Until a teenager, I grew up in leafy London SW19, better known as Wimbledon. As a result, although I am not a fanatical sports fan, I do have a soft spot for tennis. The Wimbledon Fortnight was always a slightly challenging time of the year for local residents, the Village was festooned with purple and dark green (the colours of The Championship), all streets were lined with no parking traffic cones, the church field turned into a cream tea venue manned by Brownies, celebrities moved into houses around us (as did the press) and I will never forget my mother’s frustration the time that a stranger, clearly desperate to find somewhere to park, left their car in our front drive, blocking us in.
|Wimbledon All England Tennis Club seen from above|
|1000's of fans queuing to get into Wimbledon|
with St Mary's church and spire behind
picture - Getty images
|Andy Murray - Wimbledon Men's Singles Champion 2013|
How can I add value? I have been elected to represent the public of Lambeth. There are so many issues facing the Borough and its people - reduced funding, wide ranging needs, an ageing population, cultural diversity that requires linguistic skills as well as sensitivity and understanding, challenges including how to have a two-way channel of communication so that people know what is being done/is available to them and to ensure that the Trust is providing what people need and want. Despite coming from medical roots (my maternal grandfather was an eminent professor respected, amongst other things, for his involvement in the design of the iron lung and my uncle championed the establishment of health provision in parts of Africa and the Middle East), I am a former lawyer who works in Human Resources. I would like to appeal to all who are interested or who wish to let the Foundation Trust know of matters that concern them, to reach out to me - by commenting here or contacting me via Twitter ( @KateGL https://twitter.com/KateGL ). I genuinely want to help.