We have assembled a brilliant team of candidates for the local elections for Warwickshire County Council.

You can find out more about our candidates below by finding your division from the list below.

Alcester Division

Susan Juned

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 01789 762751

Facebook: Susan Juned Alcester

Twitter: @susanjuned

Susan is District Councillor for Alcester Town and is the leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Stratford District Council.

She is the Chair of several organisations in Alcester, including Alcester’s Town Hall and the Roman Museum.
Susan is also the Chair of Litter Free Alcester, which organises the Big Spring Clean and the Alcester Youth project, which raises funds for youth facilities. Susan is a Trustee of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and a Trustee of Act on Energy - an energy efficiency charity.

She is the Vice Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which checks the performance of the Council.

Last year she led a working group that advised the council on ways to tackle climate change effectively. She was able to use her professional expertise in energy efficiency, climate change, resource efficiency and biodiversity.

Susan's Top Three Priorities:

 Fairer - We need a recovery that is fair. During the pandemic we’ve seen our communities come together, with people volunteering for a huge range of tasks. From health provision to food poverty, everyone who needs help must be treated fairly.

● Caring - The County Council must do more to support mental health and care services. There has to be joined up working between the NHS and the county council’s care services, to provide effective and affordable solutions.

 Greener - There is no Planet B. Liberal Democrat councillors have been at the forefront in promoting the green agenda on both our county and district councils.

To learn more about Susan's campaign, download her Focus leaflet HERE

Arden Division

Karyl Rees

Karyl is a retired teacher who has lived in Warwickshire for most of her adult life. 

She taught in Henley-in-Arden and was a teacher
representative on County-level committees.

 

Bidford & Welford Division

Manuela Perteghella

Phone: 07741 010677

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Cllr Manuela Perteghella

Manuela is the District Councillor for Welford on Avon and was elected just over 1 year ago – possibly the last Lib Dem by-election victory before the lockdown in March 2020

Originally from Rome, Manuela has lived in the UK all her adult life and is locally active in her community: she is a School Governor for the local primary school and she has actively supported various groups in the village. She had a background in Higher Education and the arts. Sne divides her time between being an effective District Councillor and teaching at university. She's married to Dr Bruce Horton, an environmental economist, and has three children at local school.

As a District Councillor Manuela is already campaigning about the issues that matter to our communities, such as fighting poorly planned and inappropriate development, traffic, demanding action on the lack of infrastructure, proposing a local food poverty action plan, protecting our biodiversity and green spaces and safeguarding our beautiful villages.

Three Good Reasons to Vote for Manuela:

 Hardworking - Manuela has a long record of hard work all year round - she doesn’t just pop up at election time! The interests of our community will always be a priority for Manuela.

Our Villages are important - Manuela will campaign for our area to get a fair share of national funding to support Covid recovery measures.

 The Green Agenda - Manuela and Liberal Democrat councillors have been at the forefront in promoting the green agenda on county and district councils.

To learn more about Manuela's campaign, download her Focus leaflet HERE

Feldon Division

Nick Solman

Phone: 07834 074466

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @Nick Solman

Nick lives in Long Itchington with his wife and young daughter and has lived in Coventry and Warwickshire for most of his life. He works at Warwick Business School as a Researcher for the Strategy and International Business Group, specialising in UK Energy Policy. Prior to his career in Research he worked in Surveying for a number of years, latterly with Bigwoods in Stratford-upon-Avon.

His family have a long association with this area. During WWII his grandfather was evacuated to Wormleighton, near to where his Aunt and Uncle managed the reservoir at Boddington. Nick’s Great-Uncle also worked at Jaguar for several decades after he left the Army. Nick’s wife completed her teacher training at Fenny Compton School.

Nick is a keen sportsman having played hockey locally for the last 20 years and has been chairman of Leamington Hockey Club. Nick says ‘It’s not just about local government services, local communities are full of clubs and organisations that are at the heart of the community. As a local councillor it’s vital to work closely with these organisations and give them support. During the pandemic - and before - I’ve seen first-hand how these groups have been vital in mobilising local people to help each other in times of need.’

