Camden Council candidates 2014

Our election issues include social and affordable housing, a better economy with fair pay for workers and support for local businesses, cleaner air and safer streets, and a more transparent democracy.

We have a full manifesto of policies for Camden - and see more about our housing strategy here

There are three Green Party candidates in each ward, so that every voter has the chance to cast three Green votes.

Candidates at the town hall

Find out more about your Green Party council candidates for this May's local elections. Click on a ward to jump to your candidates.

If you want to contact any of the candidates, please get in touch via or call 020 7388 8969

Camden Town with Primrose Hill
Fortune Green
Frognal and Fitzjohns
Gospel Oak
Hampstead Town
Holborn and Covent Garden
Kentish Town
King's Cross
Regent's Park
St Pancras and Somers Town
Swiss Cottage
West Hampstead



Since first being elected in 2006, Maya de Souza – along with other Green Councillors in Camden and neighbouring Islington – has been influential in achieving action by the LibDem/Conservative and Labour Councils, including 20mph speed limits, a Living Wage for council staff and in many outsourced contracts, and a highly energy efficient state-of-the-art block of housing in Highgate Ward.

Maya is now stepping down after 8 years as Highgate's Green Councillor and urges everyone in the ward to support our new Green team of experienced and skilled local campaigners.

Sian BerrySian Berry and Maya de Souza
Sian first stood for the Greens in Highgate ward in 2002, coming within 40 votes of winning a seat. Sian was London Mayor candidate for the Greens in 2008 and now works as a campaigner on road policies for the charity Campaign for Better Transport.

Sian says: "I’ve lived in NW5 since 2001, and first worked with the Greens on the successful campaign to reject a proposed redevelopment of Swain’s Lane shops in 2002 - an issue that never seems to go away. I’m also hugely concerned about the cost of housing, the horrific levels of air pollution we suffer, and preventing even more cuts to services in our area, and I will be campaigning hard on these issues. Camden urgently needs more Green representatives like Maya, making sure voices, issues and principles that don’t otherwise get a fair chance are heard loud and clear."


Matt JohnstonMatt Johnston
Matt Johnston was born and raised in Camden and currently works as a senior designer at one of London's leading architectural practices.Having lived and worked in a number of different countries, including in Amsterdam and Haiti.

Matt has a broad range of experiences and is keen to use his skills and knowledge to help shape a green and sustainable future for his own neighbourhood. A firm believer in social equality, Matt believes that the Green Party is the natural choice for anyone who believes in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future.

Robert McCrackenRobert McCracken
Robert McCracken QC is a leading planning and environmental lawyer and has lived in Camden for over 20 years. He is actively involved in local organisations and is a founder and currently Chair of the Friends of Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Robert says: "As a society we consume too much, but share too little. We do not value enough our heritage. We need to change our way of life - but it can be better. It is quality of life, not quantity of goods that matters. For too long politicians have unconsciously accepted the opposite - because they have not had the strength of mind to stand up to big business."

Gospel OakConstantine Buhayer

Constantine Buhayer
Constantine is well known in his ward. He rose to third place in the recent Gospel Oak by-election, beating the LibDems. As a Camden native living in Gospel Oak, he has a strong track record in local issues. From community reconciliation projects in the early 90s to heading successful delegations to the Council over Queen's Crescent library and community associations. He has participated in training projects including for the Safer Neighbourhood Panel. He campaigns for tenants' rights and is active across the regeneration projects.

He is on the the Faith-Leaders Forum and serves every Sunday for a charity in a local luncheon club. He is passionate about transmitting Gospel Oak local memories and history and working to bring together younger and older residents. He is a writer and teaches.

James MarshallJames Marshall
James says: "I grew up in Devon in the middle of Dartmoor, I was always outside enjoying the beautiful countryside around where I lived, and so the careful management of the natural world has always been very important to me, this became more so when I moved to the city. I first moved to Wales to read archaeology at Cardiff University, and then subsequently to London. At first in Camden Town and I have now lived in Gospel Oak for 7 years. I love the area, I like the mix of people and cultures and the fact it's got such great open spaces is massively important, and makes living in such a huge city a joy."

