WHO IS JANET ELLARD?
· Janet was born in South-East England but moved to this area more than 30 years ago.
· She spent over 20 years teaching modern languages, including 10 at the Royal Forest of Dean College in Coleford, where she taught languages to vocational students, at GCSE and A-level.
· She brought up a family while continuing with her career.
· Janet left teaching and went to work for a Lib Dem politician, where she did an excellent job of sorting out constituents' problems and responding to questions about Lib Dem policies.
· At that time, she was also spending some of her time caring for an elderly relative.
· Now Janet works for a Gloucestershire homelessness charity, where she manages volunteers. She spends a lot of her time driving young people across the county, as well as visiting volunteers, and says that she has discovered all sorts of corners of the Forest that she didn't know existed previously!
WHAT MAKES JANET TICK?
· With her background in teaching, you won’t be surprised to hear that education is one of the issues that concerns Janet most. This interest increased as her children went through local state schools.
· Janet also likes to stress her role as a wife and mother, which gives her something in common with around half the British population. She is very interested in the issue of equality for women and the challenges of juggling work and home life.
· Janet's experience of being the main carer for an elderly relative for some years means she is passionate about ensuring that older or disabled people receive the best medical treatment possible and that they have access to a decent standard of care, whether in their own home or elsewhere.
· It was when Janet was working as a caseworker that she decided to become more involved in politics herself. She enjoyed answering queries about policy and also felt that her role as caseworker enabled her to find out what life was like on the ground for ordinary people and to speak up for them.
· Currently, Janet works for a small charity that offers accommodation and help to homeless young people. This role combines her interest in young people with her passion for justice and equality issues. It also makes use of Janet’s skills in public speaking, marketing and publicity.
· Not content with just one job, Janet also works on various projects as a European Media Analyst and is interested in what goes on in Europe and internationally.
She feels that these varied interests and her considerable life experience would enable her to serve the people of the Forest of Dean well as their MP.