Graham is the Vice-chairman. He initiated the campaign for neighbourhood planning in 2014 and has carried out much of the development of NPA, including establishing agreed boundaries and obtaining “designation” from Lambeth Council in 2017.
Living and working in the area for over 50 years and bringing up a family in Norwood, Graham has an insight into how Norwood has changed. He brings an informed commitment to Norwood’s future. Graham served for three separate terms as a Conservative councillor, uniquely representing each of Norwood’s three council wards in turn. Local roles have included; service as an “Ofsted” governor, chairing Kingswood Primary School governors; chairing the Upper Norwood Joint Library Committee; and chairing the council’s former Norwood Area Committee.
Graham believes that local planning by local people can be crucial in engaging young people in their own neighbourhood, promoting a sense of community and encouraging their understanding of Norwood’s history. Graham is keen to promote Norwood’s economic success, attracting inward investment so as to increase employment and raise the local skills base. Critically, NPA should bring out the best in Norwood people, enabling us to shape Norwood’s future for ourselves.