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David Goodall

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About David : The Public Life

David has had a number of roles in public life. His first role was in 1987 as a Councillor on Wootton Bridge Parish Council, where he had the strange role of public safety officer. The role was strange because to main focus of the public safety course at Newport's Riverside Centre was what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. When David asked what would be the effect on Wootton of a nuclear attack on the Portsmouth's major naval base. The reply was nothing for 30 seconds and then Wootton would disappear. Fortunately the course did also cover other emergency situations where the Parish Council could be of assistance.

David's next role after living in Germany for nearly 6 years and his twin boys had reached school age, was as School Governor at the Boy's infant school. David served on the governing body for 8 years and finished up as Chair of the Personnel & Finance committee. When the boys started Secondary School, David joined the governing body of the secondary school, which he has now been on for 7 years. In both instances David has been at the schools longer than his boys were pupils. The main achievements at the schools in these years have been:-

Another public role in has been as a Eastleigh Borough Councillor. David was elected in 2002 and has been re-elected three times since. In addition, in 2011, David was elected to West End Parish Council. David is standing down from both council roles in May 2015, because he is standing in the general election back in his home county of the Isle of Wight. In this long period of continuous Councillor service David has been:-

During David period on these committees there have been a number of successful achievements both big and small among these include:-

David has also stood for other public service roles. The process of just standing gave David an incite into these areas and in nature of the role. These roles were:-

In 2011 David also became a board member of Southampton Advice & Representation Centre (SARC), which a registered charity that specialise in welfare benefits and employment law advice. SARC provide a free, impartial and confidential advice service covering matters from simple form filling, to representation at Social Security Tribunals, Employment Tribunals, and beyond. This has given David I good insight into the problems in the current welfare system and in particular the problems around the system of benefit sanctions.

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