Bristol Cabinet Member to step down

Bristol Cabinet Member to step down

Cllr Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Families and Children, will step down from her role in order to take a position at professional services group PricewaterhouseCoopers.

31 August 2021

Helen, who has been in Cabinet since March 2017, will remain one of the two ward councillors for Southmead, while joining PwC’s consulting business, specialising in Government and Health sectors.

Cllr Godwin said “To be part of Marvin’s cabinet and to have played a role in championing Bristol’s children for the past five years has been a joy and a privilege. I am immensely proud of the work we have done to improve children’s services including recognition for our foster carers and working to secure better outcomes and opportunities for our children in care. 

“I look forward to continuing to support Marvin and the cabinet from the back benches and to continuing to represent my ward of Southmead on Bristol City Council.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said "I'd like to thank Helen for the commitment, professionalism and integrity she has brought to the Cabinet. She has put excellence and compassion at the heart of all she has done, and shown tremendous energy in delivering for women, young people and families in Bristol. She put her deeply held values front and centre to her role as one of our city leaders. 

“We all wish Helen the very best for this next chapter in her and her family’s life. I am sad to lose Helen from the Cabinet but recognise it is a great opportunity for her to share her skills with even more people and organisations across the country. She will be a huge asset to PwC.”

During her time in Cabinet, Helen delivered many important projects for Bristol’s women, young people and families. One of her first major accomplishments was launching Bristol’s first city wide pledge to children in the shape of the Children’s Charter. This set of ten pledges was developed and signed by dozens of organisations across the city, each committing to working together to promote the best interests of children through their decision making. 

Whilst much of Helen’s time in Cabinet was spent with a particular focus on children services, her role developed over time to include responsibility for delivering services and promoting the needs of women and families.

This led to Helen overseeing the development of the Period Friendly Bristol initiative which aims to eradicate period poverty in the city: an initiative which won national and international praise. Helen has also been instrumental in supporting many causes to provide support for low-income families, including the city’s school uniform drive last year. This campaign sought to families struggling to pay for uniforms ahead of the school term.

Lately, Helen has also been an active member of the We Are Bristol History Commission, providing input and representation to ensure that the role of women and children continue to be recognised in the story of how Bristol became the city we know today.

Today (Monday 31 August) will be Helen’s final day as Cabinet Member. A further announcement will be made shortly about a cabinet appointment. 

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