I moved to Croydon when I got married and have been here ever since, I am a widow with two grown up children, Claire and William.
My special interests are Health, Social Services and Education, I have always been very involved in the community and was Chair of Croydon Citizens Advice Bureau and sat on the Board of the first Primary Care Group after the transition to fund holding GPs.
I have been a Governor of Harris Academy since the school opened in 2006 and worked for the charity Mencap, hence my interest in disability issues.
Since being elected to represent Shirley I have served on the Children and Young People Scrutiny Sub Committee and Fostering Panel which has enabled me to develop my interest and concern for the welfare of children and young people.
Richard Chatterjee has been a Shirley Councillor since 2002 and is a civil servant with 16 years’ previous service as a hospital pharmacist. He has lived in Croydon since the age of 3 and has continued to be an active member of Woodside Baptist Church for 40 years. Married with three children, he also enjoys playing the piano, quizzes and open-water swimming. He is a firm believer in family and community values.
Gareth first moved to the Shirley area in 1999 originally to serve as a youth worker in a local church.
Over the years, he has been involved in a range of projects and activities in the community. In 2012, Gareth helped establish a small community hub in the Tolgate / Stroud Green area, organising events and a Christmas food distribution scheme. He has also helped run a local youth group and a community coffee shop.
Today, Gareth works for a fundraiser and campaigner for a community development charity and is chair of governors for one of the local schools in Shirley North. He has been active in local politics for many years and is passionate about local council services working for the good of every resident and the entire community.
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