State of the Borough Debate 2020

Panelists have been announced for the State of the Borough debate 2020: Growing Kingston Together.

Kingston Council’s annual State of the Borough debate will be held on Wednesday 29 January 2020 from 6.30-9pm at Chessington School. 

As chosen by residents, the theme for discussion will be ‘Growing Kingston Together’ focusing on topics including regeneration, culture, tourism, skills, employment, housing and development.

The evening will be a question and answer session with a panel of experts. We are delighted to announce the following panelists confirmed so far:

  • Sian Jones, Confidence in the Spotlight (Chair) 

  • Kirsten Henly, Kingston First (Kingston's Business Improvement District)

  • Claudia Penaranda, Transport for London

  • Prof. Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor, Kingston University

  • Muhammad Muneer, Kingston University Student Union Vice President 

  • Elliot Newton, Citizen Zoo (Kingston Voluntary Sector, Environment)

  • Hammad Malik, Kingston and Richmond Youth Parliament

Councillor Tim Cobbett, Portfolio Holder for Engagement and Continuous Learning said:

“I am really excited about the panel for our State of the Borough Debate in the new year. 

As part of our commitment to community engagement and to involve more residents and businesses in decision-making, last year we invited residents to vote on a topic for the event.

The debate promises to be a lively and interesting discussion on a key topic for Kingston. It is a great opportunity to put forward your questions to an expert panel, either in person on the night or by submitting it in advance through our engagement website”.

To submit a question for the panel and book your place at the event, visit the council’s engagement portal: