Councillor Karen Collett
Title: Deputy Mayor, Portfolio Holder and Group Leader
Party: Liberal Democrats
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Terms of Office
- 10/05/2010 - 26/05/2014
- 26/05/2014 - 09/05/2016
- 09/05/2016 -
Appointments to outside bodies
Portfolio Holder for Community – equalities, community cohesion, refugees, community engagement, third sector and community groups (outreach and impact) and community services (play/culture/sport, environmental health and licensing)
I became a Watford Borough Councillor in 2010 representing the residents on Woodside Ward, and I was delighted to become a Portfolio Holder for Community in 2015. I never take my position for granted, as to be voted by your constituents is a true honour. Serving your community has always been paramount and loving the town you live in is, for me, the reason I do what I do.
Supporting residents and helping them to resolve their issues are key, as well as being a listening ear when they feel vulnerable or concerned. I have spent most of my life looking out for others and this is something I feel strongly about. I first came to Watford in 1984, living on the Meriden Estate, where I worked and raised my two children- who are now all grown up and pursuing their own careers. I spent many happy years at Meriden JMI School; supporting literacy strategies, speech and language and supporting children with special educational needs. In 2004 I moved to Woodside and was employed at Francis Combe Academy. I feel so fortunate to work with the most amazing, caring students and staff that value education and support the ethos that young people should always follow their dreams- as anything is possible.
I am now a member of Woodside Leisure Centre, attend Community Group meetings and their local events and continue to clean Alban Wood each month, as well as plant bulbs and trees during the autumn season. I visit residents on a regular basis, liaise with the local police and make sure our residents are informed via our local newsletter. Our case work is varied, from Potholes, Housing issues, trees, neighbourhood disputes, parking and highways issues. My Portfolio for Community involves the Voluntary Sector, Small Grants Fund, Culture, Sports, Play and promoting Big Events. Furthermore, Equalities, Licensing, Environmental Health and the Night time Economy.
Time permitting, I love to read, watch films and documentaries, and spend time with my family and visiting places of interest. In addition, I am passionate about Human Rights and I write letters and send e-mails to protest wrongful convictions, racism and injustice in the world- standing up for those who sadly are not in the position to do so.
To contact me, please write, phone or email using the details on this page. My contact details are also published in the "Democrat" newsletter distributed to all homes in Woodside Ward regularly by the Liberal Democrat team.