Meet your Lib Dem candidates for Haxby & Wigginton this May.
Current Councillor for Haxby and Wigginton
Ian was born and bred in Yorkshire and has lived in York since 1994, for most of that time in Wigginton. Now in his third term as a councillor, he is Chair of the Economic Development and Transport Committee and serves on the Planning and Health Scrutiny Committees.
His previous council experience includes being Chair of York's Health Scrutiny Committee, serving on the Children's Services panel, the Area Planning Committee and the Social Inclusion Working Group.
Ian is a long-serving governor at Headlands Primary School in Haxby and, as a link governor, he regularly spends time with the children in the classroom. He supports the many events that are run at the school, including the summer fair and the Christmas concerts, which he particularly enjoys. Ian also works closely with local churches, community groups, Haxby Town Council and Wigginton Parish Council.
Ian's professional career was in developing and writing business computing systems. The first 11 years were in the civil service, followed by about 15 years as a manager and company director and the last 15 years running his own consultancy company. He is a qualified university and college teacher and has taught part time for about 20 years, including at York St John University. Since retiring, Ian has completed further study, gaining a further degree. His spare time interests include singing, theatre, walking and spending time with his extended family.
Ian currently holds the position of spokesperson for Finance & Performance.
His spokesperson role covers: Policy, Strategy and Partnerships, Re-Wiring Public Services, Staff Relations and Customer Services, Human Resources and Payroll, Financial Services, Financial Procedures and Risk, Management, Performance and Business Assurance, Procurement Services and Commissioning, Property Services, Operational Accommodation, Business Continuity, Emergency Planning and Facilities Management.
Andrew lives and runs his small business in Haxby. Previously, Andrew worked as a town planner for over a decade. If elected, he plans to put his knowledge of council processes to good use, fighting for residents to be at the heart of decision-making.
Andrew has been involved with the Lib Dems since 2003, joining to support the principled opposition to Labour's illegal war in Iraq. He stood against the Conservative Party Chairman in the 2017 General Election.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing board games and badminton, and has a keen interest in Japanese culture.
Edward was born and bred in York and has lived in Haxby all his life.
A rail enthusiast, he went to study Transport and Business Management at university, and now works in the rail industry as a strategic planner.
Ed has a keen interest in local and regional issues, and cares deeply about the community in Haxby and Wigginton. Ed is hard-working, friendly, and conscientious, and would love to see York become the cleanest and greenest City in the North.