I was first elected in 2011 to Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council supported by the Liberal Democrats, at the time I was one of the youngest Councillors in the country at the age of 18.
In 2012 my fellow Councillors on the Town Council elected me Deputy Mayor and just a year later I had the honour of being elected Mayor of Cirencester, in doing so I became the youngest ever Mayor in the United Kingdom. I was the Mayor for two years between May 2013 and May 2015.
I decided to stand for Gloucestershire County Council at the 2013 local elections. After running a long and high profile campaign I was elected with a big majority achieving over 55% of the vote.
I was born in Cheltenham and grew up in Cirencester attending Powells C of E School and Cirencester Deer Park School.
While at secondary school I volunteered with the Cirencester Cyber Café youth club, an organisation that took young people off the streets and gave them a safe place to hang out after school. I stayed involved until 2012 when sadly the facility closed down.
You might also recognise me from the endless hours I spent working behind the bar in the Crown in West Market Place!
My decision to stand for Council was a very personal one, after being the victim of a violent attack in Cirencester, I was shocked to discover that CCTV monitoring hours had been cut but the District Council. My attack was in view of a camera and had someone been watching that night, the offenders might have had justice served.
I questioned the decision to cut monitoring hours at a meeting of Cotswold District Council and felt fobbed off by the answer I received. The local Lib Dems supported my call for monitoring hours to be reinstated and approached me about standing for Council. The rest is history!
Since being elected my priority has been to make sure residents are stood up for at the three Councils. For too long local people had been taken for granted by out of touch councillors.