Your Green Candidates
With a wide range of elections coming on 6 May 2021 - we have a real chance to change the future of Oxfordshire. We have elections at all levels of local council:
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Cherwell District Council
- Oxford City Council
Oxforshsire County Council Candidates
Robin Bennett, Berinsfield and Garsington OCC
Robin is currently Deputy Leader and Green group leader at South Oxfordshire District Council, representing Berinsfield ward. Since the 2019 District elections, Robin has led opposition to the controversial Conservative local plan, and fought to ensure better climate and environmental policies were added to it when Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP intervened to force it through. In his cabinet role, Robin is working on plans to restart council-led housing provision, and is leading on Berinsfield Garden Village, which aims to help residents to thrive and deliver improved community facilities. He’s also leading on the Local Economic Recovery plan which will use principles of community wealth-building to support an inclusive, green recovery in South Oxfordshire.
Robin organises the Greener Festival Award-winning event ‘Wood' at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire and is a self-employed musician. He’s a trustee at the Berin Centre, a charity-run children’s and community centre in Berinsfield, and chair of governors at Dorchester St Birinus primary school.
Damien Maguire, Bicester Town OCC
Damien is the Chair of North Oxfordshire Green Party. He grew up in Oxfordshire before joining the Army as a young man. He is married with two grown up children. He now works as an insurance broker and specialises in providing advice to serving and veteran military personnel. He has lived in Bicester since 2015.
Damien’s priorities for Bicester are to promote thriving high streets, with independent shops, community centres, museums and cafes. He would also encourage investment in bus routes and cycling lanes; fight for cheaper bus prices and designs for road systems that consider cyclists and pedestrians. Damien believes in promoting compassion and belonging – where each one of our neighbours feels welcome, regardless of race, age, gender or ability. He is committed to a world that works for everyone.
Chris Jarvis, Iffley Fields and St Mary's
Chris moved to James Street in 2016, and has been active in the local community ever since. He currently works as a press officer for an anti-privatisation campaigning group where he has successfully campaigned for publicly controlled transport and for the probation service to be brought back into public hands.
Before that, Chris worked at People & Planet, supporting students and trade unionists to campaign for workers’ rights and climate justice in their communities. He is also a journalist, covering politics and human rights. Chris is involved with the local student community having recently completed a masters degree at Oxford Brookes specialising in social movement history and has supported the youth climate strikes.
Ian Middleton, Kidlington South OCC
Ian has lived in Yarnton with his wife Fiona for nearly 30 years. He's worked most of his life in retail and is now an ethical entrepreneur, business writer and retail analyst. He was elected to Cherwell District Council in 2019 and sits on three parish councils: Kidlington, Gosford and Water Eaton, and Yarnton.
Ian has campaigned on local flooding protection, road conditions, cycling infrastructure and local health service provision. As a county councillor he will have greater scope to deal with these issues within the local authority. He will also be able to press all levels of local government to take the threat of climate change seriously.
Ian has been a fierce campaigner against the district council's plans to build on green belt in and around Kidlington, Begbroke and Yarnton, and since being elected has held the council and landowners to account on these plans numerous times. He is now supporting local campaigning groups in their bid to overturn these proposals though a legal challenge.
Katherine Foxhall, Shrivenham OCC
Katherine is a committed and active local advocate. After 15 years professional experience as a historian and policy researcher, she recently left her job to fight this campaign full time. Katherine grew up in rural Devon and now lives in Uffington with her young family. She runs a toddler group, volunteers for the Uffington Covid-19 support group, and is Secretary of the local Community Garden. Katherine will be a strong independent voice for Shrivenham, and an energetic and determined voice on the County Council. She will work hard for the best interests of residents--to represent them in decisions about roads, to reinstate and fund vital services, and to protect our local environment.
Jo Robb, Sonning Common OCC
Jo has been a hard-working district councillor for the Woodcote and Rotherfield Ward since May 2019, dedicated to serving her communities as part of the Green/LibDem administration.
A former lawyer and financial journalist, she lives in Shepherds Green with her husband and two young sons.
As a year-round river swimmer and South Oxfordshire’s “Thames Champion,” Jo is passionate about cleaning up our countryside and rivers, and is working cross-party, and with Thames Water, the Environment Agency and environmental groups to bring about an end to sewage pollution and to promote sustainable enjoyment of our rivers.
Rosie Rawle, St Clement’s and Cowley Marsh
Rosie has lived in Oxford for five years and first moved to the city to work with Oxfam. She is currently the co-chair of the Young Greens and is a PhD researcher studying the condition of sweatshops in the electronics manufacturing industry.
Rosie is a supporter of well-funded public services. She has been an active voice in the anti-austerity movement, having previously worked for the People’s Assembly, a national campaign against austerity, cuts and privatisation in our workplaces and community services.
Hazel Dawe, Cowley
Hazel has worked hard to help make Cowley a better community for nearly a decade. She holds regular discussions with residents on Cowley’s low traffic neighbourhoods and listens to their concerns on a number of key issues. She has campaigned for a school streets scheme at Church Cowley St James school to protect children from dangerous traffic.