Jane WalbyJane Walby
Jane has lived and worked in Camden for 30 years and is now retired. She has an interest in mental health provision and services to the vulnerable of our community, and is a member of Camden Mental Health Forum and has participated in Adult Social Care consultation days. She is also a member of Camden Fairtrade Network and a volunteer usher at the Roundhouse.

Jane says: "Gospel Oak has a diverse and vibrant community but exhorbitant house and rental prices are pushing out those in medium and low price occupations out of the area. Addressing this imbalance is a challenge."

Camden Town with Primrose HillBen Van der Velde

Ben Van der Velde
Ben is a professional stand-up comedian and a member of the campaign to stop Camden's draconian busking rules. He will be challenging three ward councillors who all voted to introduce one of the harshest busking policies in modern UK history, against Green opposition, in November.

 >> read more about Ben and the campaign here

Nicola HartNicola Hart
Nicola has lived and been educated in North London since childhood and has always been a strong supporter of green issues, especially since her children were born. She is a trustee of the health education charity, WiredChild, raising awareness of the effects of mobile phones and phone masts on children. As a documentary film maker she has made campaign films for WiredChild and STAG (Schools Travel Action Group) lobbying Camden council to provide a dedicated bus service for transport to schools.

Nicola says "I feel passionately about the need to curb urban pollution levels in our area with more tailored local public transport and cycle routes. I am very opposed to HS2 running through Camden and if elected I will represent the community on these and all local green issues which impact negatively upon the local area."

Daniel RosenbaumDaniel Rosenbaum
Daniel was born in St Johns Wood and attended University College School in Hampstead and Southampton University. He has lived in Primrose Hill for over 20 years.

In the 1980s Daniel worked in various advertising agencies, but decided he was no longer inspired by raising the market share of a baked beans company, and so moved industry. In the 1990s he made documentaries, mainly for Channel 4 but also for the BBC. These were mainly current affairs programmes and included several Dispatches as well as three documentaries in the acclaimed Trial & Error strand, which focussed on miscarriages of justice. Additionally, he worked on Channel Four News as a producer. Since 2005 he has been a web publisher and is keen on raising the profile of green issues on a local and global level.


Darren MurphyBelsize

Darren Murphy
Darren is a teacher, who lives in Camden and works in Belsize Park. He is a keen cyclist and keen to promote cycling as the environmentally friendly, healthy alternative to traditional forms of transport. He has a strong interest in creating a safe and liveable community, which caters to the needs of all residents. He wants to assist all community members to transition to a Green, sustainable future, whilst protecting and enhancing the current amenity of Belsize Park.

Rowan St ClairRowan St Clair
Rowan St Clair was born in Camden and has lived here all her life. She studied philosophy at Cambridge University. Volunteering in community gardens sparked an interest in urban green issues and led her to study environmental energy at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. She also qualified as a community food poverty worker and recently helped to set up a Camden food bank, where she volunteers when her toddler permits!

As a local mother and carer, Rowan is deeply concerned about the effects of the cuts to the social care budget and of the lack of affordable housing on individuals and communities.

Stuart TaylorStuart Taylor



Sam Gage
Sam is 27 years old and currently lives in Kilburn. He is a Senior Technical Designer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in Soho, where he is working on the recently announced Project Morpheus.

Sam GageSam grew up in Devizes, went to college in Bath, university in Staffordshire then lived in Portsmouth for most of five years before moving to London at the beginning of last year. In his free time he goes rock climbing, makes indie games and is currently helping a man in Uganda to raise funds for a community project and get cheaply connected to the web.

Dee SearleDee Searle
London-born Dee has lived in Camden since 1999, apart from a spell in New York for the United Nations children’s charity Unicef. She has been a Trustee of Home Start Camden and on the Steering Committee of the Weekend Arts College on Haverstock Hill. Dee started out in the media, including at Channel 4 Television and as a foreign correspondent for The Guardian, Time Magazine and BBC World Service.

