Cathedrals ward candidates

A safe Liberal Democrat seat. Two of the sitting councillors - Adele Morris and David Noakes - are standing again. The third councillor, Danny McCarthy, was elected as a Lib Dem in 2006 and later defected to Labour. He is standing down due to ill-health.


Michael Davenport-Cooper


As a new father and a long-term Southwark resident Michael thinks we need dramatic change in Southwark. He believes that the borough has been carved up by the two old local parties who seek are only interested in relentlessly extending the town hall's control over as many things as possible. "Let us have less grand headline grabbing schemes and more emphasis on small sustainable projects that will improve peoples' lives," he says.

Zac Phillips


Zac has had a varied career both in the public and private sectors which culminated in working as a secondary school teacher in London for 10 years rising to assistant principal. His outside interests revolve around sport as he is a keen cricketer and cyclist as well as raising money for charities organising cycling and boxing events. Zac believes passionately in working to advance the chances of talented youngsters from poorer backgrounds. Last year he helped found the local charity 'Kidsgloves', whose purpose is to broaden the awareness and understanding of opportunities available to economically disadvantaged young people by bringing together schools city professionals and sports people to provide a network for success.

Julie Shankly


Julie, 49, is a psychotherapist. Leaving school at 15 with two O-Levels she worked and studied part-time until she gained entry to the University of Wales, gaining a history degree. While at university she helped found a charity for victims of crime in mid-Wales. Julie moved to London in 1990 and now lives in the heart of Bankside. She founded a charity for prisoners and their families in 1992-2000 and attained a Diploma in Criminology as well as an MSc in Psychotherapy. Julie currently works as a carer for her disabled relative. Julie wishes to stand for council to promote cohesion and work towards repairing fractures in Southwark's diverse society. Julie would like to see clean streets and estates, safer places to live and work and a more prosperous and vibrant Borough.


Timothy Martin


No details available.

Ian Pocock


No details available.


Rowenna Davis


Rowenna Davis is a journalist specialising in political and social affairs. She writes features and comment for the Guardian, the Independent and the New Statesman amongst others, and works part time for Headliners, a charity that focuses on providing journalism opportunities for young people particularly at risk of social exclusion.

Charlie Smith


Charlie was formerly a Labour councillor in East Dulwich ward.

Mark Williams


No details available.

Lib Dem

Adele Morris

adele Morris

Adele has lived and worked in Borough for three decades and is married with two children. She has extensive knowledge of the issues in Borough and Bankside through her community development work for Bankside Residents Forum, Bankside Open Spaces Trust and West Bermondsey Community Forum. She has also been on the committee of Rockingham Adventure Playground and her T&RA. She is currently Southwark's executive member for citizenship, equalities and communities.

David Noakes

david noakes

David was a councillor in the borough between 1998 and 2002 and was elected again in Cathedrals ward in 2006. He is currently Southwark's executive member for health and social care. As a professional community safety officer he is experienced helping the police to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and substance misuse. He has extensive knowledge and experience of local government and is committed to being an effective voice and champion for Cathedrals ward residents, voluntary organisations, charities and businesses. His interests outside politics include keeping fit, cinema, travel and eating out. He is also a member of Amnesty International.

Geoffrey Thornton

Geoffrey Thornton

Geoffrey lives on Brook Drive and works at Simon Hughes' office in Bermondsey, as well as teaching music to local children. He recently graduated, and will work hard to improve relations between local students and other residents. Geoffrey is also passionate about improving late-night safety and transport.


Ken Hayes

Ken Hayes

Ken has lived in the ward since 1984. He is governor of St Jude's School and the London Nautical School, a vice patron of the British School of Osteopathy and a former chair of Southwark Chamber of Commerce. His main election platform is the re-opening Lant Street and improving road surfaces which he claims are poorly maintained. He also wants to see more affordable housing and jobs for local people.

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