This is Ali’s second term as a Independent Councillor in Frome. She has been a resident here for 30 years, her younger son and two grandchildren were born here so her dedication to what goes on in the town is deep and personal. She was originally a nurse and then went on to be a community development worker and then ran her own business in leadership development and training. She is acutely aware of the creativity and artistic nature of Frome which she loves and am also acutely aware of a part of the population that struggles to survive – even more so in these current times. Finding solutions around the difficulties of finding safe and secure housing has been a passion for the last 5 years and she is currently a director of Fair Housing for Frome and of the Community Land Trust. She has direct experience within her family of the trauma and insecurity of short term lets and the impossibility of stepping onto the property ladder. Depsite the difficulties that Covid has brought, she hopes to continue for the next two years to find creative solutions to work together as a town.