Wokingham Town council covers the wards of Emmbrook, Evendons, Norreys or Wescott wards of Wokingham Borough Council. The entire council gets elected once every 4 years.
The town council have different responsibilities to the borough council. These include:
The 4 borough wards are split into 8 town wards.
More information about the council is avalable here: https://www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/
As at the August 2023 by-election, the political make up of the town council is:
I moved to Wokingham in Oct 2019. I live in Emmbrook and my kids go to local schools. Our family loves to play tennis, and we really enjoy Wokingham’s green open spaces. We are frequent visitors to Joel Park and Elms Field. There is so much to do in Wokingham and I love it here because it’s a welcoming home to all. I work in a senior leadership role for a global technology company. I specialise in digital transformation and I am expert in delivering strategic plans. I can help Wokingham Town Council by using these skills. I support the Council’s vision to enhance Wokingham Town for its existing and future residents, and I want to help to turn this vision into actions. I will work hard to shape policies to improve quality of life for all and to ensure the Council’s facilities and events are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Originally from Manchester, I have lived in Wokingham for thirty-five years. Emmbrook is a great place to bring up a family. My four children all went to local schools (The Forest, The Holt and Addington) and over the years I've been a volunteer at nearby infant and junior schools, the Scout Association and Girlguiding UK. Being elected to Wokingham Town Council four years ago meant that I could work with others to keep Wokingham as an attractive, welcoming town. Our parks and green spaces are vital for our health and wellbeing, and as chair of "Wokingham in Bloom" I really do know just how much work it takes to look after them. There are many competing pressures on our public open spaces. If I am elected again in May, I will do everything I can to safeguard them for the future.
I have lived in Wokingham for eight years. My work in the community has included a successful campaign to get a splash pool in the new Leisure Centre and I was also the founder of the Friends of Fox Hill Group which is dedicated to the protection of Fox Hill Woodlands. I am the lead volunteer at the Woosehill Toddler Group and, with other volunteers, I strive to make it a welcoming group for all. Wokingham really has a lot to offer and is a fantastic place to live and work. It is important that we work hard to keep it that way. I am passionate about activities and events for children, environmental initiatives, parks and recreation, and community wellbeing. That is why I am standing for the Town Council; my skills and experience would suit working on inclusive events, especially for children.
I was brought up in the West Country and came to Berkshire in the 70s to work in the rapidly expanding local computer industry in the Thames Valley. While working there I was involved in a number of projects mostly in the UK. I moved to Wokingham in 1980 and was elected to the Wokingham District (now Borough) and Wokingham Town councils. In 2019 I was re-elected to the Town Council. I have served on the Planning and Transport Committee. I am keen that the voice of the Town is heard, particularly on controversial planning applications, and that the heritage of the Town is retained whilst many and continuing changes are taking place in the area. I have also served on the Finance and Personnel Committee, where I always consider if residents’ money is being spent wisely.
I live in Emmbrook with my family. My children went to local schools. I love living here and being involved in the community. I’m involved with many community groups and helped start Wokingham Pride and the local water bottle refill scheme. Since being elected as a own and borough councillor for Emmbrook in 2019 I’ve had the opportunity to help hundreds of people with a big variety of issues. I hope to be able to continue doing so if re-elected.
I was born and brought up in Wokingham and spent time away living and working in Fiji, London and San Francisco. After getting married, I found myself back here again and have proudly served the residents of Emmbrook for the last 8 years. I now cannot think of anywhere that I would rather live. I have seen the Town Council do many great things in that time, including the opening of the inclusive Elms Field play area, the Platinum Jubilee Festival and recently celebrating diverse events such as Wokingham Pride and the Lunar New Year. We have fought poor Planning Applications and donated funding and resources to local charities who help our residents. In the last 4 years, I have been proud to be the Leader of the Town Council and have welcomed the diverse viewpoints that our council now brings together.
I’ve lived in the Wokingham area for 39 years and raised my family here. I’ve always been proud to have Wokingham as my local town. My working life has been in Learning and Development, mostly within the NHS, but also in the private sector. I’ve been a parent governor of my local school and a member of the PTA. Now I’m retired, I want to direct my commitment and enthusiasm to give back to my local community. I’m particularly impressed with the quality of the sympathetic regeneration of the town, managing to combine the old with the new. The town has some beautiful parks, gardens and green spaces which are beneficial to our physical and mental health. I want to encourage their use by residents and visitors to the town and to support and improve our local nature and biodiversity. I’d be proud to do this as a Councillor.
