I had to be persuaded to stand in the first place. It wasn’t that I didn’t have the skills – I made a list, found I had plenty – but I had never thought of myself as a politician before. I am straightforward, compassionate, and from a working class family in the Midlands.   

It was my female friends who suggested that I apply. I have spent a lifetime working hard in the public sector in London, trying to help children and families, through such roles as being Head of Analytical services (leading through times of political change) and as President of the London Education Research Network.

My expertise lies primarily in Education and Services to children and families. I am analytical and so able to examine all proposals, especially their impact on vulnerable groups. A typical day would involve a briefing to head teachers, a presentation on Youth Crime, a meeting with a focus group in the community. I am a founding member of WEP and led the Education Working Group. Today I run my own business, supporting schools and local authorities to review their own practice: while also raising two daughters!   

I am driven by three big E’s to propel social change: ‘Enabling, Empowering and Educating’. I am one of nine – four brothers and four sisters. I learnt then to stand up for myself, as well as to see that we really are better together. 

I have realised that I can take all this experience and stand up for London. Having thought hard about my fit as a candidate, I now can’t think of anything I want more.