Chair of Thorngumbald Parish Council (elected as an independent)
Ben has worked in the public sector for a number of years holding various positions.
Alongside his role in the public sector, he is an active trade unionist and Trade Union Rep for Unite the Union. Ben is currently training to become a Barrister in England and Wales but also has qualifications in Biology and Business Management and Leadership. Throughout his studies, he has written several research papers, primarily on local government, the latest one being the response of local governments in England and Wales to an emerging global pandemic (2020).
Ben is an advocate for enabling communities as well as supporting them and likes to find creative solutions to community and resident problems, often thinking outside the box. He currently works in some of the UKs most deprived communities and understands and wholeheartedly appreciates the challenges they face every day.
He has a forensic eye for detail and is not afraid to challenge and has been very vocal on the current government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public procurement (outsourcing), education, agriculture, employment, and local government funding feature highly on Ben’s political agenda.
Ben was elected to Thorngumbald Parish Council as an independent, but that is only due to a convention of the council. He is a proud member of the Labour Party.