Therese Evans spent the first half of her career teaching Modern Languages (French, German, Italian) to students aged 11 to over 80-years-old before being elected 17 years ago as a Liberal Democrat Winchester City Councillor representing the rural village of Wickham, where she has been re-elected six times.
In the second half of her career, as local authority Councillor, she has chaired the Environmental Health Committee and was elected the 802nd Mayor of Winchester for 2001/2. Since then, she has held the positions of Deputy Leader of the Council twice, the Portfolio and Shadow Portfolio for Culture, Heritage and Sport for eight years and is now the Deputy Leader of her political group as well as taking the group’s lead on Rural Affairs. She was elected twice as the only local authority member on the Board of Directors of Tourism South East.
A love of culture and the arts has been a thread running through both her careers. She enjoyed sharing her love of European culture with her students when involved in educational establishments, and her role on the Council has given her the opportunity to widen her knowledge of the arts both regionally and nationally. She is a keen theatre goer and enjoys reading, museums, art and sculpture.