City Councillor for Petersfield Ward
Richard is a chartered accountant retired from a career managing the finances of charities including 15 years at Cambridge Housing Society and 15 years at Newnham College. He was elected as a councillor for Petersfield from 1983 to 1991, serving as chair of the city’s Finance Committee for the years 1987 to 1991 during which he had to oversee the administration in Cambridge of the Poll Tax, but he also campaigned strongly against it and helped get it killed off.
He stood down in 1991 as he wanted to have time to help bring up his then one year old daughter. Through her he became involved both locally and nationally with Woodcraft Folk, the educational charity for young people which works for social change as well as being good fun. His daughter now has her own child and Richard and his wife and enjoy looking after her one day a week.
In 1989 Richard helped draw up the City’s anti-poverty strategy to deal with Thatcher’s attacks on ordinary people. By 2014 the Tory/Lib Dem government was already busy cutting funding of services vital to ordinary people and Richard stood again for election in Petersfield joining the Labour team elected that year to take over running Cambridge. In particular he helped develop policies to deal with low income and exclusion. In the 14 years the LibDems had been running Cambridge they had not done enough to help local people share in the prosperity of the City, nor protected us all from exploitation, for example by rapacious developers.
Richard has been city councillor again for Petersfield ward since 2014 and since 2016 he has also been the city’s Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources. This role includes working on the board running the joint venture with Hill residential currently developing almost 900 new homes in Cambridge of which 236 are on the Mill Road depot site in the ward. He has made sure that a good sized community centre is included in this development as the ward has no such facility.
As a local councillor Richard is concerned to ensure that the seemingly endless pressures on the ward are tackled whether it is from planning applications, parking problems, road works and closures, anti-social behaviour, or noise and air pollution.