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UPMINSTER WARD

Cllr Linda Hawthorn

Cllr Ron Ower

Cllr Chris Wilkins

CRANHAM WARD

Cllr Gillian Ford

Gillian FordA graduate in Humanities and a councillor since 2002, Gillian is a member of a number of Council committees. She also holds several external posts, including being a trustee of Havering Theatre Trust and on the Cranham Police Ward Panel. Outside of Havering, Gillian has roles with the City and Regions Board, EU Exit Delivery Board, LGA Brexit Task Force and on the EU Committee of the Regions. She is also a Member Peer with the Local Government Association and a Champion in Mental Health, Dementia and Domestic Violence. A founder of the Upminster Dementia Choir, Gillian is currently Chair of ‘Havering’s Residents’ Associations’.

Cllr John Tyler

A former police officer, John worked in Newham for 12 years before transferring to Havering in 1999. He later specialised as a Designing Out Crime Officer, working with the building industry to incorporate crime reduction measures in new developments. He left the Met in 2017 and now works locally. John is married with two children, who attend local schools. He was first elected as a councillor in 2018 and sits on the Planning and Licensing committees and is a member of the Crime and Disorder sub-Committee.

Cllr Linda Van den Hende

Apart from a very short break, Linda has been a Residents’ Association councillor since 2006. Linda has served on various council committees and was Mayor of Havering for 2017/18. A retired HR Director in both Local Government and the Metropolitan Police, she has also been a magistrate and is a member of the Upminster Police Ward Panel. Linda is a trustee of both ‘First Step’ and ‘Havering Volunteer Centre’ charities, with her fundraising activities including abseiling and parachuting.