Prior to her appointment to the House of Lords, Lady Anelay held a number of senior posts in the Conservative Party organisation. She was Chairman of the Conservative Women's National Committee from 1993 to 1996. She was made OBE in 1990 and raised to Dame Commander in 1995. She was made a life peer as Baroness Anelay of St Johns in 1996.
Jonny was elected Association Chairman at our 2020 AGM. Jonny has previously stood as a local election candidate and was also ran in the 2016 London Assembly elections. Away from politics, Jonny works as a solicitor in Guildford and is a big Fulham FC fan.
Steve has been our Deputy Chairman Political since March of 2019, after serving as our Election Strategy Officer. Steve grew up in the Woking area, going to school at Fullbrook in New Haw, has lived in West Byfleet and Pyrford and now resides in Knaphill. He has spent most of his career as an actor and musician, performing in shows in London, national tours of the UK and in international European Tours. His "claim to fame" is that he appeared on a singing reality game show back in 2014 and ended up winning the series! He still performs with his band "In Deep" around the South East. He entered the political world in 2016 and has slowly climbed the ladder, running for borough council in St. John's Ward in 2018. He is a school governor and also manages our rapidly growing Facebook pages.
Simon Ashall trained as a journalist before moving into public relations. He joined the Association in 2009 and stood as a candidate in Horsell West in 2010. The year after, he became Deputy Chairman of the Association.A member of Jonathan Lord's campaign team in 2010, Simon has focussed on improving voter communications and literature and served as the Association's Agent in 2013 until 2019. In 2018 he was elected as the borough councillor for Heathlands
Mike has been a member of the officer team for a number of years having previously served as Deputy Chairman (Fundraising). He has responsibility for raising the money the Association needs to carry out its activities.
Ayesha was elected for Mayford and Sutton Green in 2014. She has been vocal in her defence of the Green Belt and support for Mayford Village Society in its attempts to keep land off Saunders Lane free from development.
Ben Carasco is the Surrey County Councillor for Woking North. He serves the interests of residents of Sheerwater, Maybury, Horsell East (of Cobham Road) and Woodham plus a few streets adjacent to these areas. He is happy to hear from residents either to listen to their views on local issues or to hear about problems that he may be able to assist with.
Colin was elected to Goldsworth East and Horsell Village in 2013 and since that time has also become a Borough Councillor in Horsell West. He dedicates his time to education, highways and infrastructure issues in both areas and is a strong voice for residents.
Colin Kemp was elected as Borough Councillors for Horsell West in 2014. Also the County Councillor for the area, he has been working hard for residents on issues of parking, highways, schools and helping Horsell's community thrive through better infrastructure. Colin is also Chairman of Governors at St John the Baptist School.
Liz Bowes represents the Pyrford Division on Surrey County Council and is constantly in touch with local residents and residents associations about key local issues. Liz sits on the Woking Local Committee and the Safer and Stronger Communities Select Committee.
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