Sue Gower MBE JP
I’m Sue Gower and I live in Bexleyheath. I am a Bexley resident of 34 years, am married (my husband manages a local charity) have 3 children and a grandson.
My eldest son was disabled and as his carer I was involved with many local services, particularly education, health and social care. I wanted my experiences to help others so worked for many years in voluntary roles, including: Belmont School Governor, Trustee of Bexley Crossroads (carer’s charity) and Bexley Magistrate. In 2009 I received an MBE for supporting disabled children and young people in Bexley.
I’ve worked for Bexley and Croydon Councils, Bexley Voluntary Service Council and currently Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board, for which role I have just been awarded NSPCC Child Protection Trainer of the Year.
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watch films, read and exercise to relax and am an experienced cake decorator.
Having been a resident of Bexleyheath for almost 30 years my experience of living in Bexley & appreciating all Bexley has to offer is the same as my residents which has helped me in dealing with many issues and representing them as a Bexley Councillor for the last 8 years.
In that time my particular interest has been the services to the vulnerable – I instigated & have regularly participated in visits to check care homes, have supported various carers groups, campaigned for a new doctor’s surgery, regularly participate in the summer reading challenge for young people and took the lead in tackling loneliness in older people in Bexley (particularly when I was Mayor in 2016/17) a subject that the Government is now pursuing as well.
The role I had as a volunteer and vice chairman for a local carers charity gave me some insight and appreciation of the vital contribution of volunteers locally.
I’m passionate about our borough and our residents and, if elected as a Councillor for Bexleyheath Ward I will continue to work hard for my residents.
I have lived in Bexley all my life and in Bexleyheath Ward with my family for 30 years. Before becoming a Councillor I was a policeman and a youth worker. All our children have attended Bexley schools so I have developed a keen interest in education during this time.
Since being elected in 2010 I have worked hard to keep our pubs, clubs and restaurants in the Broadway operating safely, and represented residents’ concerns against later closing times. I understand people’s concerns about planning applications and overdevelopment of land which impact on neighbours lives, and have helped and supported many residents with these issues.
I am strongly committed to helping our older generations lead full and active lives with a wide range of support, and have taken a leading role in Bexley’s Ageing Well Strategy.
I will continue to support and represent residents enthusiastically if elected again on May 3rd.