We'd like to introduce our Executive committee

Chair Rachael Ross
Rachael Ross

I joined the Labour Party in 2017 around the time of the anniversary of Jo Cox death, with a sense that it was time to stop shouting at the tele and start to make a real difference locally. 

I have lived in the Pewsey Vale for over 20 years and spent my early working years in industrial relations in the energy industry. Nowadays I run a leadership and equality business which has involved me travelling to India, the US and across Europe.

I was born in London and developed strong values around fairness and the value of community right from my early days, attending a truly diverse inner London state school founded by Dame Burdett Coutts. 

I have been involved in social and political change throughout my working life and I am honoured to have been elected Chair of the Constituency Labour Party in Devizes and of the Wiltshire wideLabour Campaign ForumI love working with our amazing Labour colleagues and members across our constituency and across Wiltshire. 

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about Labour, or if we can partner with you to help influence change to benefit our whole community.   

In DevizesI volunteer with Opendoors charity and have seen at first hand the impact of the political choice of austerity, especially on vulnerable and young people.

I am passionate about a making sure the UK stays as a community focused, internationalistcountry,where fairness and equalityare our values and where a Labour government can bring in the real change required: a radical new green industrial revolution serving the many not the few!  

Vice-Chair & Policy Officer Sylvia Card

Sylvia Card

I was born and brought up in Cornwall. I studied at the L.S.E. and graduated with a degree in Social Policy and a Masters in Health Economics. I was a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy at Brighton University for many years.  I moved to Marlborough with my husband a few years ago, to be closer to my family.   

I believe that society is deeply divided and that in recent years that gap has widened. I have been involved in grass roots politics for the whole of my adult life and I know that real change only happens when communities come together to make demands on our elected representatives.    In my view, Wiltshire Council operates in a totally undemocratic manner. Decisions are made by a group of likeminded people and then put out for “consultation” in a farcical way. A healthy democracy can only be achieved when alternative voices are heard and by challenging the status quo. If I am elected I will work towards a more equitable system.

Secretary  Steve O'Neal
Steve ONeal I was born in Thrapston, Northhamptonshire, thanks to my British mother and an American father. He was serving in the United States Army Air Corps, which later branched off into the U.S. Air Force, during World War II. On that day, the British Army was liberating Belson concentration camp.

I was educated at Midland College, Texas, with a degree in Paralegalism, which lead to a Masters degree in Health Organization Management from Texas Tech University.
I believe that our present leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will lead us, with our help, toward what LBJ called the Great Society, which is why I joined the Labour Party.

  • Born 1945 in Thrapston, Northants, by a British mother and an American father who was in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
  • Vietnam Era veteran, now a member of Courage to Resist, a veterans’ anti-war organisation that helps members of the military to resist U.S. imperial wars.
  • Volunteered for both of Ann Richards’ election gubernatorial campaigns. She was a progressive Democrat who became governor of Texas but subsequently lost to G. W. Bush.
  • Lived and worked in Belgium 2000 to 2016 where I was active in the BDS movement.
  • Instigated the Wiltshire Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. I am currently on its EC.
  • Member of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
  • Member of Devizes for EU.
  • Member of Another Europe is Possible.
  • Member of Labour Against the Witch Hunt.
  • Member of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.
  • EDUCATION: I received a high school equivalency in the U.S. Army, a paralegal degree at Midland College, Texas; a BBA in Business Studies and an MBA in Health Organization Management, graduating suma cum laude, at Texas Tech University.

I am a committed socialist because capitalism is unsustainable and should be replaced by a world based on solidarity, cooperation, where everybody counts.

Treasurer Jason Haythornthwaite-Davis
Jason Haythornthwaite I live in Aldbourne with my wife and two children.  In my spare time, I volunteer as a coach at Ramsbury Football Club where I talk to many parents on the touchline.  I hear so many worries about education, housing and health and I am concerned about the legacy that we are leaving for our children. 

I can no longer stand by and watch some of the decisions that are being made in the local area in our name. When we think about what is important to us in our local council, can we honestly say that we believe that the decisions that are being made are for the social and financial benefit of our society?
Our front-line services are too precious to be allowed to dwindle to nothing. I want to see the Labour Party turn these things around.

