Liz, originally a London girl born and bred, has lived in the village of Great Shefford since 1990, where she is a Primary School Governor and a former Parish Councillor. She got a BSc in Biochemistry from Lancaster University, followed by Masters and PhD degrees at Aston University (where she met her husband) in Science and Technology Policy. Their daughter is studying for her A Levels at a school in Newbury.
Liz works professionally in the Higher Education research and innovation sector, with a particular focus on policy and international development. This has included being a former British Diplomat in Moscow for 5 years, and later setting up the prestigious UK Government prize for international development, the Newton Prize. She has recently worked with the Malaysian Government, leading two projects addressing their national innovation policy needs, and has also been Head of Policy in several organisations in the science sector.
She joined the Labour Party following the EU Referendum, and has been the Women’s Officer and Policy Officer for this CLP. One of the things that she did as Women’s Officer was to restage a Suffragette speech in Newbury Town Centre, a fun filled day. You can see the video here: She stood for election for Tilehurst and Purley ward in the May 2019 West Berkshire Council election, earning her nickname of The Red Devil after getting 666 votes. She went on to stand as Parliamentary Candidate for North West Hampshire in the 2019 General Election, campaigning against Kit Malthouse.
Liz came late to politics as a concerned citizen fed up with how politics is going in our country. Not a career politician. She is passionate that all sorts of people, from all walks of life, are desperately needed to bring their experience, and get actively involved in politics to fix things. Come and join us!