Tue 25 & Wed 26 Feb 2014
Kersten arrived as Chief Executive in York in 2009. Against the backdrop of turbulence in the global economy and major change in the policy and fiscal environment for local government, Kersten’s priority has been to keep the organisation focussed on its core purpose – supporting locally elected members to secure prosperity for the city now and for the future. Central to this is full deployment of the asset base of the city; public, private, voluntary and community, investment in infrastructure and repositioning York on the world stage to increase access to markets and inward investment.
Kersten is a trustee of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta), a Director of Science City York, a member of the Court of the University of York, chair of the York and North Yorkshire Preventing Violent Extremism Board, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and lead Chief Executive for Innovation and Growth in the Leeds City Region and for local government workforce issues in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Kersten’s career has included work in the voluntary sector, higher education, central government as well as 24 years in local government. She is passionate about community capacity building, diversity and equality, supporting civic leadership and sustainable urban growth.
In her personal life, Kersten has 5 children, and is a keen runner, cyclist, hillwalker, local historian and keeper of hens.