More recently Dee has worked for charities and campaigning organisations, including Oxfam, Amnesty International and Aids 2013. She is currently involved in launching IF - This University is Free, an initiative that aims to provide free education in the humanities for young people deterred from university by high fees. Her first green action was at the age of 10 when she organised a petition against the proposed demolition of Clapton Pond in Hackney.

Shana TufailShana Tufail
Shana has lived in Kentish Town for five years, before that in Camden for three and has worked full time at a university in Bloomsbury for 8 years. Previous to moving to London she lived in Wales and Scotland.

Shana is a member of various organisations and groups including Camden Fairtrade Steering group, London Universities Environmental Group and voluntary skill share group Greeniversity. She is a keen supporter of NUS Green Impact scheme for greening universities and helped her university gain the NUS Green Impact Bronze award and FairTrade status. She is an avid cyclist and keen to see cycling infrastructure around London improved for all and for the dangerous levels of air pollution across the city to be tackled. She is also keen to see a rise in volunteering across Camden and a growth in the sharing economy on a local level.

She is currently campaigning for fossil fuel divestment and supports the Move Your Money campaign. Shana joined the Green Party after realising that many of the issues she is passionate about were aligned with Green Party values.



CantelowesFran Bury

Fran Bury
Fran Bury grew up in Cantelowes ward, attended Kentish Town C of E Primary School (where she was later a Governor) and now lives and works in Camden.  She has a first class degree from Oxford, and worked for five years in local government before moving to the voluntary sector.  She is also a Director of We Own It, which campaigns for public services to be delivered for people not profit.

Fiona FirmanFiona Firman
Fiona has lived in London for 9 years and in Camden for the last two. Originally from Shropshire, she is interested in connecting with her local community plus protecting and developing green spaces in the area for promoting health, wellbeing and a greener, more sustainable environment. Fiona works as a social worker and has a passion for promoting rights and social justice. She feels that the Green Party reflects these values wholly. Through her work she has seen, first hand, some of the devastating effects on individuals and local communities of the cuts in housing and welfare.

Victoria GreenVictoria Green
Victoria has lived in Kentish Town since 2006, and  stood as a candidate for the Green Party in the 2010 local government elections, and in a by-election in 2008. A former solicitor, Victoria currently divides her time between childcare, her work as a co-ordinator at The Thanet Youth and Community Centre in Kentish Town West, and active involvement as a governor at Rhyl Primary School, which has since her appointment become a leading Camden Eco School.

Fortune GreenLeila Mars

Leila Mars
Leila has been resident in Camden for eight years, and has two children under 10 years old in Camden schools.

Leila says: "I really appreciate being part of its rich and diverse culture. My work as a teacher, mentor and community health worker has brought me in touch with some of Camden's most vulnerable residents including NEET learners, older persons, those living with long term conditions, and homeless families. I believe all people have the right to full and prosperous living."

Lucy OldfieldLucy Oldfield
Lucy is a single mother with green issues at heart.

She says: "Pollution is considered a dirty word in my household. I am also a supporter of Greenpeace and Globalzero which I feel complement the Green Party. I would like to see more help in draught proofing for the winter and incentives and aids for reducing energy consumption generally, including how to avoid or limit air conditioning and still be comfortable in the summer."

Juan JimenezJuan Jimenez
Juan was born in Spain and has lived in the UK for ten years. After completing postgraduate degrees, he became a university lecturer in International Business and Spanish Studies.

Juan says: "I have a strong commitment to local issues and progressive politics in the Camden area. I'm particularly concerned about the housing crisis and the lack of appropriate private and social accommodation for tenants."



Frognal and FitzjohnsCharles Harris

Charles Harris
Charles Harris is a writer-director for cinema and TV, who has won international prizes for his work, including films campaigning for the environment and fair trade in food. He joined the Green Party when it was still the Ecology Party. He has lived and worked in Frognal and Fitzjohns Ward since 1983, taking a particular interest in local affairs and the quality of life in the neighbourhood.

Stephen WestStephen West
Born and raised in Kent, Stephen has now resided in the West Hampstead and Hampstead area for ten years.  Trained as a lawyer with experience in both the private and public sector, Stephen currently works for the NHS.

