Councillor Gavin Griffiths moved to Stratford at the age of 7 and went to various local schools concluding with two years at Stratford College. He then spent two decades in London before returning in 2007 with his young family.
He is married to Katharine and has two children.
Gavin has worked primarily in magazine publishing and marketing. He is a published author having written a number of fiction and non-fiction books, none of which have sold in sufficient volume to assist with his early retirement plans.
Today he runs a specialist marketing company in Stratford with his wife Katharine.
Gavin’s interest in the local community started with a hobby to create a website for the Welcombe Hills. The not for profit website unexpectedly became the touchstone for a campaign to protect Rowley Fields (the fields adjoining The Welcombe Hills) from development. A pleasant side effect of this campaign was not only meeting hundreds of local residents but also a realisation that local people have far more influence than they think they do if they just take the time to participate.
He is Chair of Friends of Rowley Fields, a group set up to represent the interests of the users of the fields.
Gavin volunteers for the Foodbank and also helps local charities with their digital marketing efforts.
His leisure activities include doing the occasional Park run with his son, fitness classes at the local gym and regular yoga sessions. He continues to run the Welcombe Hills website and in the very little spare time he has indulges in his passion for writing offbeat fiction.