Chair – Cllr Brenda Weston
I joined the Labour Party as a lone parent in 1980 and – with zero knowledge of how it all worked – instantly became active in the Taunton Labour Women’s Council and constituency party campaigning. (Note – there’s always lots of support available for those who want to get involved!)My first job, aged 16, was at County Hall and in a weird twist of fate I returned to occupy the very same office as County Councillor and Labour Group leader in 1995.
Now a District councillor for the second time, I work alongside Libby Lisgo as a councillor for Priorswood – where I also grew up. My political experience spurred me into further and higher education and I graduated from the University of Bristol in 1991 with a Social Policy Hons degree. Since then I’ve mostly worked in policy research into areas such as rural poverty, youth offending, child protection, social care and housing. The most satisfying job was leading the policy and research work at an equality charity – Equality South West.I’ve represented South West CLPs on Labour’s National Policy Forum since 1998, and currently sit on the Early Years, Education and Skills Policy Commission.
Secretary – Rob Ewers
Rob grew up in Taunton and moved to London at the age of 20 to study at Brunel University. While there he held a number of positions in addition to his studies, including in events, project management and theatre. He has worked in various roles including for 5 years at the world leading policy think tank Chatham House, within the Centre on Global Health Security and for Labour Peer, Lord Robert Winston’s charity, Genesis Research Trust. As Secretary of Taunton Deane CLP he aims to develop the local party to disrupt the Tory/Lib-Dem consensus through growth, increased visibility and voter engagement.
Women’s Officer – Rosemary Moss
Rosemary is 22 and from Kingston St Mary. Whilst studying in London, she was involved in multiple campaigns (such as end-outsourcing at UCL) as well as canvassing for the Labour party. As acting women’s officer, Rosemary is seeking to invest in small scale campaigns in Taunton Deane, and finding areas of intersection between women’s interests and that of other aspects of the community, as well as allying her interests in activism and the arts.