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Broadland District Council Liberal Democrat Members


David Harrison

01263 735316

Dave Harrison

My wife and I have lived in Aylsham for the past 25 years and have two married daughters. I have been a District Councillor for Aylsham since 2004 and a County Councillor since 2007. At the County I have been a Cabinet member and also Deputy Leader. Being on both councils gives me an overview which makes it easier to deal with any problems occurring in Aylsham. My particular interests and concerns are in health and education.Before becoming a councillor, I was a research scientist working in the UK and overseas, a university lecturer and a local science teacher. For recreation I play table tennis in the Aylsham club and I swim whenever I can. My first novel, a thriller called the Research Man, has just been published.

Steve Riley

07527 627552

Steve Riley PPC for Broadland

My wife and I have two adult daughters, who attended Aylsham High, and a young son, who will also attend Aylsham High in the near future. I have been incredibly proud to support the town and residents as one of your Broadland District Councillors being first elected to represent Aylsham in 2013. Between then and now, I have taken up case work for individual residents, and supported the town and parish councils on complex difficult issues.

I have also served on the planning committee, service and efficiency committee and chaired the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which holds the council to account. I have represented the lib Dem group as Group Leader and served on the lead member group overseeing joit working with south Norfolk and taken part I the appointment of the new managing director and other new management posts for both councils.

I put the experience I have amassed in these roles together with my previous career as a National negotiator and later as a business owner and employer to resolve issues and improve service for residents. I believe in listening to people ensuring that resident's concerns are put first before bureaucracy or politics and then acting in their best interests.

Sue Catchpole

01263 734192

Sue Catchpole

Sue was first elected as a District Councillor for Aylsham in 2018 and served on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Wellbeing Panel and is a representative on the Broadland Group of Children's Centres Partnership Board.
Currently engaged in part-time voluntary work with a local advice agency, Sue lives with her husband, has two adult sons and a history of self-employment, science at UEA and HR at Norfolk County Council.

Attending meetings and staying on top of issues raised by local people are Sue's priority and she is committed to seeking and listening carefully to residents' opinion so that she can truly represent local views.

The fundamental reason for Sue being involved in politics is that she believes that everyone, regardless of background, should have the same opportunities in life, at school, in the workplace and in the community and that this begins with tolerance and understanding.


Karen Lawrence

Karen Lawrence

I want to see Greener developments and more affordable housing
I have started working with the Lammas and Buxton Neighbourhood Plan and I am excited by the level of engagement that people have had by commenting on the areas put forward in the GNLP and suggesting better more appropriate sites. I want to ensure this vision is carried through by the BDC. It is too easy to see local views steamrollered and it has to stop.

GNLP proposals would bring too many houses or suggest those in the wrong place so they not only increase the potential for flooding, but already congested streets could be even worse.

I bring expert environmental and sustainability knowledge to the deliberations of the council

I am solution orientated but balance this with an experience of listening to local communities, ensuring their voices are represented.

Hellesdon SE

David Britcher

01603 416208
cllr.david.britcher@broadland.gov.u David Britcher photograph

My name is David Britcher, I was born, raised and live in the Parish of Hellesdon.

I have had the honour and privilege to serve all the residents of Hellesdon as a parish councillor for some 15+ years, and now since the Broadland District Council elections in May 2019, as a Broadland District Councillor for the Hellesdon South East ward.

My wife and I have three adult daughters, all who have been educated in Hellesdon schools. I was a school governor at Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School for many years and remember those times with great fondness, being a School governor made me realise why good educational facilities, standards and the need to provide enough places for all the children of Hellesdon to go to school in Hellesdon if they so desire, are vital to our community to survive and thrive.

I was instrumental when as Chairman of Hellesdon Parish Council in ensuring Hellesdon Parish Council works very closely with all the local schools to the benefit of all concerned. This included, but not limited to having School Head Teachers regularly attending Parish Council meetings, which in turn led to school pupils visiting the parish council allotments at the end of Bush Road and the designing of the Parish sign located on the roundabout where Middletons Lane and Reepham Road intersect (formally known as the Bull) by a student at Hellesdon high School. The school children and students, having their 'say' in what play equipment was and is currently going to be installed in Hellesdons play areas.

For several years, I would with the assistance of another Hellesdon resident open and close the Meadow Way play area on the weekends, except on the odd occasion the play area was locked all weekend, when we were both too ill and unable to unlock it. This was because the Parish Council would not fund the opening and closing of the play area at the weekends, using council staff. Shortly after a change of the political makeup of the parish council, it was agreed to provide funding for parish council staff to open and close the Meadow Way play area every day, not just on weekdays, thus ensuring, the play area was open for use by the residents of Hellesdon every single day except Christmas day.

As a registered 'First Aider at Work' myself for over 30 years and realising, Hellesdon Community centre is a great asset for Hellesdon and regularly used by all ages, I was pleased when the Parish council agreed and passed my proposal as the then Chairman of the Parish Council to provide the funding for the purchase and installation of the 'Heartstart' defibrillator at the Community Centre. I also obtained matched funding of £10,000 for the Parish council from Norfolk Police for part of the CCTV system installed at Hellesdon Community.

