About Jamie

Values rooted in community  

  • I grew up with parents dedicated to public service, and a community who took responsibility and action to challenge the powers that be, teaching me to always speak up, call out what is right and wrong and champion the community
  • Living these values hasn’t always won me friends in the heart of power. But then, that’s never been where my interests have lain. My interests are rooted, hard wired in our community

The competence and experience needed

  • A nearly 20 year career across public, private and voluntary sectors including  running a department in a leading charity, overseeing major projects such as the multi-million pound development of a careers service across the country, and teaching in a Croydon secondary school
  • A local Councillor for 8 years – firmly committed to Croydon, I challenged the old regime and always put the community first
  • A community organiser – I bring people together, empower people and always ensures my politics is rooted and led by the community around me, an approach that’s vital for Labour to rebuild trust across Croydon 
  • Professionally I currently lead economic and environmental campaigning at our country’s largest nature charity, The RSPB

My track record of making change happen – as a councillor and in my career

  • Persuaded over 100 employers to pay the REAL LivingWage and pledge jobs for local people with Croydon’s Good Employer Charter – adopted by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan and Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham
  •  Developed over 400 work experience placements created for young people with a youth led First Step campaign
  • Led successful efforts to establish the model for our borough’s first Community Land Trust a radical way of delivering affordable housing  
  • Set up Thornton Heath Community Action Team with residents – leading to hundreds of actions to improve the area 
  •  Led national “pension power” campaign to see councils move away from fossil fuels in their pension investments 
  • Created an online platform of opportunities for young people to develop in partnership with Croydon’s BME Forum and to help prevent serious youth violence 
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