Statement to voters
I was born and bred in Sheffield, trained as an engineer and have spent most of my working life leading manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire. I am now married with four children: so I have become very familiar with our local schools and hospitals! I have always tried to give something back to the community by being:
- A governor of a local school.
- A director of NHS South Yorkshire
- Chairman of Sheffield’s Training and Enterprise Council (TEC): supporting apprentices and encouraging small businesses.
During my time at the TEC, I worked closely with other Training and Enterprise Council’s to secure £2.4bn of new funding to help improve communities and increase opportunities for people.
In the NHS I focussed on reducing health inequalities and have a reputation for asking the necessary probing questions and for standing up for patients - investigating causes of any underperformance to ensure no one is left out.
It is these skills of investigating root causes of why any community may feel poorly served that need to be brought to the important role of Police and Crime Commissioner. I do not see this as a party political role, indeed a misplaced “political correctness” has led to the needless continuation of many of the problems that had been covered up for far too long.
It is the result of embedded failures of those who should have been in charge, not asking the searching questions they should have been, but one where a fresh look, by someone not tainted by past involvement with the local authorities can ask the questions that people in the past didn’t want to ask or have the right skills or determination to probe or follow through.
If elected, I will work tirelessly with communities across South Yorkshire to rebuild trust, based on openness and solid foundations. I will stand up for victims of crime and those in fear of crime.
This statement was added by Ian Walker, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: UK Parliament elections, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for Sheffield, Hallam
- 2018: Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for Sheffield City Region Combined Authority
- 2017: 2017 General Election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for Sheffield, Hallam
- 2016: Police and Crime Commissioner Elections 2016, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for South Yorkshire Police
- 2015: 2015 General Election, as the Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for Sheffield, Hallam
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