Croxley Green Parish Council has 16 elected Members from two Wards - Dickinsons Ward and Durrants Ward.
Dickinsons Ward (8 Members)
Durrants Ward (8 Members)
Cllr Emily Benner (Vice-Chairman)
I moved to Croxley Green (from Rickmansworth) in summer 2017 with my husband Jan and cat Monty. I was so inspired by the great work of the CGPC I was keen to get involved at the first possible opportunity, co-opted into a casual vacancy in February 2018. I was grateful to be re-elected in 2019 (thank you to everyone that voted!), appointed vice chair of the Leisure, Events & Environment committee and shortlisted for the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Young Councillor of the year 2019.
My passion has always been getting involved within the community and helping others. Since 2015 I’ve been organising company and Christmas gift donations to people in local care homes with no loved ones. Last year over 200 very kind and generous volunteers supported me in donating, wrapping and distributing gifts to 575 people across 42 care homes.
My interest in local government started as a teenager, previously completing work experience at the House of Commons, and sitting on the Youth Citizens Panel for London. However I was put off by the political party system. It’s great that all the councillors in Croxley Green are independent meaning we can truly represent our community.
It's not taken long for me to feel an immense amount of pride for living in Croxley Green and appreciate the friendly village atmosphere - something which I’m keen to maintain for my future children and grandchildren. I’m keen to encourage people (particularly young people) to get more involved in the community.
Cllr Adam Birch
My wife and I moved to Croxley Green 8 years ago. We loved the sense of community from the start and it has been a fantastic place to bring up our young daughter. Most of our spare time is spent outdoors in the many fantastic green spaces that Croxley Green and the surrounding areas provide.
Having attended a CGPC meeting last year as a member of the public, I quickly became aware of the men and women fulfilling the voluntary role of Parish Councillor and the good fortune we (sometimes unknowingly) have as residents due to their efforts and determination.
As a husband, father and full-time Finance Business Partner (and local allotment plot holder), I am blessed with a very fulfilling life, but I’m a strong believer that there is always an opportunity to help others. I hope that I will be able to do just that as a Parish Councillor and personally, I will be prioritising environmental matters, protection of the green belt and supporting the community events which give the village its fantastic character.
Having seen my 5-yr old daughter benefit so hugely from her time spent at Forest School, on guided wildlife walks and growing our own fruit and veg at the allotment, I believe very strongly in protecting all of this for our future generations.
Finally, I also firmly believe that there are opportunities for many local organisations to continue to come together to work in partnership on behalf of the Community and will continue to encourage this to happen wherever the opportunity exists.
Cllr Nigel Cole (Chairman)
My wife and I consider ourselves very fortunate to live in Croxley Green joining other members of our family in the village and nearby. After completing a business degree, I qualified as a chartered management accountant and spent much of my career in senior finance roles in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) which took me to Europe, the US, and Asia, as well as in and around London. Once the travelling was over I supported a variety of owner managed business as a part time freelance finance director.
Politics, for me, is a private matter, but I believe in personal freedom and responsibility, social justice and equality of opportunity as well as the shared and collective bonds that unite us as members of humanity. I was motivated to become a Parish Councillor, soon after moving to Croxley Green, by my experience in volunteering for a number of charities over the last forty years, and saw how the Council, as the most local of local government operations can be a positive force. I am privileged to work with a group of committed individuals who have come together for the common good.
As a gardener, allotment holder, school governor in Buckinghamshire, a parent and grandparent I am interested in improving and conserving our green and built environment for future generations while delivering maximum value to the residents of our very special village. I’m honoured to serve as chair of the council for 2021/22 having previously been its vice chair, part of a team developing the Council’s medium term strategic plan, and chair and vice chair of the Leisure, Events and Environment Committee.
Cllr Stephen Crabtree
I have been a resident of Croxley Green since 1995 with my wife, this is where our daughter grew up and went to school.
I am passionate about volunteering, financial inclusion and people’s well being. We have a wonderful community in Croxley Green with many different activities that take place throughout each year.
I have been involved with The Revels and have been involved with Croxfest since it started 10 years ago. I have been the Chair of the organising committee for Croxfest the past 8 years and extremely proud of what we have accomplished with the music festival.
My working career spanning 35 years , brings a background of 18 years experience in banking and finance in The City of London with Barclays PLC.
The last 2 years of my banking career were spent in the Community Affairs department at the banks Head Office supporting employees with charity fundraising, volunteering opportunities and dealing with donation requests from charities. The next 16 years of my career were spent in the main, as an event crowd safety management specialist in stadia at the highest level of professional sport ( football and rugby ) and more recently working for a local event production company.
My career has now gone full circle where I now work for The Citizens Advice Bureau providing money advice and debt counselling to individuals and families that need support. I am delighted to have been co-opted as a councillor and look forward to being able to contribute to the future of Croxley Green and supporting the residents in our community.
