Your Green Candidates

The biggest set of local elections ever in Oxfordshire is taking place on 6 May, when this year’s elections for the county council take place alongside the delayed May 2020 district council elections (postponed due to Covid-19).

The elections are for:

  • All 63 seats on Oxfordshire County Council
  • All 48 seats on Oxford City Council (a rare ‘all-out’ election due to boundary changes) Read the Oxford City Manifesto here.
  • One-third of the seats on Cherwell District Council
  • One-third of the seats on West Oxfordshire District Council

There are also by-elections for seats on Vale of White Horse District Council and South Oxfordshire District Council, and for a number of parish and town councils around Oxfordshire.

Want to know the Green candidate for your area?

This is only a selection of our candidates – the Green Party is standing over 100 across Oxfordshire on 6 May. Check if there is one where you live at www.whocanivotefor.co.uk.

Dr Pete Sudbury

Wallingford

A retired medical director and psychiatrist, Pete has worked in the NHS and in healthcare and technology consultancy. He is a father of three young children, a keen rower and has helped train several Olympic medal-winning rowers. Since being elected to the County Council in 2019, Pete has been an active campaigner on climate change and has supported tree planting projects across Oxfordshire and the UK.

Thanks to hard work by Pete, who successfully put a motion to full council, it is now easier for local communities to get 20mph zones in villages and towns in Oxfordshire, making our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Dick Wolff

St Mary’s

Dick was elected to Oxford City Council for St Mary's Ward in 2010 and is currently Sheriff of Oxford. After a career as a graduate mining engineer and a year as a youth worker in inner-city Liverpool, Dick read theology at Mansfield College Oxford and was ordained as a United Reformed Church minister in 1981. For 10 years he served as a church 'ambassador' in the world of industry and the local economy, working from Coventry Cathedral. He returned to Oxford in 1995 to serve local churches and act as a consultant to churches across central southern England.

Dick is 68-years-old, has two adult children and is married to a retired primary school teacher. A keen musician, he leads a local ceilidh band and folk group. He has cycled in 18 different countries and 43 cities, in nine of them as a regular commuter.

Robin Bennett

Berinsfield and Garsington

Robin is currently Deputy Leader and Green group leader at South Oxfordshire District Council, representing Berinsfield ward. Since the 2019 District elections, Robin has led opposition to the controversial Conservative local plan, and fought to ensure better climate and environmental policies were added to it when Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP intervened to force it through. In his cabinet role, Robin is working on plans to restart council-led housing provision, and is leading on Berinsfield Garden Village, which aims to help residents to thrive and deliver improved community facilities. He’s also leading on the Local Economic Recovery plan which will use principles of community wealth-building to support an inclusive, green recovery in South Oxfordshire.

Robin organises the Greener Festival Award-winning event ‘Wood' at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire and is a self-employed musician. He’s a trustee at the Berin Centre, a charity-run children’s and community centre in Berinsfield, and chair of governors at Dorchester St Birinus primary school.

Ian Middleton

Kidlington South

Ian has lived in Yarnton with his wife Fiona for nearly 30 years. He's worked most of his life in retail and is now an ethical entrepreneur, business writer and retail analyst. He was elected to Cherwell District Council in 2019 and sits on three parish councils: Kidlington, Gosford and Water Eaton, and Yarnton.

Ian has campaigned on local flooding protection, road conditions, cycling infrastructure and local health service provision. As a county councillor he will have greater scope to deal with these issues within the local authority. He will also be able to press all levels of local government to take the threat of climate change seriously.

Ian has been a fierce campaigner against the district council's plans to build on green belt in and around Kidlington, Begbroke and Yarnton, and since being elected has held the council and landowners to account on these plans numerous times. He is now supporting local campaigning groups in their bid to overturn these proposals though a legal challenge.

Jo Robb

Sonning Common

Jo has been a hard-working district councillor for the Woodcote and Rotherfield Ward since May 2019, dedicated to serving her communities as part of the Green/LibDem administration.

A former lawyer and financial journalist, she lives in Shepherds Green with her husband and two young sons.

As a year-round river swimmer and South Oxfordshire’s “Thames Champion,” Jo is passionate about cleaning up our countryside and rivers, and is working cross-party, and with Thames Water, the Environment Agency and environmental groups to bring about an end to sewage pollution and to promote sustainable enjoyment of our rivers.

Hazel Dawe

Hazel Dawe

Cowley, and Cowley on Oxford City Council

Hazel has worked hard to help make Cowley a better community for nearly a decade. She holds regular discussions with residents on Cowley’s low traffic neighbourhoods and listens to their concerns on a number of key issues. She has campaigned for a school streets scheme at Church Cowley St James school to protect children from dangerous traffic.

She first moved to Oxford in 2013 and has stood as a councillor in Cowley since 2014, coming second in 2017 and building up Green support in the ward. Professionally, Hazel lectures in Law at Oxford Brookes. She also leads volunteer sessions at Oxford City Farm and sings with the Oxford Sea Green Singers. She is a Cyclox champion for Cowley and member of Cowley Liveable Streets.