Trade Union Liaison Officer Di Harris
 Di Harris I was born in Cardiff but grew up in Wiltshire, returning to Cardiff to study for a degree in Clinical Biochemistry. After working in research for several years I left laboratory life behind to become a medical journalist - obtaining an MSc in Health Promotion and an MA in Mass Communication along the way. I turned freelance when family caring responsibilities meant I needed to be based at home, and during this time I began a 15-year relationship with a professional theatre company touring to schools, spending over 10 years as their Chair. Twenty years ago, I took a huge change in direction professionally and now write about international inland waterways.

I joined the Executive of Devizes CLP in 2016 as the Trades Union Liaison Officer. I’ve been an active member of the National Union of Journalists for many years and have held several national lay activist roles, which include sitting on committees dealing with Ethics, Equality and Freelance issues as well as representing the SW on the NEC. I am Chair of the Wiltshire NUJ Branch and a founder member of the White Horse (Wiltshire) Trades Council.

I have fought against inequality from early childhood and it has been a driving force throughout my life. I was a member of Bath Community Health Council, briefly a trustee with Kennet Action for Single Homeless before representing KASH on the board of the Salisbury-based homeless charity Alabare and I’m currently a trustee of a homeless charity in Swindon.

I care passionately about the NHS, the cuts in essential Council services, the need to support vulnerable people and the ever-growing inequality driven by government policies. 

Youth Co-ordinator Steve Osborne
Women's Officer Katherine Davis
Katherine Davis

I live in the constituency with my husband and two children. I am a History, Politics and Economics teacher and have a degree in Economics and Politics and an MA in History.

I joined the Labour Party in 2015 after the election of another Conservative government. As a life long Labour supporter I realised it was time to take action, so I signed up as a member and then went along to a members’ meeting. What I found there was my political home, surrounded by like-minded people, a large number of whom had spent their lives trying to make a difference, fighting for a fairer society.

After running for Wiltshire Council in 2017 for Marlborough East, I then put myself forward as Women’s Officer for the Devizes CLP. It has been a pleasure and an honour to represent the women of our constituency. I have started a monthly women’s social in Devizes, so if you would like to come along, please do - the more the merrier!

IT Co-ordinator Rod Evans
Rod Evans  
Membership Secretary Ivor Blackmore
I am a self-employed IT Consultant, originally from Birmingham, and I have lived in the West Country for 25 years. My wife and I moved to Devizes two years ago and we are really enjoying this wonderful town, with its warm community spirit, fine independent shops, and rich architectural heritage. I am a keen sportsman, and can often be seen running the streets and paths of Devizes, or cycling around the county.
While I appreciate all that Devizes has to offer, I am saddened by the plight of the less fortunate members of our community, who depend on the good work of various voluntary groups for food, shelter, and support to help them to move on and improve their lives. Other matters of particular interest to me are the protection of our local health services and the maximization of recreational and leisure opportunities for all, especially the young. 
BAME Officer  Robert Oguaju
Disability Officer Laura Naylor
Laura Naylor I am proud to call Devizes my home. I was born in Wiltshire and have grown up here. I would love the opportunity to support and work with the local community in Devizes East.
I first started championing people's rights as a volunteer here in Devizes at the local Citizens Advice Bureau before moving on to a paid role with the CAB in London. I moved back to the South West several years ago and worked in social housing and I currently work in the voluntary sector. I have a degree in Sociology and an MSc in Social and Political Theory.
EC Member Sally Bates
EC Member Christine Sibley
Ex-Officio Kath Shaw
Kathleen Shaw

Devizes Town Councillor

I have lived in Wiltshire for 35 years and in Rowde for 20. Originally from the North East, I am a retired science teacher and education consultant. I have 3 grown up children.
I now run a small business with my husband making and selling horse and dog grooming products. My interest are local issues, horse riding, dogs and reading.

Website & Social Media Co-ordinator etc.. Noël Woolrych
Noel Woolrych

I'm the tecky one!  Originally from London, I have lived in Devizes for 40 years. I've spent most of my life in the political arena.  I have represented the East Ward of Devizes for 12 years as a Town Councillor and the Town as "Mayor of the Millennium". I have stood as a candidate at Town, District & County levels but now take a more advisory role.  As a local businessman I care passionatley about the local economy, tourism and the town in general.
I have been involved with homeless issues over the last 30 years and am a Trustee of Devizes Opendoors. I am a Director of the Devizes Development Partnership and manage the CCTV in the town (having been involved with Community Safety for nearly 40 years) and run the Town website. I've been involved with many of the town's major activities and organisations.






UPDATE: due to personal reasons, today’s Leadership hustings is cancelled.
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