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Philip Abraham   is a Town Cllr for Alderton ward and served as Town Mayor for 2017-18. He is married with two daughters. Born in India, he has lived in Loughton since 2000. He believes that LRA is doing a great job protecting our town, its green surroundings and improving quality of life in Loughton, but that we must create new jobs for young people - there's more potential to become a vibrant enterprise area, without losing our green spaces. Philip is involved in promoting business between UK and India. He is the vice-chair and co-founder of British South India Council of Commerce.

Jill Angold-Stephens  is a Town Cllr for Forest ward and was Town Mayor in 2013-14. She was a governor at Roding Valley High School for many years; is an active member of Loughton Methodist Church, and she has always been involved with the Girl Guides locally. Jill has lived in Loughton for over 50 years, brought up a son and daughter in the town and has 4 grandsons here.  Hobbies include various crafts, genealogy, gardening and music (listening not playing). Her whole family love the forest and the green spaces.

Roger Baldwin is a District Cllr for Forest ward. He has lived in the area most of his life. For the past 15 years he has taught maths and economics, latterly as a supply teacher. He’s married with two young daughters and his interests are history, education, industry, business evolution, environment and he’s keen on DIY.

Amy Beales is a District Cllr for Forest ward. She has lived in Loughton for over 10 years. In Holland, she studied International and European Law and she now works as a paralegal in the City. Loughton has a wide range of activities and opportunities for residents - she hopes that she can be a voice for younger people in Loughton and help to address their wishes.

Philip Beales  is a Town Cllr for St Mary’s ward. He’s from Cheshire, worked at St Bartholomew's and lived in East London during the 1980s. He is a volunteer on the committee of Film Loughton. His family moved here in 2004.

Michael Benbow  is a member of the LRA Executive Committee. He has lived in Loughton since 1992.  For 30 years he was a Chartered Industrial Designer of engineered durable consumer products, mostly high volume.  In business since 1990 and works locally now.  Governor at Staples Road Junior School 1999-2007 and Roding Valley High School 2006 -2011.  Married Christine in 1981 and their daughter Annette born in 1994 was a 2012 Olympics London Ambassador.  LRA Election Agent since 2004 and has led our election activities since 2009.  He says  'All residents enjoy living in this great town and working together as the non-political LRA is our best way to protect and improve what we value about our town'.  Recreation: Cycling, hill and mountain walking, being outside and town improvement.  

Eva Blasco  is a member of the LRA Executive Committee. She grew up in Woodford Green and, after 13 years in Buckhurst Hill, moved to Loughton.  Eva works at the Ministry of Justice and enjoys walking in the forest, gardening and amateur astronomy and believes that the abundance and variety of things that Loughton has to offer makes it the perfect place to live.

Rose Brookes  is a Town & District Cllr for Roding ward, and filled these roles for Alderton ward until 2012. She has taught in independent and state schools, and also in China. She now works at the National Portrait Gallery.

Tessa Cochrane  is a Town Cllr for Forest ward. She was District Cllr for Fairmead (2010-14). She has lived in Loughton for over fifty years, grew up in Fairmead ward and attending Hereward School. She has had several jobs after bringing up her family, including teaching assistant and clerk to the governors at Staples Road Schools. She has a particular interest in special needs in education, as her son has learning difficulties. She loves animals, and does quite a bit of volunteer work in the Cancer Research shop and helping with pony riding for the disabled on the Roding meadows.

Barbara Cohen  
I have lived in Loughton for 20 years.  We have 2 high streets, a forest and a recreation ground as well as a large lake.  Although understanding the need for more housing, I am keen to keep as many of our green spaces as possible.  I love the traditional feel of Loughton.  Safety for the public is paramount and I appreciate how upsetting  parking issues can be and that potholes need to be reported for attention.  I appreciate our beautiful trees, flowers and greenery that makes Loughton such a pretty place to live in.  I am friendly and approachable and willing to help people whenever I can.

