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Philip Abraham   is a Town Cllr for Alderton ward and is Deputy Town Mayor for 2016-17. He is married with two daughters. Born in India, he has lived in Loughton since 2000. He believes that LRA is doing a great job protecting our town, its green surroundings and improving quality of life in Loughton, but that we must create new jobs for young people - there's more potential to become a vibrant enterprise area, without losing our green spaces. Philip is involved in promoting business between UK and India. He is the vice-chair and co-founder of British South India Chamber of Commerce.

Jill Angold-Stephens  is a Town Cllr for Forest ward and was Town Mayor in 2013-14. She is a governor at Roding Valley High School, and an active member of Loughton Methodist Church, and she has always been involved with the Girl Guides locally. Jill has lived in Loughton for over 50 years, brought up a son and daughter in the town and now has 4 grandsons here.  Hobbies include various crafts, genealogy, gardening and music (listening not playing)! She is a governor for the Epping Forest Sixth form Consortium. She loves the forest.

Roger Baldwin is a District Cllr for Forest ward. He has lived in the area most of his life. For the past 15 years he has taught maths and economics, latterly as a supply teacher. He’s married with two young daughters and his interests are history, education, industry, business evolution, environment and he’s keen on DIY.

Amy Beales is a District Cllr for Forest ward. She has lived in Loughton for over 10 years. In Holland, she studied International and European Law and she now works as a paralegal in the City. She volunteers for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Loughton has a wide range of activities and opportunities for residents - she hopes that she can be a voice for younger people in Loughton and help to address their wishes.

Philip Beales  is a Town Cllr for St Mary’s ward. He’s from Cheshire, worked at St Bartholomew's and lived in East London during the 1980s. He is a volunteer on the committee of Film Loughton. His family moved here in 2004.

Michael Benbow  is a member of the LRA Executive Committee. He has lived in Loughton since 1992.  For 30 years he was a Chartered Industrial Designer of engineered durable consumer products, mostly high volume.  In business since 1990 and works locally now.  Governor at Staples Road Junior School 1999-2007 and Roding Valley High School 2006 -2011.  Married Christine in 1981 and their daughter Annette born in 1994 was a 2012 Olympics London Ambassador.  LRA Election Agent since 2004 and has led our election activities since 2009.  He says  'All residents enjoy living in this great town and working together as the non-political LRA is our best way to protect and improve what we value about our town'.  Recreation: Cycling, hill and mountain walking, being outside and town improvement.  

Eva Blasco  is a member of the LRA Executive Committee. She grew up in Woodford Green and, after 13 years in Buckhurst Hill, moved to Loughton.  Eva is a Project Manager with recent contracts at the Cabinet Office and Transport for London. She enjoys walking in the forest, gardening and amateur astronomy and believes that the abundance and variety of things that Loughton has to offer makes it the perfect place to live.

Rose Brookes  is a Town & District Cllr for Roding ward, and filled these roles for Alderton ward until 2012. She has taught in independent and state schools, and also in China. She now works at the National Portrait Gallery.

Tessa Cochrane  is a Town Cllr for Forest ward. She was District Cllr for Fairmead (2010-14). She has lived in Loughton for over fifty years, grew up in Fairmead ward and attending Hereward School. She has had several jobs after bringing up her family, including teaching assistant and clerk to the governors at Staples Road Schools. She has a particular interest in special needs in education, as her son has learning difficulties. She loves animals, and does quite a bit of volunteer work in the Cancer Research shop and helping with pony riding for the disabled on the Roding meadows.

Barbara Cohen  is a Town Cllr for St Mary’s ward. She loves dog walking, has 3 adult children, and works as a primary school teacher. Inspired by the Olympics, she’s taking beginners' diving lessons.

Susan Creevy  is LRA's Minutes Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. Susan has lived in Loughton for over 45 years.  She is married and has 3 children.  She is keen to preserve and improve the character of the town and its surroundings including the forest.

Mark Dalton is a Town Cllr for Roding ward. His family moved to Loughton in 1976. He is married with two sons. He runs the distribution of LRA’s newsletter Loughton Life. After redundancy in 2008 from electrical wholesaling, he now works as a self-employed general handyman. From September 2016 he will be tutoring a DIY course for the Buckhurst Hill Community Association. He is a member of The Wine Society, the Bureau of Freelance Photographers, and the Gourmet Society. He is also a “Friend of the Classic Malts” and a “Guardian of the Glenlivet”.

Carol Davies  is a Town Cllr for Fairmead ward and is town Mayor for 2016-17. She joined the LRA after she led a campaign to save Young Learner’s Nursery when Epping Forest College decide to build on it.

Trevor Downing  is a Town Cllr for Forest ward. He has enjoyed living in Smarts Lane for 22 years, the Forest and the environment of Loughton. Born in Yarmouth, he has studied and worked in Central America, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Leeds before settling in Loughton. He is a keen cyclist, and enjoys the London and local arts, theatre and music scenes. For 12 years, he was director of a global maritime information company, and is now a maritime consultant. He set up an Action Group to campaign to reduce through traffic in Forest Road, High Beech Road and Smarts Lane. They organised a petition and have since been working with LRA Cllrs to explore improvements, and also want to deal with the issue of non-resident parking.