Cllr Andrew Gallagher
I have lived in Croxley Green since 1981 and my two sons went to local schools (Malvern Way, Little Green and Watford Grammar School) before leaving to study at university. Whilst they were growing up I was involved with the Pump House Children and Youth Theatre and the Croxley Green and Rickmansworth Scout Groups. My personal interests include gardening, walking, the theatre and opera, and politics. I have had many years’ practical experience of home maintenance.
I trained as a civil engineer and worked overseas and in the UK before joining the Building Research Establishment at Garston in 1975 and becoming a civil servant. I worked in the Department of the Environment and the Department of Transport before joining Transport for London. When I left TfL in 2002 I worked as an independent consultant until 2015. My professional interests include public administration, project management, roads, transport and planning.
I was co-opted onto the Parish Council in 2015, was elected vice-chair of the P&D committee in 2016, chair in 2017, and vice chair of the Council in 2018. I was re-elected to the Council in 2019 and elected chair in 2019 & 2020.
Cllr Susan Hughes
I moved to Croxley Green with my (now) husband Daniel in 2006 intending to stay for only two years. A wedding, a daughter and two cats later we can’t think of anywhere else we would rather live.
My first career was as a scientist at Rothamsted Experimental Station before working in Homelessness for a Local Authority. After running my own catering business for several years I have now had a career change and am the Events Manager in the Fundraising Team at Peace Hospice Care in Watford.
My main area of interest in my role as Parish Councillor is working on events to promote the wonderful place we live and to give young people a voice. I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas on either of these subjects.
Outside of the Council I still have a passion for cooking, walking, running and can often be seen taxiing my daughter form one activity to another.
Cllr Harry Kyriakou
Through the years I’ve always lived or worked in Croxley Green. I attended York House School and Rickmansworth School. I was in the church choir at All Saints Church and I may have sung at some of your weddings. I also played rugby for OMT for a period of time.
Currently I run a family business (fish and chip shop). I took over the running in 1999 but have worked there since 1994 through school and college. I completed business studies and a diploma in Ilex para legal training at Cassio College. I have been a landlord for the last 10 years. I am keen to continue learning and became a member of The National Landlord Association and Federation of Small Businesses to develop my knowledge of these areas.
My hobbies are going to the gym, running, cycling, snowboarding, swimming and just generally always trying to do something to keep fit. I also like exploring (mostly in London) finding new places and experiences and love good food, company and conversation.
I try to be the best human being I can be, willing to help others, kind, considerate, charming and charismatic to those closest around me. Love to make people laugh, smile and think of different points of view.
My Creative side usually comes out mostly in my business, I love new promotional ideas/design, function of design and ways to manage different situations. I would also say I am quite strong willed but it’s understated as I like to observe and work together with people to move forward.
As a new parish councillor for Croxley Green I will try my very best to make a difference in a good way.
Cllr Chris Mitchell
We moved to Croxley Green in 1983 and feel very lucky to live in such a great place. I have been involved in the community for many years, including being the Frankland Road Allotment secretary for over 30 years, being a committee member for the Revels for 19 years, and have organised the Arena events and entertainment at the Revels for the last 15 years. You may have also seen me playing St George in the Croxley Mummers Play.
I have served as a Parish Councillor for 8 years. In that time my main initiatives have been the Neighbourhood Plan, the Christmas Market and representing the Parish council on a number of planning issues including two public Inquiries. I was Chairman for 4 years and we have kept our finances in good shape to ensure we can support good local initiatives. I am currently the Chairman of the Planning and Development committee.
Cllr David Montague
I have a BSc in Biochemistry and gained a Doctorate in 1981 from the University of Sussex and the WHO National Institute of Biological Standards, London. After doing research I joined Amersham International and had positions of increasing responsibility within the Company as it evolved from Amersham through to Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, part of Johnson and Johnson.
I ran large R&D departments and led global teams to deliver over 40 new diagnostic products in the diagnosis of Infectious disease, Thyroid disease, Myocardial Infarction and the treatment of infertility. When I retired in July 2016 I was the Director and Global Project Leader responsible for assay development. During retirement I have been acting as an industry expect on teams supporting the government SAGE committee during the COVID Pandemic.
Croxley and Rickmansworth Community Background
Resident of Croxley Green since 1984 and our three children attended Yorke Mead School where my wife was chair of Governors for several years and I built carnival floats and helped run many events including the Yorke Mead Firework display. I have been running the display since 1998. I also ran the firework display on the Green for the Croxley Millennium celebrations and helped the team building "Big Ben".
I have led the team that organises the Rickmansworth Festival since 2000 and grown it from its early beginnings to the large community event it is now. Currently Chairman of Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, the charity based at Batchworth Lock and also a director of the Rickmansworth Town Team.
Decided when I retired to become more involved in the community that I had spent the majority of my life in and was very grateful to be co-opted onto the Parish Council early in 2017. I am currently chairman of the Environment & Amenity Committee.