Stephen is proud to represent the Green Party which he feels is the only forward thinking political party at the moment and who fully understand the huge importance of green issues.

Ed Ross


Hampstead TownSophie Dix

Sophie Dix
Sophie Dix is an actress for film, television and theatre and a screenwriter, and has been a resident of Hampstead for almost twenty years. She has two young daughters who go to a local state school. Sophie was very involved in fighting - successfully - the proposal for over-development of the nurse's home in New End for seventeen highly expensive luxury apartments, and has been involved in trying to save The Old White Bear pub, which is ongoing. She also stood as the Green candidate in the by-election in the ward last September. >> Read more about Sophie.

Maisie KingMaisie King
Maisie has been a resident of Camden for the last ten years and currently attends Camden School for Girls Sixth Form.

Maisie says: "So many of my generation are so disillusioned with politics that they won’t vote in the next elections. I think that the Greens are the only party fighting for sustainable policies and committed to representing all of our community."

Prashant VazePrashant Vaze
Prashant Vaze has been a resident in Camden for eight years.  He was a governor at Parliament Hill School for four years and also lead several projects locally to help people reduce their gas and electricity use. He currently works in a pensions company where he leads the numerical analysis and financial modelling function. He's worked as a civil servant in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and also as an economist in the consumer movement.



Charlotte CollinsCharlotte Collins
Charlotte is a journalist and translator who has worked for, among others, the BBC World Service and German international radio. She holds a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University, and has lived in Camden for much of her adult life. Charlotte strongly believes that we need to do more to address climate change and other environmental issues by investing in renewable energy sources, combating pollution, recycling and reducing waste, and encouraging more sustainable lifestyles.

Una Sapietis
Una has lived in Camden for thirty years, moving to NW3 from Somers Town in 2011, and has been a Green party member for fifteen years. She works as an events organiser in the voluntary sector and has also been involved in campaigns for community benefit from the Kings Cross development and setting up a women’s health group. She is particularly interested in social housing – protecting what we have and building more, greener homes – and air quality which affects many thousands of people in Camden.

Andre Lopez-Turner


Nikki BrainHolborn and Covent Garden

Nikki Brain
Nikki studied International Politics at Aberystwyth University, which sparked her enthusiasm for the environment, and the movements trying to create fairer and greener societies. During her time as a student she co- ran the campus Young Greens group and helped start a student allotment project. She moved to Camden last year and is enjoying getting involved in local groups, including trying to set up a community energy initiative in the area.  Nikki works in public affairs and is a novice gardener, keen surfer and yoga enthusiast.

Eve MullenEve Mullen
Eve has lived in Camden for 2 years, but has been a staunch Green voter for much longer. She came to realise the importance of putting environmental issues front and centre of politics while analysing the effects of climate change in the UK during her Engineering degree. She is a keen gardener and grows her own vegetables using Camden municipal compost.

Anthony Quinn
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Anthony recently moved to London to take up a role as a researcher in Environmental Planning at UCL. Before coming to the UK, he spent seven years working for the Irish Civil Service Office of Public Works where he held posts as Press Officer, Ministerial Assistant and Project Manager on flood relief engineering projects. Anthony is deeply passionate about environmental issues and has been an active member of Comhaontas Glas - the Green Party of Ireland, for many years. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, running and playing chess.


Kentish Town

Jack ParkerJack Parker
Jack Parker lives in Kentish Town and works as a conference producer. He stood for the Greens whilst a student at University of Cardiff, getting the highest percentage of votes for any Green in the city. Jack has also been involved in campaigns on better housing and protecting community spaces.

George HoughtonGeorge Houghton
George Houghton is a student at King's College London. From Brighton originally, he has been a member of the Green Party for several years and has worked on two by-elections in the area, as well as being a member of environmental awareness teams for much of his young life. As a social democrat, George is strongly committed to protection of the environment and the less fortunate within society, and feels that in an age which will be defined by climate change inflicted upon future generations, now more than ever youth should have a strong voice in government.