Steve Eaton  is a member of LRA’s Executive Committee, and our website manager. He lives in Loughton and is a project manager for Stagecoach, and before that worked for Post Office headquarters in London and in the financial services industry. He is enthusiastic about Loughton’s lifestyle, history, community spirit and proximity to the forest.

Rebecca Fricker   is a member of LRA’s Executive Committee. She has been a member of the LRA since 2006 when she moved to Loughton to raise her young family. After assisting with delivering the LRA’s newsletters for a couple of years and canvassing for them in the 2010 local elections she joined the Committee. Rebecca is passionate about the area and enjoys walking, and occasionally running, in the nature reserve and forest and growing vegetables on her Roding Allotments plot. Having joined the Alderton Infant School as a parent governor, she is now Chair of the Governing Board. Her other interests include baking and she regularly competes in the Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society Show!  A professional Librarian, she currently works as a freelancer for several legal publishers.  

Bob Jennings  is a District Cllr for St John’s ward. He was born in Ilford. He studied at Loughton College, before working in the theatre. He has lived in York Hill since 1990. He has been chairman of Hills Amenity Society, and is a volunteer cataloguer for the District Museum, tour guide for battlefields in Belgium and is finishing an Open University degree. My working career was to improve the quality of public environments. He has been head of service with Enfield Council, managed the local Green Arc project and chaired the Epping Forest Grazing Review, as well as having been director of Thames Chase and a lead consultant with IDEA (a government improvement agency).

Judy Jennings  Judy is a Town Cllr for Fairmead ward and was Town Mayor in 2015-16. She has lived here for over 21 years. She loves the hills, forest and open spaces. She plays in a local orchestra, sings in a local choir, shops locally and volunteers for CAB. She’s also a teacher, doing supply work in a local school. She feels that recreational and educational facilities for the young are very important.

Jayna Jogia 
Jayna is a member of the LRA Executive Committee. She went to Woodford County High School and grew up in Gants Hill where she lived for 20 years before moving to Loughton. Jayna worked in Mergers & Acquisitions at a Big 4 Financial Services firm in London. Jayna is also a Director on the Executive Board for Redbridge Sports Centre Trust and in her spare time she enjoys amateur photography, trekking, Shaolin Martial Arts and travelling. She is passionate about the history of Loughton and its community spirit and hopes to bring a youthful perspective to the LRA.

Howard Kauffman  is a District Cllr for St Mary’s ward. He was born in Hackney. Since 2005 he has lived with his wife and 3 sons in Church Lane. He has worked in the commercial property industry since 1976 and has experience of planning and finance. His career has involved many regeneration projects and he’s very interested in conservation, ecology, local & national history.

Kevin Latchford  is a Town Cllr for Fairmead ward. He has lived in Loughton in the Debden area since 1993 and in Fairmead Ward since 1997.  He’s married with 2 boys who attended local schools and works for a local building maintenance company. He has helped coach local cricket and football teams.

Lance Leonard  is a member of the Executive Committee  and was District Cllr for Alderton ward (2010-2014). He has lived in the Ward since 1981. His varied working life has been in newspaper, television and advertising businesses. In his free time, he enjoys gardening.

David Linnell 
 is a member of the Executive Committee and was LRA County Cllr for Loughton St Mary's from 2001 to 2005.  He also organises LRA's responses to local planning applications and edits LRA’s email bulletins of local news and events for members.  Before retirement, he worked as an Actuary for the Prudential, a Director of the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau and a member of the Council of the Institute of Actuaries.  He was also a Governor of Roding Valley High School for seven years.  His interests are walking, travel, food and drink, reading, classical music, theatre, opera and tennis.

John Mahoney  is a Town Cllr for Broadway ward. He is life-long resident of Loughton. He went to St John Fisher Primary School and grew up appreciating our town and its community. He has been involved with Scouts, the CAB and was Secretary of Loughton Club. He’s now resident manager of the Lopping Hall in the High Road,  where he meets many local groups. For 20 years, he worked in the Insurance industry. He is also a lay member of a School Admissions Appeal Panel.

Louise Mead  is District Cllr for Fairmead ward. She grew up locally and did A levels at Epping Forest College; she also studied counselling and management there. She lives in Loughton, and is a social worker and has also supported people with learning disabilities.

George Meltser  is a member of the Executive Committee. He is originally from Latvia and has been living in Loughton since 2001. He works in Central London as a Technical Consultant but spends most of his spare time in Loughton enjoying walks in the forest, beautiful countryside and often visiting the shops and the restaurants the town can offer. He has strong opinion on how Loughton should be managed and built.

Miriam Murphy  is LRA’s Honorary Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. She lived in Loughton for forty years and trained and qualified as an accountant working for a firm of chartered accountants, for BUPA and BT plc. the latter managing international consortia financing for satellites and subsea cables for fifteen years. She left BT plc. for a career break, got married, and acquired an MBA whilst volunteering for a catholic charity in London. Besides being a mother to one son, she acts as treasurer to the Epping Forest HF (walking) Group and has done charity fundraising in the past. Hobbies used to include running, photography and stamp collecting but are now limited to local walks and gardening.

