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Karen McGowan

I grew up in Birley, attending Birley Middle School and Thornbridge Comprehensive (now Birley Academy), and my daughter also attended the Academy. We lived on Frecheville for many years until we moved to Hackenthorpe.

I work part-time for The University of Sheffield and I’ve been a proud member of Unison since 1984 (was previously known as Nalgo).

I am still a member of the Birley Health Centre Patient Focus Group which was formed in 2000. The group is involved in making recommendations to improve the services for patients.

I recognise the importance of education and I am proud to have served as a governor at Birley Community Primary School since May 2000 finishing my time on the Birley Academy in 2018. In that time I was actively involved in supporting the school community, discussing issues with the Executive Head and parents as necessary.

I have had the privilege of representing Birley Ward since 2010. I am married with a daughter and I work part time, as a Senior UK Student Recruitment Officer at The University of Sheffield.  I am passionately committed to do everything I can to serve the local community. It is hard work but I genuinely love making a positive impact on people’s lives.  I am committed to making sure local children have the best chance of success and I am really pleased to now join as a trustee of Birley Pre-School.

I work with all local community groups and more recently brought representatives from the local community groups together so they can network and share ideas in these times of austerity.  The number of active groups we have in Birley ward is a testament to the community spirit that thrives here.  It is to be applauded and never to be taken for granted.

Since I was first elected the financial landscape of Sheffield City Council has been devastated by the cuts the Government has imposed. I have seen first-hand the impact that Tory cuts to schools, the NHS, the police and welfare are having. But Labour has a positive imagine for the city – we are growing the local economy, bringing in better jobs and wage growth, and building the homes and infrastructure that our city needs. Representing the people who live in Basegreen, Birley, Charnock, Frecheville and Hackenthorpe has been a privilege for me.