I was elected in May 2008. I am a community activist and campaigner by background, and have been involved in all sorts of community groups – parent governor, running a Cub pack, setting up a toy library, postnatal support, tenants and residents, regeneration board etc.
Before I was elected, I campaigned against the Iraq War, against the privatisation of the NHS, against the imposition of ID cards, and for better pay and conditions in education and local government. I have also campaigned for the replacement of street wardens, for the retention of sports facilities, for the introduction of outreach library services in inner city areas, and against the closure of local libraries and the Post Office. I have also worked with a group of volunteers in a socially deprived area of the city to set up a library of donated books.
I have given presentations to Thames Valley Police on resident involvement in Neighbourhood Action Groups, and wrote a script and took part in filming for a police training video on antisocial behaviour. I have completed the Community Leadership module of the Postgraduate Certificate in Local Governance for councillors.
I have taken early retirement from my post as a customer services team leader in the higher education library sector in which I gained experience in industrial relations and job evaluation. I also have experience of working in a pharmaceutical factory and in retail.
Since 2008 I have worked alongside residents to successfully save the Headington car park from residential development, save Headington Library from cuts, and retain inanimate red objects (!) including the phone box in Old High Street and the post box in All Saints Road. I serve on East Area Planning Committee and Headington Forward. I have successfully ensured the energy pipe project gets planning permission before work can begin so that all residents have a chance to send in comments. I have worked hard to ensure all residents affected by transport projects like Access to Headington get the information they need to send back informed comments. Working with the Steering Committee of the Headington Neighbourhood Forum, I have championed the Headington Neighbourhood Plan across the City and beyond, and am working hard on community projects including Hear in Headington, safeguarding the Headington shark, securing a governance review and working to setup a business association.
I consider myself very fortunate to be working with such an experienced and supportive ward colleague in Altaf-Khan. We send out regular newsletters and hold ward focus meetings ten times a year so that residents are kept up to date with latest news and current planning applications in their area.
I enjoy serving the people of Headington to the best of my ability!
Ruth’s contact details (e-mail preferred)
Tel: 07789 368300
Address: 21 Thames View Road, Oxford, OX4 4TQ
Ruth is shadow portfolio holder for Planning