James Friend was elected on 1st May 2008 as the Conservative Councillor for Westcott ward.
James and his wife Catherine have lived in Westcott since 1995 having both graduated from nearby Royal Holloway University of London. After more than a decade in financial services working across the world, James changed careers in 2006 to provide interim change management leadership for the NHS and has worked with the management teams of a number of local hospitals as they have reached financial stability.
The NHS has been an interest to James for more than 20 years having presented hospital radio programmes for patients at several different hospitals. He is now a regular contributor to Hospital Radio Wey's Saturday Sportscene.
A strong believer in local communities, James has been a school governor and on a number of organisations working to improve village life. He is also a trustee of two local charities - Westcott Sportsclub and Carrie's Home Foundation.