Ani Stafford-Townsend is a multifaceted force in the political arena, renowned not only for their creative prowess in millinery for stage and screen but also for their unwavering dedication to environmental and social justice causes. Ani’s journey in activism seamlessly blends their artistic talents with a fierce commitment to community empowerment and systemic change.

As a respected lecturer in millinery and Alternative Materials at leading universities, Ani shares their expertise while championing sustainability and ethics in their craft promoting sustainable practices in millinery and theatre, both in material sourcing and production ethics.

Beyond their creative endeavours, Ani’s activism extends into various spheres. They have been actively involved in social research projects to promote active travel and community engagement. Ani’s commitment to social justice is further evidenced by their membership in several unions, including ACORN, UCU, and BECTU, where they have served as a dedicated union representative.

Ani was elected to Cabot ward, subsequently serving as chair of the planning committee and council group leader, returning to the Chamber in 2021 and 2024. Their advocacy has focused on defending green spaces, combating knife crime, and supporting those in precarious housing situations. Ani’s leadership as the first out trans leader of a council group in Bristol and the UK underscores their commitment to marginalized communities.

In addition to their political and artistic pursuits, Ani is an accomplished oil painter and sculptor. Outside of their professional endeavors, they find solace in wild camping, bird watching, and nurturing their collection of rescued cats and fabric stash.

Ani Stafford-Townsend embodies the intersection of creativity, activism, and community leadership, dedicated to shaping a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

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Twitter/X: @AniST
Instagram: @AniStaffordTownsend