Terry has lived in North East London for over 14 years. A housing association tenant in Islington he is a tireless campaigner on issues in his community. Most recently helping his neighbours defeat plans for a "Sainsbury Local" to open in his neighbourhood which would have devastated local independent traders. The son of a former publican he was the first to call upon his Council to protect pubs from opportunist redevelopment, which resulted in a number in Islington being declared Community assets. A father of one, he has been a governor of a number of Islington schools in the last 14 years, becoming chair of governors of Highbury Quadrant Primary School, which was recently rated “Good” by OFSTED.
As an Islington Lib Dem Councillor for over 12 years he gained a reputation of fighting for his community on subjects as diverse as tackling overcrowding, improving the repairs service for council tenants and ensuring that Leaseholders got a fair deal from the Council by fighting high major works bills. A former leader of the council he saw Islington build its first new council homes in 25 years and the rebuilding of nearly all of Islington secondary schools. Housing is a passion of Terry’s having worked in the sector for over 25 years, he recently took the experience he has gained to a new post at a national trade body fighting for good, value for money council services. Terry and his partner Paul are actively involved in a national LGBT homeless charity, which he became chair of in 2013.
He played leading roles in the campaign to Save the Whittington A&E unit when it was under threat by the former Labour government, and fought Boris Johnson's plans to close Clerkenwell and Kingsland fire station, fighting to ensure that the buildings stay in public ownership after Boris closed the stations