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Dr Brian Mathew - A New Beginning for North Wiltshire

Dr Brian Mathew in Box for the local elections May 2017Aid Worker and Liberal Democrat, Brian has spent much of the last 25 years living and working in some of the poorest, most challenging and some would say most interesting parts of the World. His last assignment was with World Vision in East Timor, where he was working as the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) advisor, helping remote rural communities to build and maintain WASH systems to transform their lives.

Brian has also worked across Africa from Darfur in the Sudan, to Guinea Bissau and Angola. He spent a number of years as Country Representative for WaterAid in Tanzania, where he helped to initiate the WAMMA programme and doubled as Honorary Consul in the up-country capital city of Dodoma. Whilst on home leave he helped to set up the link between WaterAid and the Glastonbury Festival, which has since blossomed into one of WaterAid's most important and inspiring fundraising events.

Next he travelled to Zimbabwe where he was posted as an advisor with the British Aid programme DFID. In 2009 he returned with CARE during the 2009 cholera epidemic, which infected over 100,000 people and claimed more than four thousand lives. He has also worked with communities in Central and South America, and whilst a student at the University of East Anglia spent a year undertaking agricultural research in the Middle East, experiencing war first hand as Israel invaded the Lebanon. "I remember just feeling this sense of anger that at the end of the 20th century, two peoples were hurling high explosive at each other, hurting and killing civilians and for what? There have to be better ways to solve international disputes" said Brian, who was educated and brought up in the West Country and holds a PhD from Cranfield University.

Recently Brian has been involved in the UK promoting the 'REEF', a scheme invented by the Cornish marine engineer Rupert Armstrong Evans. "It is a green version of the Severn Barrage, and if we can get the backing could provide 12% of all the electricity currently generated in the UK, or about 30TWs per year by harvesting the power of the tides in the Bristol Channel " said Brian.

Brian lives in Yatton Keynell and stood for Parliament for the Liberal Democrats in North Wiltshire for the General Election in May 2015. "Having been privilidged to work with communities across the World with some of the best development agencies and charities I would like to do my bit now for my own people of North Wiltshire and the United Kingdom", said Brian, who went on to say, "the West Country has always been the heartland of Liberalism, so if you are visiting this page and come across this article and feel inspired, go to the 'get involved' link above and join us, we want to make the UK a better place to live with a stronger economy and a fairer society and it would be great to have you on board!".