WEP Lewisham runs on the goodwill and determination of a dedicated volunteer team.
But don’t let the fact that we’re doing this in between our day jobs fool you. WE mean business. We’re not just campaigning, we’re working for something much more important : we’re changing the world. Starting locally, thinking globally.
And we could do with your help…. however much/little time you have and whatever your skills/experience are or the ones you’re prepared to have a go at – please contact us
Meet the Team (alphabetical order):*
Amy Killen – Elections Officer: largely found in the back room strategising and encouraging others to stand as candidates. Genuinely likes canvassing. Feminist, humanist, book lover, tea drinker, escaped northerner.
Amy was the [brilliant] election agent in our first Lewisham-based campaign for the Brockley by-election in October 2016.*(editor’s note).
Esther Malvern – Communications Manager
I joined WEP and the Lewisham Branch after Brexit happened, as I felt very strongly that I need to get more involved in local and national politics. As a life-long feminist joining WEP over the other parties felt like a no-brainer. After being a volunteer for a few months I put myself forward for the Communication Lead to actively shape how WEP is working in Lewisham. I look forward to engaging more with our members and supporters.
Hannah Marsden and Cairis Grant-Hickey – Events
I’m Hannah and I help to organise our events including branch meetings, training sessions and special events. I’m a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party and became active in the branch in Summer 2016. I went to conference in Manchester in November, which I found an enlightening experience. I’ve been a feminist for as long as I knew what one was; I can’t remember not having that nagging feeling that expectations and opportunities were restricted for me and my friends, simply because we were girls.
Cairis Grant-Hickey – Events
This is Cairis (on the left) She runs a local business and is a committed feminist and a gifted craftswoman. Member of the WI. She lives, breathes and eats Lewisham.
Anaïs Marsac – Treasurer – Anaïs takes care of our tiny but growing piggy bank. She’s very much looking forward to the day when this task takes more of her time because we have managed to raise some more funds and we are spending them on election campaigns.
Rebecca Manson Jones – Candidate Development
Founder member of WEP, candidate in the GLA elections 2016 and Brockley Ward by-election 2016 – first-ever local council candidate for WEP. I’m heading up the candidate & campaign development workshops for local council elections in 2018. I’m also on the newly-formed Women’s Health Advisory Group for WEP.
I’ve lived in Brockley, Lewisham since 2010 with my husband, Jens. We call it the happy postcode because of the great people and the spirit of generosity we’ve encountered since living here. This is where we expect to grow old.
Madeline Petrillo – Branch Leader
Founder member of WEP and co-founder of WEP Lewisham, Madeline answered the call to set up a branch locally and co-ordinates and sets direction of the Branch. Originally from Rochdale, she’s a former Lewisham probation officer and now is a senior lecturer in Criminology. Marathon-runner and dog-fosterer.
Alison Proud – Data Manager
Currently in Africa on a 2 month sabbatical where she’s volunteering on farms, Alison keeps us all up to date on what’s happening. She’s an indefatigable campaigner who also volunteers locally with Girl Guides.
If you can’t see what you’re looking for in this line up and you think you could help, get in touch. WE want to grow our branch to reflect the community we’re based in. There are lots of other people involved in the Branch and we can never have too many.
- Titles in blue denote officers who are to be elected by the
local membership. Other members of the group are invited by the Branch leader and the group as and when they are needed. WEP Lewisham was only officially
formed at the end of last year (previously we were a joint branch with Greenwich). So, our first election will be in June/July 2017. If you’re interested in finding out more, come along to one of our other meetings/socials/events to find out about what’s involved.