Ben Berry Windermere

Ben Berry was born in Kendal, Cumbria in 1988. Educated in Windermere and Barrow Ben made the decision not to go to University, working in various jobs in Kendal and Windermere including Boothes Supermarket. In 2010 Ben began a trainee managerial role at his family business, English Lakes Hotels having previously worked in several hotel departments including Leisure Clubs and Reservations.

In 2011 Ben chose to stand for the South Lakeland District Council seat of Windermere, Applethwaite and Troubeck after receiving muted reply from his then Lib Dem Councillor after a missed bin collection. Ben was successful in taking the seat by a margin of just seven votes.

2012 saw Ben promoted onto the Shadow Cabinet of the Council’s opposition with the portfolio of Finance and Resources. Ben fought the Lakes Division in the Cumbria County Council elections of 2013 achieving a significant swing but failing to secure the seat. He hit further resistance in a by election for Windermere division in 2014, again failing to take the Lib Dem held seat.

In 2015 Ben was reelected on to South Lakeland District Council with a two hundred and sixty three vote majority and in 2016 was elected as Group Leader of the Conservatives.

Ben is a keen fundraiser having raised thousands for charity with events such as the Low Wood No Wood Cardboard Boat Race and the 595 Bus Pull. Not limited to charitable fundraising Ben raises significant amounts for the Conservative party with events and an annual Cumbria Conservative Conference.