Aphra Brandreth is an Entrepreneur, Economist, Conservative Activist and Podcaster. She is currently Deputy Chairman Nationally for the Conservative Women’s Organisation and actively supports a number of local charities.
Aphra studied Economics at University College London and has a Masters degree in Environmental Economics where she graduated top of her year.
Having worked as an Economic Adviser for the Government in the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for 10 years. Aphra then went on to set up a successful veterinary business with her husband Ian. Together they founded and grew a successful family run group of veterinary clinics. They have recently embarked on a new venture with a veterinary clinic which opened its doors in 2022.
Aphra is a National Deputy Chairman for the Conservative Women’s Organisation as well as CWO Chairman for the South East Region. She is passionate about supporting more women on their political journey.
She stood as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Kingston and Surbiton in the 2019 General Election, she says “I was delighted and honoured to have been the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Kingston and Surbiton. A fantastic community where I was proud to represent the Conservatives."
A former Conservative Councillor in Barnes and deputy leader of the Conservative Group on Richmond Council from 2018 to 2022.
Aphra is an active campaigner for the Conservative party. She has been involved in politics since being a ‘junior member’ of her father’s campaign team up in Chester over 20 years ago.
Community and Charity Work
Aphra is a trustee of the Castelnau Centre Project since 2019, a local community charity providing a community centre, warm welcome, support & activities for the local community. Through her involvement with this charity, during the Covid-19 lock down Aphra and her husband delivered meals to vulnerable and elderly residents and families, an initiative led by the OSO Community Kitchen.
Aphra is working as part of a local team to get a Men’s Shed up and running building on the international Men’s Shed initiative which aims to address loneliness and isolation.
Aphra has previously been a trustee for the Barnes Fund and Chaired the Leg of Mutton Reservoir Committee managing a local nature reserve.
Podcast & Public Speaking
Aphra currently presents the Commonwealth Poetry Podcast, going on a virtual journey to all 56 Commonwealth countries to discover more about each country through its poetry. The podcast has had thousands of downloads in over 77 countries.
Aphra regularly speaks at Conservative Associations as well as conferences and events.
Aphra is married with three teenage children.