Our County Council Candidates
Claudia Owen: Our County Council Candidate for North Walsham West and Erpingham
Claudia Owen has lived in Norfolk for most of her life, and in the village of Banningham since 2018, with a background in research and product development within the digital publishing industry. She is a newcomer to local politics and is interested in bringing improvements to the area, particularly in transport, housing and infrastructure especially in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic.
Finola Gaynor: Our County Council Candidate for South Smallburgh
Finola Gaynor has been a resident of Buxton, Aylsham and more latterly Tunstead for the past decade. She has travelled widely and enjoyed a distinguished international career as a design industry professional and university departmental head. She is a small business owner and her breadth of experience gives her a clear insight into the range of financial, logistical and workforce challenges faced by both SME’s and larger corporate organisations. Finola’s policy focus is aimed at reducing child poverty, addressing regional low pay and coastal and rural deprivation. She works as a volunteer for a number of local organisations supporting community wellbeing and sustainable development.
David Russell: Our County Council Candidate for Cromer
David Russell was born in Norfolk and has lived in the County all his life: previously at Hellesdon, Sea Palling and now at Roughton. A former North Norfolk District Councillor and Sea Palling Parish Councillor, he currently serves as a member of Cromer Town Council. He is a volunteer with the East of England Ambulance Service and has a special interest in the provision of local NHS patient care. A particular interest of his is the provision of rural transport in the Cromer Division.
Graham Jones: Our County Council Candidate for North Walsham East
Graham is an experienced councillor and has been a District and County Council member as well as a Parliamentary candidate. He was originally with the Liberal Democrats but became disillusioned with the way that party has lost its way both locally and nationally. With Sir Keir Starmer assuming leadership of the Labour party Graham has come to the conclusion that Sir Keir and the party represent the best way forward for uniting the country and dealing with the massive issues of inequality and clear difficulties in education and local social care. Graham has been active in the local community for more than twenty years and has supported many local causes such as the North Walsham Good Neighbours Scheme and the local food bank.
Kay Montandon: Our County Council Candidate for Holt
Kay Montandon has lived in Norfolk for the last nine years. She has a background in the pharmaceutical industry and subsequently worked as an environmental management consultant for many years. Since having her children seventeen years ago, she has worked part time in her own healthcare products distribution business. Kay is interested in the fair allocation of excellent educational provision for all pupils, the development of an effective rural transport network that helps people of all ages be connected and reduces carbon emissions, and in a waste management policy that encourages businesses and households to reduce landfill waste and also carbon emissions. Kay has never stood for election before, but is keen to make a difference to the local community.
Xenia Horne: Our County Council Candidate for Wells
Xenia has worked in North Norfolk communities in her capacity as a musician and theatre maker. She also delivers projects with groups of all ages from Early Years to older people living with dementia. Her roles of workshop leader, teacher, assessor and school governor reflects her life long interest in education and in the promotion of equal opportunities. Xenia was elected to the Regional Committee of the Musicians Union in 2010 and subsequently elected to the Executive Committee in 2018. She is also the Equalities Officer for the Norwich and District Trades Union Council Executive Committee.
Ruth Bartlett: Our County Council Candidate for Sheringham
Ruth Bartlett is an experienced councillor, having been a member of both Norfolk County Council and Cromer Town Council. She served on the Education Committee of the County Council and was Chair of the Museums Joint Committee. Ruth was involved in the movement to provide nursery classes in all Norfolk schools and is a member of CASE, the Campaign for the Advancement of State Education. She has been Chair of Governors at a Norwich Primary School, Chair of Governors at Norwich Art School and Chair of the Cinema City Trustees.
Rebecca Shaw: Our County Council Candidate for Melton Constable
Rebecca Shaw has lived in Norfolk for most of her life. Her father-in law lived in Briston for many years and she has become familiar with the problems of the area. In 2020 Rebecca finished running The Music Hut in North Walsham due to the coronavirus impact and so is sympathetic to the needs of local business owners and the community. She now works in health and social care. Rebecca has two children, aged nine and thirteen, and is concerned that all school-age pupils are given the support they need to catch the educational opportunities they have lost.
Richard Stowe: Our Council Candidate for Hoveton and Stalham
Richard Stowe currently works as a local supermarket delivery driver and has acquired an extensive knowledge of the area. In previous roles, he had considerable experience in the fields of Youth and Community Work, Higher Education, in Retail and Agriculture – as well as the challenges involved in adapting to the green economy. He is firmly focused on the local electorate and will be seeking to improve the community for everybody. Particular local concerns include the lack of affordable housing and the impact of housing developments on existing services and infrastructure and the need for better flood defences.
Jasper Haywood: Our County Council Candidate for Mundesley and District Council Candidate for Coastal
Jasper Haywood has lived in Mundesley since returning from the University of East Anglia where he studied History. With a background in research and policy development, he has a clear understanding of how get things done. Jasper’s recent political focus has been on the future of the North Norfolk Coast from an environmental perspective, as well as the issues that matter most locally including sustainable rural transport and local housing. Jasper is committed to ensuring that North Norfolk is both the best place to grow up, and the best place to grow old.
Will Gee: Our District Council Candidate for Coastal
Will Gee has lived locally for a number of years and moved permanently to Cley in 2020. Will was a very active Labour Party member and council candidate in North London, especially involved with supporting the homeless and those struggling to find affordable housing. Will was a professional firefighter in London for five years, until a work-related accident forced early retirement. Since then he has had a successful career in business and software consultancy. He continues to work for a specialist software company and looks forward to using his breadth and depth of experience to enhance the lives and environment for all those living in North Norfolk.