I have lived in the Southwell area for 34 years. With an engineering degree and initial training in the aircraft industry, I spent almost my entire career in the oil exploration industry. This entailed working, living and travelling in many areas of the world - an enlightening experience. I retired in 2004 and have restarted doing many of the pastimes that a busy family and working life precluded. Although I wasn't flooded in the 2013 event, I am very aware of the sensitivity of Southwell to heavy and rapid rain, so I am also active within the Flood Forum. I love living in Southwell with its amazing environment and it is one of my goals as a councillor to maintain this beauty and protect it where possible from the pressures of an increasing population.