Phil Barnett (left above) 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.
Billy Drummond (centre above) has lived and worked as a chef in Newbury for the last 30 years. He has represented Greenham on parish since 2000, on West Berks District since 2003. He has been a governor of the Willows School, a Trustee of St Barts Foundation, director of Greenham Business Park, and a director of the Mabel Luke (almshouse charity) Trustee company. He cares passionately about the disadvantaged and the impact that austerity has had on them. Married for 40 years to Sharon who works as a nurse locally, they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Billy retired in 2018.
Erik Pattenden (right above) joined the Lib Dems in 2017 as a passionate believer in openness, tolerance, fairness and equality, frustrated with recent national politics. Erik wants to bring positive change to West Berks Council to ensure it works for the benefit of all residents. He grew up in Newbury, going to local state schools, followed by university in Birmingham and Bristol. He co-owns a local web and app development company. He has been a foundation governor and chair of governors at a local infant school. His wife is a local sculptor and they have three children, also educated locally.
Erik is on the Shadow Executive with the portfolios of Children, Education and Culture.