Stella Murphy is a Town Cllr for Broadway ward. She’s a professional home economist and food Stylist. She has lived in Loughton most of her life and has a grown-up daughter who lives here too. Her job has taken her all over the world working in film and TV, not always to glamorous locations. Stella has served on the local NSPCC committee for over 25 years - the branch has raised considerable sums of money each year through fund raising such as the Annual Summer Lunch with guest speakers, Tennis and Bridge.

Chidi Nweke

Chidi Chris Nweke is a husband and a father of three young sons. He currently works as a Senior City Inspector at Westminster Council and had been an employee there for the last 10 years. As a highly respected member of staff, he has been at the centre of some high profile cases at Westminster and his work has led to thousands in recovered revenue for the City Council.

Since moving to Loughton with his young family, Chidi has enjoyed and fallen in love with the vibrancy of the town, its open space and the people. Chidi is passionate about maintaining law and order in the community and community integration; he has previously held volunteer positions at the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and at the Youth Justice Board. He is currently representing Loughton Residents Association at the Local Independent Police Advisory Group and the Essex Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group.  He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and a first degree in Criminology.

Adam Omer  is a Town Cllr for St Mary’s ward.  His son goes to a local school, as he did. Adam has lived all his life in Loughton, and for 20 years in Alderton Ward. He’s involved with Loughton 41st Scout Group, Avenue Tennis Club and Roding Valley High School PTA. He has relied on local buses for 20 years, so he’s aware of their importance for people without a car.

Michael Owen
Michael is married with 2 young step children who attend Staples Road Primary School and a new born son. He grew up in Surrey and upon graduation in 2002 started a career in finance, moving to Central London where he spent the next 13 years.

Michael is currently the Head of Foreign Exchange sales for the UK and Ireland at a bank in the city and moved to Loughton permanently in 2015. In his spare time he enjoys numerous sports including Golf, Cycling and playing Football for a local team. Michael loves the open spaces that Loughton has to offer and can often be seen walking the family dog in Epping Forest.

He says “When I first moved to Loughton I was taken aback by the beautiful open spaces and thriving local community. I wanted to help protect and build this community and found that the non-political LRA was the best way I could get involved and help us to stand up for what we all love about this town”.

Stephen Pewsey  is a Town Cllr for St John’s ward and was Town Mayor for 2012-13. A project manager at the British Museum, he is an active local historian and author of numerous books on Epping Forest area and Essex. He is a member of Essex Partnership, which brings together the county council and community groups to develop a community strategy for Essex. He is active in Loughton1st (the High Road Town Centre Partnership, which brings together traders and residents to promote the area).

Juliet Pollard 
 is Membership Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. She is a retired librarian with 36 years’ experience of local government. Her interests include libraries in the 21st century and the quality of our environment in Loughton.
Caroline Pond 
 is a District and Town Cllr for St John's ward, and was Town Mayor for 2011-12. She was Chairman of the District Council in 2007-08. She has worked as a librarian with three local authorities. She is an active member of Loughton Methodist Church, and works for Loughton Voluntary Care.

Chris Pond  is the County Cllr for Loughton (Central), a District Cllr for Broadway ward and a Town Cllr for St John's ward. He was chairman of the Town Council in 1997–98 and Town Mayor in 2004-06 and 2008-09. He devised the LTC blue plaque scheme. He is chairman of the Loughton Historical Society, former vice-chairman of the Hills Amenity Society and former chairman of the Lopping Hall Trustees.

Chris Roberts  is a District Cllr for Alderton ward.  He was born in Debden; his Parents having moved to Loughton from the East End of London at the end of the war. Loughton is very much a part of his life and that of his families. Chris has worked in the Construction Industry since leaving school (Lucton Boys) and He now manages City and Guilds Electrical Installations NVQ Assessment and Lectures at a London College. He’s married to Debra (see below), and has two sons that both work in London. Chris has been a Union Shop Steward, Branch Secretary and a Health & Safety Representative working for employee’s rights. His favourite hobby is motorcycling.

Debra Roberts  is a District Cllr for Alderton ward.  She has lived in Loughton for 44 years and is married to Chris Roberts (see above). She commutes to work in the City so knows about public transport. When her boys were at school, she worked delivering meals for the elderly, then at Alderton School.

Mick Stubbings is a Town Cllr for Alderton ward. He has lived all his life in Loughton, and for many years in Alderton Ward. Now retired, he worked for London Transport, first buses then trains, on environmental and health & safety issues. He and his wife enjoy walking, painting, playing bowls, playing golf, playing chess and Historical Society evenings.

David Wixley  is a District Cllr for Fairmead ward and a Town Cllr for Roding ward. A football enthusiast, he has managed youth teams in Loughton, and now plays for a 'veterans' team. He was Town Mayor for 2010-11.

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