Representing: St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
Political grouping: Labour
Elected in 2014 Jeanie Bell is now in her second term as the elected representative for Newton Ward on St Helens MBC.
Currently, Jeanie is Cabinet Member for Community Safety including homelessness, housing, licencing and youth justice and previously has held the position of Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing including Arts, Leisure, and Libraries. Including a year as Chair of Licencing.
Jeanie has a professional background in criminal justice and offender management as a practitioner/case manager and later as a lecturer in social policy, criminal justice, youth work, and politics. Spending many years working with young offenders and dual diagnosis offenders in secure units as well as resettlement into the community.
Jeanie worked as a case manager for a leaving care company, writing and delivering an independent living course for young people aged 16-18 in their own home.
Later working as a Programme Manager, Pastoral Leader and Lecturer, Jeanie worked with Further Education students looking to enter into a career with the police, fire service, probation, youth work and the armed forces. Alongside NEET and hard to engage young people.
Jeanie is an experienced councillor and has navigated a complex and challenging political environment since being elected, understanding the need for a strong working relationship between officers and members, and also within ruling parties, being key to the success of any local authority to achieve sustainable outcomes and long term improvement.
Regionally Jeanie has built a reputation as an excellent public speaker and delivered training to conferences and smaller venues to support women and young people into politics.