• Past Chairman of Cranleigh Parish Council
  • Waverley Borough Councillor (Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, special responsibility for Dunsfold Garden Village and Cranleigh Leisure Centre Projects)

Liz moved to Cranleigh from nearby Guildford with her family in 1992 and threw herself into volunteering, initially as chair of the parents' association at her children's school, where she introduced the first covenant scheme, and then of Cranleigh Rugby Club minis and juniors. She secured over £100k RFU funding for a new pitch and under her leadership Cranleigh was one of the first Surrey clubs to be awarded the RFU Seal of Approval and Sport England Clubmark accreditation, reaching the highest standards required of a community club. She was honoured to be elected as life-time Vice President of both Cranleigh Rugby Club and Surrey Rugby. She helped to set up girls' rugby in Cranleigh and managed the Surrey Girls Rugby teams. As a member of the RFU "Play" Committee she assisted with the initiative to widen participation in rugby across all age groups.

In 2005 she was presented with a prestigious YV05 volunteer award, one of only nine volunteers selected from 1,800 rugby clubs nationally.

In response to the deluge of development on green fields in 2014, she was one of the founder members of Cranleigh Civic Society, a members' organisation working to bring about positive civic and environmental changes. She went on to be elected to the Parish Council in 2015 and served as its Chairman from 2018 to 2021. She was Chair of the volunteer working party that designed and built the WW1 Centenary Garden in recognition of local people who had lost their lives in conflict and those who were left behind. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she established the Street Champions who provided valuable community support covering every road in Cranleigh.

She was the lead in establishing the first Cranleigh Parish Council Youth Council and the successful Friday Night Youth Project, which provides access to leisure as well as a space for young people to connect.

In 2016 she became a Waverley Borough Councillor for Cranleigh West Ward and joined the executive team in 2020 as portfolio holder for Economic Development, Greenspaces and Leisure. In 2022 she took on the joint Planning and Economic Development portfolio.

In 2021 she was elected to Surrey County Council for Cranleigh and Ewhurst. She has successfully secured a 20mph zone for Cranleigh High Street, in addition to significant public realm improvements working with a joint residents' and officer working party.

In 2022 she was awarded the British Empire Medal in Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to the community in Cranleigh.

She is a member of Friends of the Earth and a supporter of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - Doctors without borders.

Twitter: @LAMTownsend