Meet Our Exec

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The first meeting of the new Exec of Brighton Pavilion CLP, held immediately after the elections on 4 February 2017.  The EC got straight down to work getting the Labour Party back up and running in Brighton Pavilion constituency.  All members except Denise Friend and James Thompson (not shown) continue on the Exec into 2018.

Delegates to the AGM of Brighton Pavilion CLP met on Wednesday 6 December 2017 to receive the first annual reports of our Executive Committee (known as the ‘EC’ or ‘Exec’) elected at the previous AGM on 4 February 2017 and to elect a new Exec for the year ahead, to run our Party and administer its business in the constituency.  Constitutional changes created two new posts of BAME Officer and Youth Officer, plus the Exec has been expanded with the addition of one delegate each representing affiliated trades unions and the Co-operative Party.  Pavilion Labour’s full Executive Committee for 2018 is as shown below.  You can find out more about Exec members lower down this page.


Find our more about each of our Exec members below:

jon-rogers-relaxedChair – 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.
Contact me by emailing

Secretary – 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.

cfw-13-09-14As CLP Secretary I want to build a participatory Party, where members feel encouraged to get involved.  Labour has always been a party where we all come together to campaign, debate, fundraise, and have fun.  We have many terrific new members with different talents and great ideas.  Now it’s time to start promoting our ideas and having that fun!  Email me at: 

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.

Treasurer – Amanda Evans (St Peter’s & North Laine): I am excited by the chance to shape the future for Labour in amanda-evans-grim-copyBrighton Pavilion and look forward to working with others to raise funds, increase awareness of key issues, and grow our vibrant membership to ever greater numbers  of active, involved Labour friends.  I hope my many years in public relations and event management, fundraising and retail, in both the private and voluntary sectors, will stand me in good stead as the Party’s new Treasurer.  Contact me via

Born and brought up in inner London by a feminist single mother, I moved to Brighton when I became a mum myself over 20 years ago.  As a lifelong socialist I am horrified by the attacks on our public services by this Tory government and the Tory-LibDem coalition, helped by their many friends in the media.  I re-joined Labour because I believe that this great party needs to respond by becoming a movement again, working together to fight for our collective rights to decent jobs, housing, healthcare and working conditions, and I want to play my part in that. I am delighted to be part of the new Pavilion Labour Executive, and will do everything I can to ensure our membership continues to grow and we engage the wider community in Brighton Pavilion.

phil-clarke-smiles-cropVice-Chair (also responsible for Campaigns) – Phil Clarke (Hollingdean & Stanmer): I am a trade union activist and socialist.  I want to ensure Labour stands-up for people being hurt by a Tory government intent on tearing-up our public services and welfare state.

I am a secondary school teacher and member of the National Executive of the NUT.  I am keen to use the links I have built up as Secretary of Brighton, Hove & District Trades Council to make sure Labour is at the forefront of progressive campaigns in our city.  Contact me with your campaigning ideas by email to

Leonie BaruaVice-Chair (Membership) – Leonie Barua (Preston Park): I welcome and engage with members from all communities.  My aim is to support the participation of all members, liaising with Executive members, branches and equalities forums to grow our membership and build for a Labour government with a socialist agenda, led by Jeremy Corbyn.

As Policy Officer of the B&H BAME Forum, BAME Officer of Preston Park Branch and a mixed race woman with a background in teaching and race equality, I intend to adopt best practice in overcoming remaining barriers, including gathering ethnicity and other equalities data and having an intersectional approach, so we can reach out more effectively to all, including under-represented minorities in our constituency.  This will enable a more democratic and progressive politics.

Contact me with your membership queries by emailing:

elaine-bewley-1Women’s Officer – Elaine Bewley (Hanover & Elm Grove): I am a longstanding member of the Labour Party, having worked at grassroots level in numerous elections, local and national.  Our defeat in 2010 propelled me to greater activism and I have taken to the streets for numerous protests since 2010, including the recent Women’s March in London.

