Councillor Rachel Woods Ards North Down

Rachel Woods MLA

Rachel Woods represents North Down having become an MLA in October 2019.


A trained researcher, Rachel worked as a caseworker for former MLA Steven Agnew and has also trained as a Community Drug and Alcohol Responder.

Born and bred in Holywood, Rachel Woods went to Sullivan Upper School before studying at Queen’s University Belfast for an undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy, followed by a MA in Violence, Terrorism and Security Studies.

Rachel previously worked as a researcher and economic analyst for Analyse Africa, an online product of the Financial Times, and as a supervisor in the Dirty Duck Alehouse in Holywood.

A fan of the beautiful game, Rachel Woods plays midfield for the Belfast Ravens women’s team, and enjoys sailing, kayaking and walking. Previously, Rachel ran the open mic night in the Holywood Yacht Club through her position as Rear Commodore.


Rachel has already established herself as an energetic public representative sitting on Ards and North Down Council for three years, driving forward a series of motions on tackling food poverty, recycling and positioning the council as a leader in cutting the spread of single use plastics.

Rachel has been campaigning to introduce residents’ parking schemes in Holywood and wants to drive forward urgent action on food poverty and reform of the controversial PIPs assessment process.

Rachel’s areas of interest
Food poverty
• Community development
• Waste and plastic
• Planning
• Equality and human rights
• Youth issues