Further information on each councillor is available on the London Borough of Havering website, by clicking on individual names.
Oscar is a lifelong Havering resident and has lived in Upminster for 28 years. A retired Senior Local Government Officer, he has worked at a strategic level across a wide range of council service areas, and strongly believes that local authorities can and should be in the business of supporting the most vulnerable in our society whilst aiming to change people’s lives for the better. Oscar has a Masters Degree in Landscape Amenity Management and a Diploma in Management Studies. He is a former member of the Upminster Hockey Club and his children went to the Coopers Company & Coborn School. As a Rotarian Oscar helps to raise funds for local charities including First Steps and the St. Francis Hospice. Elected in May 2022, Oscar is the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People as part of the first independent led Council across London.
Chris was elected onto the Council in May 2018 and serves on the Highways’ Advisory Committee, the Overview and Scrutiny Board and the Town and Communities Overview Scrutiny Committee. He also takes an active interest in Council finances. Chris has a wealth of experience following a career in the Public Sector, specialising in the housing field, having worked at a senior level for a number of Councils and Housing Associations. He is the Chairman and Deputy Leader of the Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association and the Upminster Organiser for The Bulletin. He is heavily involved with council/community matters within Upminster Ward and serves on the Coopers Company and Coborn Educational Foundation.
Jacqueline has lived in Corbets Tey, Upminster for over 20 years. She was elected in August 2023. She has a background in the legal profession in administration and junior management, spanning 40 years. Jacqueline is a former practising Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and has an NVQ in Management. Jacqueline’s involvement with the Upminster & Cranham Residents Association goes back to 2007 and she was the Chair of the Association for several years. She was also a joint-Area Coordinator for deliveries of the Bulletin. She has a keen interest in our heritage, preserving our Green Belt and champions local government being run by local people. Jacqueline’s main focus is on dealing with Upminster ward related issues (and any that affect Upminster and Cranham jointly), whilst also ensuring she keeps abreast with issues which affect the Borough as a whole.
A graduate in Humanities and English Literature, Gillian has been a Councillor since 2002. Gillian is Deputy Leader of Havering Council and Cabinet Member for Adults and Health. She is the Chair of the Havering Health and Wellbeing Board, Deputy on London Councils Leaders’ Committee, representative on Greater London Employment Forum, a member on Havering Joint Forum, representative on the LGA General Assembly and she Chairs the Cranham Police Ward Panel. Gillian represents local authorities on panels for matters such as the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Levelling Up, and the Cost of Living Steering Group. She is a peer mentor, supporting Councillors including those with disabilities. Gillian is the founder of the Upminster Dementia Choir, running the Choir at the Queens Theatre every other Thursday.
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A former police officer, John left the Met in 2017 after 30 years service and now works locally. He is married with two children. He was first elected as a councillor in 2018, having become involved with the Residents’ Association as he strongly believes that local government should be run by local people and not overly influenced by national party politics. John edits the UCRA website, helps put together the Bulletin and co-ordinates Bulletin deliveries in the Cranham area. Having previously sat on the Planning, Licensing and Crime and Disorder committees, he sees his most important role as dealing with ward related issues in Cranham. Following the 2022 Local Elections, John declined to join the Havering Residents’ Association/Labour Party joint Administration, and sits independently on the council, representing the Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association.