Rebecca was born, raised, lives and works here.
Born in Plymouth’s Freedom Fields Hospital, Rebecca grew up locally and attended Plymouth High School for Girls. Her parents ran a small design and build kitchen company and modelled the values of hard work, commitment and dedication to their local community. Growing up through the Recessions of the 1980s and 90s also meant they didn’t have a lot of spare money, so Rebecca knows what it’s like when ends are hard to meet.
After graduating from the University of Southampton with a degree in Modern History and Politics, Rebecca worked in Brussels and then went home and worked in Plymouth City Council’s Homelessness team before moving to London. For the following eleven years, Rebecca worked in public service in London in a range of roles including on criminal justice policy as part of the Shadow Justice team in the run up to the 2010 General Election. However, throughout this time, she worked with one aim in mind – to return home and fight Plymouth and Devon’s corner, getting the best deal for our communities.
And that’s what she has been doing since returning home in 2015. Rebecca has been a Councillor representing Plymstock Radford since 2018, have served as Chair of the Planning Committee, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities and had the privilege of leading The Commission on Violence against Women and Girls. She also works part time for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission doing public engagement across the South West, and for Sir Gary Streeter MP on a range of projects, gaining extensive knowledge of the South West Devon constituency.
In December 2019, Rebecca stood as Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, having campaigned since November 2018. She regularly speaks to community groups about her work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, her role as a Councillor and Cabinet Member and the work done on Violence against Women and Girls.
In May 2023, Rebecca was selected as Prospective Member of Parliament for South West Devon ahead of the next General Election.
You will often find Rebecca out walking in the Devon countryside or cooking for friends and family. She is an avid Formula One fan and enjoys doing the Park Run in Plymbridge Woods (occasionally!). She also enjoys reading and spending time in her garden.