Candidates in Aldersgate
Helen Fentimen was elected to common council in November 2019 in a by-election and is a resident in Aldersgate.
Helen is a Labour councillor for the ward of Aldersgate which is largely a residential ward with a small number of businesses.
She has lived in the City of London (Barbican) for 12 years having previously enjoyed a life long career in the NHS latterly as Chief Executive of a Primary Care Trust when she was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare.
As well as a Common Councillor, Helen is a Magistrate in central London and Chair of Governors at Prior Weston Primary School and Childrens Centre. Her main interests are improving health, tackling inequalities and local policing.
She is currently supporting resident views on the development of London Wall West and the proposed changes to car park attendants/concierge service in the Barbican.
Helen is a member of the Mental Health and Well Being Centre Advisory Board.
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Stephen Goodman is a resident of Aldersgate and has lived in the Barbican for 20 years. He was previously head of children's services at the London Borough of Hackney. He then ran a small business advising authorities both nationally and internationally on how to improve child protection services . In 2014 he was awarded an OBE for this work.
More recently Steve has formed a Community interest company working with mainly Pakistani and Bangladeshi School students facilitating a greater understanding of the history of their home town.
Steve will be standing as a Labour candidate in his home ward of Aldersgate . He is particularly interested in ensuring the Corporation of London listens more carefully and responds to the views of residents.
If elected he would take a particular interest in the delivery of social services.
He is keen to be engaged in how the Corporation responds to the climate emergency and the emergent challenges facing the City in the light of changing work practices. He would particularly like to encourage opportunities for start-ups and creative industries to be located and helped to thrive within the City.
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Candidates in Cripplegate
Anne Corbett is a resident in the Ward of Cripplegate and has lived on the Golden Lane Estate for 15 years and works locally on the Golden Lane Campus as the head of a sensory service for children and young people with sensory needs in Islington. Previously she was the headteacher of Richard Cloudesley School on Golden Lane.
As a community organiser and activist Anne has worked in her community to improve local services for children and vulnerable groups. She is closely involved in the local projects to improve the lived environment and to address climate change. Recently Anne was awarded Freedom of the City of London for her work in the Golden Lane Food Bank during the COVID lockdown.
Anne is committed to equality and the inclusion of all groups in decisions made by the City of London. She would like to see major improvement to living conditions on the Golden Lane Estate with decent home standards for all. At the heart of this a strong desire to see major changes in the way in which the City of London manages its building improvement projects – including transparency and accountability.
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Frances Leach is a resident of Cripplegate and has lived in the Barbican for two years now.
Frances is a communications professional in the international development sector, specialising in climate change, human rights and international relations.
She is a former Labour Party staff member, with experience sitting on international development working groups with The Common Wealth Network and UN Women U.K lobbying for U.K. advocacy solutions in the sector.
Frances is keen to work with the City of London corporation on pushing for green investments and divestments of fossil fuels, including with the Government's overseas development bank and finance group based in the City of London, the CDC.
She is also a masters student in political sciences at Birkbeck University.
She plans to support the industrial action taken by Cripplegate workers in the Barbican, bringing together local residents to support the car park attendants in the Barbican in their dispute with the corporation. She is also keen to work closely with the residents of Golden Lane estate to support them in their demands for safer and better housing
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Natasha Lloyd-Owen I’m a criminal barrister, current City councillor and Barbican resident. I’m standing in Cripplegate, where I’ve lived since 2014. There is still much change needed to improve the City for residents, improving services and maintenance on the Barbican and Golden Lane estates, challenging commercial overdevelopment and pushing for a greener, healthier City.
I’m a strong advocate for transparency and representative democracy: I single-handedly persuaded the Council to give residents the right to speak at meetings; I continue to push to make presentations by developers public; I’ve lobbied for evening committee meetings to allow residents to attend after work; and, convinced my fellow councillors to reintroduce ward surgeries.
I’m a campaigner, I don’t give up easily. When my motion to declare a climate emergency and guarantee funding to address climate change was rejected, I led a coalition of councillors and residents to pressure the City on their Climate Action Strategy. On the planning committee, I argued repeatedly for the impact of embodied carbon to be factored into planning applications: securing training for committee members and the development of planning guidance.
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Candidates in Farringdon Within
Gordon Nardell is a barrister practising in energy transition, business regulation and international disputes. He played a leading role in shaping the Human Rights Act 1998 - a vital guarantee of civil liberties that is now, as then, under attack from the Tories - and worked with Parliamentarians on the Modern Slavery Act.
Gordon served as a councillor in the neighbouring London Borough of Southwark, leading local campaigns on planning, transport and education. He used his legal expertise to help communities resist harmful development, and farmed key local policies on supplier diversity - empowering small businesses in the public procurement process - and renewable energy.
Gordon was Labour's 2019 Parliamentary candidate for Cities of London and Westminster. He has worked with City Corporation figures and the wider professional services sector pressing Government on post-Brexit trade and regulation. He is committed to improving transparency and local democracy in the City and making the Corporation a champion for green investment locally and globally.
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Harry Stratton is standing with Gordon Nardell QC and the Farringdon Within Labour team.
Harry is a lawyer and journalist working in Farringdon. His passion is fighting against corruption. He's campaigned to expose sleaze scandals in Westminster, local authorities, and political parties, and helped charities and corporations investigate and root out bribery and fraud. In his spare time, he is National Secretary of an organisation campaigning to protect a publicly-funded and publicly-provided NHS.
His number one priority is ending rough sleeping in the City. The City is the wealthiest local authority in the country, but also one of the most unequal. Harry wants to fight to re-allocate funding away from subsidising expensive private schools, and towards building shelter for the City’s homeless.
The City should fight for the interests of all its residents, not just large corporations. Harry will fight for:
A Greener City, with net zero emissions in the square mile and support for households and small businesses doing their part to fight Climate Change.
A More Democratic City, where every voter has the right to vote for our Lord Mayor.
A City for SMEs too, with grants supporting SMEs to rebuild and thrive following the pandemic.
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Candidates in Farringdon Without
Ellen Goodwin is a resident of Farringdon Without and works as a doctoral researcher and Associate Tutor at SOAS, University of London. Ellen is committed to diversity and inclusion, and social justice at home and abroad. She works in the field of international development and has volunteered with a number of interfaith and non-profit organisations in the UK.
As a resident of Farringdon Without, Ellen will work on behalf of residents’ issues and concerns, campaigning to ensure residents are represented on the Common Council as effectively as businesses.
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Candidates in Portsoken:
Lana Joyce is a retired lawyer who lives on the Middlesex Street Estate, Portsoken, in the City of London. She lectured for many years at university level, including in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Australia, and Singapore. She has practiced as a solicitor and most recently was the Senior Advisor on pensions to the Labor Party in the Australian Parliament.
Lana has a long history of involvement in movements for social justice, particularly, anti-racist and environmental movements. This has included work with the Australian indigenous community, asylum seekers, and campaigns to conserve outdoor space for the use of the public.
She would hope to put her experience to work to gain better conditions for social housing residents, particularly the upgrading and maintenance of housing, and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for both residents and those who work in the City.
Lana will work to change the culture of the City of London, encouraging it to communicate more effectively with residents and small businesses about its plans and actions, and to improve its accountancy and transparency.
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