Val Shawcross served as Lambeth and Southwark’s representative on the London Assembly between 2000 and 2016. She chaired the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) from 2000 to 2008. Between 2008 and 2016 Val was the Labour Group’s transport spokesperson, alternating between being Chair and Deputy Chair of the Assembly Transport Committee.
In recognition of the work of the Transport Committee, Val was jointly awarded the London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Cycling Champion of the Year’. In March 2016 she was also awarded for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Transport in London’ by Transport Times and for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Promoting Accessible Transport’ by Transport for All.
Val is a former Labour Party National Women’s Officer, and was a Croydon councillor between 1994 and 2000, serving as Leader from 1997 to 2000. She was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to Local Government.
Val has a BA in Politics and an MA in Education. She has worked for the Inner London Education Authority, the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Head of Public Affairs for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.