Key People

The Executive

We have an executive committee compromising of three members. They are responsible for guiding the organisation and making key decisions.

Neville Watson

Picture of Neville WatsonNeville Watson has been involved with community and youth services in North London since the late 1980’s. He initially set up community sport venues and summer camps for youths and young adults, and was profiled by the BBC for his community work.

He currently leads voluntary coaching and mentoring practices for men in prisons and psychiatric wards to help them back into society. 

Jim Thornton

Jim Thornton PictureJim was a Conservative Councillor on East Hertfordshire Council for eight years, but became convinced that Independent Councillors were a better way forward.

In 2006 he set up East Herts People as a political party to promote the cause of Independents at local level, and fielded thirteen Independent candidates in the 2007 Council election. In 2009 an EHP Independent won a Hertford Town Council by-election, and another EHP Independent came second in a County Council election.

Jim is married to Viv, and they have three grown-up children. A civil engineer by profession, he is a governor of two schools, a trustee of several charities, and runs his own group of companies in property management and surveying.

Dr Steven Ford

Steven Ford PictureDr Steven Ford is a respected retired GP from Haydon Bridge, Northumberland and is married with two children. He is a former student of the Independent MP Dr Richard Taylor, the first consultant he worked for after qualifying as a doctor.

He was Parish Councillor for Burton Joyce and is currently serving on the Development Trust for Haydon Bridge.  He and his wife are currently volunteers for Sustrans (sustainable transport charity) and a local radio station

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