Nick's Top Three Priorities:

 Fair - Our rural communities deserve to be treated fairly. People need to know they can get a school place or that there are enough doctors.

 Caring - The County Council need to recognise that care should be provided here as well as in the towns, taking into account rural isolation, with flexible coverage whether it is care services or mental health.

 Greener - There is no Planet B. Liberal Democrat councillors will work to restore and generate biodiversity, expanding and safeguarding our green spaces.

To learn more about Nick's campaign, download his Focus leaflet HERE

Kineton & Red Horse Division

Elizabeth Greetham

Elizabeth has a strong record of community service, having previously been a councillor for Moreton Morrell parish council and a trustee for Shipston Home Nursing and Young Minds Matter. She has has over 25 years’ experience in strategic people and organisational development.

 

Shipston Division

John Dinnie

Phone: 07769 938689

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Shipston Liberal Democrats

Born and brought up in Edinburgh, John and his family have lived in Shipston for many years. Now retired from a varied, cross sector engineering career, John feels he has the time and energy to contribute to his local community. He is active on the town council - Planning Committee, Heritage and Leisure Projects Working Group, and Finance Working Group.
John’s interests around Shipston include being a trustee of the League of Friends of Shipston Hospitals, and a volunteer worker for Shipston Area Flood Action Group (SAFAG). He attends Health and Wellbeing Partnership meetings and the Children and Families workstream. He has a special interest in reopening Badger Valley Children’s Centre and redevelopment of the Ellen Badger Hospital.

John's Top Three Priorities:

 Fairer - Everyone in our community deserves to be treated fairly. From health provision to food poverty, we are committed to making sure that everyone who needs help is offered help.

 Caring - The county council should move more resources towards supporting those with problems, whether it is mental health or care services. There is enormous concern over the future of the Ellen Badger Hospital and I will do all I can to protect the local facilities that are needed in our area.

 Greener - There is no Planet B. Liberal Democrat councillors have been at the forefront in promoting the green agenda on the county and district councils. We will promote ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, to cut waste and increase our recycling.

To learn more about John's campaign, download his Focus leaflet HERE

Southam, Stockton & Napton Division

David Booth

Email: [email protected]

David has had 8 years’ experience as a county councillor and 4 years on the District Council.

David is a retired soldier and civil servant. He enjoys working with local councils and community groups, and has a record of helping them engage with the district council and other authorities to protect, repair and where appropriate develop their communities and activities. He works with individuals to prevent and resolve problems.

 

Stour & The Vale Division

George Cowcher

Phone: 07812 584432

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Stour & The Vale Liberal Democrats

Twitter: @georgecowcher

Aged 66, George was born at the Monroe Devis in Stratford and first lived at Clifford Chambers. He lived for many years in Quinton and now is in Wellesbourne.

A Chartered Town Planner specialising in economic development, he has been a Director of a Regional Development Agency and latterly Chief Executive of regional Chambers of Commerce in North East and South West England and the East Midlands. He is now largely retired. He has three grown up children and three grandchildren: Kate is a lecturer at St Andrew’s University in Scotland, Christopher is Head of Policy and Communications for a rural charity and lives in Shipston and Anna is a teacher in Leamington. All had a fabulous start to their education, firstly at Ilmington Primary School and then Chipping Campden High School.

George was County Councillor for the old Wellesbourne County Division, which covered much of Stour and the Vale, from 1985 to 2005. He was a constant thorn in the side of both Conservative and Labour administrations, always standing up for the interests of south Warwickshire villages. He led on financial issues and attended Cabinet meetings. He chaired the Rural Affairs Working Party and the Stratford Area Committee. He sat on the national Local Government Association and Police Committee. Locally he was at various times a Governor of Quinton and Ettington Primary and Kineton High Schools. He lists amongst his greatest achievements on the council: keeping Loxley School open, securing traffic calming for many villages, protecting home to school transport and maintaining the County’s interest in care homes when the Conservatives wanted to privatise them.

