Matthew lives in Worcester with his wife Barbara and their two boys, Harrison, 18, and Anton, 15. He has been running his own business for the past fourteen years, having previously worked at Kays. He is currently a County Councillor representing the St. Stephen division.
Matthew is a trustee of Worcester CAB and a trustee at Duckworth Worcestershire Trust. He is also a member of Transition Worcester, with a particular interest in reducing fuel poverty through better energy efficiency measures such as home insulation.
For both economic and environmental reasons, we should support local businesses and local jobs, as well as using local resources as much as possible. Council decisions should be based on long-term thinking, rather than short-term political gain.
Matthew believes in giving the local community a far greater say in decisions made by the council, keeping them informed regularly throughout the year. It is only by talking to residents and understanding the issues that concern them that we can reach workable solutions. There is a great opportunity to help local communities work together to improve the area they live in.
Louis is chair of Worcester Green Party. He and his wife have lived in Worcester for 24 years and he has two grown-up children who attended Cherry Orchard Primary, Nunnery Wood High school and Sixth Form College. He enjoys cycling for fitness and takes delight in learning new skills having recently taken up growing vegetables in his garden.
His main priorities for the city are to encourage smaller independent businesses over the large corporate chains, to reduce the amount of city centre congestion and to increase the amount of affordable homes. New homes must be found, but in policy terms we should resist building on greenfield sites like Middle Battenhall Farm, St Peters and Norton. We should instead be building on brownfield sites and encouraging more flats above our city centre shops.
Louis believes that we can reduce the amount of traffic in Worcester by a combination of common sense measures:
• No to the increased traffic, caused by building an out of town shopping centre and no to more homes on the edge of the city.
• Yes to encouragement for more walking / cycling and yes to more investment in public transport and building more flats above the shops in our city centre.
For more information about Louis' councillor work please see: https://www.facebook.com/CllrLouisStephen/
Neil became the first Green Party councillor in Worcester when he was elected in 2012, and he was re-elected in 2016 and 2021. He helped the city council to introduce the Living Wage and convinced fellow councillors to support a ban on the use of snares in the city. He has campaigned for home energy efficiency measures and more funding for council services.
As well as being a councillor, he works full-time at the University of Worcester and is a self-employed personal tutor, specialising in English. He enjoys running, writing and looking after Grace (10) and Rowan (8).
Marjory has lived in Worcester since 2014. She has been interested in green policies for many years, ever since first reading The Limits to Growth in 1972. She joined the Green Party in 2004 and was active in the Reading and Wokingham local party in a number of roles until moving to Worcester. She was a parish councillor for over five years and has been a candidate in eight local elections and one general election. She was elected in 2019.
She is a semi-retired freelance copy-editor and had a long career in the IT industry as a technical author. She has two grown-up children and a granddaughter. In her spare time, she likes to cook, go walking and make music. She plays the violin in Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra and sings in Severn Voices, a chamber choir based in Malvern.
Karen has lived in Arboretum for more than 15 years with her husband and two children, who went to school in the city.
She is an architect by profession and until 2014 worked for Worcestershire County Council where she focused on designing sustainable and healthy buildings. She now works as an active travel officer. She is very keen to work to preserve and enhance our green spaces. She wants to see Worcester become a city where it is natural and easy to walk, cycle or use public transport to get around.
She was elected in 2021.
Green Party Meetings
All Green Party members are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting to discuss our plans for Worcester and Worcestershire.
Our next meeting starts at 7:30pm on Wednesday 16th June. Our monthly business meetings will now be online via Zoom. Please contact Nick Weeks by email if you would like to attend. If you need any help setting up Zoom, please get in touch.