Jaida Caliskan

Borough Councillor for Welham Green and Hatfield South

Hello, my name is Jaida and I'm a Liberal Democrat Councillor on Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council representing Welham Green and South Hatfield ward, and have been representing WGHS ward since 3rd May 2018.

I am currently sitting on the Council's Development Management Committee, the Licensing Committee, the Appeals Committee and the Crematorium Board.

I am a non-practising Solicitor by profession and ran my own law firm until 2015. During my academic career I was fortunate to receive two awards: The first was for the "Top LL.B Finalist of 2000" for which I received the Blackstone Press Prize and the second was the "City Law School Prize for Criminal Trials" during a Masters in 2017.

My thirteen-year legal career has involved work on high-profile criminal cases and appeals against the Home Office in immigration matters. I also regularly represented clients on a pro-bono basis (without charging a fee) where they were unable to afford legal representation as I believe fundamentally in access to justice for all.

Prior to practising as a Solicitor, I worked as a Banker in the City of London for six years.

I am currently on a career break from the law and have taken this opportunity to stand in the local elections and pursue other interests. I presently work in the private sector and have recently been appointed a Magistrate. I hope to be sitting in central London later this year.

As a resident of Hertfordshire, the opportunity and privilege to serve my community as a Councillor has enabled me to utilise my skills for the benefit of our residents. I care passionately about creating an efficient, fairer and more caring society and am keen to meet personally with residents and to listen to what matters most to you. I am confident that there are many values that we share.

Please come along to one of our monthly surgeries held at 10am on the first Saturday of every month alternating between North Mymms Memorial Hall in Welham Green and Oxlease House in South Hatfield. The next is on the 7th July at Oxlease House and then at North Mymms Memorial Hall on the 4th August and so on.

There are of course, many areas of local concern; Road maintenance, parking, housing developments, preservation of the green belt, crime etc. My priority is to assist you with the issues that are important to you.

On a final note, I would like to invite anyone (or someone you know) affected by loneliness to get in touch. This is a serious problem which diminishes the health and well-being of those affected and I believe that it is important to identify and tackle this problem.

I very much hope that we can work together to achieve a safer, happier and healthier community for us all.