Gabriella is a Chiswickian born and raised, although her roots are extremely international, with parents from Ireland and El Salvador, and working in international environments for the past 12 years. Having lived in Wales, Scotland and England, this adds to her credentials as being a modern Brit, who is still extremely proud of the village in which she was raised, now chooses to call home, and is extremely honoured to represent.
Gabriella has been an activist in Brentford & Isleworth for many years, and has taken an active role in most major campaigns since 2008, and was the youth coordinator for the BackBoris2012 campaign as part of her role as Deputy Chairman for the London branch of the youth wing of the Conservative Party. She stood as a council candidate in Brentford in 2014, and Queens Cross on Aberdeen CIty Council in 2017, before relocating to Chiswick and her successful election as councillor for her home ward of Chiswick Riverside in 2018.
With a background in project, change management and sharing best practice, Gabriella has used these professional skills in her role as a representative of the people of Riverside. She is currently the Conservative Group spokesperson on the environment, and has repeatedly proposed motions and questions on this topic to hold the London Borough of Hounslow to account on their intentions. As a member of the Executive Review Board of the Thames Landscape Strategy and a Trustee of the Chiswick Pier Trust, Gabriella has been lobbying Hounslow Council to recognise the environmental benefit that being on the river has to the wellbeing of its residents. An extremely active cyclist, she has written about her experiences trialling the Brompton e-bike for Westrans and has contributed to the Hounslow Conservative Policy on Cycling and Walking.
As a proud Chiswickian, she wrote the Cultural Compendium of Chiswick in 2019 to support London Borough of Hounslow’s bid to become a borough of culture. A keen photographer, she can often be seen camera in hand taking photos around the ward. Her prize-winning photos of Chiswick House and Grounds can be found marking February in the 2021 Chiswick Buzz Calendar.
Also a member of the Chiswick Shops Taskforce which produced the report “Ensuring a Thriving Retail Economy in Chiswick”, she is deeply aware of the positive impact of a diverse economy in Chiswick and bears this in mind in her decisions as a member of the Licensing Committee.
Most recently, her attention has been focussed on the South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood, liaising with council officers to ensure the communications and project management of this enormous project is clear and fair for all concerned. This is still ongoing.
Her past blogs are below:
First Blog: 7th July 2019 http://www.chiswickw4.com/default.asp?section=info&page=councillorsblog117.htm
2nd Blog: 14 September 2019
3rd Blog: 20th November 2019
Chiswick Herald: 30th Jan 2020
4th Blog: 15th Feb 2020
5th Blog: 1st March 2020
6th Blog: 26th May 2020
7th Blog: 20th June 2020
8th Blog: 22nd Aug 2020
9th Blog: 27th September 2020