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.
Cllr Libby Lisgo
Libby Lisgo MBE has lived and worked in North Taunton for the last 25 years.
She has been a Taunton Deane Borough Councillor for the area since 1995, apart from 2007-2011. She has been Leader of the Labour Group, Parliamentary Candidate for Taunton and in 2013-14 she was Mayor of Taunton Deane.
For eighteen years she was Chief Executive of Age Concern Somerset, which became Age UK Somerset
Libby represented the Lyngford Ward on Taunton Deane and now is a councillor for the new authority of Somerset West and Taunton where she represents Priorswood. She is vice chair of scrutiny.
Cllr Andrew Govier
Andrew has lived in Wellington all his life and attended Linden Infants, Beech Grove and Wellington Schools. On leaving school he went to work for the Ministry of Defence at the Hydrographic Office in Taunton. He then spent two years working for the MOD in Bath before moving to the Charity Commission in Taunton.He currently works as a Financial Advisor.
He is married to Jackie and has two daughters.
Andrew became involved in local politics because he wanted to make things better for Wellington and Rockwell Green.
He has been very keen to promote the town and to get extra facilities for the local people. He led the campaign to save Wellington Playing Fields from the threat of development; he helped to get a new sports hall at Courtfields School and to get extra facilities at all of the town Primary Schools. He was successful in helping to save Wellington Youth Centre from possible closure and is now Chairman of the Committee that runs it.
Andrew is also a member of Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council. He served as Mayor of Taunton Deane in 2003 and 2004 and as Mayor of Wellington from 2010 until 2012.
Andrew is a Christian and member of St. John’s Parish Church.