Susan Creevy  is the LRA's Minutes Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee.  She represents the LRA on the Epping Forest Consultative Committee.  She has lived in Loughton for 50 years.  Susan is married with 3 grown children.  She is keen to preserve and improve the character of the town.  She particularly enjoys the forest, local history, community events, theatre and concerts."

Mark Dalton is a Town Cllr for Roding ward. His family moved to Loughton in 1976. He is married with two sons. He runs the distribution of LRA’s newsletter Loughton Life. After redundancy in 2008 from electrical wholesaling, he now works as a self-employed general handyman. He is a member of The Wine Society, the Bureau of Freelance Photographers, and the Gourmet Society. He is also a “Friend of the Classic Malts” and a “Guardian of the Glenlivet”. I am now the Community Handy person for Voluntary Action Epping Forest, available to do small repair jobs for the over-60’s in privately-owned properties, as well as fitting keysafes and other security products.

Carol Davies  is a Town Cllr for Fairmead ward and is town Mayor for 2016-17. She joined the LRA after she led a campaign to save Young Learner’s Nursery when Epping Forest College decide to build on it.

Trevor Downing  has been a Town Cllr for Forest Ward since 2012, and has been a member of the Planning & Licencing Committee most of that time.

He has enjoyed living in Smarts Lane for 28 years, the Forest and the environment of Loughton. Born in Yarmouth, he has studied and worked in Central America, Edinburgh, Cambridge and Leeds before settling in Loughton. He is a keen cyclist, and enjoys the London and local arts, theatre and music scenes. For 12 years, he was director of a global maritime information company, and is now a maritime consultant.

He has campaigned (successfully) for residents parking in Forest Ward, and is now looking into the through-traffic problem, in particular over-sized lorries in the narrow roads of the area.

Steve Eaton  is a member of LRA’s Executive Committee, and our website manager. He lives in Loughton and is a project manager for Stagecoach, and before that worked for Post Office headquarters in London and in the financial services industry. He is enthusiastic about Loughton’s lifestyle, history, community spirit and proximity to the forest.

Bob Jennings  Bob Jennings is a District Councillor for Loughton St. John’s. He has over 30 years experience of working in both local and central government to improve the quality of the public realm. He is a former Director of Thames Chase, Principal Consultant with the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government, Advisor to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Head of Service with the London Borough of Enfield, where he managed six front-line services and achieved Beacon Council status for Improving Urban Green Spaces. 

First elected in 2014, Bob has served on many of the Council’s committees, where he continues to influence debate and shape outcomes. In 2018 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which scrutinizes the Council’s policy, decisions and external partnerships.  In 2016 he joined the Local Government Association and served on its Improvement and Innovation Board, before becoming Deputy Chair of its People and Places Board, which represents the interests of non-metropolitan local authorities (including Epping Forest District Council) throughout England and Wales.

Bob is keen to use his skills and experience to ensure Loughton and in particular St John’s, retains its special character by balancing the demand for built development against the need to protect and enhance our natural environment.

Judy Jennings  Judy was first elected to the Town Council in 2012 as Councillor for Fairmead Ward. In 2015 she was elected as Mayor of Loughton and had the great honour of serving her community in this office. Judy serves on the Town Council as Chair of the Resources Committee.  In 2016 Judy was elected as the Town and District Councillor for St Mary’s Ward. On the District Council (EFDC) she is Chair of the Licensing Sub-Committee and Vice- Chair of the Licensing Committee. She also serves as an EFDC liaison member on the Citizens Advice Trustees Board and on the Epping Forest District Council Liaison Meetings with the City of London.

She has recently been invited to join the Local Government Association as a “Member Peer” and as “Lead Peer” for the East of England to support other councillors in the area.

Judy has lived in the same house in York Hill for nearly 30 years and knows and loves the area well. She would like to see a diverse High Street, that is full of character making Loughton a vibrant and exciting place to visit and shop. She has taken a particular interest in helping with planning issues and parking, and in helping adults and children with social and educational needs. 

She is especially interested in children’s education and welfare and in protecting and conserving the environment and in preserving our local amenities and green spaces.

