Maria Gatland has lived and worked in Croham Ward for almost 30 years. During that time she helped run the family business and cared for her husband during his long illness. Maria was elected to Croydon Council in 2002. During that ten years she held the post of Shadow Cabinet Member for Education and then Cabinet Member for Childrens Services, kick-starting the improvements in education for young people in Croydon.She chaired Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Sub Committee from 2009/2010. Quality of care for patients in hospital is a passionate interest. Following her reelection in 2010 she was appointed Chair of Licensing Committee one of four major Council committees. In 2002 she was one of the founding members of the Friends of Croham Hurst Woods and chairs its committee and recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of FCHW.The protection and care of Croydon’s green spaces is of huge importance to her. She sat on the Planning Committee for many years. Animal welfare is a passion and she currently has three rescued animals, two dogs and a cat. Maria has worked very hard to support and help local people and was so grateful for the tremendous support and kindness of the local community during a very difficult time, in December 2008, when details of her past of almost 40 years ago became known. She was delighted to be re selected to stand again as a candidate, in an open meeting of ward members and to be reelected a third time.She enjoys reading, theatre,walking and yoga and having dinner with friends. Maria was delighted to be elected again in May 2014 to represent Croham ward. She was appointed Shadow Cabinet Member for Children Families and education in May 2014
Michael Neal has been a Croham councillor since 2002. He has lived in Croydon since 1985 and is married and has two children who went to local schools. He is currently deputy member for housing and has worked exclusively on all aspects of social housing including scrutiny. He believes in the improvement and retention of social housing within the borough and the introduction of low carbon eco-friendly new homes. He is a teacher in further education and understands the needs and aspirations of young people. He enjoys cooking and has travelled extensively in Asia, America, and Europe.
Jason is married with two children, aged fourteen and twelve, and lives in Croham Ward. He has represented Croham since 2002 and has been a Croydon Councillor since 1994. Over the years he has played a key role in helping residents in their dealings with the Council and greatly enjoys serving the people of Croham.
Jason has sat on various committees of the Council and has been a previous chairman of the Licensing Committee, where he took a key interest in the implementation of the 2004 Licensing Act. He has also been vice chairman of both the Strategic Planning Committee and the Planning Committee.
Jason was a member of of the Council Cabinet between 2008 and 2014, with responsibility for planning and regeneration. During that time he helped to create and foster an environment in which investors wanted to come to Croydon, thereby creating the greatest regeneration opportunities for a generation.
Jason is now Conservative Spokesman for Economic Development, Regeneration & Planning and is still committed to helping Croydon realise its potential as a great place to live and work.
Jason has worked in the building sector for more than 20 years and is Managing Director of a local trade supply company.
Please do contact us with any issues or concerns you may have. We answer all our constituents' correspondence and value your comments. If you want your concern addressed by your local team, please follow the link above.