Sietske Boeles, candidate for Headington Hill and Northway
Dr. Sietske Boeles is Dutch born but has lived in Oxford for over twenty years. She is married with two daughters who both attended Cheney School and are now at university. Sietske trained as a doctor in Holland and then obtained a Masters Degree in Public Health in the USA, before training to be a psychiatrist at the Warneford Hospital. Latterly she worked as a Consultant specializing in old age psychiatry, and having worked for many years in the local NHS she is passionate in her belief that the NHS should be in public hands.
In recent years Sietske led the successful campaign to protect Warneford Meadow from development. She now chairs the Oxford branch of the Council to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and advises local groups across Oxford how best to protect their green spaces.
She has studied a lot of the research evidence showing how green spaces benefit our mental and physical health, as well as benefitting the environment. This research has been accepted by government organisations and academia, but the planning system in Oxford consistently fails to apply it.
Sietske has given advice and support to a number of resident and community groups across Oxford, including the Pullens Lane allotment group (the allotments are now protected until at least 2026), and the Northway Residents Association which is trying to protect the Foxwell Drive Green.
Sietske believes that as a Green Party councillor she will be in a much stronger position to support residents in Headington Hill and Northway.