County Councillors


Lizzi Collinge

Lancaster East

Lizzi_Chigh.jpgLizzi was elected to the county council in May 2016, only two years after joining the Labour party. After many years being interested and active in non-party politics, Lizzi joined the party to help fight against the destruction of public services by the coalition government. Lizzi feels that it’s a testament to the local party and its activists that she felt so at home so quickly.

Born in Blackburn, then growing up in rural Cumbria, Lizzi has lived in Lancaster for the last 11 years and now lives with her husband and their young son in Freehold. Leaving school after her GCSEs, Lizzi spent many years working in catering before going to the University of Central Lancashire as a mature student. On graduating, with a first class honours degree in Spanish and Politics, Lizzi joined the county council graduate scheme, working in school support services and public health, where she was part of the substance misuse commissioning team. After three years, Lizzi left the county council as part of the staffing reductions due to the funding cuts by central government.

As well as undertaking case work, helping out members of the community and attending the usual council meetings, Lizzi is also a member of the council scrutiny committee, which reviews and scrutinises the decisions and actions of the County Council and external partners. Lizzi also works for the local NHS supporting mental health research at Lancaster University.

A passionate advocate for good public services and the interests of ordinary people, Lizzi believes that everyone in the community should have a stake in local and national politics. Her main interests are health and social care and her political passions include equality for all and ensuring a voice for the most vulnerable.

Phone:  07833 483 398
Facebook - Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East
Twitter - @LizziCollinge


Erica Lewis

Lancaster South East

Erica_Lewis.pngErica was elected to the county council in May 2017. 

Erica has been an active member of the Labo(u)r Party in both Australia and the UK for over 20 years. In her time in the Australian Labor Party, she was both a candidate in the 1996 federal election and served as an adviser to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research. In the UK she has been part of the leadership of the general election campaigns in both 2015 and 2017. She is also a trainer for the Labour Women's Network.

Erica has also been active in the student and women's movements in both Australia and the UK. She has been elected to represent students on several campuses and most recently was a trustee of the Lancaster University Student Union. She has both worked and volunteered in the women's movement, being one of the co-founders of the WomenSpeak Network (now called the Equality Rights Alliance) in Australia, and serving as a trustee, including as both the treasurer and President of the YWCA of Canberra. Erica is currently co-President of a small national women's organisation here in the UK and is a director of the Havard Kennedy School Women's Network.

For most of her professional life, Erica has worked in the field of public administration and her particular interest lies in understanding the patterns that individual cases highlight and seeing those turned into systemic solutions. To further this work both in the public sector and civil society Erica has gained Arts and Law undergraduate degrees from both the University of Technology Sydney and the Australian National University, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Erica came to Lancaster to study for her PhD, which continues her interest in strengthening women's participation in civic society. Having submitted her Phd Erica now teaches at Edge Hill University, seeking to give back some of what she had gained through education.

Since her election, Erica has joined the Shadow Cabinet at Lancashire County Council as the deputy in the Finance Portfolio, as well as being appointed to the Internal Scrutiny and Audit and Governance Committees. Erica has also initiated work within Lancashire County County to address the barriers to women's participation in local government.

Contact details
Phone:  07917 627 391
Facebook: Erica Lewis County Councillor for Lancaster South East
Twittter: @_erica_lewis


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