Steering Committee

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The Steering Committee is responsible for ensuring that the party delivers its mission and core purpose. It does this by setting the strategic direction for the party, monitoring and assessing the party’s performance, and seeking corrective action if necessary.

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Steering Committee Members

Mary Lawes

Mary Lawes

Founding Member and Steering Committee Member

Re-elected in 2019 as a Foundation Party Councillor at Folkestone Town Council in Kent. Previously served as a Councillor at Folkestone & Hythe District Council. Mary’s main passion is her community, especially as local communities change, often for worse, without the residents of those communities having a sufficient say.

Gerald O'Brien

Gerald O'Brien

Founding Member, Finance Director and Steering Committee Member

Gerry enjoyed a career of nearly 25 years working in marketing and business development for BT and subsequently became Director of Communications for Crosslinks. A former election candidate for UKIP, Gerry stood against Tory veteran Damian Green and secured over 10,000 votes, beating Labour into third place.

Debbie Barwick

Debbie Barwick

Founding Member and Steering Committee Member

Debbie has been a small business owner, running a successful shop on the high street, for over 30 years. Debbie has also been a fierce campaigner in opposition to her local council for many years on issues such as high parking charges and public transport.

David Hirst

David Hirst

Founding Member and Steering Committee Member

David was formerly a Conservative Councillor for over 17 years across both Kent County Council and Canterbury City Council.  An experienced wine trader, now retired, David has enjoyed a long career exporting wine and spirits, as well as managing logistics and commercial distribution operations.

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Founded by grassroots campaigners, the Foundation Party is a UK registered political party working to offer an alternative direction of travel for the country.

We believe in greater freedom and liberty for the individual within a self-governing democratic nation. We offer a platform of radical self-empowerment suitable for the 21st century.

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