Katherine Foxhall

Shrivenham

Katherine is a committed and active local advocate. After 15 years professional experience as a historian and policy researcher, she recently left her job to fight this campaign full time. Katherine grew up in rural Devon and now lives in Uffington with her young family. She runs a toddler group, volunteers for the Uffington Covid-19 support group, and is Secretary of the local Community Garden. Katherine will be a strong independent voice for Shrivenham, and an energetic and determined voice on the County Council. She will work hard for the best interests of residents--to represent them in decisions about roads, to reinstate and fund vital services, and to protect our local environment.

Oscar Idle

Holywell

Oscar was born in Oxford and is a teaching assistant at a local primary school. Growing up in a world shaped by recession, climate breakdown and an out-of-touch political class inspired him to become involved in politics and fight for climate justice.

Oscar has significant experience working on climate and social justice campaigns including Stop HS2, Youth Strike for Climate, and Stop the War on Yemen. He believes that an informed collaboration of ideas is a better way to effect meaningful change than making policy based on narrow party lines. He will fight to ensure that residents have their say in the decision-making process at a local level.

Morgan James

Thame and Chinnor

Morgan lives and work for a charity in Thame. Working with volunteers and customers from Thame, Chinnor, and the surrounding area gives Morgan a unique insight into the concerns of local residents. He has a strong sense of equity and social justice. He was a teacher for many years, so education and empowering people to develop themselves is something he feels passionate about.

Morgan is married and became a father for the first time at the start of March. He believes that cleaner air, safer roads, and more investment in education are vital if our children are to grow up to achieve their full potential. Our current Conservative councillors are not offering this, while Labour alone is not strong enough to offer a challenge here. This means the Greens and the Lib Dems working together are the only option for a brighter, greener future for Thame and Chinnor.

Morgan James

Chris Jarvis

Iffley Fields and St Mary's, and St. Mary’s Oxford City Council

Chris moved to Oxford East in 2016, and has been active in the local community ever since. He currently works as a press officer for an anti-privatisation campaigning group where he has successfully campaigned for publicly controlled transport and for the probation service to be brought back into public hands.

Before that, Chris worked at People & Planet, supporting students and trade unionists to campaign for workers’ rights and climate justice in their communities. He is also a journalist, covering politics and human rights. Chris is involved with the local student community having recently completed a masters degree at Oxford Brookes specialising in social movement history and has supported the youth climate strikes.

Damien Maguire

Bicester Town, and Bicester East on Cherwell District Council

Damien is the Chair of North Oxfordshire Green Party. He grew up in Oxfordshire before joining the Army as a young man. He is married with two grown up children. He now works as an insurance broker and specialises in providing advice to serving and veteran military personnel. He has lived in Bicester since 2015.

Damien’s priorities for Bicester are to promote thriving high streets, with independent shops, community centres, museums and cafes. He would also encourage investment in bus routes and cycling lanes; fight for cheaper bus prices and designs for road systems that consider cyclists and pedestrians. Damien believes in promoting compassion and belonging – where each one of our neighbours feels welcome, regardless of race, age, gender or ability. He is committed to a world that works for everyone.

Lois Muddiman

Osney & St Thomas

Lois has volunteered for local community projects for more than 25 years. She was previously Chair of West Oxford Community Centre, co-founded Low Carbon West Oxford and Hogacre Common, and has helped with the local Panto. Professionally, Lois has worked in Community Development for Local Authorities and Housing Associations. She now works for an IT company developing a new volunteer platform. Lois is also an artist and her work is currently exhibited in The Ashmolean.

Lucy Pegg

Donnington

Lucy is a passionate and hard-working activist who will campaign for a fair and thriving Oxford for all. She works for an environmental charity and previously worked within the social housing sector. Lucy has been an active member of the Green Party for six years, as well as campaigning with the Women’s Environmental Network, the CND and Students for Europe.

Andrew Prosser

Witney North and East, and Witney North on West Oxfordshire District Council

Andrew is a town councillor for Witney North ward and already has a track record as a hardworking and effective councillor. He has worked hard on issues including air quality, traffic, cycle provision, youth services and river pollution, and has successfully challenged a planning application for 110 houses off Hailey Road. Andrew believes Witney North needs a strong green voice on the district council, which has responsibility for housing and planning applications, as well as waste and recycling. He believes West Oxfordshire District Council has let down Witney North and will challenge the 1,400 houses in the local plan.

He is also standing for Oxfordshire County Council. He presented a petition for joined-up cycle and walking routes in Witney to the County Council last year. The next step is mapping out routes. In the meantime, he has helped to get new bike racks installed on the High Street.

Rosie Rawle

St Clement’s and Cowley Marsh, and Donnington on Oxford City Council

Rosie has lived in Oxford for five years and first moved to the city to work with Oxfam. She is currently the co-chair of the Young Greens and is a PhD researcher studying the condition of sweatshops in the electronics manufacturing industry.

Rosie is a supporter of well-funded public services. She has been an active voice in the anti-austerity movement, having previously worked for the People’s Assembly, a national campaign against austerity, cuts and privatisation in our workplaces and community services.

