Mike Ryder was elected to the council in 2011 after a by-election caused when long-standing Councillor Edward Lister was promoted to work with Mayor of London Boris Johnson at City Hall. Mike is now semi-retired from a career in journalism, having worked on newspapers all his life. Alongside representing Thamesfield Ward at the council, he sits on the Health and Adult Care Committee and the Licensing Committee amongst other roles.
Mike started working on a weekly paper in West London, before moving on to evening newspapers and then onto Fleet Street. He has worked as a production journalist and sub-editor on the Sun, Daily Mirror, People and Sunday Mirror, and was Associate Editor of the Sunday Mirror.
Mike comments: “I am now semi-retired, which gives me time to devote to my council work in Thamesfield ward, where I have lived for the last 25 years. Being a local man means I do appreciate all the issues that concern my fellow residents, particularly crime, traffic and protecting our local environment and amenities. I think Thamesfield is a fabulous place to live, and I want to keep it that way.”
Mike - who has been a Londoner all his life - is a keen supporter of children’s charities, ranging from the NSPCC to the National Deaf Children’s Society, and also helps to feed and educate children in Africa.