Biography

421528_4023291661486_1562823529_nCharles Fifield is married to Vickie with 3 sons, William, Jamie and Bertie, who were all born at the Countess of Chester Hospital.  Charles was born in Crewe and has lived in Cheshire and worked in the North West all his life.

He works in Commercial Property as a Chartered Surveyor for his family firm Fifield Glyn, which has 4 offices in Cheshire, Manchester and London (Mayfair and Edgware), employing 40 people.

Charles is a Registered Valuer and also arranges commercial property lettings, mainly to SME businesses.

In 2002 he joined the Conservative Party and became an active member of his constituency Association Weaver Vale, becoming Deputy Chairman of Weaver Vale in 2005, Campaign Director in 2009 and Chairman 2010 to 2013, during which time we took the seat in the 2010 General Election (see photo below) from Labour with a 8.16% swing to elect Graham Evans .Weaver Vale May 2010

He has also been actively involved with Cheshire & Wirral Area, before concentrating on West Cheshire following his election as a Councillor in 2011.

In 2017 he was the parliamentary candidate for Bootle, a safe Labour seat, coming second which the Conservatives last achieved in 1997 and getting over 6,000 votes, the highest Conservative total since 1992.

He first stood for election in 2007 to Vale Royal Borough Council, in a safe Labour ward to demonstrate Conservatives should always be prepared to stand, whilst Labour kept the seat, they would subsequently lose the new CWC ward which replaced it in 2008 following local government re-organisation.

He stood for election in 2011 to Cheshire West and Chester Council for Weaver and Cuddington ward, topping the poll in this 3 member ward, which saw a clean sweep to the Conservatives despite a strong LibDem challenge.  He was re-elected in 2015, again topping the poll with his 2 Conservative running mates.  He was re-elected in 2019.

His service on Cheshire West & Chester Council has included Chairman of Places Scrutiny 2016-17, Chairman of Corporate Scrutiny Committee from May 2014-2015, he served as an Assistant Executive Member, Chairing the Executive Policy Commission on Ageing Well from 2013-2014.  Between 2012-13 he served as Chairman of Appeals Committee, he also served on Local Working Scrutiny and the Events & Festivals Commissioning Board.

He was also Chairman of the Town & City Centres Working Group in 2013-14, which looked at issues affecting our larger settlements such as Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford, together with general market trends and smaller market towns such as Frodsham and Neston.

Charles has FSH muscular dystrophy, whilst he can still walk unaided, he does use a wheelchair from time to time and needs to be careful not to stand for too long.

He is very interested in disability issues, and helped establish Cheshire West & Chester Council’s Corporate Disability Access Forum in 2013, which he served as Chairman until 2015 and is now the Vice Chairman.  CDAF won the Accessible Britain Challenge Awards in 2015 and Charles narrated the Council’s CDAF 2015 submission.  CDAF’s work was also an important factor in Chester winning the European Access City Award in European Access City 2016.

Charles is involved with the Conservative Disability Group and has been a panel at their fringe events at the 2019 and 2018 Party Conferences.  In 2018 he also spoke on the main Conference Platform:

Round Tower rebuilt

Round Tower rebuilt

Charles worked hard within the Council to ensure the popular “Round Tower” landmark at the A556 in Cuddington & Sandiway was rebuilt following a car accident in 2013, he was proud to be able to see it rebuilt and back in place in 2015.

Charles’s interest in Europe is primarily in relation to Trade and Business, he was keen to ensure this became the primary focus of the European Union.  Charles wanted a reformed EU but that was not on offer and so he voted to Leave in the 2016 Referendum.

Whilst he works in Commercial Property, he is also interested in rural issues as he has lived in the country all his life in Cheshire, he studied Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural College (now RA University) in Cirencester 1992-95, where he met his wife Vickie and he did his degree dissertation on the dairy industry following Vesting Day 1994.

Outside of politics, Charles also is keen on voluntary work.  Charles is an active fundraiser for his local Church, Christ Church Crowton, organizing their Annual Raffle since 2004 which raises around £1,500 per annum.  Also since 2004 he has been a member of his village community association in Acton Bridge where he has lived all his life.  He was elected to Acton Bridge Parish Council in May 2015 and re-elected in 2019.

In his professional body, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he was involved in the “young surveyors” of RICS matrics becoming Greater Manchester Chairman in 2002 and UK National Chairman in 2007 representing 30,000 members.  He became a Fellow of the RICS in 2009 in recognition of the work he had done for the RICS over many years.  He is a member of the 1913 Wilderness Club, the Chartered Surveyors (1938) Club and the Manchester Society of Land Agents & Surveyors.

In 2002, as part of his role as RICS matrics Chairman in Manchester he organized a Charity Ball which raised £6,050 for the NeuroMuscular Centre in Winsford, where Charles has physiotherapy.

Charity donation for £6,050 to NMC in Winsford in 2002

In 2007/8 he oversaw the second year of the “Chairman’s Challenge” which through coordinated efforts across the UK raised over £86,000 for Charity between 2006/8.

Charles’ other interests include Military & Political history, science fiction, social media, F1 racing, cricket, BBQ’s and beer.  Charles is a keen “tweeter” and can be found @charlesfifield often giving historical facts for the day.