Rob Wood - St Thomas Ward

Rob is the Liberal Democrat candidate for St Thomas Ward in the 2018 local elections.


I’ve been a Portsmouth City Councillor since first getting elected in 2010 for St Thomas ward, which covers Old Portsmouth, Somerstown and parts of Southsea. I live in the ward.

I have a passion and vested interest in improving education outcomes as both grandchildren (and children) attended local authority schools.

In 2011 I was appointed Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children and Education in Portsmouth. I was the council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Education between 2011-2014 and also Chair of Governance and Audit in 2010. I have contributed to the LGiU paper on the ‘Middle-Tier’ role in delivering education and the local authority's role within this and have recently chaired and spoken at several national seminars on the subject of education.

Prior to becoming a councillor, I spent many years in senior positions within the IT software industry as a Director and Principal Technologist with a ‘cloud computing’ company. I currently contract and consult in this area.

I am a Trustee and Vice Chair of Wymering Manor Trust and a long-standing committee member of Friends of Old Portsmouth. I am also a local authority Governor at Charter and Ark Dickens.

Current Council Positions

  • Lord Mayor
  • Cabinet Member for Children & Families
  • Member of the Children's Trust Board
  • Member of the Health & Well Being Board
  • Member of PATCH
  • Friend of the Royal Naval Museum & HMS Victory
  • Standing Deputy for the Employment Committee
  • Standing Deputy for the Licensing Committee
  • Standing Deputy for the Planning Committee

Contact Rob:

Email -

Facebook - /CouncillorRobWood

Twitter - @robmwooduk

Phone - 07980681053

Advice Surgery - Somerstown Hub, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6pm to 7.30pm

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