Ben lives in Clapton in Hackney, overlooking the River Lea and Leyton Marsh and is passionate about promoting and preserving London’s environment and green spaces. Ben joined the RSPB as a child and organised his first campaign against wildlife culling while still at school.
Ben works on the London commuter rail network, winning at the 2013 London Transport Awards for his work with visitors to the London Olympics. Before this, Ben’s career has covered retail, political communications and work as an administrator licensing London private hire taxis.
Ben is originally from Guildford in Surrey, but the family moved to Wales before settling in the West Midlands. Ben has lived in London since 2000.
Within the Liberal Democrats, Ben has served as national vice-chair of Liberal Youth, co-ordinator of the party’s representation at the 2015 London LGBT Pride parade and stood for parliament in Hackney South and Shoreditch. He is currently chair of the Hackney borough party.
Ben co-operates closely with the Liberal Democrat group on Hackney Council and has worked on successful campaigns to promote non-fee paying cash machines, improve access to recycling and limit the spread of betting shops and payday lenders.
If elected to the London Assembly, Ben will give particular focus to issues around public transport, protecting the city’s natural environment and tackling unemployment and adult education.