LWN’s management committee for 2018/19 has met in Manchester to agree their objectives for the year ahead, and to welcome new members of the committee.

The year ahead

LWN’s management committee has set two main objectives for the year ahead: to improve the representation of women in leadership positions in the Labour party, and to strengthen LWN as an organisation in order that we can grow and improve.

In order to improve the representation of women, we have launched the Time to Lead campaign. This will:

  • Hold the leadership to account for the lead for women promises made, including through the NEC review
  • Improve the grassroots culture for women in the Labour party, through the powerpledge and other means
  • Train and develop labour women to take on leadership positions
  • Take defensive action where necessary to protect women’s rights and interests
  • Celebrate women’s success, sharing stories and articles

We will also strengthen LWN as an organization. We will:

  • Focus on fundraising to achieve financial security and grow our staff support
  • Communicate regularly and clearly with our membership
  • Build our reputation and reach in the wider labour movement
  • Provide networking opportunities for labour women to come together

The five year strategy

Our plans for the year ahead feed in to our ‘strategy 2020’ document, which was written in 2014 with the aim of seeing women exercise power at all levels of the Labour Party. This five year plan includes the delivery of campaigns, training, networking opportunities and a strengthened organisation. You can view the full ‘strategy 2020’ document here. 

The management committee

Barbara Follett 

Chair: Olivia Bailey
Secretary: Helen Pearce
Treasurer: Sarah Thompson

Committee Members
Kate Dearden 
Katherine Dunne
Sarah Hayward
Amy Lame
Kiran Mahil
Abena Oppong-Asare
Lucy Rigby
Nan Sloane
Jacqui Smith
Melanie Ward 

How LWN works

Labour Women’s Network is a membership organisation. Our members are women who are members of the Labour Party, and we also welcome trade unions and socialist societies that are affiliated to the Party to join as affiliated organisations. We also invite men who share our values to join as supporters.

Our work is guided by our mission statement: Labour Women’s Network exists to secure the election of more Labour women to public office at every level and to support Labour women to play a full part in the Party.

We are run and funded entirely by volunteers, and our work is guided by a management committee that is elected by our members. Our AGM is usually held at Labour Party Conference.

Getting in touch

We are run entirely volunteers, so don't have an office or a phone number. If you want to speak to us, please email [email protected]