Mike Steel

Mike Steel

I am pleased to have been returned to Chelmsford City Council in May 2023, for a second term, for the ward of Broomfield and the Walthams. I have been a Great Waltham Parish Cllr for over 20 years, and for the last 2 years I have also served as the Essex County Cllr for the Broomfield and Writtle division.

My 2023 City Council vote was a significant increase in my achievement in 2019, mainly because I am well known in the ward.

I have lived in Great Waltham for 30 years and prior to that lived in Broomfield. I am involved in many local organisations:

  • Walthams Scout Chairman, for over 5 years
  • Broadband Champion for the area
  • A founding member of the Great Waltham Speed Watch group
  • Committee Member of Great Waltham Twinning Association
  • Member of the British Legion Club
  • Performing member of Great Waltham Parish Productions

I also like to help out local organisations in other ways – I am a qualified First Aider and volunteer to attend their events. I also manage the websites of 6 community organisations.

My working background is as an Electrical Engineer, and I am still a Chartered Member of the IET. I worked 20 years as a director in BT, and before that, 20 years as a manager in Marconi. My last job before retiring was managing a $1Bn global IT contract.

As an engineer, I like to solve problems and I have a reputation for “getting things done” and I use my ‘triple hatted’ council position to help people with their issues

My 3 children all attended local primary and secondary schools. My wife is the president of the local Twinning group and chair of the Community Network. During the Covid-19 pandemic we operated a volunteer group registered with EWS/CVS and I am a Goodsam responder.  I think it is important to live and be active in the area that you represent.

I keep fit with daily visits to the gym. My gym is the City Council Riverside and CSAC which offer excellent facilities at very competitive rates. I am a third Duan blackbelt in karate, but don’t practice that as much these days – it takes longer to recover from the injuries as you get older!