Hello, my name is Joe Fernandes and I was a Community Councillor in the Queens Park Community Council.
I have lived in the 'Paddington" area of Westminster for 40 years. I was brought up on the Lisson Green Estate, Church Street and I moved to Queens Park in 1993. I am married to Helen and we have two energetic boys, Sebastian and Tomas who both attend St Mary's RC in East Row W10. We live on Fifth Avenue, W10. I have my own business as a web developer and graphic designer. I have worked in the media industry (marketing, advertising, publishing and web development) which I am very experienced in for almost 30 years and in that time I have worked for some of the leading companies in those fields. I believe that my experience in the 'communications' field will benefit the new community council.
My path with this local area crossed at a very early age as North Westminster was my neighbourhood. I had friends who lived in this neighbourhood, as a teenager I used to frequent the Stowe boys club in Westbourne Green, the Harrow club in Notting Dale and of course there was the Golborne Road where I use to and still do, spend some of my time at weekends with friends.
I am very passionate about Queens Park and our community (and the local wider area which crosses council boundaries). I have been involved with the 'Campaign Group' for a Queens Park Community council since the project began around 2010. I became a councillor because I want to see positive change in our area which benefits the local community. I feel that Queens Park has been a little neglected by local government for sometime and therefore I believe that a local community council can address the issues and concerns of local people at a local level.
I previously represented our community in other fields too, including being the Kensal New Town, W10 parish representative, for CAFOD, the official catholic agency for England and Wales, http://www.cafod.org.uk and I was a parent governor at St Mary's RC primary school, East Row W10, http://webfronter.com/rbkc/stmarys/
We live in a fantastic, vibrant, exciting part of London - in one of the greatest cities on Earth. In my experience, there are not many other capitals that can compare to our own. We now need to bring Queens Park to that higher level, whether it be health, income, housing or general living standards and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, standards that we see in other parts of our capital city. Standards where everyone, whoever they are can prosper in every way.