Olly Wells

Former Liberal Democrat Councillor for Knaphill Learn more

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About me (Profile)

I am 29 and apart from my University years and one year teaching in Japan, I have lived in Surrey all my life.

I was born in Kingston-upon-Thames Hospital and grew up in Claygate, attending Esher Church School and Howard of Effingham School.

My University education was undertaken at Sheffield (BA 2.1 Hons. Business) and King’s College, London (PGCE ICT and MA Education Management).

My wife Fang-yi and I moved to Woking in 2006. Fang-yi is a Taiwanese citizen. She is studying law and has worked as a Human Rights Officer for Liberal International.

For the past five years I have taught ICT, Business Studies and Politics. In September 2007 I opted for a new challenge and now work as one of three Vice Principals at Westminster Academy in Central London. I am a community governor at St John’s Primary School, Knaphill and I believe that working in education is a great way to influence a better, more Liberal future.

I am passionate about building communities and also the freedom of the individual as encompassed in Human Rights. I would like to develop Woking’s potential, making it a greener place to live and with more activities for young people.

For recreation, I enjoy playing Tennis, Golf and 5-a-side football. To keep fit and help the environment I cycle to the station each week day.

My Mandarin Chinese and my Japanese are passable for informal conversation and I hope to find time to improve these language skills in due course.

I became involved with the Liberal Democrats in 1997, after standing as a mock election candidate in school.  I developed my involvement at Sheffield University where I organised an evening event ‘Field of Helium Balloons’ and helped with Richard Allan’s re-election campaign. I subsequently became a member of the Liberal Democrat Youth and Students Executive, twice serving as International Officer between 2001 and 2003.

 In November 2003 I was elected as a Vice President of the International Federation of Liberal Youth, helping to provide a wide variety of democracy and political support activities throughout the world, including a Westminster Foundation for Democracy seminar in Taiwan. 

I am a former member of the Liberal International British Group executive.