Robert Oates Sleaford Holdingham
Robert Oates was elected in May 2019 to represent Sleaford Holdingham ward on Sleaford Town Council and on North Kesteven District Council. As an ordinary resident, this was Robert’s first involvement in politics. He stood for election as he believes that Sleaford is a great place to live and wants to help make it even better.
Robert has lived in Sleaford since retiring from professional work in 2013. After a first career in the Civil Service in Whitehall, he later changed to conservation management. Robert’s second career with RSPB, WWF-UK and The Rivers Trusts involved working on projects across the UK and around the world including in China, India, Malaysia and Colombia. This second career culminated in the position of Executive Director of the Thames River Trust.
At Sleaford Town Council Robert is an active member. He is the Chair of the ‘Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group’ which involves local people in developing a plan for how they want to see the town develop. Robert also organised a campaign to keep a Post Office branch in the centre of Sleaford.
At North Kesteven District Council Robert is also active. He is the NK Independents’ Lead Member for the environment. Robert chaired a District Council task group for a new ‘Tree Strategy’ to be developed to drive the planting of more trees to combat climate change, beautify our towns and countryside and increase biodiversity.
In mid-March 2020, when the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic began in the UK, Robert set up the ‘Holdingham Helpers’ community volunteers group. He recruited 32 volunteers who in the first six weeks assisted 54 vulnerable people across Sleaford with advice, essential shopping, collection of medicines and friendly phone calls. Robert co-ordinates the work of Holdingham Helpers from his home office, six days a week from 9am to 6pm. As an Approved Community Group of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, the Holdingham Helpers had a small grant from a charitable source to fund their work.
1 May 2020