Councillor Ben Crystall

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Title: Leader of the Council

Party: Green Party

Ward: Hertford Bengeo

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Parish: Hertford - Bengeo North ; Hertford - Bengeo South

Contact information

Home address: 
18b Bengeo Street
SG14 3ES


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Committee appointments

Terms of Office

  • 07/05/2019 - 10/05/2023
  • 10/05/2023 - 12/05/2027

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

I have lived in Bengeo for 20 years.  I have a science background: after a PhD in Solar Energy, I spent 6 years at Imperial College London, in research. I switched careers in 1996 and became a science journalist, working as a writer and editor at New Scientist Magazine for over 15 years.  Since then, I have been a primary school governor, helped set up and run local eco-group Transition Hertford + was one of the founders of Hertford Energy Now, a not-for-profit community-owned renewable energy co-operative.   HEN installed solar panels on 3 local primary schools, saving them money and cutting their carbon.  I was elected to EHDC in 2019, to HCC in 2021 for Hertford All Saints and re-elected to EHDC in2023 for Bengeo Ward.