Louie was first elected to Bexley Council in May 2014 and is currently the Chairman of the successful Pension Fund alongside a number of council committee appointments. He also volunteers as a School Governor at Welling School alongside his full time career in the City.
Residents will regularly see Louie out litter picking, volunteering in the community and taking pictures of any issues that he finds. In addition to this, Louie is out with Nigel and Val most weeks knocking on resident’s doors discussing their concerns both locally and nationally.
Louie is extremely proud to represent the ward that he has lived in for most of his life. He was educated at Westwood College and Blackfen Sixth Form before studying History at undergraduate level and Finance and Economics at postgraduate. Prior to his career in the City, Louie also worked in a Welling High Street shop where he gained experience in listening to the concerns of local residents. As a daily commuter he also shares the frustrations of the current transport infrastructure and continues to lobby for better services.
Inspired by his family and friends efforts in fundraising for local causes, Louie decided to become more active in the local community and has gone on to complete a number of charity challenges. These include the annual Santa Dash in Danson Park, a 100km overnight cycle for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, a 50km walk for Demelza Children’s Hospice, and his personal highlight the Virgin London Marathon for Whizz Kidz, a fantastic charity which provides specialist wheelchairs and support for children.
Nigel Betts is widowed with a grown up family and was first elected to Bexley Council in 1974. He has served on most Council Committees and over the years he has chaired many of them.
He was Deputy Mayor 1999-2000 and served as Mayor in 2007-2008. A former TA and T&AVR soldier he represents Bexley on the Council of Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadet Association and is Chairman of the East Wickham & Welling War Memorial Trust and the Falconwood & District Horticultural Society.
He is also a Governor at Bishop Ridley Primary School and Eltham College, and is leading the new Charitable Trust that has taken on the management of both Falconwood and St Michael’s Community Centres.
Val Clark first served on the Council from 1990-1994 and after a break from politics was re-elected in 2002 and has been ever present since. Val was previously Chairman to Bexley Police Community Consultative Group (now called the Bexley Community Policing Engagement Group and the Bexley Police Sector Group).
Recently retired, Val had worked within the Driver Training and Examining arena for most of her professional life. She has been Chairman of the Community Affairs Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and both Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Road Safety Consultative Committee.
Val is currently a governor at Hook Lane Primary School, having previously been on the governing body of both Bexleyheath and Welling Schools. Her special interests are within the Planning, Traffic, Road Safety and Policing portfolios.
The team work closely with our local MP and are supported by a dedicated committee of members and activists from the local community.