It was an honour to be elected as your local councillor in 2019, since when I’ve been able to help many residents with their problems or concerns. It’s a privilege to work with my Lib Dem colleagues on both the Town and Borough Council – we work hard to make Wokingham a better place to live and work. I’m actively involved in the community when time away from my professional role with a global technology company allows, including as a governor at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
The ward is also represented by Sally Gurney (independant)
I moved to Wokingham from university and to Woosehill shortly after to start a career in actuarial and later the financial software industry. I’m now married and have a child at the local school. I’m extremely grateful for the Woosehill community hall provided by the town council, where my family has attended many birthday parties. I also love events such as the children’s fun day and I want help to keep Wokingham a great place for families. I’m passionate about equality, the environment, and eradicating child poverty. I support organisations with a focus on these issues but I want to do something practical for the town as well. After meeting many of the local councillors and seeing first-hand how hard they are working for the local area I have been inspired to get more involved. I would like to use my skills to help with council budgeting and finances.
Originally from Canada, I arrived in the UK in 2002 to do a post graduate qualification, then moved to Wokingham in 2014. I’ve worked in adult social care in a variety of roles since 2007 (including at Wokingham Borough Council). As part of my work, I am really committed to inclusivity, one of the Town Council’s values. I hope that my background and experience will help support the wonderful work of the Town Council in its ambition to make its events and planning activities inclusive for all Wokingham residents, no matter what their background, need or disability. I am also excited about the work the Town Council hopes to do in its many local parks, as my son and I walk through no less than two of them every day. We really value the greenspace and wildlife we get to enjoy as part of the school run.
The ward is also represented by Tony Lack (Conservative)
Originally from Italy, I moved to the UK 9 years ago, and to Wokingham in 2017. I work for a university in London. I am standing for re-election in Norreys East where I have had the privilege of serving as Town Councillor for the past four years. I am an active member of the Planning & Transportation Committee, which this year approved secure cycle storage in Denmark Street Car Park, with more to go in by Wokingham Leisure Centre. I also serve on the Arts & Culture committee through which I started a novel outreach and career event for pupils in our local secondary schools. This has been very successful having run for three years with two secondary schools, and more than 100 students benefitting. If re-elected to the Town Council, I shall continue to advocate for inclusivity and sustainability in all that the council does.
The ward is also represented by two Labout councillors, Andy Croy and Alwyn Jones.
I have lived in Wokingham for over thirty years, and both my children went to school here. Over that time, I built a very successful career in IT and Telecoms, ending up running a number of businesses. I have seen Wokingham expand by around a third, which is huge, and it’s still growing, very fast. Wokingham has been a great place for me to live; as a keen walker you can regularly see me on footpaths and in the countryside around the Town. I want to ensure that Wokingham remains great for the next generation. Joining the Lib Dem team on the Town Council is my way of achieving this. I am particularly interested in finance and budgeting, and helping with the council’s work on its large-scale projects. If elected, I want to use the skills I have acquired in my work to help maintain and improve our town.
I am very proud of my town but there is always room for improvement. My work in the private and voluntary sectors means that I have the skills, energy and experience to make a positive contribution to the life of the town and its residents. We have some of the most expensive housing in the UK and rising mortgage payments and utility costs are terrifying.The town council supports many voluntary organisations that help families on low incomes, elderly and lonely people, and new and overlooked communities and groups. My knowledge of the voluntary sector can help the council to use its personnel and resources wisely when supporting local organisations.
Since moving into the Wokingham area in 1984, I have been involved in community activities. I have been on the town council since 2019, enjoying every minute. I chaired the Finance and Personnel Committee for three years, and I have also served on the Amenities and Civic Committees. Since May 2022 I have been the Town Mayor. My highlights have been the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert on Elms Field, attending the presentations for “Wokingham in Bloom” when Wokingham won a gold medal, visits at Christmas to the many wonderful care homes in our town, and the Lunar New Year celebrations. I would relish the opportunity to stay on the council and work hard for the town for another four years. I particularly want to use my background in accounting to help use residents’ money in the best way, and to continue getting out and about in the community.
The ward is also represented by Annette Medurst (Labour)