Cllr Naz Panju
I moved to this area to be away from the hustle of Central London. It was the green field sites and conservation areas that were of great appeal to me. Me and my two children love the Tennis courts, library and high streets in Rickmansworth and Croxley Green. We love the village like feel of Croxley Green and in particular I would like to contribute to keeping ‘Croxley Green a Village & Green!’.
I have a degree in Computer Science and am a Graduate in Psychology as well as Criminology. I have worked in the City of London in a FTSE 100 company for years and I started my business in Education which has been very successfully running for about 20 years now.
I am keen to get involved locally and help the residents in Croxley Green in issues relating to the environment, preserving the green belt sites in the area, working with schools, businesses in the area and helping keep our neighborhood safe. I believe my experiences in all these areas will help guide me through this journey.
Croxley Green is changing and becoming more diverse too and I would love to help people from all different backgrounds integrate and get involved in the local area. I share the same passion for getting younger residents involved. I can speak 6 different languages so anyone that feels that they rather communicate in a different language please feel free to contact me!
Cllr Karen Taylor
I was born and raised in Croxley Green and my 2 sons have followed me attending Malvern Way and Little Green schools before they went on to Watford Boys and the University of Nottingham.
I'm a 'people' person volunteering and helping others. School fund raising kept me busy for many years and my partner and I now raise funds for different charities by holding discos for our dancing loving friends.
I'm very sociable and love meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, restaurants, theatres and watching football at Vicarage Road as a season ticket holder. My big passion is going on holiday and dream is to complete a property grand design!
At 16 I joined an insurance company where I worked for many years becoming the Direct Debit Coordinator and solving issues resulting from customer complaints. For the last 16 years I have supported young people with special educational needs at West Herts College both in the classroom and in the workplace as a Job Coach.
I joined the Parish Council to contribute to the future of Croxley Green and ensure it remains the lovely place I've always enjoyed living in.
Cllr David Tobin
My name is David Tobin I have lived in Croxley Green for over 20 years and my wife for nearly 40 years. We currently live in Dickinson Avenue with our two Jack Russell dogs, Monty and Megan.
I trained as a mathematics teacher, becoming a Local Authority Schools Inspector and a few years ago retired as an Education Officer in Barnet’s Children’s Service. I have also been both a primary and secondary school parent governor.
I am a very keen sportsman having played football, cricket and hockey locally. Over the past few years I have taken up endurance cycling. My other passion is scuba diving both in the UK and abroad.
I am currently a member of the Planning & Development and Leisure, Events and Environment Committees.
Cllr Cliff Vassiliou
I have lived in Croxley Green since 1980 and moved here from Central London because it was a quiet and tranquil place to raise my family. We have beautiful scenery in Croxley Green – The Green, Canal, Woods and Croxley Common Moor – and I believe that we must do everything we can to preserve this.
I have had the privilege of representing the residents of Croxley Green since 1994. My main aim is to secure premises, such as the Red Cross Centre, for the benefit of local residents. Where possible to prevent them being sold for the development of flats as they should be community assets not short term profit generators for local councils. To improve community policing to help residents feel safer; to work with residents to protect our green spaces against unsustainable development; to maintain and improve support services for elderly and vulnerable residents.
I am currently a member of the Leisure, Events and Environment Committee.
Cllr Emma Whitmore
Having lived in Croxley Green for 5 years I have always felt privileged to live here with the easy access to both green space and central London. Covid has made everyone assess their lives and what is important to them. Personally seeing the community of Croxley Green really come together through these Covid times has made me want to stop being a bystander and start contributing as a member of the Parish Council to support the community events that help give Croxley Green it’s friendly village atmosphere.
I am a project manager by profession and studied civil engineering at University. I have always been interested in infrastructure, the built environment and how people interact with it along with how we can make our environment more sustainable which is why I sit on the P&D committee. I will ensure that we prioritise environmental matters and protection of the green belt to help keep Croxley ‘Green’.
Cllr Anita Yeung
Originally from Aylesbury, my husband (a Croxley native) and I moved back to Croxley in 2017 having previously lived in London for five years. We have a young daughter and have recently spent time doing up our family home. I studied International Relations and Spanish at university and work full time at large global insurance company in London. I have recently taken up tennis lessons at the Croxley Tennis Club and I have loved meeting all the members. I also enjoy exploring the surrounding areas of Croxley and supporting local businesses by finding quirky coffee shops/cafes for lunch and eating their cakes.
After making the decision to stay in Croxley, I have no regrets. The area is so family friendly and I have made so many friends and see so many familiar and friendly faces around the area that it makes me feel proud to be a part of such a great community, which is why I decided to stand for election (thank you for voting me in!).
I want to bring diversity and change to the Council - I want to be able to make a difference in the Parish and be able to voice constituent concerns where possible. With a young daughter, I'd like to be able to keep Croxley Green as family friendly as possible and encourage the Council to do activities which bring families and children together. Another interest I'd like to keep at the forefront of the Council is making the area we live in as green and environmentally friendly as possible. I want my daughter to be able to enjoy the 'Green' in Croxley Green and for her to be able to consider bringing up her own family in Croxley when the time comes.