She believes the LRA embodies all that is best about providing local government for our community in Loughton.

Jayna Jogia 
Jayna is a member of the LRA Executive Committee. She went to Woodford County High School and grew up in Gants Hill where she lived for 20 years before moving to Loughton. Jayna worked in Mergers & Acquisitions at a Big 4 Financial Services firm in London. Jayna is also a Director on the Executive Board for Redbridge Sports Centre Trust and in her spare time she enjoys amateur photography, trekking, Shaolin Martial Arts and travelling. She is passionate about the history of Loughton and its community spirit and hopes to bring a youthful perspective to the LRA.

Howard Kauffman  is a District Cllr for St Mary’s ward. He was born in Hackney. Since 2005 he has lived with his wife and 3 sons in Church Lane. He has worked in the commercial property industry since 1976 and has experience of planning and finance. His career has involved many regeneration projects and he’s very interested in conservation, ecology, local & national history.

Kevin Latchford  is a Town Cllr for Fairmead ward. He has lived in Loughton in the Debden area since 1993 and in Fairmead Ward since 1997.  He is married with 2 sons and works as a Maintenance Technician with London and Quadrant housing trust. His main interest is sport. He has coached local junior cricket  and football teams and can be often heard on the Tottenham podcast Echoes of Glory.

Lance Leonard  is a member of the Executive Committee  and was District Cllr for Alderton ward (2010-2014). He has lived in the Ward since 1981. His varied working life has been in newspaper, television and advertising businesses. In his free time, he enjoys gardening.

David Linnell 
 is a member of the Executive Committee and was LRA County Cllr for Loughton St Mary's from 2001 to 2005.  He also organises LRA's responses to local planning applications and edits LRA’s email bulletins of local news and events for members.  Before retirement, he worked as an Actuary for the Prudential, a Director of the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau and a member of the Council of the Institute of Actuaries.  He was also a Governor of Roding Valley High School for seven years.  His interests are walking, travel, food and drink, reading, classical music, theatre and opera.

John Mahoney  is a Town Cllr for Broadway ward. He is life-long resident of Loughton. He went to St John Fisher Primary School and grew up appreciating our town and its community. He has been involved with Scouts, the CAB and was Secretary of Loughton Club. He’s now resident manager of the Lopping Hall in the High Road,  where he meets many local groups. For 20 years, he worked in the Insurance industry. He is also a lay member of a School Admissions Appeal Panel.

Louise Mead  is District Cllr for Fairmead ward. She grew up locally and did A levels at Epping Forest College; she also studied counselling and management there. She lives in Loughton, and is a social worker and has also supported people with learning disabilities.

George Meltser  is a member of the Executive Committee. He is originally from Latvia and has been living in Loughton since 2001. He works in Central London as a Technical Consultant but spends most of his spare time in Loughton enjoying walks in the forest, beautiful countryside and often visiting the shops and the restaurants the town can offer. He has strong opinion on how Loughton should be managed and built.

Miriam Murphy  is LRA’s Honorary Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. She lived in Loughton for forty years and trained and qualified as an accountant working for a firm of chartered accountants, for BUPA and BT plc. the latter managing international consortia financing for satellites and subsea cables for fifteen years. She left BT plc. for a career break, got married, and acquired an MBA whilst volunteering for a catholic charity in London. Besides being a mother to one son, she acts as treasurer to the Epping Forest HF (walking) Group and has done charity fundraising in the past. Hobbies used to include running, photography and stamp collecting but are now limited to local walks and gardening.

Stella Murphy is a Town Cllr for Broadway ward. She’s a professional home economist and food Stylist. She has lived in Loughton most of her life and has a grown-up daughter who lives here too. Her job has taken her all over the world working in film and TV, not always to glamorous locations. Stella has served on the local NSPCC committee for over 25 years - the branch has raised considerable sums of money each year through fund raising such as the Annual Summer Lunch with guest speakers, Tennis and Bridge.

