Dr Elizabeth Bell, Labour Candidate for Tilehurst & Purley

Dr Bell has never considered standing for the West Berkshire Council before, but is so concerned about the legacy we are leaving our children, that she has decided to stand for the first time now.

As an academic who has held many professional Head of Policy roles in various organisations in the research and education sector, she will bring a powerful analytical approach and a strong voice to challenge Council policies and decision making. She also firmly believes that working with people is fun, and is friendly and approachable. Do take a look at her dressing up as a suffragette and re-staging suffragette speeches in the centre of Newbury last year.

Liz passionately believes in the importance of the education and research sector to the health of our economy and society, and that inequalities need to be tackled so that all people, regardless of their backgrounds or achievements, can share in the nation’s prosperity. She believes that social justice issues have to be effectively addressed if the UK is to be able to cope as a country in the future (such as the lack of affordable housing, an ageing population and the increasing automation of jobs in various sectors). As a Keynesian (although she doesn’t hold with such labels for people, we are all more complicated than that!), she believes that austerity is a dangerous policy for our country, which is not only jeopardising our collective futures through failure to invest, but has a disproportionate and unfair impact on the most vulnerable. She therefore intends to particularly scrutinise cuts in Council services for the most vulnerable.

Liz has Masters and PhD degrees in the area of science and technology policy from Aston University Business School, and a BSc in Biochemistry from Lancaster University. She works in education, research and innovation policy and management. This has included: Working as a British diplomat in Moscow for 5 years (First Secretary Science) to advise the Russian Government on re-designing their research sector policies and programmes to build a national innovation system; Head of Policy roles at The Physiological Society, Janet UK and UCAS; and now works in consulting in the sector. One of her recent clients was BEIS and the UK National Commission for UNESCO where she designed and set up the Government’s new flagship programme, the Newton Prize for international development in science and innovation.

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