Rebecca Hanson, 44, is a Liberal Democrat County Councillor and a well known health campaigner in West Cumbria who also has a successful career as a teacher, lecturer and education advisor.
Rebecca grew up in a deprived area of Newcastle but went on to study Mathematics and Management at Cambridge University. There she met a Cumbrian sheep farmer’s son who tempted her to move to the Copeland Constituency.
Rebecca taught mathematics in Copeland’s secondary schools and was the last Head of Mathematics at Ehenside School in Cleator Moor, which she helped to bring out of Special Measures. Rebecca then went on to lecture in Education and consult on national education policies. When the consultation process was shut down by Michael Gove she joined the Lib Dems and served on their national Education Association Committee where she worked tirelessly to reduce the damage of poor Tory education policy.
Rebecca now runs an education advisory business which provides highly regarded teacher training in primary schools across Cumbria. She is also an experienced local Councillor and the elected Cumbria County Councillor for Cockermouth North.
Rebecca has been driving forward the challenge to the closure of maternity and paediatric services at West Cumberland Hospital by writing and publicising key risk assessments. She has used her political experience to change the minds of senior Health managers and NHS inspectors.
Rebecca has substantial experience of consulting on nuclear issues. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and, as one of their digital champions, she wrote a detailed analysis of the collapse of the consultation on how to deal with our nuclear waste.
Rebecca is married to one of the UK’s most experienced nuclear engineers. They have 5 children between them.