Councillor Ellie Chowns
Title: Cabinet Member - Environment and Economy; Vice-Chairperson of Employment Panel; and Group Leader for The Green Party
Party: The Green Party
Ward: Bishops Frome & Cradley
Parish: Acton Beauchamp ; Avenbury ; Bishops Frome ; Cradley ; Evesbatch ; Stanford Bishop
More information about this councillor
11A Canon Frome Court
Phone: 01531 670729
Mobile: 07950 714947
Bus. email: email@example.com
- Employment panel (Vice-Chairperson)
- Environment and Sustainability Scrutiny CommitteeHerefordshire Council
Terms of Office
- 23/11/2017 - 06/05/2019
- 07/05/2019 -
I live with my family on a small organic farm at Canon Frome. My sons attend John Masefield High School and Hartpury College, and play for several local sports teams.
I spent 20 years working for charities and in higher education, including running health programmes for Christian Aid, co-ordinating a group of MPs in Parliament, tackling fuel poverty in East London, and supporting peace-building in Northern Uganda.
I have a PhD in international development, and I’ve worked at the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, and Bath. In addition to my cabinet role, I work part-time as a lecturer in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham.
From July 2019 to January 2020 I served as the first ever Green MEP for the West Midlands.
Locally, I’ve been a primary school governor, a volunteer with HomeStart and ECHO Herefordshire, and treasurer of a housing association.
My cabinet portfolio (Environment, Economy and Skills) connects with a wide range of topics that have long been close to my heart, including housing, transport, land use, and job creation. I see my role as being about supporting a thriving, sustainable local economy that creates opportunities for everyone & reduces inequalities. At the same time I’m deeply committed to reducing carbon emissions and maximising wildlife in our beautiful county. I’m delighted to be part of this cross-party coalition administration which is helping put Herefordshire on track for a brighter future with sustainability at its heart!