WEP Lewisham runs on the goodwill and determination of a dedicated and ever-evolving 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
The Women’s Equality Party – Lewisham Candidates for May 2018.
Rebecca Manson Jones – candidate for Ladywell. Rebecca has lived in the Ladywell ward since 2010 with her partner of 25 years. They expect to grow old in Lewisham. Rebecca runs a small arts charity Just Jones & and creative consultancy and has a background in theatre direction, production and cultural policy. She has served on the senior leadership teams of National Portfolio producing theatres in London and Exeter. Her achievements in broadening participation and diversity have been cited as a model of good practice by Arts Council England. She is a member of What Next, a national movement committed to challenging austerity in arts, culture and public services and co-chairs the What Next Lewisham chapter. She has volunteered with the Brockley Design Project, Brockley Max, the Hilly Fields Fayre, the accessibility advisory group at The Albany and was shortlisted to write the London Borough of Culture bid. She is Safeguarding Link Governor at Sydenham School. She was on the Women’s Equality Party list in the 2016 GLA elections and the first-ever WEP local council candidate in Brockley. Rebecca was part of the deputation invited by Lewisham Council to give evidence last year on barriers to women getting into politics. #RMJ4Equality
Mandu Reid – candidate for Lewisham Central. – Mandu is founder of a small charitable NGO and social enterprise The Cup Effect (www.TheCupEffect.org) that raises awareness about menstrual cups and eliminating the taboos and stigma that shroud menstruation in the UK and internationally. She has been invited to speak about her work on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, the Ministry of Justice, the RSA, the Women of the World Festival, The Commonwealth Institute, a TEDx event at BAFTA The LSE, and the Fourth Wave Feminist Festival among others. She has worked for the Mayor of London for 10 years, where she has held a variety of roles focused on strategy, policy, and operations including playing a key role in the preparations and delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has lived in Lewisham for 9 years and was previously a school governor at a Lewisham secondary school (Crofton School). #Mandu4Equality.
Kate Vang – candidate for Brockley.
Kate has been speaking out for equality her whole life, especially for feminist and sustainable economics. She believes a fair local government works better for everyone. After a career in business, Kate now works at an international charity where she focuses on using data as a tool for positive social change. She is an active charity trustee and volunteer, sings in a choir, and enjoys growing veg in her Catford allotment. As a proud Lewisham local, she will listen to residents and speak up on their behalf to tackle challenges such as housing, education and social care. She is a founder-member of the Women’s Equality Party. #Kate4Equality
Meet the Team (alphabetical order):*
Amy Killen – Branch Leader: 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 and was recently co-leading the team running Sophie Walker’s leadership campaign.
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 – 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
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.
Madeline Petrillo – Branch Leader (2015-2017)
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 – raising funds for the 999 Club 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 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 2016 (previously we were a joint branch with Greenwich). Our first election was held in July 2017.
- The Branch has to have formal posts but in reality most of our decisions are made by the wider group of regular volunteers and we welcome new people bringing new ideas and initiatives that they can set up and run.