Your Preston Park Councillor
Your Green Councillor for Preston Park is:
During his first Term of Office, Leo performed many roles. In his first year he Chaired Governance Committee. Then, for two years, he held the Finance Portfolio as Deputy-Chair of Policy & Resources Committee. In his fourth year he sat as Deputy-Chair of Children’s and Young People’s Committee.
During that term Leo also sat on Overview and Scrutiny Committee; Economic Development and Culture Committee; Audit and Standards Committee; and Planning Committee; as well as serving on the Staff Consultation Forum; Brighton & Hove Fostering Panel; the East Sussex Pension Fund Investment Panel; the Personnel Appeals Panel; and Brighton & Hove Fair Trade Steering Group; and acting as the Council’s Black and Ethnic Minority Champion.This year, Leo is the Green Group’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, Communities, and Equalities; sitting on the Committee of the same name; as well as Planning Committee; the Members’ Advisory Group on Grants; the Equality and Inclusion Partnership; the Safe in the City Partnership; and the Personnel Appeals Panel.A lot of Leo’s recent focus has been on immigration and refugees. He proposed the Motion which led to Brighton & Hove becoming a City of Sanctuary; as well as a Motion to ensure the Council does all it can to accommodate refugees from Syria’s ongoing bloody Civil War; and a Motion criticising the latest Immigration Bill, which threatens the basic human rights of both immigrants and British subjects.
Locally he has been heavily involved in sorting out issues surrounding the difficulty residents have been having with parking, as well as working with groups of residents to ensure Preston Park continues to flourish in the face of the ongoing National Government attack on public sector funding.
Brighton born and bred; Leo joined the Green Party in 1989, and lives at Fiveways with his wife and cats. Outside of his council commitments, Leo is a lecturer in Environmental Studies and Developmental Psychology for the Open University. Any spare time he has is usually spent with his Granddaughters.