I believe it is important to encourage the next generation to think about how they are governed and how they can get involved. I have very much enjoyed speaking and debating with school groups in my earlier roles.
I have lived in London all my life and have served as a school governor, NHS foundation trust governor, a judge for the Institute of Civil Engineers on infrastructure. Following 20 years in business in customer facing and marketing roles, I decided to go into politics.
I have been an elected local Councillor, elected member of the Greater London Authority, where I also served as The Deputy Mayor of London to Boris Johnson, and more recently was a Member of Parliament. Whilst in Parliament I was elected to the Science and Technology Committee.
In the past I have published research on: the use of DNA – protecting the innocent, Public Order policing, What do Friendly Cities look like? Tackling fuel poverty. I served on the London Health Commission looking at the future of health care and integrated care and have worked with Kings College on the future shaping of London – looking at the challenges facing our capital city.
I am married and we have 4 children, youngest currently at university.
As a result of my life experience I enjoy meeting pupils and encouraging discussion on a broad range of topics and challenging how they can play their part in their local community and beyond.
In the past I have also volunteered with the Young Enterprise scheme with pupils.