Meet Our Exec

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Members of our 2019 Executive Committee include (left to right): Clara Astill – Disability Officer, Dan Carey – Youth Officer, Claire Wadey – Treasurer, Adam Englebright – Secretary, Jane Clarke – Communications & Social Media Officer, Jon Rogers – Chair, Katie McMurray – Women’s Officer and Matt Webb – Trade Union Liaison Officer.

Delegates to the AGM of Brighton Pavilion CLP met on Saturday 8 December 2018 to receive the annual reports of our Executive Committee (known as the ‘EC’ or ‘Exec’) elected at the 2017 AGM and to elect a new Exec for the year ahead, to run our Party and administer its business in the constituency.  Constitutional changes nationally created several new posts and the Exec has also been expanded with the inclusion of one representative from each Branch Labour Party.  Additionally, our CLP agreed to create the post of Older People’s Officer and remove other Executive posts and representatives from selected affiliates.   Pavilion Labour’s full Executive Committee for 2019 is shown below and you can find out more about all our Exec members lower down this page.2019 Exec elected

Find out more about each of our Exec members below:

Jon Rogers cropCHAIR – Jon Rogers (Regency Branch):  I first joined our Party in this constituency in 1980 and I have been a Labour Party member ever since.  I have been a longstanding activist within UNISON, serving as a Branch Secretary and on the National Executive Council.

I am a committed socialist not afraid of argument or controversy but, as Chair of our Labour Party, I am determined that all members will be able to express our views and participate in our democracy.

I have been honoured to have served as Chair of Brighton Pavilion CLP since the Party was re-established in February 2017.  I believe that I can continue to serve the Party usefully in this capacity.  With your support I hope that we can build on the firm foundations laid in the past two years (for which our outgoing Secretary, Claire Wadey, deserves our particular gratitude) and that we can continue to move forward – not least by electing more Labour Councillors this coming May.  I promise to continue doing my best to develop a welcoming and inclusive Party, campaigning for socialism.

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Julie AngelVICE-CHAIR/CAMPAIGNS – Julie Angel (Hollingbury and Patcham):  I will be taking a practical approach with a focus on canvassing events.  My first task will be to meet collectively with all the Campaign Officers, share ideas and agree strategies.  I will be organising phone-canvassing sessions and will also be looking to utilise any funding for local branches through social media.

Adam EnglebrightSECRETARY – Adam Englebright (Hollingdean & Stanmer): I became involved with the Labour Party in 2015, believing then as I do now that this city and this country desperately need socialist government to roll back the heinous damage to the social fabric and depredation of our institutions brought about by so many years of Conservative government. As secretary I hope to be able to support our members, branches and candidates in reaching that goal.  Please get in touch with me or any of our officers using

01.06.16 Amused at JW meetingTREASURER – Claire Wadey (Withdean): I grew-up in a Council flat in Hollingdean, attending Hertford and Dorothy Stringer schools, and felt the benefit of free school meals, the NHS keeping me well, and a free university education – the first woman in my family to go.  Labour provided me with all of this, which is why I have been a lifelong member since age 16 and continue to campaign for these things to benefit everyone in our society.

I am a socialist and a Unite member.  Some of my key priorities include disabled people’s rights, ending austerity and privatisation, returning rail and Royal Mail to public ownership, and scrapping tuition fees.  Policies which Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has brought to the fore.  Jeremy has an ambition for power that changes this country forever in the interests of ordinary people.  People like you and me.

As CLP Secretary from February 2017 to December 2018, my overriding goal was to re-establish Pavilion Labour as a united and strong CLP – with robust branches, officers and members growing in knowledge and confidence, developing equalities forums, and a campaigning presence on Brighton’s streets, online, and within our Party nationally and regionally.   A Party the size of Brighton Pavilion CLP has a role to play far beyond our own constituency.

Now Pavilion Labour has rediscovered its voice and re-established its presence, to push forward with our priorities we need more resources.  As CLP Treasurer I aim to bring my expertise as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser to the funding of our Party, our aims and objectives.  Contact me on

Judy RichardsVICE-CHAIR/MEMBERSHIP – Judy Richards (Hanover & Elm Grove):  Members have added importance in an election year.  I will be using my community development background to support Branch Membership Secretaries in their roles.

