Philip Hughes

Standing for: Witham Southern | Seats Held: Witham Town Council

Philip Hughes is 59 years old and lives in Witham. His family moved to Witham when he was 18 months old, and he has lived in Witham or Silver End since then.

He went to Templars Infant and Junior Schools, before moving on to Colchester Royal Grammar School.

His first job was working at Witham firm Hugh Baird and Sons, before becoming a self-employed motor cycle despatch rider. He spent 15 years as a courier, occasionally also working for a local landscape gardening business. He completed a City and Guilds in Photography and then became the manager of a photographic department in Braintree. As that work came to an end with the growth of digital photography he returned to courier work.

Philip has been a Silver End Parish Councillor for over 20 years and has also previously been a member of Witham Town Council. In 1999 Philip was elected to Braintree District Council to represent Silver End and Rivenhall ward alongside James Abbott, becoming the first Green councillors to be elected in Essex.

His main Green interests are renewable energy and reducing traffic congestion and consequential air pollution.