Helen is a retired Modern Languages teacher and GCSE examiner.She was born and raised in St Albans and has lived in the village of London Colney for the past 25 years.Helen has been a committed Parish Councillor for the past 6 years with a ‘hands on approach’ to her work. She is a regular volunteer at the popular ‘Lunch Club’ and always helps out with local events such as Larks in the Park and the Christmas Lights Switch On. Helen is ready to meet the challenges ahead in London Colney as your Labour councillor, including Hertsmere Garden Village, the rail freight terminal and the need for infrastructure, especially school places to be part of the St Albans Strategic Local Plan.


Dreda Gordon is a well-known community activist. She has represented London Colney on both the Parish and District Councils. She currently works alongside groups of local people to support activities and health advice for young people at The Base Youth Project and to help organise a range of popular events for London Colney residents, like Larks in the Park and the Christmas Ball. Dreda lives in London Colney with her partner and teenage son and enjoys singing with a local Rock Choir, appearing this year at Wembley along with 1400 other members! Dreda is a member of Greenpeace and has always been a keen supporter of animal rights.

Dreda sits on the Planning Committee South, the Planning Referrals Committee and the Highways Joint Member Panel.



My name is Katherine Gardner. I’m 38 and live in London Colney with my partner and (at weekends) his 2 children. I have been an active member of the Labour party all my adult life.

I studied chemistry at Hertfordshire University and I work full time.

I was born in St. Albans and have lived locally all my life. The St. Albans area is my home and I cannot imagine living anywhere else.

I am fortunate that I live in the village where I grew up and also enjoy being the vice-chair of London Colney Parish Council.

I believe that one of the most important things in local politics is the ability to engage with the people that you represent. On a simple level, this means talking to people and crucially, listening to and acting on what they say!

I became involved in politics because this area has been kind to my family and I –my parents and brother also live in St. Albans and I wanted to give something back.