Kingston Council Chooses New Leader to Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic

Caroline Kerr

Kingston Council will be led from today (24 March) by Cllr Caroline Kerr whose background in health emergencies makes her ideally placed to support Kingston’s residents through COVID-19.

Cllr Kerr has advised Britain’s leading public health professionals on how to encourage effective behaviour change during pandemics. She has extensive experience in the media and managing crisis communications.

Residents, the Council and all those supporting communities are facing unprecedented challenges. Residents need the council to play a key role in supporting communities. Over the coming months, Cllr Kerr’s focus will be on communicating with residents about the actions the council is taking to keep Kingston safe and to support the extensive community volunteering activity.

Cllr Kerr takes over as Leader from Cllr Liz Green who will continue to serve as a councillor.

Cllr Caroline Kerr said:

“I want to thank Liz for her excellent leadership over the past two years and the way she has led the borough through the COVID-19 pandemic up until this point.

“My sole focus for the next few months will be to get the borough through this unprecedented time and to communicate with residents about the best ways they can help each other while sticking to the rules which are designed to keep us all safe.

“I recognise how difficult the current lockdown is for everyone in the borough but in Kingston, as in the rest of the country, staying home means saving lives.”

Former Leader, Liz Green said: 

"I want to thank all council staff, partner organisations and elected members for their support during my time as Leader of the Council from 2018. It has been a huge privilege to serve the residents of our wonderful borough as the Leader. 

"Over the last few weeks my efforts have been focused on the Council’s response to this unprecedented health crisis and I remain committed to our residents and helping them through this crisis."