Stacey Coote

Stacey has lived in the Saffron Walden area for the majority of his life. He has significant experience running global purchasing programmes for companies such as RBS and AIG, and now runs his own procurement practice. He is passionate about representing local people.

“I would love the opportunity to serve my local community. I feel I could use all of my experience to help the council deliver services for local people more cost effectively.” Stacey Coote

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Stacey has spent a 20 year career managing large procurement programmes for some of the world’s biggest companies, including RBS, AIG and Accenture. He now runs his own award-winning legal services procurement practice.

Stacey says he would love the opportunity to serve his local community and that his experience would help the council deliver services more cost effectively.

He has lived in the Saffron Walden area for the majority of this life and his son attends a local school.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

Elaine Coote

Elaine is well known and respected across Saffron Walden. After a career of building and providing childcare, nursery and respite services, she volunteers her time for youth and community programmes.

“I am sad and concerned to see the cuts being made by the Conservatives to our libraries, children’s services, nurseries and schools. I want to fight to protect our community for the elderly, teenagers, and young people. I have spent a lifetime providing support to people, and if you elect me I will put all my energies into trying to work hard for you.” Elaine Coote

Elaine Coote has been selected by R4U as a Saffron Walden Town Council candidate for the May 2019 local elections. He husband Arthur is already a councillor.

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Elaine Coote knows Saffron Walden backward because she has lived in the town since 1972 with her husband Arthur, who is an R4U councillor.

After working in the offices of longstanding Saffron Walden fishmonger Frank Bacon, she decided to build a career following her passion, children and developing the next generation. With her husband she founded and ran Coote Childminding Centre which cared for children before and after school for over 20 years. She also provided respite care for disabled children and fostered children for 9 years of age.

Elaine is also involved in many community and youth activities. She is an active member of Saffron Walden Baptist Church. She has worked for over 30 years in many youth programmes including the as Boys Brigade, church youth group and Sunday school. Even though she is now retired she is still active as a Street Pastor, who are volunteers that patrol the town on weekend evenings to provide help where needed.

She says “I am sad and concerned to see the cuts being made by the Conservatives to our libraries, children’s services, nurseries and schools. I want to fight to protect our community for the elderly, teenagers, and young people. I have spent a lifetime providing support to people, and if you elect me I will put all my energies into trying to work hard for you.”

Elaine Coote has been selected by R4U as a Saffron Walden Town Council candidate for the May 2019 local elections.

Tracy Williams

Tracy lives in Clavering. She has held senior leadership roles in the field of Human Resources, with a focus on community engagement. She wants development in the ward villages closely controlled so as to maintain their unique beauty and rural feel.

“It is time for an independent voice to stand up for our villages. R4U speaks for residents and is not bound by national party politics.” Tracy Williams

Tracy has been selected at the R4U candidate for the Clavering Ward for the May 2019 Uttlesford District Council elections.

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Tracy loves the village of Clavering and is passionate about the ward and continuing to maintain the area with its unique beauty and ethos.  She moved to Clavering from Littlebury to join her partner, whose family have lived in the village for four generations.

She is vocal about traffic calming and would like to see the communities in the ward declared as 20mph zones, particularly through Clavering, Wicken Bonhunt, Arkesden, and Langley. She also wants to make sure that the village feel of the ward communities are maintained by ensuring that development is closely controlled, questioned and monitored.

She is standing because she says “It is time for an independent voice to stand up for our villages. R4U speaks for residents and is not bound by national party politics.

Professionally Tracy has held senior leadership roles in the field of Human Resources, with a special interest in community engagement.

Cllr Arthur Coote

Arthur Coote is a well-respected Saffron Walden town councillor for the Castle ward. He was born in the town where he lives with his wife Elaine. He’s a director of the Bell Nursery and active in many other aspects of town life.

“I’m a strong believer that councils can work harder to do more to create an environment that allows the next generation to grow and give back to society. Through its actions R4U has shown it focuses on the issues that matter and cares about making a difference for local people. After years of being actively engaged with Labour, I’ve joined R4U because they’ve shown that they are the party willing to work collaboratively for local people.” Arthur Coote

Several councillors have switched to R4U from the traditional parties because being free of a national agenda allows them to focus 100% on local residents with local issues. He is standing for R4U in the 2019 local elections in the Saffron Walden Castle Ward.

Nationally Arthur is a long time Labour Party supporter and was elected as a Labour councillor to Saffron Walden Town Council in 2015. Since then he has worked closely with R4U on Saffron Walden Town Council to deliver many projects for the town’s residents. He is currently deputy Mayor. He recently joined R4U as he feels that’s the best way he can represent residents and tackle issues at a local level.

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Arthur Coote is a well-respected Saffron Walden town councillor. He was born in the town where he lives with his wife Elaine. Arthur is active in many aspects of town life including the Baptist Church. Key interest areas for him are community, equality, youth development and sports.