I am an active member of the BAME Forum and some of our other equality groups.  As one of the Pavilion Labour delegates to 2018 Labour Conference, I spoke on the Justice for Windrush motion and I am involved in planning BAME meetings on socio economic and political representation issues.

I intend to encourage more members to be active and also to engage with the wider community to increase membership and encourage people to vote Labour.

Katie cropWOMEN’S OFFICER – Katie McMurray (Patcham):  I intend to make Brighton Pavilion Labour Party an active and powerful force for our shared goals of socialism and equality.

I first joined the Party at 16 and have been active again now for two years.  In that time I have been campaigning and taken on roles as GC delegate, Chair of my branch and Chair of the Women’s Forum.  I will continue to work hard as an activist to help elect Jeremy Corbyn as our next Prime Minister.   Contact me on

Dan Carey cropYOUTH OFFICER – Dan Carey (Hanover & Elm Grove): Hi I’m Dan.  I’m 17 and currently a student at college.  The world is facing more opportunities than ever before accompanied by ever more challenging issues.  I believe the current Labour Party can provide sensible and needed solutions for our country and our city, and so I am doing what I can to make 2017’s campaign of hope, that resonated with so many young people around this country, a reality.  Please feel free to get in touch if you’re under 27 and are interested in becoming a locally active member.  You can contact me at 

Mohammed Asaduzzaman 1BAME OFFICER – Mohammed Asaduzzaman (Hanover & Elm Grove):  It was my great pleasure to be re-elected as Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) officer.  I also act as Vice Chair – Community Campaigner for the BAME Labour Group Brighton and Hove (known as the BAME Forum).  I am one of the founders of the BAME Forum and my position there enables me to oversee the activities, concerns and interests of the BAME community in Brighton Pavilion.  I feed these activities, concerns and interests back to the BAME Forum, crucially, translating items into implementable policies.As such, my role in the overall objective of the Labour Party is, fundamentally, to increase the BAME membership so that the Labour Party can empirically demonstrate that it has fulfilled its inclusiveness policy.    Email me on or .

Ty Galvin cropOLDER PEOPLE’S OFFICER – Ty Galvin (Hanover & Elm Grove):  the need for a voice for older people in affairs concerning us has become apparent.  Our main concern is the disproportionate targeting of austerity cuts on the funding of welfare and wellbeing of an ageing population, especially cuts to adult social care.
Pavilion Labour now has a developing Older People’s Forum, with our popular coffee mornings.  This is growing all the time and we aim to influence decisions taken at council.  Most older people I talk to are more concerned about their children and grandchildren than they are about themselves.  For that reason, I hope to organise occasional joint meetings with the Youth Forum, perhaps on issues of common concern including mental health issues and the scandalous lack of resources to support young and old alike.
Matt cropTRADE UNION LIAISON OFFICER – Matt Webb (GMB, St Peter’s & North Laine):  I feel strongly that trade unionism belongs at the very heart of a twenty first century progressive socialist Labour Party.  We must engage with all unions, including newly emerged ones and renters’ unions, to build a city that works for the many.

I am a GMB delegate to Pavilion Labour, the Chair of the SPNL Labour branch, employed by UNISON Brighton and Hove as Education Convener and also the Assistant Secretary of Brighton & Hove District Trades Council.

When I’m not working or campaigning for the Labour Party I unwind by making very noisy music.


Jane Clarke cropCOMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICER – Jane Clarke (Preston Park):  I worked in TV, press and public affairs for 28 years, working in a range of organisations from Westcountry TV and the Foreign Office to the British Film Institute and Sport England.  I now write full-time and have had four novels published under the name Jane Lythell.  I therefore have extensive experience of crafting clear, effective and accessible messages.

I strongly support the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell and our socialist manifesto. Labour’s policies do not get a fair hearing in the mainstream media. It is important to use social media to get our message out to members and to the wider community.  Good communication on our campaigns and on our local and national priorities will keep members and supporters informed.  It will also help to get people involved.


20.04.18 Michael BrownCOMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICER – Michael Brown (Withdean):  I would like to see a fairer society and a balanced distribution of, not only wealth and power, but also opinion and diversity of viewpoint.  This will benefit not only my three children but everyone’s children here in Brighton.  Together we can all begin to make this ideal happen by securing a Labour majority council in Brighton in May 2019.