Working closely with other councillors of the Parish Council at the time, in a cross party agreement, we reinstated the position of a Litter Warden for Hellesdon, to the benefit of all residents.

I have often been asked why I am a Liberal Democrat and the answer to this question is simple, 'I fully believe that serving the community of Hellesdon should come first' and certainly should not involve having to following the demands and instructions of businesses and unions, like other members of political parties do. I believe that Hellesdon residents should be consulted in changes that affect them and their opinions fully considered, and 'not just informed of what will or is happening' as currently is often the case.

I continue today to make Hellesdon a better and safer place for all the residents of Hellesdon, as I believe Hellesdon demands better.


Julie Neesam

Horsford and Felthorpe

Lisa Starling

07885 511285

Lisa Starling

I have lived in Horsford since 2007 having previously lived in Felthorpe. I moved to Norfolk many years ago after meeting my husband in Ibiza.
Since marrying him in 2000 we have enjoyed bringing up our 3 boys in both Horsford and Felthorpe. They have all attended Horsford Pre-school, Infant and Junior School; now Horsford Primary, and been part of Horsford & St Faiths scout groups."

I became involved in the community by becoming the Chairperson of Horsford Pre School when I took a few years out of work after my third child.

I work full time as an Admin Team Lead managing staff across the county at the Norwich Community Hospital for the NHS, it is a fantastic place to work.

I enjoy problem solving and I am a great listener and I care about people and surroundings. I hope that these skills along with the skills I have gained managing some amazing people in my working life and the support of my new colleagues in the Liberal Democrat Party will stand me in good stead to become a good District Councillor.

Dave Thomas


Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas was elected to Broadland district council in May 2019, representing Felthorpe and Horsford.

Works full time on the outskirts of Norwich and lives with his partner Amy.

Cllr Thomas has lived in Norfolk since he was 3 years old.

Dave sits on the Well-being panel at BDC and will work closely with his ward colleague to represent the area.


Stuart Beadle

01603 755 373

Stuart Beadle

Stuart is an experienced councillor having served on Broadland District Council before standing down in 2011, and now being re-elected for the Reepham Ward in 2019.

He continues to serve on the Reepham High School and College Board of Governors, and was proud to have been Chair when the School bid for, designed, and built the Sixth form building, including recruitment of staff and students, and saw the first students graduate.

Stuart is a bricklayer by trade who studied at evening classes to enable him to go to the UEA as a mature student, graduating in International Politics and Economics. He is semi retired and a director of the family Damp Proofing and Timber Treatment business he started 30 years ago.

Spixworth and St Faiths

Susan Holland

07488 323702


Sue Holland

Although I lived in Spixworth for nearly 30 years I also have strong connections with Horsham St Faith as my grandmother had been the local schoolteacher and my mother attended the school. In 2015 I joined the parish council as I was keen to help our community.

Having recently retired, I am looking forward to devoting more time in a new role as a District Councillor. Much has changed in the years since I moved to the area but the three villages have retained their characters and are lovely places to live. I am looking forward to working to keep that going.

I believe it is important that local people have a say in the running of their services and in planning and development in their area. I am keen to listen to residents and ensure their views area heard and will be organising local surgeries to meet as many people as possible.

Dan Roper

01603 737424

Taverham North

Caroline Kharimi-Ghovanlou

07762 879018

Caroline Karimi-Ghovanlou

My name is Caroline Karimi-Ghovanlou, and I was recently elected as the Broadland District Councillor for Taverham North. I have been a member of Taverham Parish Council for approx. 18 months and through this time have enjoyed being a part of this beautiful parish.

I have lived in Taverham for 12 years. Married for 40 years, I have 3 grown up children and 2 beautiful grandsons. During my working life I have worked in the building trade, retail and the NHS.

I decided to take on this new venture in my life after a lot of consideration and

conversations with my family... their support was paramount as I knew that I would need to dedicate a lot of time and perseverance. I have many frustrations about the lack of support for families like mine that covers young, old, commuters, disabled and amenities.

I want to meet residents and hear their frustrations. As a district councillor I can't change the world, but I can listen and help, and more importantly I want to help.

Over the next few weeks I am going to set up ways of communication. I have already set up a Facebook page for residents to communicate. For anyone without Facebook, my email address and mobile number is below and will be in this newsletter every month.

I am also proud to be a member of the local SNAP (Safer Neighbourhood Action Plan) meetings; we liaise with partners such as the police which is important to help to tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour and drugs. It would great to see you there.

Dealing with people from all walks of life I hope will help me with the challenges I need to face as a councillor. And I know it will be a challenge. But hopefully with YOUR help, together we can continue to improve our wonderful community here in Taverham and I look forward to meeting you around the area.

Norfolk County Council Lib Dem Members

Aylsham division (Aylsham, Blickling, Brampton, Burgh and Tuttington, Buxton with Lamas, Marsham, Oulton)

David Harrison, 01263 735316

Hevingham and Spixworth Division (Beeston St Andrew, Frettenham, Hainford, Hevingham, Horsham St Faiths & Newton St Faiths, Spixworth, Stratton Strawless)

Dan Roper, 07920 441970