He’s is a family man who is committed to youth development. Arthur is a director and manager of the Bell Nursery in Saffron Walden and member of the charity Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). Two of his children have followed him into education as both are head-teachers, and the third has followed a career in law.

Arthur is a lifelong member of Essex Cricket Club and a strong advocate for sports and healthy lifestyles. He’s been active in the funding and design of new playgrounds by Saffron Walden Town Council, and been working to provide more open spaces and sports facilities.

Nationally and locally Arthur has been a long-time supporter of the Labour Party. He was elected as a Labour councillor to Saffron Walden Town Council in 2015 and is currently deputy Mayor. Like a number of councillors from all the main national parties, he’s now joined R4U to create a difference locally.

Arthur Coote says “Over the last 50 years I have taken part in hundreds of campaigns for Labour candidates. I have stood for office to try to create a more equal society and have been a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. Over the last 4 years it’s become clear that the best way to represent local residents and uphold the ideals I stand for at the district council is by joining R4U. R4U has shown they care about the community’s future and want to create a positive difference for local people. They’ve proven that they are the only party that has the skills and support to deliver for local people. In my mind it’s simple: I will continue to vote for Labour on national issues, but am standing for R4U to deliver local things for local residents. I urge others to vote local Resident for local matters.”

Patrick Lavelle

Patrick’s career in the pharma sector will give him a unique perspective into one of our region’s important industries including being able to scrutinise UDC’s £50m investment in Chesterford Research Park.

“Residents need strong representation to ensure that their views and heard and acted on. One of the biggest concerns in the area is new housing. Along with new housing we need to protect the environment and include the necessary infrastructure and recreational facilities to support the needs of both current and future residents.” Patrick Lavelle

Patrick has been selected by R4U for the Uttlesford Dunmow South & Barnston Ward in the May 2019 local elections. The ward has 3 councillors and his R4U running mates are Colin Day and Rod Jones.

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Patrick Lavelle has taken early retirement after a successful 35 year career in the pharmaceutical industry. His career in the pharma sector will give him a unique perspective into one of our region’s most important industries, including being able to scrutinise UDC’s £50m investment in Chesterford Research Park.

Other areas that interest Patrick are policing and reducing crime, and the issues related to large new housing developments in the area.

If elected he would like to ensure that new housing proposals were properly scrutinised and development controlled to benefit residents. He would like to make sure that due consideration is given to the impact on the environment, on the local services (schools, medical facilities and recreational facilities) as well as supporting infrastructure including not just vehicular access but also public transport, cycling and walking access.

Patrick lives in the ward he wishes to represent.

Rod Jones

Rod Jones lives in Dunmow with his wife. After nearly 25 years in the Armed Services defending democracy, he’s standing for R4U to do the same at a local level. In his spare time he’s an active part of the Friends of the Flitch Way.

“To be a councillor is a great honour and privilege. It takes hard work and dedication to properly represent your Town or Ward. Being elected as a councillor shouldn’t be dependent on the colour of your rosette and no matter the outcome of a decision or vote I will always look a person in the eye and say ‘I tried my best’.” Rod Jones

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 Where you live and how long you’ve lived in the area?

I live in Great Dunmow and moved here in Jan 2015 after retiring from the Armed Forces (nearly 25 years of service). I have moved around a lot, visited and worked in many counties and countries; Dunmow is where my wife and I have chosen to make our home.

Any councillor (e.g. parish) or political experience you may have?

I have no previous political experience but I understand the difficulties of dealing with local issues and getting results that benefit all. I am pragmatic and realise you have to be willing to put your head above the parapet in order to make yours and others voices heard.

Any work details that you may want to highlight that add to your experience?

The military wasn’t the best place to practice democracy but it sure gave me a reason to defend it. I am determined, passionate, will not accept second best and will fight for anyone in my Town, Ward and District to ensure democracy is well and truly alive and kicking.

Are you involved in an community or residents’ groups, boards, charities, or volunteering?

I am a member of the Friends of the Flitch Way and when I can spare the time I volunteer for their work parties to help maintain the nationally recognised bridleway and cycle trail.

I have campaigned to improve a local byway damaged by irresponsible ‘off-roaders’ that has encompassed a multi-agency approach.

Why you are standing, what are your hot topics and what would you like to achieve?

Local politics by local people, after all we all have to live with the decisions made in our name now and into the future. Houses are built; homes and communities are made by the people in them. My achievement will be to do what a councillor is elected to do and fairly represent those that elected me. If I do that, its achievement enough!

Why do you think standing for Residents for Uttlesford is important?

Local government decisions should not be based on the colour of a rosette or what you have been ‘whipped’ to make. Hard decisions have to be made and so should be done on evidence, cross party and with without forgetting the effect on current and future generations. After all we are human and making people’s lives better or trying to mitigate the negative effects of policy decisions is what our councillors should be striving to achieve.

R4U and other such likeminded councillors are trying to do this, however the current structure of the council means they are out voted. In the ideal world this shouldn’t matter, in the real world it does and so the district needs more ‘non-politically’ but resident centric councillors.