My name is Alix Martin and I live up in the north of England, right in the hills!!
I would like to put myself forward for nomination to the Board of Governors. And I am very new! Obviously as you all don't know me I had best tell you a bit about myself and maybe someone might be inclined to propose and second me.
Ok, I have been a political activist since I was in my early 20s. And as Im approaching 60 that really was sometime ago!! Cut my teeth at Greenham Common, where some of you might remember was a peace camp to try and stop the U.S. having their nuclear deterrent there. On from Greenham it was the Miners strike. I was one of the people who collected money in London for the Welsh valley miners and I was on the main marches including the unfortunately most violent one (the police were the ones being violent!) right at the end of the strike.
I have been self employed all my working life which has enabled me to choose the type of business I wanted to be involved in. For several years I ran an organic dog food company - called Green Ark, years before organic or natural food became popular. Unfortunately I was more interested in getting people to feed their dogs healthily than making a profit, so the company did not last, but I pride myself that "we moved the conversation on" about the way that animals were feed including farm animals. As we were "well before our time" with this one we got a lot of media attention and publicity, enabling us to use it as a platform to make political points about the way animals were treated and feed and the use of sustainable farming practices.
After this I qualified as a personal development trainer and coach and secured a 5 years contract with, dare I say it the DWP. This was when the Labour party had just got back into power and had launched the New Deal. We had about 3000 people though our doors, helping them with confidence, motivation and trying to inspire them to "go change the world" It was supposed to be Job Club, but to my mind you can't get people to get jobs until you have inspired them about who they are and what they can achieve.
On from this, I ran a residential childrens service, where we had 3 homes with 2-3 challenging children in each home. To cut a v long story short, my business partner turned out to be someone who was only interested in making huge profits, no matter what the consequences to staff or the children. 2 years into this project, I was so disturbed by her values and ethics that I whistle blew on my own company. I reported to Social Services, the Police, Companies House and the Care Commission. Naively, I thought that the government agencies would act to stop the corruption. They didn't. All they did was protect their own backs. My ex business partner, having the resources of the business got lawyers to act against me and consequently I was left homeless and penniless. The only thing I was left with was a good conscience!!
2 years later, my Mum was one of the older people whose death was hastened by our local large hospital. And Im putting that politely!! It was an absolutely dreadful experience watching your own Mum being affectively killed by hospital staff. And yes of course, I took up the case. My Mums case became part of the Keoghs Enquiry and I believe has formed part of the reforms in elderly care that are now taking place.
Having to personally start again, I moved back to the small town I had lived in for years - Alston, Cumbria. It is a small very remote part of northern England. I got involved with civic stuff and volunteering and am now the Chair of our local Parish Council. Having now joined the Pirate Party, I have set in place that I will be "crossing the house" to be a Pirate Party councillor instead of an independent.
Pirate Party wise, I have been a Facebook friend of Birgitta Jonsdittor - the Leader of the Pirate Party in Iceland, for several years now and I had the privilege of meeting her in person last week when I visited Iceland. She was inspiring both in herself and in what she has done to achieve the success that the PP have had in Iceland. We will be meeting again!!
So........... would you be interested in proposing me? Voting for me?
If you have any questions of me, please don't hesitate to ask!!
Thanks for reading this and good luck to whoever is successful. But more than that, lets make the Pirate Party in the UK as successful as they have been in other countries. The UK is crying out for "system change" and I believe that the Pirate Party is the one to do that.