Our committee features individuals from all walks of life, from Students to Accountants;
our team is as proudly diverse as the community we serve.
James Vessey-Miller is the South East Essex Green Party Coordinator and is passionate about involving young people in politics.
He is actively engaged in many communities throughout South East Essex, working with many Southend-based community arts organisations, also forming part of the planning committee of Southend Pride 2018.
James is a Non-Portfolio Committee Member of the Green Party's national LGBTIQA+ Greens committee, that works to increase awareness and understanding of LGBTIQA+ issues within the Green Party, other progressive movements, and in society as a whole.
As well as regularly taking part in many local and national demonstrations, James has been a long-standing campaigner for Social Justice, better town planning, and transparent government.
James is also the party's Press Officer.
Denis Walker is the South East Essex Green Party Treasurer and has campaigned on environmental issues since 2001, most notably in a successful campaign against the widening of Priory Crescent in Southend-on-Sea and an unsuccessful one against the expansion of Southend Airport.
As well as his involvement in local politics, Denis is also the Treasurer of the LGBTIQA+ Greens committee and is heavily involved in the Climate Genocide Act Now group campaigning for the introduction of a law which seeks to criminalise those who kill others by expanding polluting activities and industries.
Denis is also one of the party's Internal Communications Officers.
Fundraising & Events Officer
Simon Cross is the South East Essex Green Party Fundraising & Events Officer.
Simon originally comes from Sheffield where he was an active Green campaigner for many years.
Simon has also worked with several neighbourhood and community schemes including a three-year spell with Side by Side, a group supporting refugees and asylum seekers.
Moving to Southend in 2011, Simon joined the South East Essex Green Party and has, once again, been a very active member including standing for Local Council in the Kursaal Ward three times, and Prittlewell Ward in 2018.
Simon was also a candidate for the national Green Party leadership election in Summer 2016.
Secretary & Equality & Diversity Officer
Reece Learmouth is the South East Essex Green Party Secretary and Equality & Diversity Officer and is an avid environmental activist.
He is regularly found at Green Action events, and actively works to improve the open spaces around Southend.
A Medical Professional by trade, Reece is also an accomplished musician, and can often be found at all manner of live music gigs.
Reece is a passionate advocate for Womens' Rights, is a proud member of the LGBTIQA+ community, and is also a keen cyclist.
Reece has been in Southend since 2008 and believes strongly in echoing the voices of the minority, ensuring equality and justice for all.
Mike Hoy is the South East Essex Green Party Election Agent for Rochford District.
Mike has been an elected Councillor on Rochford District Council since 2010 and is also the Deputy Leader of the Green and Rochford District Residents Group.
Mike also runs a blog on various local campaigns:
The Committee of the South East Essex Green Party is the team of volunteers responsible for the local party's operation.
Elected at General Meetings, the Committee is made up of passionate local people who work hard to continue the party's work and campaigns.
In our official capacity, the committee meets twice a month to discuss local party operations.
At these meetings, topics discussed ranges from local planning applications, to large-scale national issues.
The committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the local party. A lot of hard work goes into the careful and studious research for campaigns, and we work hard to ensure that our events are well-planned and organised.
We pride ourselves in that our literature is always well-researched and accurate, whilst also being easily understandable and clear.
Several members of our Committee also have roles within the Green Party external to the local Party.
We have officers that sit on regional Disputes Resolution Committees and we're even on the LGBTIQA+ Committee of the National Green Party.
Many of our officers also attend National and Regional Conferences, and we're always seen at local community meetings.
We strive to ensure that our representatives are always present at every Council meeting, and we also participate in most of the Council's open-table events and consultations.
We're not just comfortable desk-workers keen on meetings either, we are all actively involved in the care of our communities, and we undertake direct action community schemes (such as litter picking events), and canvassing sessions year-round.
~ Unlike the majority of Parties locally, we're not seen just at election time. ~
It's a lot of hard work being on the committee, but not one of our officers rests easy on their laurels.
We're well known for being some of the hardest workers in local politics, and it's a title we wear with pride.
There are many roles within the Committee of the local Party, some of which are available.
We are always looking for passionate individuals that might be able to help us with events, campaigns, fundraising, and even research.
Whatever skills or time you might be able to offer us will always be gratefully received.
You must be a member of the Green Party to be eligible to be elected as an officer.
If you are a member and would like to join the committee, please contact us.