Leah Mursalen-Plank

District Councillor for Mickleham, Westcott & Okewood

Leah is a neuroscientist who lives in Dorking, grew up in Ashtead and went to school in Leatherhead. Following her father's diagnosis, she devoted her career to Parkinson's research. Since 2014, with the charity Cure Parkinson's, she has worked closely with patients, industry, the NHS, and academia to develop new research focused on slowing, stopping, and reversing Parkinson's, liaising with other funding bodies and regulatory agencies to understand the hurdles of moving research forward. Leah believes that collaboration and inclusivity is key to the successful delivery of projects, whether that be scientific or community projects.

In her academic career, Leah has always represented her peers, on the students' union at college, as student ambassador at university, and as the PhD representative during her doctoral training. She champions equality and diversity in our community as the Mole Valley Liberal Democrats Diversity Officer. She believes that governments should be more representative of society and has helped set up a social group for young people locally to raise questions and advocate for better outreach and information about ways to get involved (no matter the political affiliation).

Leah had her daughter in 2020 and is keen to ensure that children get all the educational and mental health support they need to overcome the challenges resulting from the pandemic. As a working mum she understands the difficulties parents face, particularly with the cost-of-living crisis, and wants to see improved access to information about available support, essential education, healthcare, and public transport services for all residents.

Leah Mursaleen-Plank

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