David Simmonds

David Simmonds has served as an Ickenham councillor and Hillingdon’s Deputy Leader since 2002. He was a Hillingdon councillor for Cowley ward before the boundary changes of 2002. He has led on education and children's services and overseen the progress of the borough in raising standards for children, with over 90% of schools now good or outstanding (OFSTED) and every child able to get a local school place.

His national work has included chairing the LGA Children and Young People Board from 2011-15 and the Improvement and Innovation Board 2015-16. As chairman of the Asylum and Refugee Task Group he led the political work with government developing the Syrian resettlement programme and the National Transfer Scheme to support refugee children.

David’s professional background is in finance, where he worked for high street banks after qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Insurers in 1997. Born in Kent and educated at a comprehensive school in Pontypridd, then at Durham University, he has been Hillingdon’s Deputy Leader since 2002.

He was previously a non-executive director at NHS Hillingdon, and at European level, he was a founding member and chairman of the education employers’ organisation for Europe. He also served as co-ordinator for the Education Commission of the Committee of the Regions and in negotiations with accession states and potential members on local government matters.

In politics, as well as being a councillor, he contested two parliamentary elections and serves as treasurer of the national Conservative Councillors’ Association.

His voluntary work includes service as a magistrate in North West London, as a trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation, and as a member of the Congress of the Council of Europe.

He was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Birthday Honours List.

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Duncan Flynn

Duncan was first elected to Hillingdon Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2018 to represent Northwood Hills ward where he lives.

Duncan serves as the Vice Chairman of the Council’s Social Care, Housing & Public Health Policy Overview Committee and North Planning Committee.

Becky Haggar

Becky was elected to serve Eastcote & East Ruislip in 2014. Becky has been a Hillingdon resident all her life and has three daughters, all educated at the local schools.

Nick Denys

Nick was first elected as Councillor for Eastcote and East Ruislip on 22 May 2014. He has an interest in local community groups, is a qualified community mediator, and has coached football at youth clubs near where he has lived. He is passionate about Localism.

Ian Edwards

Ian has been a Councillor since 2014 and has lived in the borough since 1981. He is Chairman of the Central & South Planning Committee and the HS2 Planning Sub Committee and a member of the Social Care Housing & Public Health Scrutiny Committee.

Henry Higgins

Henry has run a series of business ventures and is currently managing director of two companies. He became a Harefield Councillor in 2002, working tirelessly for its regeneration. He was instrumental in the campaign to save Harefield Hospital.

Jane Palmer

Jane was elected Councillor for Harefield Ward in 2014. Jane has lived in Hillingdon all her life and currently lives in Harefield.

John Hensley

John has been a Councillor since 2002 and has lived in Hillingdon for the past 37 years and been associated with the Borough for well over 45 years. He is married and also has two married sons and four grandchildren.

Raymond Puddifoot

Ray has lived in the borough all of his life and is Hillingdon’s longest serving Council Leader. The driving force behind delivering financial stability, good management and civic pride in Hillingdon, Ray has also championed the needs of older residents.

Richard Lewis

Richard was first elected as a Northwood councillor in 2002 and today as well as representing Northwood, he is also the Cabinet Member for Central Services, Culture and Heritage.

Carol Melvin

Carol is married to Andrew and they have two Daughters both happily married and two Grandsons aged 26 years and 2 years. Carol’s early married life was spent traveling with her Husband who was an Army Bandmaster. When Andrew retired after serving 22 years they settled in Northwood in 1996.