Friday, 26 November 2010

Muir and Lockhart Alliance candidates for Holywood

The Alliance Party have chosen Bill Lockhart and I to stand for election to North Down Borough Council next year in the Holywood District Electoral Area.

Adam Harbinson and Christine Bower will stand in Ballyholme and Groomsport, Tony Hill and Anne Wilson in Bangor West plus Michael Bower in the Abbey area.

Aged 34 I was born and bred in North Down and work in a professional capacity as a Manager with Translink after being employed as a Manager in the field of Customer Relations, Marketing and IT with a range of arts organisations such as the Grand Opera House, Belfast Festival, Ulster Orchestra and the Arts Council. 

I currently serve as an Alliance Party Councillor on North Down Borough Council representing the Holywood area. I was co-opted to replace Dr David Alderdice in July 2010 after he stood down due to work commitments. I also serve as Chairperson of the local Alliance Party Association in North Down and a member of Alliance Party’s Central Executive Committee. 

I am committed to listening and acting upon the concerns of local people and businesses and building a new peaceful, open and welcoming society which respects difference. I actively work to assist local businesses and support job creation. 

As a keen environmental activist I am also involved in a range of projects to support the creation of a cleaner, greener North Down with sensible planning. I am a eager amateur athlete competing in road runs across Ireland and believe our local parks and sporting facilities should be protected and enhanced.

I am currently leading a number of campaigns such as Save our Reservoirs, Stop the Kinnegar Sewage Smell, Bicycle friendly Borough, Battle to re-open King John’s Highway plus Holywood 5k Race. I am also closely involved with projects such as Holywood YOUnite Festival 2010 and Holywood Shared Services and Spaces.

I am active in a range of organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Holywood Residents Association, Holywood Conservation Group, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Sustrans, European Movement plus Amnesty International. I am an Independent Member of North Down District Policing Partnership and graduated from the University of Ulster Magee Campus in Derry / Londonderry in 1999 after studying Peace and Conflict Studies.

Dr Bill Lockhart retried as Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Agency at the end of August 2010. Since retirement Bill is active in the local community and is in the process of setting up a Men’s Shed in Holywood – based on the successful Australian model which has delivered positive outcomes in terms of men’s well-being whilst offering practical services to the whole community. He is also on the Working Group for Shared Spaces and Services.
Bill is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist who has worked within the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland for over 30 years. More recently he served as Chief Executive for the Extern organisation from April 1994 to June 2004. He has longstanding knowledge and expertise in both community development and the role of the voluntary sector.


Bill is a graduate in psychology and philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, and holds postgraduate qualifications in counselling psychology, including a doctorate from Aston University in Birmingham. He holds a range of leadership and management qualifications including a diploma in strategic management. Most recently he completed a short course in leadership in retirement run by Common Purpose and the Said Business School (Oxford University). Bill is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Bill has lived in Holywood for 26 years and prior to that in Bangor. Bill has a range of interests, including painting, photography, photojournalism, learning Irish and sports psychology but is to be found most cold and wet winter weekends managing a youth rugby team.

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