Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE and elected Mayor of Watford
Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE was first elected Mayor of Watford in 2002, when she received 72 per cent of the vote, and was subsequently re-elected 2006, 2010 and 2014 for further four year terms. She was the first female directly elected Mayor.
Dorothy took control of a local authority that was described by the Audit Commission in 2002 as one of the worst performing districts in England. Its accounts were disclaimed by the District Auditor and its services were ranked amongst the most expensive in the country. Under Dorothy’s leadership Watford Borough Council was rated as “Good” by the CPA having moved up two categories in the first three years.
Dorothy has developed and open and accessible style of leadership. She sees the role of Mayor as being someone who will represent the local community within the Town Hall, as well as on regional and national platforms. She confesses that she is the Council’s ‘toughest critic’ in seeking improved services for local residents.
Dorothy is very proud of what has been achieved in Watford. The town continues to flourish and transform and was recently described as the 9th happiest place to live!
Before Dorothy was elected as Mayor she worked as a teacher of students with special needs in local schools, most recently as Deputy Head of Queens School, Bushey, the largest comprehensive school in Hertfordshire.
As well as being a teacher, Dorothy was also a Borough Councillor for 10 years, winning her first seat in 1992. She was re-elected twice more, and held office from 1998-1999 as Watford’s Civic Mayor.
Dorothy is the deputy leader of the Local Government Association Liberal Democrat Group and on the Front Bench Team as Spokesperson for Local Government. Dorothy received an MBE in January 2012 for services to local government and was given a Life Peerage in August 2015.
With Dorothy’s help, the Michael Green Diabetes Foundation was able to hold an awareness roadshow in Watford High Street (in conjunction with Diabetes UK) and run an Eat Fit course at Everyone Active Leisure Centre, Watford (fully funded by Watford Borough Council). We are incredibly appreciative of her continued support for our charity.
Richard Harrington MP (Watford)
Richard was elected as Member of Parliament for Watford in May 2010. Since then he has been working hard in both Watford and Westminster, fighting for the people of Watford on the issues that matter most to them.
Richard was born in Leeds in 1957, the eldest son of a shopkeeper. He worked in the family shop at weekends and school holidays from the age of 10. This gave him what he sees as the most significant values in his life, hard work and enterprise. After leaving Leeds Grammar School in 1975 he was awarded a scholarship to Oxford University to study Law at Keble College.
Upon graduation Richard started working in the Trewins Department store in Watford (now John Lewis) and eventually left to start up a property business with 2 friends. Richard ran the succesfull business for 20 years before going to work full time for the Variety Club Children’s Charity. He was selected to stand for Watford in December 2008.
Richard has always been interested in politics and has long ties with the Conservative Party. He first joined the party in 1983 and has been active in every election since then. He was a Party Treasurer between 2008 and 2010.
In September 2012 Richard was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Richard is married to his wife Jessie and they have 2 sons.
It is with Richard’s help that The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation has managed to achieve it’s current standing as a local charity – his passion for what we are trying to achieve is apparent and his determination and inspiration plays a large part in helping us to achieve our goals.
Dr Michael R Clements
Dr Clements qualified from Kings College, London and the Westminster Hospital in 1976 and trained at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He obtained a Medical Research Council Training Fellowship at the Dunn Nutritional Laboratory, Cambridge, and completed his MD thesis as a Lecturer in Metabolic Medicine at Manchester University.
He continued training at the Royal Infirmary, Manchester, achieving triple accreditation in General Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Metabolic Medicine. He was appointed Consultant Physician at Watford GeneralHospital in 1989 where he was Clinical Tutor for twelve years and subsequently Director of Medical Education.
Dr Clements was Lead Clinician for Diabetes and Endocrinology at West Herts Trust and President of the Section of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Royal Society of Medicine, before taking up his current position as Clinical Director of Medicine at Watford General Hospital.
Dr Clements is also the Regional Adviser in Medicine for NWThames at the Royal College of Physicians where he is a senior MRCP examiner. Currently he is the elected representative of the Regional Advisers in England on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD).
Dr Clements is married with two daughters. His wife Barbara and elder daughter Julie are teachers and his younger daughter Amanda is a doctor. His outside interests are diverse and include music, opera, movies and the theatre, wine, travel, gardening, bee-keeping, reading, sport, ski-ing, motor cycles, boats and cars.
Joanne Green, the founder of The Michael Green Diabetes Foundation, came to know Dr Clements through the diabetes centre that is named after him at Watford General Hospital. His speech at our first Supper Quiz in September 2013 was an inspiration to many people and, with his help and guidance, our links with the Michael Clements Diabetes Centre now offer a greater understanding of the work involved in treating and preventing Type 2 diabetes.