Thank you for taking the time to look at my web page. I hope to use this web site to advise you of my work as a County Borough Councillor representing Croesyceiliog North Ward and my role as an Executive Member on Torfaen Council's Cabinet.
May 2008 - Richard signing his Declaration of Office witnessed by Torfaen's Chief Executive, Alison Ward CBE
I have lived in Croesyceiliog all my life and was educated at our local schools where I have since returned as a governor. My higher education was at Aberystwyth where I graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree. I returned to university as a part time student whilst working as a local government planner. I graduated from the University West of England, Bristol with a Masters degree in Town & Country Planning. Both degrees have assisted my employment; in local government as a planner and anti social behaviour co-ordinator and in the voluntary sector as a welfare rights advisor for St David's Foundation Hospice Care. Recently I have successfully completed theTorfaen Leadership Programme an innovative leadership course backed by the Welsh Government and Welsh Local Government Association. Having submitted my final project in July 2013 I was awarded a MA. in Professional Practice (Leadership in Public Service) from the University of Wales, Trinity St David.
In 2004 I became a Torfaen County Borough Councillor representing the Croesyceiliog North Ward. During my first term on the Council I became the Chair of the Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee. I also became Chair of the South Torfaen Action Team, a multi agency team dealing with community safety issues in the Cwmbran area.
When I returned to the Council in 2008 I was appointed to the Cabinet and became the Executive Member for Regeneration. This was an exciting position given the breadth of activity the Service area was responsible for. Since then I have had the Corporate Governance port folio and Health Social care & Wellbeing portfolio. In December 2016 I was elected Deputy Leader of Torfaen Council commencing the role in January 2017. In addition to my duties as Deputy Leader I have retained the Health, Social Care & Wellbeing portfolio. This has provided me a new challenge which I am enjoying and with the new Leader, Anthony Hunt, looking towards May's elections and beyond.
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The Council now and in the past have also appointed me to represent it on several outside bodies: Bronafon Community Housing Association; Education Achievement Service; Torfaen Voluntary Alliance; Gwent Frailty Joint Board and the Congress Theatre. This has given me an insight into a wider range of subjects.
That said my basic remit is as a Ward Councillor and I have to balance my Executive duties with those of serving the Community of Croesyceiliog North. In that role, I have frequently acted as an advocate for my constituents taking up their concerns with Council departments, residential social landlords and other outside bodies. Additionally I have expertise in representing residents at licensing and planning hearings. Where intervention has not been necessary, I have assisted with paperwork and/or signposted constituents to appropriate agencies.
My first Council experience was on the Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon Community Council where I am currently Deputy Leader of the Labour Group.
If you have an issue or concern in relation to the Council or ward, Richard and his fellow Councillors hold a regular ward surgery between 11:00 and noon on the second Saturday of every month at the Community Council Offices, Woodland Road Sports & Social Centre, Woodland Road, Croesyceiliog. No appointment is required.
You do not have to wait until a ward surgery please contact Richard directly between surgeries. Since January Richard has been undertaking street surgeries where the Labour team comes to you to find out your local concerns