I am an Employment Rights Lawyer. I represent workers in cases of unfair dismissal, race, sex and disability discrimination and unpaid wages. I also lecture at Canterbury Christchurch University. I am in politics to help create a more equal society and to reverse austerity.

I have was the Labour Councillor for Westgate ward from 2017-2019 and now live in Herne Bay. As a councillor I campaigned for more council houses to be built, an integrated transport system in Canterbury and to stop the proposed multi-storey car park in Station Road West.

I brought motions to the Council proposing that Canterbury City Council bid for the 2025 “UK City of Culture” and that the Council invoke the “rural exemption policy” in planning rules to build small groups of council houses in rural areas. I previously stood as a City Council candidate for the Reculver ward in 2016 and as Kent County Council candidate for Canterbury City South in 2017. 

Canterbury needs an integrated transport system which encourages greater use of Park & Ride, local “hopper” buses for short journeys within the City and integrated cycle paths to address its pollution and congestion problems. The ruling Conservative Group have mismanaged the District’s finances by gambling huge sums of public money on the Whitefriars Centre when retail is in significant decline, instead of investing in housing and other public facilities for the benefit of local people

 

Biography

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.

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