Party: Liberal Democrats
Division: Seaford South
5 Chapel Close
Phone: 07517 988174
Twitter : twitter.com/cllrCLambert
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The best thing about politics is being able to help people with their concerns or simply to get their voices heard if they are concerned about local issues.
I believe it is a great benefit to work, as I do, as part of a strong team who all support each other. Colleagues often have expertise that I don't have and are generous with their time and help.
I am particularly concerned to try to get some investment into Seaford to provide better local facilities and a better environment in the town. At a general level, this is supported by all the councils and also by some very active local groups such as the Seaford Partnership. I look forward to working with them all over the next four years.
More about me
I am actively committed to representing the views of Seaford people. I was proud to be elected to Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council in May 2007, and to East Sussex County Council in June 2009. I have used every opportunity positively to raise issues of concern to local residents.
In my work as a councillor, I draw upon my previous experience of working at senior management level in local government. I believe that this enables me to communicate effectively with officers to ensure that Seaford residents receive the best possible advice and support.
Outside of council work, I teach students at the University of Cambridge who are undertaking a master's course in social enterprise. I also work as a social enterprise and regeneration consultant, helping businesses who trade for the benefit of their local communities. This portfolio of work adds to the relevant experience I bring to the role of county councillor.
But how did I get here?
My family have lived in East Sussex for four generations. My great-grandparents started a village shop in Barcombe and my grandfather was chair of Barcombe Parish Council, so perhaps being a councillor is in my genes!
I was inspired to stand as a councillor as a result of the change in government policy which enables assets (buildings or land) to be transferred to the community for their use and benefit. I have set up and run such an organisation, so I know at first hand how successful this can be and how empowering to local people.
I was privileged to be elected as the 10th Mayor of Seaford and used this role to bring about democratic change and to develop civic partnerships.
I introduced and supported the election of a Young Mayor of Seaford – the first in the south east region. Almost 1,000 young people voted in this election which was hotly contested by four inspirational young people. During my mayoral year, I focused on the private individuals in the community who keep the town going – economically and socially – and want to continue to build on these links as a county councillor.
Seaford is a lovely place in which to live and work, set as it is on the edge of Seaford Bay with the downs as a backdrop.
However, like any community, it has its challenges. It has suffered from a lack of investment as it has grown. For example, we desperately need more health facilities, youth facilities and a swimming pool for the community. These are some of the issues on which I will continue to work over the next four years.
Many of the residents are older people – one of the best experiences of polling day in June 2009 was when I took a lady of 100 to vote!
My home life
I am married with two children.
My spare time
In my spare time I am a professionally trained singer and I knit socks! I am also undertaking research for a PhD in the fiction of Elizabeth Gaskell so can often be found in a dusty archive!