Alaa Owaineh
Alaa Owaineh has worked as a consultant and researcher for a number of commercial organisations and charities. Pursuing his interest in the role innovation can play in achieving sustainable development, Alaa has completed an MSc at Birkbeck College, while working, and is now working full-time on his PhD at the University of Surrey, researching the transition of the UK energy system to sustainability.

As a child, he lived with his family in different parts of the world including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jordan and Palestine, before finally settling in London in 2004. Alaa has been living in Camden since 2007. Alaa has always been interested in environmental issues, but recently joined the Green Party. He said: “I joined because it is the only political party asking the right questions about where our economic system is taking us, and how it is affecting people and the environment.”



Sarah AstorSarah Astor
Sarah is the mother of two university students studying in Cape Town and Chicago and has been a resident of Camden for 25 years and a long-term environmental campaigner. She volunteers as a part-time gardener and activist on environmental projects (Transition Belsize, Transition Primrose Hill, Permablitz, and Capital Growth) and is a trustee and founder of various charities including the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, the Organic Research Centre, Asylum AId and the Prisons Video Magazine Trust.

Sarah is now focusing on actively raising awareness of the need to prevent runaway climate change by the serious reduction of climate changing gases. She enjoys bicycling in London, yoga, dancing at Cecil Sharpe House and live music in Camden's wide range of great venues.

Richard BournRichard Bourn
Richard has lived in Camden for over 25 years and been involved in several local traffic and conservation campaigns. During much of that time he has worked for national environmental lobby groups, most recently the Campaign for Better Transport. He is familiar with planning policy and processes.

Priority issues for the borough, in Richard’s view, include:  the protection of local services and provision of social housing, the protection of open space and the historic fabric, the need to tackle traffic volumes and dramatically improve facilities for walking and cycling.

Sheila HaymanSheila Hayman
Sheila Hayman has lived in Camden for 14 years and has been a committed Green for longer. She rides a bike everywhere, doesn't fly except when absolutely necessary, and writes the Mrs blog, which attempts to see the funny side of the righteous life. Her Quaker upbringing has given her a strong sense of social justice and egalitarianism, and priorities that value experience and engagement over possessions.

She is standing in the belief that since the other main parties have capitulated to an obession with getting reelected at any cost, the Green party has become the only one with genuine principles, achievable ideals, and the commitment and intelligence to see them through.


King's CrossBrian Gascoigne

Brian Gascoigne
Brian Gascoigne was a professional keyboard player and arranger for 30 years until retiring in 2006. He has been a life member of the Greens and of Friends of the Earth for over 25 years, and has lived in Camden all his grown-up life. Brian was active in Highgate ward during the campaigns that saw three Green Councillors elected there, and will be again during this election.

Dominic KendrickDominic Kendrick
Dominic was born in East London, and has lived and worked in the Kings Cross area for the past 6 years. Dominic is a keen environmentalist and has campaigned in many social justice movements including Camp for Climate Action, UK UNCUT and various cycling related actions. He worked for Amnesty International for 5 years, and is currently working for the The Guardian.

Lewis Sullivan


Regent's Park

Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones moved to Camden last year and is a chemistry student at UCL. He is strongly interested in social justice, human rights and sustainability and supports the Green Party due to their commitment to these principles and integrity. In his mind the biggest issue facing the Regent's Park ward is a lack of affordable housing.

Stephen PlowdenStephen Plowden
Stephen Plowden is a retired transport planner, with an especial interest in the environment and the impact of transport on everyday life. His involvement with planning in London goes back to the mid-1960s. At the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s he was heavily involved in the successful fight against the London motorway plans. Later he helped defeat the plan to widen Archway Road. He also helped the Covent Garden Community resist the GLC's plan to redevelop Covent Garden in order to allow many more cars. As well as opposing follies, he has been involved for a very long time in arguing the case for better treatment for pedestrians and cyclists and for more bus priorities One of his interests is road safety; he was a co-opted member of the Camden Council committee that looked at road safety a few years ago.

