Local Officers

We have a team of officers who run the local party and coordinate our activities 

Carol BirchCarol Birch - Acting coordinator

Carol is acting Coordinator until we find someone who would like to take on this role longer term. The key responsibilities is arranging committee meetings and organising the Annual General Meeting.

Stephanie CarnStephanie Carn - Membership Secretary and Newsletter Delivery coordinator

 I’m Stephanie Carn and I’ve been the Membership Secretary since 2015.

I contact new members and tell them about our branch, and ask people to think about whether they could get involved and help in any way. I also organise the distribution of our newsletters which we deliver in Chichester South, our target ward.

Valerie BriginshawValerie Briginshaw - Election Agent and Election Officer (sharing)

Valerie is a retired Professor of Dance from the University of Chichester. She has been a member of the Green Party since 1979. She is passionate about saving the world from the threats of climate change and to this end she coordinated the Climate Change March in Chichester in Sept. 2014 when over 200 marched through the streets. She is also a determined campaigner to keep our NHS public and she worked with the local 38 Degrees KONP group to help organise the Public Meeting and exhibition about the NHS crisis in St Pauls Church, Chichester in October 2014. She has also actively campaigned against TTIP (Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership) and for 20s Plenty in Chichester. As a member of Transition Chichester she helped initiate the first Transition Streets group for the Orchard Street area to raise awareness of sustainable living and neighbourliness locally. She is a committee member of Orchard St and Old Somerstown Area Residents' Association and she has actively challenged developers concerning the proposed Whitehouse Farm housing development. She is a keen cyclist and member of ChiCycle Forum, a bar and cinema volunteer for the New Park Community Centre and an active member of Chichester Racquets and Fitness Club playing regular club tennis and occasionally in their tennis teams.

Isabel Thurston

Isabel Thurston - representative for Arundel & Littlehampton sub-group

Isabel has lived in the Barnham area for 15 years and was brought up in south London and Brighton. She knows and loves the area and enjoys walking in the South Downs and on the coast. She is passionate about preserving our natural world for future generations and is convinced that new development should be done in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. Isabel is knowledgeable about these issues, having worked for an environmental design charity and served previously as a Green town councillor. She also works in publishing and teaching. She is keen to support local jobs for a local economy and strongly resist any changes to our hospital services unless for the benefit of all. She is against major development in this already overcrowded area. She has been active in opposing Highways England's proposed options for an Arundel bypass working closely with local action groups such as SCATE (South Coast Action for Transport and the Environment) and ABNC (Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee). Her mission is to lobby for improved public transport links and incentives for local people to use such networks, in order to reduce peak time traffic problems. She is completely opposed to allowing our area to be developed in a way that simply profits housing and building companies, although she would fight for the right of residents to live in pleasant, affordable accommodation. Isabel has been an active member of the Green Party for many years; she worked with one of Britain's first Green councillors, John Marjoram; served as a town councillor and was Secretary of the West Sussex Green Party.


Sam Pickford

Sam Pickford - Treasurer

I’ve been a Green supporter for many years but have come to be more active recently inspired by the our excellent local activists and I stood as a paper candidate in the 2017 County Council Elections. I’ve a long standing interest in politics and international development and hold degrees in both. For my day job I work as a procurement and commercial consultant - currently working for a Development Finance Institution in London where my role has seen me implement a Sustainable Procurement Policy and work to align the finance functions with the organisation’s Climate Change policy.

Tom Broughton

Tom Broughton - Website Coordinator

 I look after the website.

Chloe Wilkinson

Chloe Wilkinson - Young Greens Rep

Chloe Wilkkinson is our Young Greens Rep. She has become actively involved in campaigns with our Arun Area Group; opposing the road developments at Arundel, creating videos on Animal Welfare and organising litter picks. If you are a younger person considering joining the party or getting more involved please drop Chloe an email and she will get back to you: chloewilko@mail.com 

Carol Birch

Carol Birch - Arun Area Coordinator and Election Agent

As Arun's coordinator I am keen to encourage members to find their voice to be able to challenge politicians and policies. Particularly in the need to stop and mitigate Climate Change and to protect our environment. I am coordinating meetings so that we can find more ways to engage with ourselves and members of the public. Democracy and transparency are important so I am also keen to support Make Votes matter so that people can vote for the voice they want in Parliament and Local Authorities. Everyone is welcome to our meetings, come along and find out more about who we are. As Election Agent I coordinate the nominations and expense returns. Our next elections are West Sussex County Elections in May 2021, the work on this has already started. My biggest challenging is fitting it in with work!


 Deborah Smith 

Deborah Smith - Press Officer (Arun)

I am the Press Officer and aim to get media coverage for our elected representatives.  I look for opportunities to communicate facts and perspectives that are timely and relevant to a green recovery, climate change, ecological loss and destruction and a just transition to a better way of life.

Laura Eccott

Laura Eccott - Press Officer (Chichester)

Laura studied psychiatry and chemistry at university, and in her spare time loves photography, wildlife, and sailing. Equality is something Laura is passionate about and she advocates for disability accessibility wherever possible.