Ric Metcalfe has been on the City Council since 1982. He has represented Glebe Ward and its predecessor wards for the whole of that time.
He served as Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee from 1984, & was Deputy Leader of the Council from 1987 to 1999, and then Leader of the Council until 2007, returning to that role when Labour regained control of the Council in May 2011.
Ric has a professional background in Social Work, working as a practitioner, manager and teaching social work in Higher Education. He worked for Lincolnshire County Council Social Services Department as a training officer and later as Human Resource Manager retiring in 2002. He currently work part time atLincolnUniversityteaching Social Policy to undergraduates.
Ric has a well deserved reputation as a hard working ward councillor, having run a weekly surgery (see below) in the ward for many years and works closely with people in the area he represents.
Ric says, “Its been a pleasure and a privilege representing the people of Glebe. There is a great deal of community spirit in the two main communities within the ward, with some great people willing to contribute to improving the area. There are still plenty of issues to address, especially developing facilities for children and young people and reducing some of the disadvantages experienced by some people in the ward”
Ric has a very long history as a peace activist & community activist and is a long standing and active trade union member.
On the left of the Labour Party, Ric has a real passion about inequality & social justice and has pushed for the Council to give the issue of dealing with Poverty & Disadvantage a high priority. He is passionate about public sector housing and has argued long & hard for the resumption of building council houses.
With his earlier environmental background he is keen to see the new Labour run Council embrace the Climate Change agenda and getting the Council to significantly reduce its own carbon footprint to set an example to other organisations.
When not helping to run the Council or campaigning politically, he enjoys allotment gardening, playing the jazz trumpet and enjoying visiting his two grandchildren in Brighton.
Details of Ric’s weekly Surgery:
Every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30.p.m. to 4.p.m. at the St Giles Matters Office(Neighbourhood management Team) at Markham, Swift Gardens Lincoln
Ric can be contacted on 01522 720960 or 01522 873461