Councillor Gill Gower
Labour Councillor for Westgate


Gill has lived in Canterbury for 30 years and had three children and two step children who all attended local schools. She was an Occupational Therapist who worked in for the NHS for 30 years and then served as a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) before retiring in 2017.

Gill moved to Canterbury to take up a Senior Lecturing post at CCCU teaching health professionals. Her original specialism in the NHS after qualifying was mental health, but I she also worked in learning disabilities and physical care. She managed the OT services at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital for many years and was an active as a union member and steward, frequently representing fellow workers and negotiating with managers and government pay review bodies.

Since retiring, Gill has been able to be more active in Westgate, contributing to the successful campaign to get Simon Warley elected as Labour Councillor for Westgate ward and working in the wider community, specifically on the rescue of Westgate Hall through fundraising and campaigning, and on a range of planning and green issues such as preserving our local trees and parks.

She was elected to Canterbury City Council in 2019 as a representative for Westgate Ward.

Gill sits on the Canterbury Forum, Governance and Audit Committees in addition to full council.

Contact details

Email: [email protected]

Tel:01227 764 316






Gill Gower