Councillor for Fulford and Heslington
Keith Aspden was first elected as the Liberal Democrat councillor for Fulford in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. Since 2015 Keith has represented Fulford and Heslington at the council. He has been member of many local groups, including Fulford in Bloom and Fulford Parish Council for many years, most recently as Parish Vice Chair. Keith has led a number of successful local campaigns, including for pathway adoption, road resurfacing and to ensure that residents are listened to with major developments.
Keith has a particular interest in education; in 2004 Keith qualified as a secondary school teacher and he has since worked at a number of North Yorkshire schools. In 2007 he was appointed to serve as York's Executive Member for Young People and Social Inclusion and after the 2011 elections in York Keith was the group spokesperson for education and young people.
Since 2013, Keith has been the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at City of York Council. Additionally, he has wide experience in local government, including as a member of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and nationally at the Local Government Association.
Outside of politics Keith enjoys being involved in a number of other community groups and in his spare time he enjoys playing squash and badminton.
His Economic Development and Community Engagement executive portfolio covers: Electoral Services, Legal Services and Information Management, Civic and Democratic Services (inc. Scrutiny), Communications and Media, Community Engagement, Ward Committees, Parish Council liaison, Play Policy, Youth Support Services, Economic Development and Regeneration, Business and Skills Development and Apprenticeships.