Nick Seston


St Pancras and Somers Town

Matty MitfordMatty Mitford
Matty is a political campaigner and ambulance dispatcher and has lived in Somers Town for 15 years. She’s head of volunteering for The Black Fish, an ocean conservation organisation in Amsterdam and also works part time for the London Ambulance Service, so now splits her time between Camden and The Netherlands. She's previously worked for anti-ID cards lobby group NO2ID and Boris Keep Your Promise, a group set up to hold the London Mayor to account over his failure to live up to manifesto commitments on increasing rape crisis funding in London.

Matty left school at 16 with no qualifications but has since passed A levels at the Westminster Kingsway College. She says: “It’s vitally important that young people who do less well at school are still encouraged to succeed, rather than being written off. I want to work to ensure there are ways to help them get ahead."

Koonal ShahKoonal Shah
Koonal is a senior economist at the Office of Health Economics, a research and consultancy organisation. He has a bachelor's degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Nottingham, a master's degree in Health Economics from the University of York, and is currently enrolled as a part-time PhD student at the University of Sheffield. Koonal was born in the borough and lives in Camden Town with his wife, Sarah.

Jim WiddowsonJim Widdowson
Jim has lived in Camden all his life and went to local schools, St Michael's and Richard Cobden. He worked as a builder. He has been involved in the community for 40 years  and since 2011 has chaired the Camden Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations. He is a strong advocate for more social housing, has campaigned against the bedroom tax, for better policing, on environmental issues like green spaces, and is for a more open and trasparent approach on the part of the Council in particular regarding the Community Investment Programme.


Swiss Cottage

Tom FranklinTom Franklin
Tom Franklin has become increasingly concerned with the environment, and has moved from being active in the Labour Party to the Green Party due to his belief that global warming is the greatest danger facing society.  He can often be seen cycling around the area.  At a local level he supports better public transport and cycling provision to serve the community and reduce carbon emissions

Tom has a background in computing and learning technology, working with universities across the country to enhance teaching and learning through the use of computers.

Helen Jack


Sheila Patton
Sheila Patton has lived in Dartmouth Park, Camden for 41 years. She taught social work students for 26 years at the Royal Free and at UCH for a number of years. Sheila has campaigned on social justice issues for many years and at present is particularly involved in the campaign to protect the NHS which she is extremely passionate about. Sheila has been a member of the Green Party for approximately 5 years and is committed to the ideals of the party.

Sheila says: "The Green Party is the only party to vote for if you want to hold the Council to account and have proper questions asked of officers and Cabinet Members."


West Hampstead

Richard GriffithsRichard Griffiths
A nature lover from an early age, Richard has been involved in environmental work throughout his career. Following a first degree in Economics, he worked in campaigning and communications for conservation organisations in the UK and Australia. After gaining a Masters in environmental technology at Imperial College, Richard worked in senior domestic and international climate change policy roles at Defra and the DECC. He currently divides his time between energy efficiency consultancy Parity Projects and the UK Green Building Council. Richard is married to Lauren and has recently become a father for the first time.

Zane HannanZane Hannan
Zane Hannan is originally from Southern Africa. He lived through the transitions in both Zimbabwe and South Africa, and so is unafraid of the extent of the changes our current society needs to endure to survive. He was an actor and director, and worked in theatre and other media for over a decade, including with the South African public broadcaster, the SABC. He then ran an Anglican seminary in rural South Africa for several years, Currently, he is teaching English in London.

Zane is particularly passionate about educating and empowering young people in being creators of the green world we are all working towards. He believes that the green agenda needs a much more energetic base of creative science and technology to support it, and so will give particular attention to re-invigorating education in scientific and artistic domains.


Quentin Tyler
Quentin Tyler was born in London and lived close to Parliament Hill until his family moved to the Midlands in the 1970s. He played a part in the Walsall by-election campaign of 1976, where his father stood as the first ever by-election candidate for the newly founded Green Party. Quentin went on to become an environmentalist himself, returning to Camden to study Architecture at University College London and then photography at the London College of Printing. He now works from his Dartmouth Park home as a freelance photographer.

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Candidates at the town hall