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Cllr Jilly Stevens

Jilly Stevens lives in the ward she represents. She has been a community activist all her life.

She is currently chair of Brighton & Hove Fair Trade Group and, as a cancer survivor, volunteers with the Trust for Developing Communities encouraging people to take advantage of cancer screening.

She has held many roles within the Labour Party and is patron of Labour Women’s Network which trains women to take public roles and to become MPs. She is also patron of Unlock.

Jilly was a news and features journalist, working for national and regional papers and magazines for nearly 30 years. She was editor of the Kent Messenger before changing career to become Director of Consumer Affairs for Experian, the credit reference agency and marketing company.

She frequently appeared on national television and radio explaining, in plain English, what information is held by financial organisations, how it is used and what rights consumers have in relation to that information. She explained how to renegotiate credit contracts and access debt advice and was an expert on identity fraud.

She launched the Credit Expert service which lets people see their credit report and score online. She spoke at and chaired many financial services and money advice conferences – in the UK, Europe and the USA – and was a member of several government advisory bodies concerned with credit, debt and responsible lending.

Jilly left Experian to become a consumer affairs consultant and was editor of Equality & Diversity Professional, a weekly publication updating interested parties on the progress of the Equality Bill through Parliament and the implications of its implementation.

She was retired until becoming a councillor. She is Lead Councillor on Customer Service and Secretary to the Labour Group. Aged 74, she is married to children’s author and musician Roger Stevens.

Ward: Brunswick & Adelaide


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