I grew up in a working class family in Grimsby.  I helped local Labour on the 2015 general election campaign trail in Brighton and have been involved ever since, volunteering on the campaigns for both Jeremy’s leadership elections.  The first step in achieving a fairer society is to effectively communicate Labour’s compelling manifesto policies.  Those policies need to be better understood in the mainstream.  With a long-term history in advertising I believe I have the ideas and ability to help.

NB: Jane Clarke and Michael Brown have been elected to the Exec in a jobshare.

Gabriel at LabSE18 cPOLITICAL EDUCATION OFFICER – Gabriel McCook (St Peter’s & North Laine):  I believe that political education is fundamental to democracy, both internally and externally.  It is difficult for us to fully participate in political processes if we cannot formulate our demands or access the workings of the processes themselves.

I don’t intend to be lecturing people on what I think is right, but to help people reach their own conclusions.  I believe that we must have political education in mind at many other events – and make political education fun, not a chore.

Like many in the Party, political education has been something I have had to focus on for myself, and I hope to make a painless starting point for other members.  Email me on

Sarah Pickett crop - CopyLGBT+ OFFICER – Sarah Pickett (Hollingdean & Stanmer):   I’ve been an LGBT+ activist ever since I got involved in the campaign against section 28 in the 1980s.
I’m actively involved in the LGBT+ section of Unison and also in the LGBT+ staff network at Brighton University, where I work for the Student Union.  I have been involved in organising events and meetings there and hope to bring this experience to the Party’s LGBT+ Officer role.

As one of the constituency’s delegates I helped ensure our motion on inclusivity and equality for trans people got heard at Labour South East Regional conference.

The LGBT+ Forum will become a branch over the next year, which I think will make it more meaningful and have more structure.  I feel this means Labour is taking all of the equalities forums more seriously.  I hope to help encourage more members to come forward and participate in this changing structure.


Clara Astill cropDISABILITY OFFICER – Clara Astill (Withdean):  As a Unite Community branch officer and activist, I have organised and been part of campaigns for more suitable homes and housing to be built for people with special needs, campaigning to stop Universal Credit, stop benefit sanctions which force disabled people into unsuitable work, the systems in place that prevent disabled claimants accessing the welfare payments they need and actively opposing cuts, caused by austerity, to public services that disabled people depend on.

I’m also campaigning for more attention to be brought to the rise of hate crime towards the disabled and the abuse of people with hidden disabilities.  More needs to be done to tackle it.

I’m an active member of the Pavilion Labour Disabled Members’ Forum.  I want to support it becoming a branch next year, help more disabled members be active, get organised and encourage better self-representation on the council.  Contact me via


Sara FulfordSara Fulford – Hanover & Elm Grove Branch:  I have been a Labour member for over 26 years in Hanover and Elm Grove, am a Unison member and former shop steward.
Over 30 years in Adult Social Care I have worked in and managed services, promoted care quality improvement and development, and ran the local Dignity in Care Campaign. My post was made redundant in austerity/’efficiency’ savings.  I am now semi-retired
I have been dismayed by the underfunding and erosion of public services which were designed to protect the more vulnerable people in our society and ensure social justice. So I wholeheartedly welcome a return to more steadfast socialist values, and am supportive of the current direction and leadership of the Party.  However, I would still like to help build greater unity within the party in order that all views are properly heard and considered.
Ros EdwardsRosalind Edwards – Preston Park Branch: I am the Secretary of Preston Park branch.
I rejoined the Labour Party in 2015 to support a socialist party and socialist policies for an equal and just society – an opportunity that was offered by Jeremy Corbyn.  I am a member of UCU.
Derek Lovell cropDerek Lovell – Withdean Branch: I am the secretary of Withdean branch and have been a member of the Labour Party since the 1970s.
I am committed to a municipal socialism that will be made a reality by a strong Labour council after the May 2019 local elections in Brighton and Hove.
Other Branch representatives are: Adam Englebright (Hollingdean & Stanmer), David Hill (Patcham), Carol Chalmers (Regency) and Maureen Winder (St Peter’s & North Laine).