“I have been a Green Party member since the 1980s and am particularly interested in policies regarding affordable bus services, food safety standards, local health services, and animal welfare. I believe it is important to develop a more representative democracy and that this will best be achieved if more people can be persuaded to vote for a wider selection of candidates (especially when you can vote for more than one at a time, as in York’s local elections.)
I am a retired mental health nurse and university lecturer. My personal interests include wildlife watching, dog walking, real ale and watching old movies.
Originally from Plymouth in Devon, I first moved to York in 1977.”
Andy has lived in Rawcliffe for 20 years. He is a retired professor who specialises in how information technologies can be designed to make a better world. He has designed systems with and for marginal farmers in India and with student entrepreneurs in Uganda. In the UK he has helped NHS organisations to engage the creativity of patients and staff to improve services, and he has worked with voluntary organisations to make more effective use of IT. In his spare time he likes climbing mountains, 5-a-side football and cycling.
What we need is to think globally and act locally. Nothing is more important than our own environment and local connections. Supporting family, friends, neighbours, local businesses and maintaining our surroundings, as well as understanding ourselves in the global context is essential. York is a city of ancient traditions and new magic. We need work together to maintain and enhance it for those of us who live here and for the many visitors we welcome. As a child I grew up in Middlesbrough and was the occasional young visitor. Now I live in York after many years in the North West. I came in 2008 to work in senior management at York St. John University but now retired I can offer my time and experience to work on your behalf. The environment and our connection to it is fundamental but the Green Party have many more policies that place their commitment in the recognition of each individual, the power of local, and understanding the global.