Phil Barnett has lived in Newbury all his life. He has 3 children and 6 grandchildren, all also living locally. He was a pupil – and 28 years a governor – at Park House School. Originally a Labour candidate, he joined the Lib Dems in the 1980s. After working over 30 years at Harwell, he stood and won a seat on the District Council in what was then Turnpike Ward. He served two terms on Newbury Town Council, twice having the honour of being town mayor.
George Davis grew up in Newbury, having attended St Barts school. He has a strong interest in protecting our environment, and started the petition against the green bin charge introduced by West Berkshire Council, which reached 7,000 signatures. George has a degree in Architecture and works for a nearby Architect’s Practice. He wants ‘re-presentation’ of the views of residents to be far better and is frustrated at the absence of the public’s interest in decision making. The believes strongly in supporting quality housing for local people, with good connectivity for cycling and pedestrians to reduce local congestion and pollution.
Dr Sue Farrant has lived and worked in Newbury for 30 years and her children went to local schools. She was elected to the newly-established Newbury Town Council in 1997 and served for six years, representing first Turnpike award (now Clay Hill) and then Northcroft. Sue was Chair of the Arts and Leisure Committee, Deputy Mayor and then Mayor of Newbury in 2000-2001. She was then elected to West Berkshire Council where she was elected Vice Chair of the Council and Chaired the Council’s first Health Scrutiny Panel. She continues to be active in the town, volunteering as a steward for the Corn Exchange’s outdoor events and as a Director of a local almshouse charity.
Sue works in social housing, advising housing associations and council landlords on working with their tenants to improve services. She also Chairs independent review panels for NHS England.
Sarah Lowes A lifelong Liberal Democrat voter, Sarah joined the Party in May 2015 to fight to keep our country open, tolerant and united. She has been a dedicated local campaigner, successfully leading last year's by-election campaign in Thatcham. Sarah lives in Newbury, running her own company working as an Executive Business Coach. A vicar’s daughter, Sarah inherited a passion for supporting local people to build a better future for themselves and seeks to do that for residents in Newbury.
Pam Lusby Taylor and her husband have lived in Clay Hill since 1983, and raised their children here. They are both active members of the Clay Hill Residents’ Association and Community Forum.
Pam has enjoyed a varied and challenging career as an in-house lawyer in both public sector and tech industries. Now a part-time student at Newbury College, Pam is passionate about education at all levels from nursery through higher education.
Previously a governor at Fir Tree Primary School, Pam is currently a governor at Victoria Park Nursery School and a member of the Finance Committee.