Meet the next Liberal Democrat Councillors for Bayswater Ward!

We are excited to be launching our campaign as the next Liberal Democrat Councillors for Bayswater Ward, Westminster! Get in touch if you want to get involved, report any issues or concerns in your ward or just to show your support. Meet Sarah, Patrick and Phillip!

Phillip Kerle

Phillip Kerle has lived in Westminster for the past 14 years, together with his wife, Kathy, and three daughters, who are now grown up. Phillip qualified as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia and went on to obtain a Master’s degree in law from Boston University.

Phillip was a leader of the volunteers for the Cities of London and Westminster electorate for the Remain campaign in the recent EU referendum. After the referendum, he was one of the founders of Britain For Europe, (in fact the campaign started in his house in Westminster), a nationwide grass roots campaign established on the basis that the UK should remain in the EU.

Phillip gave up the practice of law some years back and since then he has been a businessman, having run a financial technology company in London. Since selling that business he has established two smaller financial technology businesses.

Phillip is a governor of the board of East Surrey College in Redhill.

Phillip is a keen walker and you will find him walking the length and breadth of the district.

Sarah Ryan

Sarah has lived in Westminster for more than ten years and is passionate about preserving the outstanding quality of life in the borough. As a committed cyclist and avid runner – you can find her circling Hyde Park most mornings – she will fight to preserve our precious green spaces and improve our air quality as councillor. She sits on the governing body of a local primary school, with particular oversight of financial governance, and is proud to support local Westminster cultural institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery and The Photographers Gallery, as a Patron. She has also served as Finance Director for the Junior League of London, an organization committed to eradicating poverty in London.

Sarah became a Liberal Democrat activist in the wake of the Brexit referendum because she felt that London’s unique commitment to international perspectives and liberal values was under threat. She believes that the diverse local members of the Bayswater community need to have their interests represented by a responsive local councillor who shares their values.

Professionally, Sarah is a senior finance professional with an MBA and almost 20 years of experience working in the City of London. She currently works as the Group Corporate Development Director at an AIM-listed technology company.

Patrick Ryan

A ~10 year resident in Westminster, Patrick cares passionately about the community and has a firm understanding of the issues facing the residents and businesses alike. Patrick first came to London with his wife Sarah almost 20 years ago and loves the diversity and special character of our unique and global city. Patrick is a patron of two of the city’s many world class cultural institutions: The National Portrait Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery.

Patrick got involved in politics after the European Union referendum, when the liberal values he has believed in all his life came under unrelenting attack from both the right and the left. Recognising that reasonable people had to stand up for their values, Patrick joined the Liberal Democrats to fight for those of us who have been ignored by national parties pandering to the extreme right and the extreme left. As Councillor Patrick will put the interests of all Bayswater residents at the centre of decision making and ensure Westminster delivers the services the entire community needs.

Patrick’s professional career in technology, finance and consulting spans 20 years supporting companies and government agencies across Europe, Asia and North America. Patrick’s speciality is to help organisations to boost their performance and meet the demanding goals of their disparate stakeholders. Throughout his career Patrick has defined transformational business strategies, developed rigorous operating policies and standards, designed hundred-million pound investment plans and reduced operating expenses.

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