Cllr Paul Fairhurst

As the Managing Partner of a Saffron Walden legal firm, Paul G Fairhurst brings a wealth of experience to the R4U team. Since being elected to the district and town councils in 2015, his degrees in Finance, Law and Business Management have proved invaluable in scrutinising UDC’s long range plans and daily operations.

Paul believes in grass roots democracy and community enterprise. As the Mayor of Saffron Walden in the 2018/2018 year he regularly held a monthly “Tea with the Mayor” to listen to residents’ concerns. In 2018 he launched a local charter to reduce the use of single use plastics, and has overseen a series of community and public events.

“I feel that R4U offers voters a chance at authentic ‘local’ representation because we are in touch with local values and needs.” Paul Fairhurst

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Councillor at Saffron Walden Town Council, Councillor at Uttlesford District Council, Member: Finance and Establishment (SWTC), Member: Planning Committee (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Business, Jobs and Investment Strategy (UDC), Portfolio Holder: Youth Services (UDC)

As the Managing Partner of a Saffron Walden legal firm with branches across the region, Paul G Fairhurst brings a wealth of experience to the R4U team. He holds advanced degrees in Finance, Law and Business Management and has over 30 years of global business experience in a diverse range of industries, holding senior management positions with international companies in the banking, oil and wireless industries. He is admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and specialises in Commercial and Intellectual Property Law and Mediation.

His legal training and business experience in developing mission-critical strategies and execution plans for large complex businesses will be invaluable in reviewing UDC’s long range plans and daily operations.

He lives in Saffron Walden, has been married to Margaret for 38 years and has four children. His interests include classic cars and rare books and music.

Paul believes passionately in grass roots democracy and community enterprise.

He says “I believe that multi-party debate and collaboration are key to constructive engagement with the community. When party loyalties come before the interest of the residents then we have a break down and a loss of trust. Uttlesford needs a vision that should be driven not by entrenched party values but by the good of the community today and in the future. I believe that R4U can bring that vision to life.

As a founding councillor of R4U, Paul was elected to represent the Saffron Walden Shire Ward on both District and Town Councils in 2015. He works tirelessly for residents as an active member of the Planning Committees at both district and town councils. He also sits on Uttlesford’s Public Engagement and Stansted Airport Advisory Panels.

He says he’s proud to have initiated the Uttlesford Youth Council which is now in its second year.

Paul was Mayor of Saffron Walden from May 2018- to May 2019 with the theme of “working together” and held a monthly “Tea with the Mayor” to chat with and listen to residents.  During his mayorship he launched a local charter to reduce the use of single use plastic in business, and throughout his Mayoral year put on events which brought the community together such as the Royal Wedding celebration, the community picnic and the free music concert.

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