Charlie Chirico studied English Literature at the University of York, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, where her interest in Criminal Justice blossomed.
She qualified as a criminal solicitor and spent most of her legal career working at the Crown Prosecution Service, where she led a team of lawyers across Surrey, Sussex and more recently, London. She is passionate about high standards of advocacy and being the voice of our victims in court. She worked closely with several police forces and provided training in relation to preparation of domestic abuse cases.
Charlie became involved in local politics in Merton when she attended a “how to be a councillor meeting”. Following this, she stood as a councillor for Trinity Ward in Wimbledon between 2014-18. She sat on various scrutiny panels including Children & Young Persons and was the opposition spokesperson for youth in the borough. In 2017, she stood in the snap General Election and represented the constituency of Bethnal Green & Bow. She resigned from her politically impartial post at the CPS in order to stand for the Conservative party and was reinstated after the election.
In her spare time, Charlie enjoys GENTLE jogging, yin yoga, cycling (when it is sunny) and is a qualified Reiki master healer. She enjoys travelling and speaks Spanish and Italian to varying degrees. She is passionate about empowering other women to get involved in politics, mentoring young women in the 50:50 parliament campaign. She supports Women2Win and the Conservative Women’s Organisation, being an advocate of #askhertostand
Charlie went to state school in the Midlands, worked at Starbucks during university and became a member of the Conservative party due to her strong belief in helping people to reach their full potential. If Charlie is elected in May 2021, she is likely to become the youngest police and crime commissioner in the country and one of only a handful of women, as it stands now.