Nigel Quinton was brought up in a Liberal family, in North London, Middlesbrough and then Bristol. After he left home his parents moved to Lancaster, where his mother was a widely respected Councillor for over 20 years. After graduating from Cambridge as a geologist, Nigel had a successful career in the tough world of oil exploration in a mix of large and small companies which included successful Hertfordshire-based start-ups Dragon Oil plc and Sterling Energy plc. He has served on the Boards of two publicly-listed companies and whilst his career has always been technically-based, he has added commercial analysis and international negotiating skillsets. He has lived in Lemsford since 2004 with his wife Jane and they have two daughters aged 18 and 22.
Nigel has always been passionate about standing up against the old vested interests represented by the Conservative and Labour parties. He believes that empowering individuals and small organisations, and sharing best practise is the key to improving our society, freeing people to develop their potential whether in commercial, public service or charitable activity.
He has served on the local Borough Council and is now the County Councillor for Handside & Peartree Division. He is a keen advocate for green policies, and has also campaigned on many other local issues, including the loss of local hospital services.
Nigel says: "The issues facing the people of Welwyn Hatfield are ones I have been campaigning on for the last 10 years - a vibrant and sustainable economy, the NHS, our environment, and improving our political system.
“People here are rightly concerned about the threat to local services, be it public transport, or the NHS, and the need to improve our local economies and community infrastructure. If elected I will fight to make sure our communities get the resources they need."