David Worsfold for Shenfield on Thursday 04 May 2023

29 Apr 2023
David Worsfold

David Worsfold for 'Shenfield' on Thursday 04 May 2023

David says Brentwood is in danger of becoming a town of missed opportunities under the Tories. Excessive development is swamping our roads and services and destroying the green spaces vital to the health of the community. We should be developing a green town with sustainable development. Time and time again opportunities have been lost to reinvigorate our high streets and town centres. It shouldn't be necessary to fight to keep libraries and other community facilities open as they should be at the heart of town centre policies. Giving people a voice in the future of Brentwood and Shenfield will be my top priority. They have been ignored for too long.

David Worsfold is best known for his work as an award-winning financial journalist, in particular as a writer on the insurance industry and financial services which he has covered for over 40 years.

As well as editing a range of leading business titles, David wrote for The Guardian for several years and has contributed to many national newspapers in the UK. He has appeared on radio and television around the world as a commentator on insurance and financial issues and is an experienced conference speaker and facilitator.

David's first book, Fighting for the Empire, a military biography, was published by Sabrestorm in September 2106. Operation Aerial: Churchill's Second Miracle of Deliverance, about the post-Dunkirk evacuations from France in June 1940, was published last summer.

David has also written several business books, including From Behind the Desk to The Front of the Stage, published in December 2018 by Business Expert Press, for people who need to be confident and skilled presenters as part of their job. Last year he wrote a guidebook for the newly listed Brentwood Cathedral.

David has lived in Shenfield for nearly 30 years and has been active in many community groups. For ten years he led the team that raised £500,000 to restore the original church at Brentwood Cathedral as a parish hall. He sings with choirs at the Cathedral and with local choral societies and represents music groups on Brentwood Arts Council.

David helped start the girls football at Brentwood Ursuline which grew into Brentwood Town Ladies and played at Priests Lane for many years.

Last year, David was heavily involved in helping Ukrainian refugees settle in Brentwood, and for six months had a mother and her nine year old daughter living with him and his wife.

David has also played football at Wembley, been hit for 6 by Graham Gooch and Allan Border, and sung in choirs in front of 80,000 people for the Papal visit in 2010.

David joined the Young Liberals in the mid-1970s, and served on both the Young Liberal and Liberal Students national executives. He served as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Leyton before moving to Shenfield, representing the ward that is the home of his favourite football club, Leyton Orient.

David is married to Mariette Mason, an old Ursuline, with four grown-up daughters and two grandchildren.

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