ALL ABOUT GRAHAM DONALD
Graham is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze by-election.
PROFESSIONAL LIFE AS REGULATOR AND ADVOCATE
Graham came to Bristol to work on nature conservation policy with the Department of the Environment. Later, he was appointed deputy clerk of the Privy Council, where he attended Privy Council meetings with the Queen, helped regulate the health professions and led a change management programme.
His civil service experience enables him to read and digest large amounts of written material, and get to the key issues. After the civil service, Graham worked in professional regulation, deciding complaints from the public about barristers, solicitors and chiropractors. This gave him the skill to see where genuine grievances existed and to resolve them within the applicable rules.
CHARITABLE AND PUBLIC EXPERIENCE
For 14 years, Graham was a trustee of the homelessness charity, Crisis Centre Ministries (often known as the Wild Goose) and for much of this time chaired its Board. This fostered an understanding and sympathy for the lives of many of the poorest in our society.
Graham has been a patient member of the National Blood Transfusion Committee since 2008 – the only lay person among several dozen clinicians and health administrators. He helped draft the 2015 NICE Guidelines on blood transfusion. This experience, along with all the others, helped Graham feel comfortable in any company and cowed by no-one.
Graham comes from Taunton and has lived in Oxford, Edinburgh & Essex as well as Bristol. He has been married to Gillian for 40 years. Gillian is Irish and, like other EU citizens, is concerned about the implications of Brexit. Graham and Gillian attend St Mary’s Church, Stoke Bishop.
Their son lives in London with his wife and two small boys. Their daughter lives and works in Bristol and is well-known in Westbury village. She has learning difficulties, with many health issues.
Graham does not value people just for their intellect or for their perceived contribution. Over almost 40 years, he has – like others with family members with disabilities – tirelessly acted as his daughter’s advocate.
Clare was a councillor from 2006-2018, representing firstly Henleaze ward, and then Westbury & Henleaze.
Clare wants to make sure that opportunity is there for all, and that the community can offer individuals the skills, support and sense of purpose to drive their ambitions.
In her private life, Clare enjoys the countryside, especially walking and cycling, and she is a regular concert goer.