We’ve invited all the local election candidates to complete this questionnaire so you know more about the people asking for your vote on the 4th of May. We’re also compiling a list of their websites and social media accounts so you can follow them and get in touch if you have any questions.Follow @mycardiffnorth
Tell us about yourself
I came to Cardiff in 1985 to study. I loved it so much I stayed. I’ve lived in many different places in the UK, including Pembrokeshire.
I lecture law at university and have done so for 23 years. My main areas are equalities and human rights.
I volunteer a lot of my time with women’s charities, including Wales Assembly of Women that has been in existence for over 30 years to bring international law standards to Wales and represent the views of women in Wales at international fora, including the United Nations. I am a trustee of two charities as well and a Governor of Thornhill Primary School.
I am married with one child and a cat. Recently lost my dog who’d been with us for 10 years.
This is the first time I am standing for political office. I want to try to use my skills to do the best I can for the ward and for the future of my son who is 15. I am standing as a Labour and Cooperative Party candidate because I believe in equality for all.
What are the biggest issues in your ward?
The most common issues mentioned by residents are cars and roads. I think these are issues common to most major cities that require a smart solution – city-wide, not just in the ward. We do need to do something urgently about them in Llanishen.
What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?
There are many places I love in Cardiff: I love the Bay area, especially the Norwegian Church where I spent many hours; Roath Lake for the ‘wildlife’, play area and ice cream; the blue bell woods and Cefn Onn Park for dog walks (!); The stadium for rugby.
What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?
I think we are seeing more people getting involved in politics – each in their own way; the older generation on the doorstep and voting; younger generation on social media, in single issue campaigns etc and in the middle – marches and voting… I think it is time for 16, 17 year olds to get the vote. So many laws and policies directly concern them – not fair not to have a say.
What’s your favourite film?
Fave films: Star Wars; My Cousin Vinny.
If You’re Elected
What will you do to improve your ward?
Try to address the issues of most concern to residents, cars and roads, and issues that residents will bring to the weekly surgeries. I also think we need to address transport and continue to improve school standards in the ward (and across Cardiff).
How will you communicate with residents in your ward?
I will use a variety of methods, including social media, newsletters, emails, as well as talking to residents at public meetings/events.
What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?
Cardiff is a great place to live – let’s make it better. How do we do that? We all need to work together as best we can to address the issues residents in Cardiff are vested in, including: transport, housing, education, jobs, the environment, equality and leaving the EU. These affect us all, let’s work cooperatively to make it happen.
What would you change about Cardiff and why?
I’d like to see a Metro system in and around Cardiff.
Any final comments?
I hope you’ll vote Welsh Labour and Cooperative Party for Llanishen on Thursday.