Ellen is proud to represent South West Wiltshire standing up for the open-hearted, community values shared by residents across the constituency.
A nurse by profession, she works in the university sector leading a programme that tackles primary care workforce development and healthcare. She is determined to fight the Brexit effect that is exacerbating our workforce shortages and impacting our local communities.
Her career includes significant experience working with national organisations such as National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). She is the Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrat Healthcare Resource Group undertaking health and social care research for current MPs and Peers, as well as a forum chair for the Royal College of Nursing. Her clinical career has been interspersed with working as a company director, pharmaceuticals and sales.
As a Lib Dem, Ellen has a strong commitment to universal healthcare, access to education for all, social justice and values as well as environmental protections. She is keen to see Wiltshire meets its carbon neutral target and that housing developments across the constituency are green and sustainable.
Locally, since selection, Ellen has led the local Lib Dems to a number of successful by-election wins, she is a local primary school governor and collaborates with local groups on special needs education, farming, rural affairs and rural crime. Nationally, she has a high profile in healthcare and campaigns for patient safety and safer staffing levels. Her experience as a lecturer drives her wish to provide fair opportunity for all, in particular she will campaign to reverse the cuts to our youth services and is angry that Tory education policies have had such a damaging effect on our schools.
Ellen’s aim in entering politics is to ensure there is a better future for everyone. She believes the two main parties have failed to acknowledge the economic and social benefits of the European Union. Ellen says, “If I’m elected, I will be a consistent and committed voice for the many benefits available by remaining in the EU. For me, being involved in politics is all about helping people make the changes that are needed to improve their lives. I have witnessed first-hand the damage being done to our communities, our healthcare and education systems by the current government, so I’m fighting for the Liberal Democrat values of freedom, fairness and equality, working to support our local community and to keep our country open, tolerant and united.”