Christine Crisp

Christine Crisp

About Christine

I was born in London, brought up in Harrow and educated at the grammar school there. I am married to a retired consutant engineer and have two sons. My elder son is an engineer with Tubelines and the younger is an army officer. I have four granddaughters...

I have lived and worked in North Wiltshire for 35 years, working with disabled people at a Cheshire home, ran my own business and been transport manager for a local defence equipment company. I am a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, served many years as a parish councillor, and as a school governor (both primary and secondary school). I am a member of my local church, serving on the Parochial Church Council and representing the church on the Deanery Synod. I was also appointed by the Home Office as a member of the Wiltshire Probation Board and served in this capacity for eight years.

My political life began in 1991 when I was persuaded by a former chairman of the constituency to stand for election to the district council and I was elected for Lyneham, although this happened to coincide with the Liberals gaining control of NWDC and we were therefore in opposition until 2007. At the following election in 1995 I was elected for Bremhill, the seat being vacant at that time. The ward then covered Christian Malford, Langley Burrell and Cepen Park North as well as Bremhill. I have retained this seat, with constantly satisfactorily increasing majorities, until today, although the seat now comprises Bremhill, part of Pewsham, Derry Hill, Studley and Sandy Lane. In 1997 I was elected to the County Council for Bremhill and Calne Without, which comprised all those areas now to be included in the Calne Rural seat, plus other villages. I retained this seat, also with increased majority, until I stepped down in 2005 due to family illnesses.

In 1998 the Conservatives took control of the county council and I was appointed vice-chairman of the Social Services Committee. I held this appointment until the cabinet system was instituted when I became Cabinet Member for Children and Families. In 2005 I served my first term as chairman of the district council, a role which I repeated in 2007 when we won control of NWDC. I am currently a member of the Executive at NWDC, my portfolio being waste and sustainability.