She first moved to Oxford in 2013 and has stood as a councillor in Cowley since 2014, coming second in 2017 and building up Green support in the ward. Professionally, Hazel lectures in Law at Oxford Brookes. She also leads volunteer sessions at Oxford City Farm and sings with the Oxford Sea Green Singers. She is a Cyclox champion for Cowley and member of Cowley Liveable Streets.
Alistair Morris, Marston and Northway
Alistair sits on Old Marston Parish Council and has lived in Marston for 15 years. He is vice chair of Court Place Farm allotments, co-founder of Marston Community Gardening, and sits on St Nicholas Church Social Justice and Environment Committee. He is also an Electric Vehicle Champion for the County Council.
Alistair believes that the future well-being of our community in Marston and of the planet depends upon the respect we show for the environment. He leads local initiatives which encourage a healthier, safer and more sustainable way of living.
These include the planting of trees and wildflower corridors in parks, pub gardens and roadsides to encourage beauty and biodiversity. He is creating orchards that will provide fresh, free and local fruit, and spearheading community allotments for food production and hen-keeping. This will allow for donations of free local produce to those in need.
Dr Pete Sudbury, Wallingford OCC
A retired medical director and psychiatrist, Pete has worked in the NHS and in healthcare and technology consultancy. He is a father of three young children, a keen rower and has helped train several Olympic medal-winning rowers. Since being elected to the County Council in 2019, Pete has been an active campaigner on climate change and has supported tree planting projects across Oxfordshire and the UK.
Thanks to hard work by Pete, who successfully put a motion to full council, it is now easier for local communities to get 20mph zones in villages and towns in Oxfordshire, making our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Morgan James, Thame and Chinnor OCC
Morgan lives and work for a charity in Thame. Working with volunteers and customers from Thame, Chinnor, and the surrounding area gives Morgan a unique insight into the concerns of local residents. He has a strong sense of equity and social justice. He was a teacher for many years, so education and empowering people to develop themselves is something he feels passionate about.
Morgan is married and became a father for the first time at the start of March. He believes that cleaner air, safer roads, and more investment in education are vital if our children are to grow up to achieve their full potential. Our current Conservative councillors are not offering this, while Labour alone is not strong enough to offer a challenge here. This means the Greens and the Lib Dems working together are the only option for a brighter, greener future for Thame and Chinnor.
Andrew Prosser, Witney North and East OCC and Witney North on West Oxfordshire District Council
Andrew is a town councillor for Witney North ward and already has a track record as a hardworking and effective councillor. He has worked hard on issues including air quality, traffic, cycle provision, youth services and river pollution, and has successfully challenged a planning application for 110 houses off Hailey Road. Andrew believes Witney North needs a strong green voice on the district council, which has responsibility for housing and planning applications, as well as waste and recycling. He believes West Oxfordshire District Council has let down Witney North and will challenge the 1,400 houses in the local plan.
He is also standing for Oxfordshire County Council. He presented a petition for joined-up cycle and walking routes in Witney to the County Council last year. The next step is mapping out routes. In the meantime, he has helped to get new bike racks installed on the High Street.
Dianne Regisford, University Parks
Dianne Regisford was born in Oxford. This is her home, but her background includes a diverse range of influences from post apartheid South Africa to Abingdon . She is a recent PHD graduate, small business owner and parent governor of a local school. She understands the town and gown.
She is not your usual politician. Her approach is based on focusing on what brings together, builds a community and gives voice for all.
From solving parking problems to understanding the impact of climate change, Dianne listens to what can bring us together as a community to deal with the issues we are faced with.
Dianne listens. She believes that by listening and evoking a sense of belonging for all, we solve our issues, fix our problems, but more than that – we become a community of diverse voices.
Kelsey Trevitt, St Clements
Kelsey is a first-year university student in Oxford with a strong background in student organising, and working towards environmental sustainability, climate and social justice. They will bring their experience to the election campaign in Oxford, and work to ensure that Oxford is a city where strong local democracy thrives, and where people and planet are put first.
As a disabled young person, Kelsey is keenly aware of how important inclusion and representation are at all levels of politics and society. It is their belief that building back better from the pandemic will require cooperation, dedication and creativity. These are qualities that they intend to bring to the table as a city councillor.
Oscar was born in Oxford and is a teaching assistant at a local primary school. Growing up in a world shaped by recession, climate breakdown and an out-of-touch political class inspired him to become involved in politics and fight for climate justice.
Oscar has significant experience working on climate and social justice campaigns including Stop HS2, Youth Strike for Climate, and Stop the War on Yemen. He believes that an informed collaboration of ideas is a better way to effect meaningful change than making policy based on narrow party lines. He will fight to ensure that residents have their say in the decision-making process at a local level.
Fiona Mawson, Kidlington East Ward for Cherwell District Council
Fiona co-founded a national high street retail chain in 1993 and now runs the business online. She has been a parish councillor for six years in Yarnton and one year in Kidlington, and active in the Green Party since 2012. Fiona's focus is to engage with residents to create community projects that connect people with our environment. She was instrumental in the setting up of a community orchard in Yarnton and is working towards similar projects in Kidlington, including shared garden spaces in public parks that will help people to grow their own food
Fiona has been a vocal opponent of Cherwell District Council's plans to destroy large areas of green belt in our community. She will continue that fight as a district councillor, standing up for the people of Kidlington against a Conservative administration that continues to sideline Kidlington whilst cutting front-line services.