Cllr Jenny Gawthrope Wood
City Councillor for King's Hedges
I’m Jenny and I’m one of your King’s Hedges City Councillors.
I have lived in North Cambridge for many years (first moving here in 1976), latterly with my late husband, former King’s Hedges city councillor and Mayor, Nigel Gawthrope. I have lived and worked in Cambridge in a range of jobs over the years, as a university assistant, as a researcher and in roles for the Kings Fund Institute, Wellcome Institute, and at research institutes in the Netherlands. I also worked for the EU Dublin Foundation on social exclusion, at Hull University on Rowntree project on family breakdown and family assistance, and then at the Office for National Statistics where I ended up as the ONS Regional Statistician for the East of England, working with a number of local authorities.
For the last 6 years I served as treasurer for the Cambridge branch of Parkinson’s UK and am a long-term supporter of homelessness charity It Takes A City and the Red Hen Project. I am also a director of a local community benevolent society, Reach Community Solar Farm.
I strongly believe in social values and socialism. We are measured as a society by how we treat each other, support the weakest and create equal opportunities and life chances for all. I am really interested in housing provision, development and related planning issues, and in delivering good quality, sustainable strategies, finance and resource management. I also believe in the need for local authorities to promote and adopt environmentally sound building, energy and environmental solutions.
Last year I was pleased to be part of Labour’s campaign to keep public access to Castle Mound and calling the County to account on the still empty flats above Milton Road Library.
The Labour run City Council’s commitment to building hundreds of new council homes to high sustainability standards is very impressive and has made a real difference to communities like King’s Hedges, where levels of housing need are high. Already the City Council is on track to complete over 540 new council homes ahead of schedule. During the pandemic, it worked with partners to rapidly house rough-sleepers and other homeless people and to develop future strategies to ensure people do not become homeless and forced back on the street. That’s an impressive record of achievement and I look forward to having the chance to help continue that work.
I have relished the chance to meet people in all walks of life across Cambridge, phone canvassing and as part of my duties supporting my late husband as a councillor and Mayor; and now with the possibility to make things better for individuals in Cambridge and for the City to thrive not just survive.