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Councillor Allan Siao Ming Witherick BSc(Hons) (Lond:UCL) FRSA

Liberal Democrat politician

Full job titles:
  1. Liberal Democrat Spokesman Adult Care Services, County Councillor, Hertfordshire County Council
  2. Liberal Democrat District Councillor, St Albans City & District Council
  3. Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Broxbourne 2010
Allan Siao Ming Witherick is half Malaysian-Chinese, half british. His mother’s side of the family trace their roots back to China and were hakka. This is reflected to some extent in Allan's positions today.

Education

Starting at University College London, University of London, Allan Siao Ming Witherick has had both a varied career and education. He was one of the last to receive a full grant, despite which he still had to work every holiday and weekend to be able to pay his way through university even with as much support as his family could provide.

His degree in Physical Sciences covered a wide variety of subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Science, Egyptology, Archaeology, Law and Management.
Whilst there he was also heavily involved in the student union, being awarded Honorary Life Membership of UCL Union and helping to found the UCL branch of ABACUS (Association of British and Chinese University Students).

Other achievements while there included helping to run the Cultural Carnival at Bloomsbury Theatre, being elected University of London Union Anti-Racism Officer as well as other posts and becoming a member of the University of London Council and Senate/Academic Committee.

Work

With a strong work ethic Allan started work with various small jobs from paper rounds to cleaning, through to working in a supermarket. After graduating his focus became the public sector due to his desire to help other people.

Communications Assistant, Hertfordshire Police Authority 2000-2001
Running the public meetings on behalf of the Police Authority and administering their initiative grants scheme he worked across the county of Hertfordshire.

Community Safety Coordinator, St Albans City & District Council, 2001-2002
After less than a year with the Police Authority he was head hunted to St Albans to take on the lead crime and disorder remit. Whilst there he wrote the Community Safety Strategy and Audit as well as a Best Value Review of the service.
Other successes included organizing partnership work with a variety of organisations across the private, charity and public sectors.

Corporate Systems and Research Officer, South Bedfordshire District Council 2003-2009
Leading on consultation activities such as the joint BedsVoice Citizens Panel on behalf of the authority he also provided support for a number of projects ranging from equalities, environment (EMAS) and performance management through to preparing the authorities response to post office closures.

Performance Improvement Officer, Central Bedfordshire Council 2009-current
Turning down the opportunity to be promoted due to political restrictions in local government Allan's work is now more focused on improving performance of the local authority whilst supporting other projects on an ad hoc basis.

Political

Becoming active at a very young age he has held a large number of roles and positions throughout the Liberal Democrat party. This has included representing them overseas with both ELDR (European Liberal Democrats) Party and others.

Public Offices held
  • St Albans North Division Councillor, Hertfordshire County Council 2005 - current
  • Member, Hertfordshire Police Authority 2005-2009
  • Deputy Chairman and Liberal Democrat spokesman, Safer Communities Board, Local Government Association
  • LGA Leadership Centre - Next Generation Alumni
  • Currently Liberal Democrat Opposition Spokesman for Adult Care Services.
  • Batchwood Ward Councillor, St Albans City & District Council 2008 - current
Political Offices held

Current posts include:
  • Chair of the East of England Regional Conference and member Regional Executive
  • Embassy Liaison, Chinese Liberal Democrats
  • Executive member, Liberal International British Group
Other past posts have included being Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Broxbourne in 2010, International Officer for the youth wing and taking part in numerous events in both IFLRY (International Federation of Liberal Youth) and LYMEC (European Liberal Youth).

Voluntary and not for profit roles

Outside of his politics Allan has undertaken an extensive range of roles in the past which lead to him being awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) as a Young Leader as part of the International Year of Volunteering. Since then he has continued to be highly active.

International activity

With a range of different hats Allan been active across several continents with everything from speaking and participating through to running events. In particular a lot of this work has been linked to the Liberal Democrats, Young European Movement and JEF (Young European Federalists) as well as pro-democracy and human rights work in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (just before they had a revolution!).

Past activities have included:
  • Heading part of the British Council delegation to China as part of the UK China:400 project, 2010.
  • Chairing the International Youth Forum in Korea, 2009
  • Running an Asia-Europe Foundation project on how to run youth organisation, 2003
  • Speaking at the European Convention, 2002
  • Main rapporteur for the Asia-Europe Ministers Youth Statement, 2002.
  • Editing several international magazines (both content and layout)
UNISON - Trade Union

Allan has held a number of roles in his trade union including, but not limited to:
  • Eastern Region Executive Member
  • Eastern Region Black Members Secretary
  • National Black Members Standing Order Committee
  • Eastern Region Young Members
  • Branch Communications and International Officer
In other activities Allan previously taught martial arts, was a School Governor and tutored at a school in London.

Professional Services

Although currently employed and elected, Allan undertakes small projects both paid and unpaid in a variety of areas. This has been as diverse as heading part of a British Council delegation to China, running workshops in Serbia, counting votes in Finland to editing international magazines.

Live / Work Region

Currently Allan Siao Ming Witherick's work concentrates in three areas:
  1. St Albans and Hertfordshire, where he is an elected member (Councillor) on behalf of the Liberal Democrats.
  2. Bedfordshire, where he works for Central Bedfordshire Council having grown up in Dunstable.
  3. European and International, due to his roles in various organisations.
Currently a lot of his political and other work takes him in to London and Cambridge

Note : If you'd like to contact Councillor Allan Siao Ming Witherick BSc(Hons) (Lond:UCL) FRSA, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the Enquiries page.


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