Chidi Nweke

Chidi Chris Nweke is a husband and a father of three young sons. He currently works as a Senior City Inspector at Westminster Council and had been an employee there for the last 10 years. As a highly respected member of staff, he has been at the centre of some high profile cases at Westminster and his work has led to thousands in recovered revenue for the City Council.

Since moving to Loughton with his young family, Chidi has enjoyed and fallen in love with the vibrancy of the town, its open space and the people. Chidi is passionate about maintaining law and order in the community and community integration; he has previously held volunteer positions at the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and at the Youth Justice Board. He is currently representing Loughton Residents Association at the Local Independent Police Advisory Group and the Essex Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group.  He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and a first degree in Criminology.

Adam Omer  is a Town Cllr for St Mary’s ward.  His son goes to a local school, as he did. Adam has lived all his life in Loughton, and for 20 years in Alderton Ward. He’s involved with Loughton 41st Scout Group, Avenue Tennis Club and Roding Valley High School PTA. He has relied on local buses for 20 years, so he’s aware of their importance for people without a car.

Michael Owen
Michael is married with 2 young step children who attend Staples Road Primary School and a new born son. He grew up in Surrey and upon graduation in 2002 started a career in finance, moving to Central London where he spent the next 13 years.

Michael is currently the Head of Foreign Exchange sales for the UK and Ireland at a bank in the city and moved to Loughton permanently in 2015. In his spare time he enjoys numerous sports including Golf, Cycling and playing Football for a local team. Michael loves the open spaces that Loughton has to offer and can often be seen walking the family dog in Epping Forest.

He says “When I first moved to Loughton I was taken aback by the beautiful open spaces and thriving local community. I wanted to help protect and build this community and found that the non-political LRA was the best way I could get involved and help us to stand up for what we all love about this town”.

Juliet Pollard 
 is Membership Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. She is a retired librarian with 36 years’ experience of local government. Her interests include libraries in the 21st century and the quality of our environment in Loughton.
Caroline Pond 

Since 2002 she has been a District and Town Cllr for St John's ward, and was Town Mayor for 2011-12. She was Chairman of the District Council in 2007-08. She has worked as a librarian with three local authorities. She is an active member of Loughton Methodist Church, and volunteers for Loughton Voluntary Care.

Chris Pond  is the County Cllr for Loughton (Central), a District Cllr for Broadway ward and a Town Cllr for St John's ward. He was chairman of the Town Council in 1997–98 and Town Mayor in 2004-06 and 2008-09. He devised the LTC blue plaque scheme. He is chairman of the Loughton Historical Society, former vice-chairman of the Hills Amenity Society and former chairman of the Lopping Hall Trustees.

Chris Roberts  is a District Cllr for Alderton ward.  He was born in Debden; his Parents having moved to Loughton from the East End of London at the end of the war. Loughton is very much a part of his life and that of his families. Chris has worked in the Construction Industry since leaving school (Lucton Boys) and He now manages City and Guilds Electrical Installations NVQ Assessment and Lectures at a London College. He’s married to Debra (see below), and has two sons that both work in London. Chris has been a Union Shop Steward, Branch Secretary and a Health & Safety Representative working for employee’s rights. His favourite hobby is motorcycling.

Debra Roberts  is a District Cllr for Alderton ward.  She has lived in Loughton for 44 years and is married to Chris Roberts (see above). She commutes to work in the City so knows about public transport. When her boys were at school, she worked delivering meals for the elderly, then at Alderton School.

Mick Stubbings  is a Town Cllr for Alderton ward. He has lived all his life in Loughton, and for many years in Alderton Ward. Now retired, he worked for London Transport, first buses then trains, on environmental and health & safety issues. He and his wife enjoy walking, painting, playing bowls, playing golf, playing chess and Historical Society evenings.

David Wixley  is a District Cllr for Fairmead ward and a Town Cllr for Roding ward. A football enthusiast, he has managed youth teams in Loughton, and now plays for a 'veterans' team. He was Town Mayor for 2010-11.

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