I have lived in the Plymstock area for the past 35 years and watched it grow from a collection of villages into the large and varied urban area it is today. I have been a member of the Green Party for about 2 years and during that time I have been trying to ensure that the People of Plymouth have become more aware of what the Greens stand for and what these policies could mean to their families and communities. I helped in the successful election of Green Councillor, Ian Poyser in Chaddlewood and hope to bring that same kind of Green focus to the families and communities of Dunstone and Plymstock.
In my previous lives, I served in the Royal Navy for 15 years as a Meteorology and Oceanography Officer, retiring in 2002 to take up a training position with ATC International, a Management Training Company. In 2005, I joined Coombe Dean School as a Chemistry teacher and went on to become Head of Chemistry at Ivybridge Community College in 2007 and whole College STEM Coordinator at UTC Plymouth in 2015 before retiring from frontline teaching in 2017. I have run my own business, Wonder Workshops, delivering challenging Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths workshops to enthuse and inform children across Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall. Although formally retired, I work part time for STEM Learning as an ENTHUSE Coach for Secondary and Primary schools in Plymouth and Kingsteignton.
I have a keen interest in building informed communities, so they can make well informed and inclusive decisions about their lives, communities and environment. I am an advocate of Citizen Assemblies as well as a firm believer in helping communities thrive through local action. I am a member of Plymstock Swimming Pool Association and have been pleased to see the considerable effort bring about the integration of a swimming pool for Plymstock and Sherford residents into the Sports Centre at Sherford. Through this project, I have learnt that success doesn’t always come overnight, and dogged determination is often required to get a community what it wants and needs.
I am a keen photographer, musician and bodyboarder. I enjoy walking on Dartmoor and I was a Ten Tors Commander for three years and a scrutineer. I am married with two daughters.
About Plymstock Dunstone Ward:
Plymstock Dunstone is part of the South Devon Parliamentary Constituency.
Plymstock Dunstone is a three-seat ward.
The last local election for Plymstock Dunstone was held in May 2023.
Our candidate Piers Driver got 3.7 % of the vote.