Your Abbey ward team, Cllr John Braithwaite, Cllr Klaar Dresselaers and Barry Smith

Cllr John Braithwaite

John has lived in Wimbledon for over 30 years, so can safely say that Wimbledon is his home. Before he retired, he worked as a business analyst both for a small consultancy and for a manufacturing company. This took him throughout the UK as well as such places as China, South Africa and Romania.

On retirement, he and his wife considered following friends to live in the country, but they realised that all they liked doing was close by, and they loved living here. If elected, John is looking forward to making use of his business skills in understanding issues and finding practical solutions to improve the lives of those he represents.

John was elected Councillor for Abbey ward on 5th May 2022.

Cllr Klaar Dresselaers

Originally from The Netherlands, Klaar has lived in South Wimbledon since 2010. Formerly a primary school teacher, she now works as a university admissions officer. She loves our area and wants to see an end to rubbish and fly tipping on our streets.

Klaar was elected Councillor for Abbey ward on 5th May 2022.

Barry Smith

Barry has lived in South Wimbledon for the last eleven years, since returning to the area from a decade spent in The Netherlands. He also works in central Wimbledon as a computer programmer. Prior to joining the Liberal Democrats Barry was an active environmental campaigner and believes the Lib Dems now offer the best approach to tackling environmental issues in British politics. He was the initiator of Merton Lib Dems’ campaign for better electric vehicle charging in the borough.

Barry’s main concerns for the area are the amount of litter and fly-tipping of our streets and the council’s lack of action on the climate emergency.


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