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I’m a local resident of Sutton Coldfield, currently self employed and active in the local community as one of three Conservative Councillors for Sutton New Hall ward.
A few years back I spent some time volunteering in Africa and teaching in China. My experiences there taught me several life lessons which I carry through to today.
The first of these is the shocking disparity across the world between those who have and those who do not have, and the tragic circumstances that some are born into, through no fault of their own and have to live with on a day-to-day basis.
The second of these is the capacity of generosity that we all have within is, from generations of missionaries in Ghana, to gap-year students who want to make a bit of difference to the lives of people they don’t know.
The third is the hope to make a difference to what we care about and to leave things better than how we found them.
I strongly believe in civic duty and in giving something back to the community. Since I have been a local magistrate in Birmingham sitting on the Victoria Law Courts benches since 2009 and have also been a local school governor for Kingsbury School and Sports College in Erdington from 2008 till 2015, now at Wilson Stewart a school catering for pupils with learning difficulties, complex medical conditions or other impairments.
I also help out in local resident associations in Sutton Coldfield and am one of the many volunteers for local campaigns against the proposals to build on the Green Belt and for other local issues.
I also work with other leading members of the British Chinese Community in Birmingham, Chinese Schools, and nationally to promote the integration and representation of this culturally rich but politically quiet section of our country.
There are a number of causes I passionately believe in. Having suffered with depression in the past I am a strong supporter of adult mental health and the charity Mind having done fund-raising for them in the past. I am proud to be on the scrutiny committee for the Council for Education and Vulnerable Children.