Meet Councillor Michael Gbadebo
I’m Michael Gbadebo, Conservative councillor for Great Hollands South, where I live.
I’ve previously been a councillor for Great Hollands North, from 2011 to 2015.
Where’s your favourite place in Bracknell Forest?
There’s a hill at the back of Swinley Forest with a particular tree that I find very peaceful. If you climb up you get a great view and you can appreciate how green a lot of Bracknell is. It really is Bracknell Forest!
Tell us something not many people know about you
I like LEGO. I mainly build cars or anything with wheels: tractors, motorbikes… If it’s got wheels on I love it!
I also paint and draw – I enjoy creating things. I like to do abstracts as you’re really creating something from nothing, more than a landscape or a portrait which simply captures what’s already there.
Share something you’re proud of
My kids. I have 3 and they’re all doing well. My youngest is 19 now and just finishing her first year at university.
What makes you angry or gets you annoyed?
Injustice – people who take advantage of the underdog, and greed – anyone who puts money above people. You should always put people first.
Who or what inspires you?
Bill Gates, for being a philanthropist, and the Queen for her sense of duty and commitment.
I admire Apple because they’re not afraid to try new things, and Google because they’re not afraid to fail.
I also admire Nelson Mandela because he put people and country above himself.
Which local charity are you passionate about?
Homestart Bracknell, where I am the Chair. It’s a wonderful charity – what we do affects the future of so many young people. Homestart provides help when extended family aren’t around, which makes a huge difference.
If you had a warning label what would it say?
Be honest! Whether it’s good news or bad news, always tell me the truth.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I’ve always liked to build things so I wanted to be an architect or an engineer. I enjoy coming up with new ideas and seeing whether they work. I’m now a software designer, so I’m still creating and using new ideas.
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?
Liverpool winning the European Cup, although I would have preferred them to win the League – we only missed out by one point.
Recently, Homestart won lottery funding for 3 years, which I’m very pleased about.