Local elections

The following candidates are stood in the Gloucestershire County Council elections on 4th May 2017:

Chris McFarling

Chris McFarling for Sedbury division

I worked as a Naturalist guide in South America during the 1980s - leading tours in the Galapagos Islands, Amazon and Andes. With a focus on underwater expeditions, I joined the BBC Natural History Unit working in the production of wildlife documentaries. I then gained valuable experience as a Volunteer Coordinator and Project Officer with Community Service Volunteers, working with impoverished communities in Bristol.

Moving to the Forest of Dean in 2001, I became a Dad in 2004. I work part time as a local handyman. My many years voluntary service as a School Governor and Parish Councillor is  integral to who I am. I was elected to serve on the District Council in 2015 as the Forest's first Green Party councillor.

With a PGCE, post-grad diploma in Energy & Sustainable Development, including Climate Change, and first hand experience of the natural world under pressure, a deepening green ethic was inevitable. I consider carefully the long term consequences of my actions.

 David Humphries for Newent division

 David Humphreys moved to Newent (Lakeside) at the age of 28 in 1984, and then to Cliffords Mesne in 1989, where he lives with his partner, Maggie. David benefitted from a state funded education at Bath University (1975-1978) where he gained a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

After several years spent with Philips at their research laboratory in Surrey he moved to Newent.  David worked for Smiths Industries at Bishops Cleeve, and then for Matrox UK in Swindon, before spending a decade running his own business from his home in Cliffords Mesne.  The past nine years has been spent working for GE Aviation (Dowty Propellers). David gained an MBA from the Open University in the early 1990’s and is a Chartered Engineer.

David says:“The 1980s Thatcherite vision, maintained and promoted by all subsequent governments, is mean-spirited, destructive, and totally fails most of the population. We have come to live in a society dominated by greed and materialism, in which fear and mistrust is becoming increasingly prevalent and malign.  We must not fear each other, fight each other, or compete unduly with each other. Our peace of mind and salvation will come from our creativity, courage, generosity, mutual support, and cooperation. This is the lesson that we must now re-learn in building a new, fair, and just society fit for the 21st Century”.


Fiona BowieFiona Bowie for Coleford division


Dr Fiona Bowie has lived in the area since 2002 with her husband and two children. She moved from West Wales in order to take up a position at Bristol University, where she worked until 2010. Fiona is currently a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. She studied at the universities of Durham and Oxford and has a DPhil in Social Anthropology, specialising in Africa, religion and the African diaspora. As an adoptive parent, Fiona has an interest in fostering and adoption and served on the British Association for Adoption and Fostering Research Committee, and as adoption panel vice Chair for St David’s Children’s Society. Fiona has also served as a school governor and parish councillor, and stood as a Green Party candidate in the District Council Elections. Her hobbies include walking the family dogs in the beautiful local countryside and keeping a garden flock of chickens.

I joined the Green Party as a student in Oxford because I care passionately about the environment and support the Green Party’s dual focus on building sustainable local communities while looking for global solutions to the challenges that we all face. As your Coleford County Councillor I will work to defend communities, protect public services and cherish the countryside, towns and villages of the county. I will support investment in clean energy and a low carbon economy, promote local food production and push to end secrecy around multi-million pound contracts. I have been an advocate for renewable energy and will continue to campaign against the granting of fracking licences within the Forest of Dean. I will also prioritise social care, support for adoption and fostering, the provision of quality education, including special needs provision, and increased support for the homeless and all those who have borne the brunt of austerity cuts. Responsibility for the stewardship of public funds is crucial. The secretive and wasteful Javelin Park Incinerator contract, for example, should be reassessed and put out to public tender. As your Coleford County Councillor I will work to build a safe, sustainable local community with good local jobs, improved public transport, better roads, good local schools and enhanced leisure facilities for locals and visitors, with social support for those who need it.


James GreenwoodJames Greenwood for Lydney division

I love Lydney.
It’s been my home for over 20 years – I run a business and have raised my family here.
A Town Councillor for well over a decade, I know the town and the issues.

I would promote Lydney, the Gateway to the Forest, as a great place to do business, a great place to live.
Lydney needs a County Councillor with a vison to take Lydney forward.
As a Green, I would push hard to see the shocking air pollution reduced to protect Severnsiders’ health.
‘Austerity’ is working for no one, and we must safeguard social care and children’s services.
On a County level, I oppose fracking, and strongly object to the ‘white elephant’ Incinerator.
I would work for clean energy, renewables, better public transport and a Lydney-Parkend Cycleway.

For a safer, cleaner future – vote Green, vote Greenwood.
Many thanks.




Louise ElliottLouise Elliott for Blakeney & Bream division

Louise has lived in Pillowell since 2012. She currently serves as a member of West Dean Parish Council, and works locally as an administrator for Citizens Advice Forest of Dean.

Louise says "I love living in the Forest because of its beauty and open access and also because it is very much a working landscape.  I am concerned that these things continue to be under threat from privatisation of Forest land and fracking (and related activities).
I am a member of the Green Party because I believe it offers fair, pragmatic, community-based solutions. If elected to serve on the County Council my priorities would be:

* To improve public transport links, particularly within and connecting to the Forest.
* To fight for young people's access to quality further and higher education within the Forest and to improve the provision of adult education.
* To defend public services. 
* To press for more off-road cycling and walking routes.







Jill RaymondJill Raymond for Cinderford division

Since retiring from social and retirement housing work and community arts l became active in the Forest of Dean Green Party.
I lived at Greenham Common Womens' Peace Camp and remain anti-nuclear weapons and power and more recently anti-fracking.

Our out-dated infra-structures need 21st century solutions. Systems need rethinking in waste management; energy use and supply; transport of goods and people; education and training options; employment contracts and rights; finance and banking. The Green Party has green solutions to these issues.

The health of our natural environment is reflected in human and animal health. More money for more medical treatment does not address the increasingly toxic environment we live in but better community care addresses the suffering.

I think globally but act locally. County level governance and planning is the interface between District Councils and Westminster. The Green voice must be included.