Where We’ve Come From


A brief history of who we are, and where we’ve come from. (Scroll down for Eunice and Alaric.)

Ed, 39, is originally from Sheffield, grew up in different corners of the UK, came to Leeds in the 1990s, and fell in love with the city on Day 1. He’s lived, worked and volunteered around south and central Leeds for 15+ years, co-leading or supporting dozens of local projects, charities, and events. They include: Holbeck Viaduct, Beeston Festival, Leeds Repair Café, schools and youth work, community camps, and hiking and sports programmes.

He also co-runs Leeds charity Together for Peace. And he’s previously done mentoring and advice work at the former Park Lane College, and for Leeds youth charity Everything Is Possible, and has worked in retail, pubs, and farming. He’s stood for the Greens in the elections for this area since 2015.

He likes footy, running, squash, cycling, cats, some dogs, films, coffee, and real ale. He considers himself a Christian, although is not a regular church-goer – and is massively inspired by people he knows of other faiths and none. Last but not least, he’s married to Tania, with a cracking young daughter Emily.

Eunice, 41, is originally from Portugal, but nowadays lives in Beeston Hill with her husband and two children. She’s previously studied law, worked for a bank, and now works part-time in a local warehouse.

She’s volunteered at various charities including St Luke’s Cares, as well as local events, community clear-ups, and more. She and her family participate in a wide range of community programmes, like those at the Asha Neighbourhood Project, the local scout group, and projects linked to her sons’ school (Low Road Primary).

She’s especially passionate about litter and recycling in our neighbourhoods. And she considers herself a can-do person, and an optimist!

Alaric, 39, has lived in Beeston Hill and Leeds Dock for the past 10+ years with his partner. He works at Leeds University, is a trade union representative there – and recently helped lead the UCU strike.

He co-runs two local residents associations (click here and here), and is actively campaigning on a range of key neighbourhood issues related to them.

He’s also a governor and volunteer at the local Park View primary school, has organised and volunteered at a load of community events and projects, and is a keen cyclist and allotment-holder. He likes dancing, but isn’t very good at it.