Ruth Coleman-Taylor is a Politics graduate of the University of York and originally worked as a Maths teacher. She was a Councillor for 16 years in North Wiltshire, 7 of those as Leader, before moving back to Yorkshire to get married. As Chair of Economic Development and later Leader of the Council, she led the Council’s ambitious policy of regenerating the District’s town centres and attracting new inward investment. She was a key mover in transferring powers from the District Council to Town and Parish Councils (as now facilitated under the Localism Act).
As an experienced Councillor, Ruth has trained, advised and delivered peer review to Councillors all over England and in many EU and Commonwealth countries. She has also been an Election Observer for national and regional elections in Europe and Africa. For 10 years, Ruth served on the EU Committee of the Regions, which represents the opinion of local and regional government to the European Parliament. She was the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Asylum and Immigration Policy and worked closely with the Liberal Democrat group of MEPs.
On her travels, Ruth observed the fragility of our world and its environment. She believes passionately that we must all work together to protect our planet for the future. In particular, we need to share good practice, learning from successful environmental projects in other countries.
Ruth has been active in policy development at many levels of governance, both in the Liberal Democrats and public authorities, at local level as a Councillor and activist, nationally on the Federal Policy Committee, at European level on CoR and in the ALDE Council and Conference.
Beyond politics, Ruth writes science fiction and attends SF Conventions: enjoys music, gardening and the company of her growing family: and endeavours to travel lightly on the Earth.