I have run my own businesses since my early twenties and was a single mum bringing-up three amazing sons on my own for most of their childhood.  Access to Family Credit under Labour was my lifeline. Now I work as a 3D artist /sculptor as well as being a compulsive DIYer.
As a socialist and committed Christian I believe that to return Labour to power at the next election we must build a grassroots movement upholding the founding socialist principles of our Party.  We have to reach out to the wider public, re-enfranchise young people, and attract greater numbers of women – enabling all members to take a more active role in our Party at every level.  Email me at

Gabriel McCookYouth Officer – Gabriel McCook (St Peter’s & North Laine): I believe the goal of creating a fairer country can only be achieved by engaging young people to take charge of their own lives, and through developing the next generation of socialist leadership and campaigners.

I will be assisting our Pavilion Youth Forum in campaigning and will make sure that we have the agency to do so independently.  I will be lobbying for more younger candidates in our local elections and will co-ordinate with our local trade unions to create spaces in which we can introduce young people to organised labour.
Young people in our country have for too long had little of a future to look forward to. We need a positive vision from our Party, as outlined in our manifesto, and we must help to provide young people with the tools to help that come to be.  Email me on
BAME Officer – Mohammed Asaduzzaman (Hanover & Elm Grove): Ever since moving to Brighton in 1996, my passion has been our community, politics and culture.  Being someone who has a proven track record of getting things done, I am also a compassionate person who respects everyone.  run Mohammed Spice of Life at the Open Market, and am actively involved with Brighton and Hove’s Multicultural group and Racial Harassment forum.  Email me on
SPNL MattTrades Union delegate – Matt Webb (GMB): I feel strongly that trade unionism belongs at the very heart of a twenty-first century, progressive, socialist Labour Party.

I am a GMB delegate to the CLP, employed by the UNISON Brighton and Hove Unitary Branch as  a schools convenor and I am the Vice Chair and Campaigns Officer for SPNL Branch Labour Party.

Trade union membership is not matching the Labour Party’s rate of growth despite the fact that working people are under attack more now than ever. More working people are in poverty, more people are in insecure employment and more employers are writing off their responsibilities to their workforces with government backing.

We need to engage, organise and educate so that we can empower in the workplace all members of our proud, modern party.  Contact me at


Co-operative Party delegate – Julie Cattell: Julie has been appointed to the EC by the Co-operative Party as its representative.  She is also a member of Preston Park Branch and is a serving councillor in Preston Park.



Executive member – Ian McIsaac (Withdean): I joined the Royal Navy in 1972, when aged 15; not out of any sense of patriotism but to remove myself from a remote, insular West Highland community, where signing-up for six years for the services was a means of escape. Having no desire to return I remained in the South, and the first thing I did after leaving was to join the Labour Party.

In 1978 I commenced working as an electrician for what was then the Electricity Board and have been with them ever since; for the past 10 years as an Electrical Engineer.

Having moved to Brighton in December 2015, I have absolutely no intention of ever leaving – it’s good to consider it home.

I have always been on the left of the Labour Party, and my life experiences have only reinforced and confirmed my politics.  The only way we will progress society is through socialism – that is the principal upon which the Labour Party was founded.  Email me on

theresa-fowler-cropExecutive member – Theresa Fowler (Hollingdean & Stanmer): I am a mother of 4 children 2 of which attend local schools. I own and work in a shop at Fiveways. I am passionate about our environment and protecting our wildlife. I believe in unity and standing behind our leader Jeremy Corbyn. We need to work together to elect a Labour government at the next general election.  If you want to get involved, contact me by email to

Executive member – Anne Thompson (Regency): I am a socialist with many years of anne-thompson-copyexperience in grassroots activism and community organisation.  I worked as a community worker and a teacher, mostly in Bradford, and was a union rep for many years.  I am a proud member of both the NUT and Unite.

I joined Labour to give my wholehearted support to Jeremy Corbyn, his vision for our Party and a kinder and gentler politics.  I am committed to working within the framework of Jeremy’s ten pledges and his rich cultural, social and political programme.  Along with thousands of other socialists who recently joined the Party, my concern is to make sure that Labour is returned to being a party of the working class, with a strong socialist agenda and a grassroots leadership determined to address the deep inequalities now endemic in society.  Email me via

Juan Baeza_11.12.17Executive member – Juan Baeza (Preston Park): The Labour Party’s current leadership and its unambiguous socialist policies that were set out in the 2017 manifesto have energised me.  I am committed to further enhancing the voice and involvement of members in our CLP so that our Party can truly become a grassroots movement that can enact positive social change.  I am Vice Chair of Preston Park Branch and an active GC delegate.  You can email me at