To learn more about George's campaign, download his Focus leaflet HERE

Stratford North Division

Cohl Warren

Phone: 01789 295970

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Cllr Cohl Warren Howles

Cohl has lived in Stratford and the surrounding district for over 30 years. During this time she worked for a large local company implementing best practices across the sites in both the UK and Europe. She has degrees in Art, Social Work and Psychology. 

Cohl is a Stratford Town Councillor for Avenue ward and since being elected has been involved in a number of environmental initiatives including the St Peters Graveyard Conservation Project. She is Vice Chair of the Climate Emergency Panel and is passionate about helping biodiversity and safeguarding our environment. Cohl is part of the Stratford Support Group, working to support residents since the start of the Covid lockdowns.She has degrees in Art, Social Work and Psychology. Cohl is a Stratford Town Councillor for Avenue ward and since being elected has been involved in a number of environmental initiatives including the St Peter’s Graveyard Conservation Project. She is a committee member of Stratford in Bloom.

She is Vice Chair of the Climate Emergency Panel at the Town Council. She is passionate about helping biodiversity and safeguarding our environment. She is part of the Stratford Support Group, working to support residents since the start of the Covid lockdowns.


Cohl believes in keeping in regular contact with residents throughout her ward and not just at election time. She welcomes the opportunity to work at County Council level as she knows that there is so much she can do to support residents and be their voice at the County Council.

Three Good Reasons to vote for Cohl: 

 Hard Working: Cohl has a record of hard work all year round; she doesn’t just pop up at election time! Cohl will press for funding for measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality to help support a sustainable town centre.

 Green Agenda: There is no Planet B. Cohl will work to improve biodiversity and expand and safeguard our green spaces. She believes there is much to be gained from applying the wilding approach to small restoration projects across the town.

 Caring: Covid has exposed inequalities across the country and in our town. The link between food security and mental health is well recognised. We are committed to ensuring that everyone who needs help is offered help.

To learn more about Cohl's campaign, download her Focus leaflet HERE

Stratford South Division

Kate Rolfe

Phone: 01789 550624

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Councillor Kate Rolfe

Kate has lived in Stratford for 23 years and is an experienced County Councillor with a proven record of hard work and achievement. She believes in keeping in regular contact with residents and residents’ community groups, not just at election time, but all year round.

Kate has been Chair of the Stratford Support Group run by the Town Council and the Town Trust, ensuring that people get the help with shopping and other needs during these difficult times. ‘It’s amazing how the community has come together over the last year’, said Kate. ‘I’m determined that this is something that we build on for the future’.

A governor at Alveston C of E primary school for 21 years, Kate also runs 'tea and chat' sessions for older people at the Rosebird Community Hall Covid permitting! At the County Council she takes a particular interest in health matters and sits on the Adult Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Three Good Reasons to Re-Elect Kate:

 Fairer - Everyone in our community deserves to be treated fairly. From health provision to food poverty, we are committed to making sure that everyone who needs help is offered help.

 Caring - The county council should move more resources towards supporting those with problems, from mental health to care services. We must ensure more joined up working between the NHS and the county council’s care services, to provide effective and affordable solutions.

 Greener - There is no Planet B. Liberal Democrat councillors have been at the forefront in promoting the green agenda on county, district and town councils. We will work expand and safeguard our green spaces.

To learn more about Kate's campaign, download her Focus leaflet HERE

Stratford West Division

Jenny Fradgley

Phone: 01789 266369

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Stratford Guildhall Ward

Twitter: @FradgleyJenny

Jenny has lived in Stratford-upon-Avon for over 40 years and has always been active in our community. She taught at Stratford High School, now Stratford School, for a large part of her career. She was Head of the sixth form, giving her a good insight into the needs of young people in our town and the challenges they and our schools face after the pandemic.

