Douglas is Chair of the council’s Housing Policy Committee and a member of the cross-party administration of Sheffield City Council as a member of the Strategy and Resources Committee, along with Angela Argenzio.
He is also a member of the Council’s Charity Trustee Sub-Committee, the Sheffield Health and Wellbeing Board and the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Full details are on the council website.
Elected in 2016, Douglas previously supported the Green councillors, including Jillian Creasy, Bernard Little and Rob Murphy, for many years in Central ward.
He says, “I became involved with the Green Party because it was an opportunity to use my skills to make people’s lives better. Small-scale practical actions can get real results that make a big difference.”
Douglas’ background is as an advice worker, previously working for advice centres, law centres, Sheffield’s Housing Aid Centre and in private practice. At Housing Aid, he worked on preventing people losing their homes and at Sheffield Law Centre developing discrimination law.
Successes for disabled people included ground-breaking discrimination cases against the Royal Bank of Scotland, Thomas Cook travel, Northumbria Police and the Scout Association, as well as legal action to reverse the cuts to 265,000 concessionary bus, tram and train passes in 2014. He won the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year for social welfare law in 2014 and gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on using the Equality Act 2010 to advance the rights of disabled people.