. If elected Kirstie says she will try and improve the towns youth services and green spaces for the use of the Saffron Walden’s young people.

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                Cllr Richard Porch

                Successful businessman Richard has chaired a number of companies during his career and provided consulting services to other organisations. He has a long history of active involvement with a number of charities. He has lived in Saffron Walden for 20+ years with his family.

                “I’m concerned about the failure of the current UDC administration to hold developers accountable for their community responsibilities and the negative effect this has on our infrastructure, local facilities, and council taxes.” Richard Porch

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                Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Member: Finance and Establishment (SWTC), Member: Planning and Road Traffic (SWTC)

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                Richard has lived in Saffron Walden for 20+ years and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren living in Uttlesford. He has chaired a number of construction businesses during his career as well as operating as a consultant to other organisations. He has a long history of active involvement with various charities both Chairing and Trusteeship, in the UK and overseas.

                He has provided management support to Residents for Uttlesford since its foundation. Richard is concerned about the failure of the current administration to hold developers accountable for their community responsibilities and the effect this has on the both infrastructure and local facilities as well as poor business decision making that affects the cost that we all incur through our rates.

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                  Cllr Louise Millward

                  Saffron Walden resident Louise has 15 years’ experience in grant-seeking fundraising and philanthropy for charities. She has recently taken up a role with a charity working in the sphere of women’s rights in Africa and Asia.

                  “I believe that change happens when it is locally owned and driven. That is why I’m standing for Residents for Uttlesford.” Louise Millward

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                  Louise Millward has 15 years’ experience in grant-seeking fundraising, philanthropy, and running events for international and national charities. She is currently working in the sphere of women’s rights having recently taken up a trustee role for a sexual and reproductive health charity working in Africa and Asia.

                  Louise is a Saffron Walden resident and she says “a parent whose children benefit from the wonderful and varied facilities that the town and surrounding areas has to offer.”

                  Louise believes that change happens when it is locally owned and driven.

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                    Cllr Jonathon Toy

                    Jonathon has worked in the public sector on community safety and enforcement programmes for the past 20 years with experience in with the Home Office and four London boroughs leading operational teams working to disrupt local drugs markets and combat violence.

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                    Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Member: Planning and Road Traffic (SWTC), Vice Chair: Finance and Establishment (SWTC)

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                    Jonathon has been working in the field of community safety and enforcement for the past 20 years with experience in four London boroughs, initially in Hackney, leading an operational team for the council working closely with the police to disrupt local drugs markets. He is currently working for Croydon Council in the development of their violence reduction approach.

                    He was also the inaugural chair the London Heads of Community Safety Group which helps to shape the community safety priorities for London, working with the Greater London Assembly and London Councils.

                    Jonathon has extensive knowledge of enforcement services, including the regulatory framework for environmental health, private sector housing and street enforcement. He has also led in the development and delivery of civil protection both from an operational and strategic perspective. He was the lead officer in the response to the Lakanal Fire in Southwark in 2009.

                    Jonathon has specialist knowledge in working with young people and families,  and developing innovative programmes to address violent crime and gang related violence. Over the past 15 years he has developed a number of programmes to support vulnerable  individuals and families.  He continues to provide mentoring and support at a community level, to help young people and young adults make positive life choices to fulfil their potential. He is a Patron of The David Idowu Foundation.

                    Jonathon worked with the Home Office in 2011 following the Summer Riots, advising on programmes to address gang and weapon violence and in the drafting of the “Ending Gang and Youth Violence Report” He is a member of the governments national Ending Gang and Youth Violence Team, developing multi-agency approaches at a local level to address serious violent crime.

                    Jonathon has published a number of articles and papers on gangs and serious youth violence, most notably a practitioner report in 2009 titled “Die another Day”, articles for Safer Communities (Pier Professional Ltd) and more recently “Silent Voices” – based on real life stories from people affected by gang violence.

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