Tom lives in Fratton with his young family.
Many of the roles Tom has performed throughout his professional life have involved working closely with people and interacting with members of the public. His experience in responding to and meeting the needs of clients, and his ability to work with staff at every grade in companies he’s been involved with, have helped him develop some of the skills a city councillor needs to represent their constituents effectively. The ability to listen, communicate well, be able to accurately assess a situation, see what’s needed to overcome problems and find solutions, are essential when helping people with the difficulties they may be facing in their everyday lives in the city.
Over the time he’s lived here, Tom’s noticed many things that concern him and wants to do something about them. He says:
‘I moved to Portsmouth ten years ago and have spent the last five of those living in the centre of Fratton ward, in that time I have seen public services in the city slashed to the bone by successive city council administrations; as a father of three young girls, I have seen the affect these cuts can have on ordinary families in our area. I am also a Parent Governor at an Infant school in Fratton, so am working to help ensure children in Fratton have the best start to their education.’
Tom has been an active campaigner on many issues in the city. His past work defending Sure Start services in Portsmouth has been described as inspirational and won national praise. With a young family himself, Tom knows just how important a good start in life is for children, their families and the community at large. He knows that cuts to these kind of services are taking away the very things people need to support them, not only causing unnecessary hardship now, but also leading to additional problems in the future.
Tom says: ‘I am going to stand up against callous cuts and work hard to protect Fratton from further services being removed. I also want to bring fairness back into local politics, ensuring the council is open and accountable to the people of this great city.’
‘I’ve spent time this summer speaking with Fratton residents to see what concerns and issues have been affecting you, such as parking and traffic, dog mess and anti-social behaviour, in particular among drug and alcohol users in parks and public places. I will work to help find solutions that will benefit people living in Fratton and across the city in general.’