As the current county councillor for our area Jenny is heavily involved in a number of community groups. She is a keen supporter of FOSS (Friends of Stratford Station), working with a number of organisations to ‘wild’ the area in and around the station, a scheme she is keen to extend to other parts of the town. She is a member of Friends of the Earth, the Cycle Forum, the Stratford Society and the Town Transport Group.

Jenny believes that the pandemic has seen themcommunity working at its best, with volunteers coming forward in large numbers. ‘We need to keep that volunteer spirit going’, said Jenny. ‘The town faces many challenges in the next few years and we must work together to bring about the regeneration we need’.

Three Good Reasons to Re-Elect Jenny:

 Hard Working - Jenny has a long record of hard work as your county councillor. To save money and be more effective we need more joined up working: between the NHS and care services and between our county and district councils.

 Our Town is Important - Jenny will campaign for Stratford to get a fair share of national funding to support Covid recovery measures. Shops and businesses are closing and affecting the character of our town.

 The Green Agenda - Jenny and Liberal Democrat councillors have been at the forefront in promoting the green agenda on county, district and town councils. We will promote ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, to cut waste and increase our recycling.

To learn more about Jenny's campaign, download her Focus leaflet HERE

Studley Division

Clive Rickards

Phone: 01527 852180

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Studley Liberal Democrats

Clive is the current County Councillor for Studley. He has previously served on Stratford District Council and was twice Chairman of Studley Parish Council.

A retired teacher, Clive has degrees in Economics and Politics and Philosophy. He taught in a Secondary school, in further education and in a sixth form college, giving Clive a good understanding of the needs of young people in our villages and the challenges they and our schools face after the pandemic.

On the County Council he was Chairman of the Council in 2017-18 and has served on the Corporate Parenting Panel for looked after children. He has a strong interest in planning and served on the County’s Regulatory (Planning) Committee and was a member of the Studley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Clive believes that the pandemic has seen the community working at its best, with volunteers coming forward in large numbers. ‘We need to keep that volunteer spirit going’, said Clive. ‘Our villages face many challenges in the next few years and we must work together to bring about the regeneration we need’.

Three Good Reasons to Re-Elect Clive:

 Hard Working - Clive has a long record of hard work as your County Councillor. He recognises that food poverty and mental health issues are of increasing importance for funding allocations, and will prioritise these issues.

 Our Villages Are Important - Clive will campaign for our area to get a fair share of national funding to support COVID recovery measures. He will keep pressing for funding for measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality.

 The Green Agenda - Clive and Liberal Democrat councillors have been at the forefront in promoting the green agenda on the county and district councils. We will work to improve biodiversity, expanding and safeguarding our green spaces and defending the green belt.

To learn more about Clive's campaign, download his Focus leaflet HERE

Wellesbourne Division

David Johnston

Phone: 01789 841100

Email: [email protected]

David has lived in this area since 1986. His children went to local schools, and he uses the services you use. He has been a member of both the county and district councils for this area. He has been the chair of both Wellesbourne and Newbold Pacey and Ashorne Parish Councils. He was the Community Safety Ambassador for the previous Police and Crime Commissioner.

David initiated and has helped produce the Walking and Cycling Guides for Wellesbourne and surrounding villages. He initiated and help organise the Wellesbourne Beer Festival. He has been a Trustee of Stratford Mencap, and is currently a Trustee of and chair the Board of a local charity tackling fuel cost and waste, Act On Energy.

For several years David worked for the county council. He was part of the team which introduced what is now known as Extra Care housing, provided locally at Ettington Lodge. He led the work with Stratford Mencap to provide independent living for people with a learning disability.

Three Good Reasons to Vote for David

 Fairer - Everyone in our community deserves to be treated fairly. From health provision to food poverty, we are committed to making sure that everyone who needs help is offered help.

 Caring - The county council should move more resources towards supporting those with problems, whether it is mental health or care services.

 Greener - There is no Planet B. Liberal Democrat councillors have been at the forefront in promoting the green agenda on the county and district councils. We will work to restore and generate biodiversity, expanding and safeguarding our green spaces.

To learn more about David's campaign, download his Focus leaflet HERE