John has been your Green District Councillor for more than seventeen years and was elected as a County Councillor in May 2013. He was previously a parish councillor in West Malvern for five years. John and his family have lived here for more than 38 years - their three children attended the local primary schools; Susan, his wife, teaches the piano locally, and he has been organist of his local church, St James’s, West Malvern, for some twenty seven years.
John's public service experience is complemented by his work at the University of Birmingham where he is Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies and a professor specialising in criminal justice and local government. He is a member of the Malvern Hills Conservators; serves on the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); and is a school governor at Somers Park Primary School (and previously Hanley Castle High School). He is a trustee of Malvern Community Energy; a member of the founding group of ‘Malvern Welcomes Syrian Refugees’, and chairs the steering group that oversees the re-establishment of horticultural therapy for people recovering from mental health problems at Link Nurseries, Powick.
To contact John please call 01684 565052 or 07786 198332, or email him at J.W.RAINE@bham.ac.uk