Dianne Regisford

University Parks, and Holywell on Oxford City Council

Dianne Regisford was born in Oxford. This is her home, but her background includes a diverse range of influences from post apartheid South Africa to Abingdon . She is a recent PHD graduate, small business owner and parent governor of a local school. She understands the town and gown.

She is not your usual politician. Her approach is based on focusing on what brings together, builds a community and gives voice for all.

From solving parking problems to understanding the impact of climate change, Dianne listens to what can bring us together as a community to deal with the issues we are faced with.

Dianne listens. She believes that by listening and evoking a sense of belonging for all, we solve our issues, fix our problems, but more than that – we become a community of diverse voices.

Peter Thompson

Osney & St Thomas

Peter first became interested in Green politics in the early 1980s when he was stationed in the army in Germany and came in contact with the German Greens. During the 1990s and 2000s he worked as an academic and taught German politics and history.

He retired early in 2015 following his diagnosis with MS and has since continued his commitment to environmental and ecological issues. Peter has a deep interest in disability issues and matters of access. If elected he will bring his experience as a person with a disability in Oxford to the city council.

Kerstin Fischer-Johnston

Kerstin Fischer-Johnston

Wantage & Grove

Kerstin is passionate about a cleaner, greener and healthier environment, and has lived in Oxfordshire with her young family since 2017. Defending consumer rights and the environment as a lawyer, she has run policy campaigns at an international level since 2002. Kerstin’s work has impacted Continental Europe and the UK resulting in legislation that has allowed consumers to make healthier, more sustainable, and better informed choices in what they consume and how they live on a daily basis. Kerstin's work since 2010 has also led to combating anti-competitive practices in the food chain, and holding cartelists accountable for damage both to consumers and the environment internationally.

Coming to Oxfordshire in 2017 with a newborn daughter, Kerstin got involved in the local community including a number of NGOs and charities including the WWF, Hedgehog Street, the RSPB, Garden Organic and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Kerstin has also joined the lawyers' network to stop Ecocide, and is currently campaigning to phase out pesticides, to protect and improve residents' health and the environment.

Kerstin is committed to working hard for Grove and Wantage, and believes that re-opening Grove station would significantly better the quality of life for residents, by stepping up connectivity, taking traffic congestion off the historic Market Place, and improving air quality and the urban environment.

“I firmly believe in a cleaner, greener, healthier Oxfordshire. Together, we can achieve it!”

Fiona Mawson

Bloxham and Easington, and Kidlington East for Cherwell District.

Fiona co-founded a national high street retail chain in 1993 and now runs the business online. She has been a parish councillor for six years in Yarnton and one year in Kidlington, and active in the Green Party since 2012. Fiona's focus is to engage with residents to create community projects that connect people with our environment. She was instrumental in the setting up of a community orchard in Yarnton and is working towards similar projects in Kidlington, including shared garden spaces in public parks that will help people to grow their own food

Fiona has been a vocal opponent of Cherwell District Council's plans to destroy large areas of green belt in our community. She will continue that fight as a district & county councillor, standing up for the people of Kidlington, Bloxham & Easington against a Conservative administration that continues to sideline residents whilst cutting front-line services.

Fiona Mawson

Alistair Morris, Marston and Northway

Alistair sits on Old Marston Parish Council and has lived in Marston for 15 years. He is vice chair of Court Place Farm allotments, co-founder of Marston Community Gardening, and sits on St Nicholas Church Social Justice and Environment Committee. He is also an Electric Vehicle Champion for the County Council.

Alistair believes that the future well-being of our community in Marston and of the planet depends upon the respect we show for the environment. He leads local initiatives which encourage a healthier, safer and more sustainable way of living.

These include the planting of trees and wildflower corridors in parks, pub gardens and roadsides to encourage beauty and biodiversity. He is creating orchards that will provide fresh, free and local fruit, and spearheading community allotments for food production and hen-keeping. This will allow for donations of free local produce to those in need.

Viral Patel

Grove North

Viral is a software engineering manager, currently working for a multinational engineering software company. He grew up in South East London and has been based in Oxfordshire for the last 25 years. His long experience in the engineering industry means he understands the significance of industry, science and technology and how they can have a positive impact in our daily lives.

He is a strong advocate of social and environmental justice, and has been engaged in environmental and social causes since his teens. Viral strongly believes that the way to make change happen is from the ground up, locally and by example. He has always felt that it is the responsibility of the whole of society to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Viral is standing for election because he believes that it is important for communities to have strong representation in all matters affecting their daily lives. “It is not enough for representatives to just pay lip service to voters’ concerns,” he says. “It is paramount that they can be taken at their word and will follow through. If elected in Grove North I will be an independent-minded advocate, representing the interests of everyone there. The Green Party does not have a party whip, so I, as with all Green candidates, can properly represent voters’ needs rather than just voting as I am told.”

Viral Patel
Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas

Rosehill and Iffley

Stephen has lived in Oxford since 2005 and worked in the publishing industry before moving into the non-profit sector, helping build healthcare capacity in East Africa. He is married, with two children who attend Larkrise primary school. Stephen is passionate about active travel and environmentally-conscious urban design, and is a member of Oxfordshire Liveable Streets and Low Carbon Rose Hill and Iffley.