Judge Profile profile for Stephen Clarke
Cllr Stephen Clarke, South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) portfolio holder for Growth and Regeneration, began his working life as a computer scientist and helped grow the home computer industry into the globally significant industry it was by the 1990s.
At which point, Stephen went beyond global and started working in the communications and satellite industry.
Both are now keystones to modern industry and growth.
At the same time, his more down to earth love of canal boating brought him to South Northants and the picturesque canal side village of Blisworth.
Soon after, he was invited to stand as a candidate in the 1999 local elections and has served the ward of Blisworth and Roade ever since.
He said: “My experience tells me that business, growth and innovation are fundamental to our way of life, but it has to be sustainable growth in the right place.
“South Northants is a very special place, both physically and in terms of the skills and abilities of the people who live and work here.
“Our economic growth plans aim to exploit that special character and combine our strategic position within the Oxford – Cambridge Arc with the fact that the most talented people also want somewhere green and pleasant to call their home.”