David Brown, Richard Burton and Marcus Andrews are the Liberal Democrat candidates for Bearwood & Merley.
David Brown has lived in Bearwood and Merley for over 25 years. He was first elected to represent the Merley & Bearwood ward in 2007 and has been re-elected in 2011 and 2015. David is a graduate of Bournemouth University and following a successful career in the local Financial Services industry, he now dedicates his time to working for the local community through his involvement in many charity and community projects. He works voluntarily as a Trustee and Chairman of Kinson Community Centre, a Trustee and Vice Chairman of Bearwood Community Centre, and a committee member of Bearwood Social Club. David was an approved foster carer for Poole Council for many years and has fostered over 50 children and teenagers. He is also a member of the Dorset Police and Crime Panel overseeing the work of Dorset Police.
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Richard Burton has lived locally since his first teaching job back in 1986, he has since lived in Merley for 22 years with his wife, daughter and dog Lexi. He taught at many local schools and risen to Head of Science and Head of Year. Richard is passionate about environmental issues and plays a leading role in Merley Win on Waste. Since retiring, Richard has been an active member of the local community as a coordinator for the Merley Neighbourhood Watch and an Ambassador for the local charity Ideas2Action. When not out and about walking his dog, Richard enjoys cycling, tending to his allotment, brewing craft beer and an eclectic mixture of music.
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Marcus Andrews is married to Sally and has lived in Merley for 18 years and his step-daughter and twin daughters have attended local schools. Marcus is a Chartered surveyor dealing with commercial property helping Merley shop tenants since the early 1980’s. Having worked for a local firm of estate agents since leaving school, he is now one of their Directors. Marcus lived in Bournemouth for several years and twice stood for the Lib Dems there. When living in Christchurch in the early 1990’s he was the 1st ever Lib Dem elected Councillor and went on to Chair that Council’s Policy & Resources Committee, helping Diana Maddock who was the Lib Dem MP at the time. Out of work Marcus enjoys among other things, supporting AFC Bournemouth.
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