A further 12 candidates have been selected to stand for Greenwich Conservatives in the local council elections on May 3rd. Candidates have been selected for Eltham West, Greenwich West, Peninsula and Woolwich Riverside wards, joining other candidates already selected in Eltham and Blackheath on the local Conservative team for the elections.
Eltham West ward will be contested by Jim Davis, Gemma Turrell, and James Worron. Jim has lived in Eltham for the last 20 years, bringing up his family locally and being heavily involved in the community. Gemma has lived in the borough since 2010 and currently lives on Kidbrooke Park Road. She works locally in administration, uses the 286 / 132 bus daily and has supported local transport campaigns. James lives in the ward, in Kidbrooke Village, and has lived locally for seven years. He works in central London advising businesses investing in the UK and in his spare time volunteers as a trustee of a local charity which supports abuse victims.
Greenwich West ward will be contested by Jessica Goodrum, Gavin Harran and Chris Swift. Jessica lives in Greenwich West and currently works for a consultancy firm, advising businesses across a range of sectors. Also a local resident, Gavin works in financial services and has also worked for the government and as an expert in financial policy. He is a trustee of the education charity Ignite!Futures and has spent time volunteering as a school governor and as a youth mentor.
Peninsula ward will be contested by Ben Green, Antony Higginbotham and Reece Smith. Ben was one of the first residents to move into the Greenwich Millennium Village development on Peartree Way, works as a freelance consultant and is passionate about improving educational outcomes. Antony has lived in Greenwich for the last three years and is heavily involved in the community, including close to two years as a school governor of a local Pupil Referral Unit and volunteering to mentor young offenders. Reece also lives in Peninsula ward, works in financial services and is a long standing Conservative campaigner.
Woolwich Riverside ward will be contested by Tom Spiller, Tomas Thurogood-Hyde and Chris Van Roon. Tom lives in Woolwich with his wife and newborn daughter, commutes into central London via the DLR and is passionate about reducing petty crime and anti-social behaviour. Tomas has worked in the education sector for five years and as a governor and legal support officer for a leading school group, he is passionate about ensuring children have the best possible start in life. Chris has lived locally for years, is a former Councillor, and serves a trustee of a central London church where he co-ordinates action supporting Hackney Foodbank.
Further candidate selections in other wards will be announced over the next few weeks.