Caroline Russell: Green Councillor 2014-Present

Caroline was elected as sole opposition councillor in 2014.  Despite being the only Green up against 47 Labour councillors, Caroline has successfully put forward motions, suggestions and campaigns that have influenced council policy.  Since being elected she has -

 

  • Pushed to make the teaching of LGBT History year round, rather than confined to a solitary month
  • Encouraged the council to spread the use of anonymous CVs by Islington employers, to try and reduce the systemic barriers that put ethnic minorities and women out of work
  • Moved the council and Islington schools to revise their use of the Prevent strategy, encouraging a community-led approach to tackling extremism
  • Worked hard on making streets safer in her ward, getting new zebra crossings installed and resurfacing local paths
  • Successfully fought for full time contracts for council staff languishing on seasonal agency contracts with no sick pay or holiday pay

Caroline has lived in Islington since 1986, initially in Kings Cross and since 1992 in Highbury. She is married with three children. She has a Fine Art MA from Goldsmiths and a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from City University. Over the years she has worked as a bicycle dispatch rider, community arts leader, university lecturer and, after a period of full time motherhood combined with community activism, as a transport campaigner.

As a walking and cycling campaigner, Caroline specialises in advocacy on behalf of pedestrians and for more people-friendly streets. She is passionate about addressing health inequality by promoting population-wide levels of physical activity through daily journeys on foot and by bike.

She has been involved in multiple local campaigns for many years. In particular as a parent governor at Canonbury Primary School and Chair of Islington Living Streets.