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May 16 2013

Harrow Independent Labour Group: Cllr Krishna James

cllr_krishna_jamesCllr Krishna James – Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Health & Community Well Being

Krishna brings the following key skills to the role:

  • Communication Skills (written and verbal)
  • Professional Health Experience & Experience of chairing Health Scrutiny in the past year
  • Up to date knowledge of Changes in Health & Social Care and an ability to discuss alternatives

Krishna grew up in a multicultural, multiracial town – Mombasa in Kenya. She was 14, when she arrived in this country. She spent her teenage years in Aylesbury and moved to Harrow when she was 21. Following 8 years in Banking, she trained as a Nurse at Northwick Park Hospital. She qualified as a Registered Nurse and worked in and around Harrow for 15yrs.

Suffering ill health she left nursing but went on to University and completed a degree in Art History/Women’s Studies in1996. Krishna has led women’s projects and produced multimedia work for public education, combining her interests in Art and Health. She has volunteered with Harrow User Group and Mindfor the last 20yrs. Her passion is raising awareness of mental health stigma and working to eradicate discrimination. She is a Mental Health Champion Councillor.

Krishna was first elected in 2008 as a result of a by-election; her share of the votes was 43%. This is her second term as a Marlborough Ward Councillor and she firmly believes in Labour Values of Social Justice, Fair play and Equality.

Krishna lists hers priorities as:

Mental Health

  • Children’s Health – access to Emergency Care needs to be looked at so it is available to all our residents. Children’s health is different from Adults and it is important that we do not lose sight of the need to give them appropriate care.
  • Maternal Health: It is important to remember that Northwick Park lost 10 mothers and there was an enquiry
  • Services for Senior Citizens
  • Tackling increased child mortality at our local hospital

Krishna is a Marlborough Ward Councillor, Women’s Officer in Harrow East CLP and Mental Health Champion. She is married to Trevor and has 1 son, Sathya.

[important]The invitation to provide biographies for all councillors has been extended to the Labour and Conservative Groups as well, and should those groups wish to take up this offer, those biographies will receive equal prominence.[/important]

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