Alistair McNair has been a Brighton & Hove City Councillor for Patcham & Hollingbury since May 2019. He is the Group’s Spokesperson for Health Oversight and Scrutiny Committee, and attends Children, Young People & Skills committee.
Alistair works as a manager and teacher in the tertiary education sector in Brighton. He previously worked for the British Council - the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities - in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he lived for 8 years.
Alistair studied English Literature at Sussex University in the 1990s, but after spending time in Poland, Ukraine, Birmingham and Sheffield, was delighted to return to the city in 2011.
Having spent a long time in Eastern Europe, Alistair has seen what can happen to a country and people when there is poor governance and a lack of civic society. On finally settling down in the city, Alistair felt a strong desire to play a full role in the local community.
Patcham & Hollingbury ward is a very close-knit community, and since being elected Alistair has enjoyed getting to know the Local Action Team, Neighbourhood Watch, working with the Patcham Duck Fayre committee, and all the various church groups. Alistair is also proud to be a governor at Carden Primary School.
Alistair has had the privilege of being able to help residents with issues ranging from inadequate rubbish collection, fly-tipping, dangerous paving, poor streetlighting and broken children’s playground equipment to helping those with serious personal needs due to chronic health issues and rundown living conditions.
He has enjoyed helping fight inappropriate development in the ward, and wants to help keep the character and community of Patcham & Hollingbury we know and love for future generations.