Kersten is Chief Executive of Bradford Council. The District is enjoying a period of economic growth; growth of local companies and inward investment, major capital schemes and expansion of the retail and leisure offer. Her main challenge is to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth and in particular to strengthen the skills base of the District.
Kersten is the lead Chief Executive for innovation and growth in the Leeds City Region, a trustee of Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), a member of the Council of the University of Bradford and of the National Media Museum’s Advisory Board and a Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone based in Bradford.
Kersten was previously Chief Executive of York. Highlights included the introduction of the living wage by many employers in the city, development of the first ‘gigabit city infrastructure’, designation as a UNESCO ‘City of Media Arts’ and hosting a stage start of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014.
Kersten’s career has included work in the voluntary sector, higher education, central government as well as 23 years in local government. She is passionate about building resilient and confident communities, diversity and equality, supporting local democracy and sustainable and inclusive urban growth.
Chief Executive | City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council