Councillor Mel Dawkins
Labour Councillor for St Stephens


Mel is a teacher in a school for young people with autism, a single mum, a musician, saxophonist and singer-songwriter who performs regularly. A twin; her sister was born with cerebral palsy, whilst she has 50% neuron-congenital hearing loss and wears a hearing aid.

Locally, Mel served as the local party’s Women’s Officer before running for council. She has been a school governor and Mental Health Act manager for a borough in London. She is describes herself as a ‘can do’ person who if something doesn’t seem right, doesn’t just accept it.

She was elected to Canterbury City Council in 2019 as a representative for St Stephens ward. She was further elected to be Kent County Councillor for Canterbury City South in 2021.

Mel sits on the Community Committee and Governance Committee at Canterbury City Council. 

Mel sits on the Environment and Transport Committee, the Growth, Economic Development and Communities Committee and the Superannuation Fund Committee at Kent County Council.

Contact details

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Tel:01227 456 375






Mel Dawkins