David Jones is a recently retired accountant who has lived in Houghton Regis since 1986. David was a member of Houghton Regis Town Council from 1999 to 2015 (Mayor in 2012/13) and was leader for approximately half of that period in various spells. He was also a member of South Bedfordshire District / Central Bedfordshire Council from 2002 to 2015.
David has also been a governor of Hawthorn Park Community Primary School since 1999.
Susan lives in Dunstable, but spends much of her time helping other people in Dunstable and Houghton Regis. She is a member of the Salvation Army.
Susan was first elected to Houghton Regis Town Council four years ago and is seeking another term in office. She is an assiduous member of the Planning and Licensing Committee, hardly missing a meeting.
A devoted mother and grandmother, Susan is a volunteer for Hospice at Home, for which she supports some residents in Dunstable. She is also a member of a good neighbour scheme in Houghton Regis.
Susan’s principal concerns are (the lack of) affordable housing and children’s welfare. She has been distressed by the Government’s cuts to, and reorganisation of, education, and she keenly feels that there should be more places for young people to go to and get involved.
Richard Hunt has lived in Dunstable for all of his 31 years. He was educated here and in St. Albans and has worked in the field of safety equipment since 2010.
Richard feels that Icknield ward has been neglected over the years. He is keen to press for more money to be spent on local bus services and road repairs.
Richard is also convinced that Central Bedfordshire must obtain fairer funding for its schools and for its police service than is provided at present by the Conservative government and will press the Council hard on these issues.
Pat Larkman has lived in Manshead ward for over 30 years. She has a grandson in one of the local schools.
Now retired after several years working for Luton Sixth Form College, Pat now participates in several community groups, such as the University of the Third Age.
Pat is a member of the Dunstable Town Guides, and is active in the Dunstable and District Local History Society.
Lynda Walmsley has lived in Northfields ward since her marriage in 1975. Her daughters grew up here and were educated in local schools. She is devoted to her five grandchildren.
Lynda recently retired from her position as a Special Educational Adviser, where she worked with children, families and professionals from all walks of life. She says: “I feel so fortunate that my career spanned over 32 years and taught me so much about people and communities”.
Lynda was a Houghton Regis Town Councillor from 2007 to 2011 and was Town Mayor in 2009/10.
Today Lynda is a trustee of a local charity, which continues to give her much contact with many people.
Elaine Morgan has lived in Dunstable for over 50 years. She is married to Ray and is a devoted mother and grandmother. Her three children all attended local schools, as do her grandchildren.
Elaine worked in the centre of Dunstable for many years and was a member of South Bedfordshire District Council from 2004 to 2009. She was also a school governor for 25 years.
Nowadays, Elaine does voluntary work for the Dunstable Travel Hub and is a member of a local walking group.
Ian Witherick has lived in Dunstable for four decades, raising his family and now helping to raise his grandchildren in local schools.
Before retirement, Ian worked as a computer engineer before retraining as an electrician.
Ian is a life member of the National Trust and English Heritage and has a strong interest in national and local heritage.
Yvonne was born and raised in the local village of Sharpenhoe, the daughter of a farmer. She has, however, lived in Houghton Regis since 1989.
After early experience in the legal profession, Yvonne became the secretary to a well-known singing group and worked full time in the entertainment industry. She still acts as an entertainment advisor.
Yvonne was narrowly elected to Houghton Regis Town Council via the by-election in May 2018. As may be expected from her background, she has taken a keen interest in Environment and Leisure matters. She has also brought her experience to bear on the Events Working Group.
Yvonne now sees the opportunity to do more in the field of Community Services. She says: “Becoming a Central Bedfordshire Councillor will mean I canhelp people even more. People’s lives often depend on the services the Council provides, and they need to be guided and helped in the right direction”.
Yvonne is a volunteer with a good neighbour scheme and other local groups, and is thankful for the support she received from the community at her time of need.
Susan has lived in Houghton Regis for 58 years and feels “embedded into the local community”.
Susan has served on Bedfordshire and Central Bedfordshire Councils since 2005 and has a special interest in social care, health and housing. She also serves on the Council’s Corporate Parenting Panel which helps the Council ensure it is fulfilling its duties towards those children looked after corporately.
Susan has served as a school governor for many years and is Chair of Governors at Tithe Farm Primary School. She is a member of other community groups which include the local speed and street watch schemes, good neighbour scheme and singing café.
Susan says: “I pride myself on having an exemplary record of listening to and standing up for local residents. I would like to continue to be a strong local voice especially with regard to the things that matter most to our residents, which include affordable and appropriate housing in the new developments; ensuring that provision for adult social care remains fit for purpose; and ensuring that there is some parity between our existing town and the new developments.
"Local people and local councillors can make a real difference to our community. Together we need to demand better facilities for Houghton Regis”.
Ray Morgan is a cycling enthusiast who has lived in Houghton Regis for many years. Ray has been a member of Houghton Regis Town Council on two occasions, the most recent being from 2007 to 2011.
A devoted family man, Ray has a passion for helping young people and for open green spaces. He has been delighted with the recent restoration and enhancement of Houghton Hall Park.
Ray was, amongst other things, a delivery driver, an opinion researcher and a political agent before retirement. He now spends his time taking part in / helping to organise cycling events, both in this country and on the continent.