Vicki Macleod lives in Weybridge and cares deeply about our community and local quality of life. Vicki has a strong understanding of issues faced by education, health services, social care and businesses — and she has a great record of getting things done. Many people locally will know her as a contributor to the activities of the Weybridge Centre, or as a school governor. She was Chair of the Friends of Weybridge Centre charity for five years, and is a governor of Heathside School.
Vicki’s background: work in education
Vicki is very familiar with the issues in education and care for vulnerable young people. She is a qualified teacher, lecturer and coach. She taught in a comprehensive and in a residential school for disadvantaged and disruptive pupils. She also worked for 5 years with all special schools in Surrey and secondary schools across Surrey, providing advice and support on vocational education. Vicki is a former chairman of the SE Region Special Educational Needs Network. She became a governor of Heathside School in 2010.
Business skills and organisational accountability
Vicki Macleod is firmly in touch with the needs of businesses, through running a small business, and through helping leaders and managers improve their management and skills. At the University of Brighton she set up the MA in Learning in Organisations, and at Middlesex University designed and ran the MA in Education – Leadership and Management. In recent years she has coached leaders and managers in organisations of all sizes. Vicki brings expertise in organisational accountability and leadership. She is a director of Performance By Design Ltd.
Health and social care
Vicki has a strong awareness of healthcare issues in Surrey, through working professionally with GP practices on improving their practice management, and through family links. Her brother and sister-in-law have been GPs in Surrey for over 25 years. She has first hand experience of services for the elderly and carers, through providing care to her late mother in her declining years, and continuing support to her father who lives in Weybridge. She has been very involved in the activities of the Weybridge Centre for the Community, and was Chair of the Friends of Weybridge Centre for five years.
Action on issues
Vicki believes in the value of communities taking action to bring about improvements in the quality of the environment – locally and globally, and in encouraging individuals to behave responsibly. She has been an active member of the Portmore Park and District Resident’s Association, supporting campaigns to influence Surrey County Council on issues affecting the local community, including the Walton Bridge scheme. She has a strong interest in local issues, and an excellent understanding of how things can be achieved locally (in part through being married to someone who served as an Elmbridge Councillor!).
Building for the future
Vicki Macleod is passionate about helping people achieve the best they can. She moved to Weybridge in 1991 after taking up the role of curriculum leader for special schools with the Surrey Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI). Experience tells her it is possible to raise aspirations and achievement of children, young people and adults with appropriate support, guidance and opportunities.
Vicki is committed to acting in the interests of future generations, believing in stewardship of the environment, provision of stimulating and engaging education, encouragement of a healthy local economy, and careful planning of services to meet the needs of a growing ageing population.
You can rely on Vicki to work on behalf of the people of Weybridge.
Things to fix:
- Safer streets, speed limits more visible, and better enforcement
- Improved parking for Weybridge, off-street coordinated with on-street
- More activities for young people
- Better community facilities, to help give Weybridge a more vibrant heart
- More focused help for older people, disabled people, vulnerable children and their carers
- Safeguard parental choice over local schools
- Protect the local environment, safeguard the Green Belt
- Improve local roads and pavements
- Improve public transport
- Value for money, good quality services!
At a county level, Vicki is committed to help achieve the Lib Dem goal of making Surrey County Council competent and responsive.
To see what Lib Dems in Surrey can achieve, see the Surrey Lib Dem Record of Action and Success