Who are the Potential Labour Party Not-for-Profit Champions?

As the UK gears up for the fast-approaching general election, the Labour Party has a number of parliamentary candidates with backgrounds in the not-for-profit sector. If elected, these individuals could provide unique perspectives and expertise in this policy field.

These candidates understand the critical role of the not-for-profit sector in shaping society and are poised to drive policies that promote social justice, community support, and public welfare. Organisations operating in the charity sector should take efforts to understand and build relationships with these stakeholders who could play a vital role in shaping the future of not-for-profit policy.

Below, Brevia has highlighted potential Labour Party not-for-profit stakeholders after the next election.

Sam Rushworth

Sam Rushworth, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Bishop Auckland, has a background in education, conflict prevention, and international development. He has worked extensively as a researcher and consultant advising governments and charities.

Chris Webb

Chris Webb, Labour’s candidate for Blackpool South, was elected in a by-election in May 2024. He chairs the local mental health charity, Counselling In The Community.

Ben Coleman

Ben Coleman, selected by members in Chelsea and Fulham, is the deputy leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council. He runs Oceans Consulting, a public affairs consultancy that primarily works with charities.

Melanie Ward

Melanie Ward, the Scottish Labour candidate for Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy, is the chief executive of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

Nadia Burrell

Nadia Burrell, Labour’s candidate for Dorking and Horley, is a consultant and mediator with extensive experience in charities and local government.

Richard Baker

Richard Baker, Scottish Labour’s candidate for Glenrothes and Mid Fife, is the head of external affairs and campaigns for Enable Scotland, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities.

Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger, Labour’s candidate for Halesowen, is the CEO of St Germain’s Wellbeing, a mental health charity.

Imogen Walker

Imogen Walker, Scottish Labour’s candidate for Hamilton and Clyde Valley, is a trustee of the RSPCA.

Claire Vibert

Claire Vibert, Labour’s candidate for Hazel Grove, is a councillor on Stockport Council and strategic lead on partnerships for Greater Manchester Moving, a charity focused on improving physical activity and health.

Jon Pearce

Jon Pearce, Labour’s candidate for High Peak, is an employment lawyer specialising in the health, social care, and charity sectors.

Sally Benton

Sally Benton, selected as Labour’s candidate for Kingswinford and South Staffordshire, is the executive director for fundraising and communications at the Forward Trust, an addiction charity.

Jess Asato

Jess Asato, Labour’s candidate for Lowestoft, is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Barnardo’s, a leading children’s charity.

Laura Coryton

Laura Coryton, Labour’s candidate for Richmond Park, co-founded and manages Sex Ed Matters, a social enterprise. She led the successful campaign to end the tampon tax and was awarded an MBE in 2024 for her services to charitable campaigning.

Anna Dixon

Anna Dixon, selected as Labour’s candidate for Shipley, is the deputy chair of Helpforce, a charity focused on enhancing the impact of volunteering in the NHS.

Anna Gelderd

Anna Gelderd, Labour’s candidate for South East Cornwall, works as a senior adviser for a conservation charity.

Genevieve Kitchen

Genevieve Kitchen, elected as MP for Wellingborough  a by-election in February 2024, is a former councillor and lifelong charity sector worker.

Josh MacAlister

Josh MacAlister, Labour’s candidate for Whitehaven and Workington, chairs Foundations, a charity that evaluates family support services. He founded the social work charity Frontline and chaired the government’s independent review of children’s social care.


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