Judith has served as a councillor on Kensington and Chelsea Council for 28 years; she was Leader of the Labour Group from 2009-2014. She served as Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough 2007-08. Judith chaired a ground-breaking review of health inequalities in the Borough in 2008 and it was through this work that she identified the needs of residents with learning disabilities as a policy area she is particularly interested in; she is now Learning Disabilities Champion for the Labour Group. Other special interests include housing, working with the voluntary and community sector and improving the local environment. She is particularly proud that the Notting Dale ward initiative that she leads has brought together many local residents with excellent ideas for improving the locality, many of which are now being actively progressed. Over the last four years Judith has dealt with more than 500 cases raised by local people, mostly concerning housing but also covering health, planning, education and social services matters.
Robert has been active in North Kensington politics and community organisations for over 20 years. He served as a governor of Sion Manning School and St Charles Sixth Form College. As a board member of the Kensington and Chelsea Primary Care Trust, he promoted the redevelopment of St. Charles Hospital as a key provider of a wide range of primary health care to our local community. Robert continues as Labour Spokesperson on Family and Childrens’ Services and serves on the Planning and Major Planning Committees . In addition, for this year he is also serving as the Deputy Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea . In this capacity he seeks to assist the Mayor in building closer ties between the Council and the diverse groups,societies and organisations which make our borough unique
EMMA DENT COAD
Emma was born and bred in the borough, and has been politically active since attending school at Sacred Heart Hammersmith, where she joined the NUSS and went on strike to ban uniforms. She has worked on design and architecture magazines throughout her career, and wrote her MA thesis on architecture and politics. She has written two books (and is working on another) and contributed to countless others. Her suspended PhD is on social housing. She entered local politics as she wanted to reinforce her academic work with action. Since 2006 she has represented Golborne Ward, which she calls ‘a proper family neighbourhood’, and is determined to improve the area for local people, despite the Council’s attempts at gentrification. She is still a guest lecturer at her old college, Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, and encourages her students to study and write about Golborne.
Since June 2014 Emma has been Leader of the Labour Group, and sits on Cabinet and Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee, Investment Committee, Audit and Transparency Committee, and Planning and Major Planning committees.
Pat Healy is Labour Group secretary and spokesperson for Health and Adult Social Care. She serves on the Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee, the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategic Group, the Joint Staffs Committee and the Members Training and Development Committee. She represents Dalgarno ward, where she has lived since 1970, and was a Colville ward councillor from 1990-2002. She has served on the boards of North Kensington Law Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau, Westway Develpment Trust, History Talk and Chelsea Theatre.
Pat has a long record of campaigning in North Kensington, particularly on health, safety and housing issues. A social policy journalist, Pat was Health and Social Services Correspondent of The Times but went freelance when Rupert Murdoch unilaterally tore up all existing contracts, sacked thousands of staff, and moved his four London papers to the fortress at Wapping. Pat is an active trade unionist activist and is on the Executive Committee of the National Pensioners Convention, which campaigns for better pensions and public services.