The panel consists of local residents and local councillors. We have had two retirements this year as well, so after 2 years of a hard-working panel of 5 members, plus coordinator from Reading Voluntary Action. We are just down to three panel members and are keen to get a few new people on board! Meet our panel members here and find out how your can get involved in the panel too!
Councillor Bet Tickner
I am a very keen walker and my bike is my preferred mode of local transport, I also enjoy yoga and cinema.
I like to do something creative – beading, dressmaking, knitting. Love craft fairs and handmade, individual goods – dislike shopping.
I have been a councillor since 2002 – I am keen to promote environmental issues, especially through local campaigns. I am also keen to build up our local communities in Reading and get more people involved in working within their own community – however they define that. I have been a trustee of the Newtown Information and Support Service (formerly the Rupert Square information Shop) project in Newtown and of Reading Initiative for Tsunami Action (RITA) which works in Beruwela, Sri Lanka, since its inception.
Councillor Mohammed Ayub
I am happily married with four children. I have lived in Reading for over 26 years and started my career working in the retail industry in 1976 for ten years; for the last 14 years I am a self-employed Hackney Carriage driver.
Previously I have voluntarily worked for the Pakistan Community Centre helping to organise various events for the local community. I am currently Branch Secretary for the Transport General Workers Union and I am also involved in many case studies with reference to all Hackney Cab drivers.
My interests include playing cricket and badminton, watching several sports and listening to classical music.
Barbara Kendall is a local resident in Abbey Ward and very involved with Bell Tower Community Association. Thanks to Community First Funding last year, Bell Tower put on a Bell Tower in Bloom competition, encouraging local residents to improve their gardens and create a bit of friendly competition in the area.
Ena Lynch and Bill Howarth
Thank you to Ena and Bill who have been committed panel members for two years. We are now keen to replace these valuable members of the team. To see a full description, see the Get Involved Page