District Councillors, South Cambridgeshire District Council

AboutMe

. Cllr Dr Tumi Hawkins

I am a business woman and Chartered Engineer who lives in Caldecote, Cambridge. 

Born in Nigeria, I came to the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1984 for post graduate studies in Electronics Engineering and gained a Masters degree from University of Southampton in 1985. I subsequently moved to Liverpool in 1986 and obtained a PhD in Communication Engineering from University of Liverpool in 1989.

Thus began my career in the Telecommunications industry, starting with Philips Radio Communications Systems (PRCS) which was then based in St Andrews Road, Cambridge. In 1994, I left Philips Telecom (as it became known later) to join Mobile Systems International (MSI), a mobile telecoms consultancy firm based in Docklands, London as a Consultant. I commuted from my home in Teversham, Cambridge, but spent a lot of time out of the country providing consultancy services to mobile telephone operators.

Following a successful stint at MSI, I decided to start my own company and in March 1996, Telecom Network Consultants (TNC Ltd) was born. I continued to work in the industry until 2000, when I made a career change for family reasons.

I then became a property developer and investor, buying, selling and building/renovating property in Cambridgeshire and South Lincolnshire, under the umbrella of Bethel Enterprises Ltd.

My husband and I moved to Caldecote in April 1997, and have enjoyed living and working in the village. We have two children, both of whom attend the local primary school. I served as a Parish Councillor from 2006 to 2010, and decided to stand as a District Council candidate in 2010, under the banner of the Liberal Democrats. That decision was not taken lightly, but with a lot of prayer, thought and deliberation. I strongly believe that communities should be empowered to make decisions that affect them and their daily lives and that central government should be a facilitator only.

My decision to stand was based on my desire as a committed Christian, to contribute to my community, and the strong belief that it was a God given opportunity. I know that the experiences gained in my professional and business career will enable me to better serve the parishioners in resolving problems that may arise in those areas that are of concern to them, that require attention from the District Council. I cannot do this alone, but am sure that with the support of those I represent, I can succeed in that endeavour. Together we are stronger.

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