AHEAD of two by-elections in Knutsford wards on May 6, The Guardian will be profiling all candidates seeking election.

In this piece, we focus on Liberal Democrat candidate Bill Tegner, who is vying for election in the Nether ward.

Bill and his wife moved to Knutsford more than 12 years ago from West Sussex and they quickly discovered it was a marvellous place.

“It's a beautiful town, and there's so much going on,” he said.

“I quickly became involved in the local U3A, a local book group, a Scrabble group, and singing in the WAKS Lyrical choir as well as activities at St Cross Church.”

Bill brings with him a wealth of experience of local government having spent 19 years as a Human Resources Manager in West Sussex.

He said: “I've worked closely with many councillors and while they are often quite sensible, some of them are definitely better than others.

“There were good councillors to be found in all parties, but I found the Liberal Democrats especially impressive, with a well-deserved reputation for getting involved.

“Potholes, flooding gullies and broken streetlights may not be the responsibility of the Town Council, but an effective Town Councillor will bring them to the attention of the right person to get them fixed.”

Living on Manchester Road, opposite the Heath, has given Bill an important perspective on how important this valuable green space is to the local community and how that should be protected.

He added: “The Friends of the Heath do an excellent job and the Town Council must work with them, particularly in planning events.

“If elected I would use this experience to help local people with any issue they might wish to raise with me.”