Councillor Rachel Woods Ards North Down

Cllr Rachel Woods

Rachel Woods is the Green Party councillor for Holywood and Clandeboye and Green Party leader on Ards and North Down Borough Council.

 

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A trained researcher, Rachel works as a caseworker for Green Party leader Steven Agnew and has also trained as a Community Drug and Alcohol Responder. She sits on a number of committees in the Holywood area, including the local Harmony Live festival committee.

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.

Before working for Steven Agnew, she 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.

42LRShe is vice-chair of the Regeneration and Development committee and sits on the Environment Committee and the Community & Wellbeing committees, as well as the Police and Community Safety Partnership, Community Resuscitation Group, Road Safety Committee, Christian Heritage Working Group and the Holywood Masterplan Steering Group.

She has already established herself as an energetic public representative in Ards and North Down Council, 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

 

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