25 June 2021
West Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum welcomes new Chair
West Yorkshire Prepared, the region’s Local Resilience Forum, is pleased to welcome Kersten England CBE to the team to help lead the multi-agency partnership in preparing for and responding to major civil emergencies in the region.
Kersten, who is Chief Executive of Bradford Council, will step into the role previously filled by Robin Tuddenham, and will work alongside current co-Chairs Dave Walton (West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service) and Tyron Joyce (West Yorkshire Police) to provide strategic guidance and support to enable West Yorkshire communities be better prepared to cope with potential risks and help them to recover following a major incident.
Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of Calderdale Council, stepped down from the role in May after more than three years, to pursue commitments in other roles.
Kersten said: “I want to pay tribute to Robin, my local government colleague and previous co-Chair of the West Yorkshire LRF. He and his colleague co-Chairs showed exemplary leadership in meeting the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic. These are big boots to fill. But I am committed to maintaining the strong partnership working in the LRF and to protect West Yorkshire as far as possible from threats to the safety and security and wider wellbeing of communities, businesses and places.”
As well as being Chief Executive of Bradford Council since 2015, Kersten also chairs the Yorkshire and Humber Chief Executive’s Board, the Serious and Organised Crime Strategic Partnership for West Yorkshire and is the lead Chief Executive for the Yorkshire Leaders Board. She also leads on innovation, business growth and the digital agenda within the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is a member of the Council of the University of Bradford and a lay canon of Bradford Cathedral.
Originally from Edinburgh, Kersten regards herself as a bona fide Yorkshire woman, having lived and worked here for most of her adult life and raising her children in Bradford. In the 2020 new year’s honours list, Kersten was made a CBE for her services to the communities and economy of Bradford.
Dave Walton, co-Chair of West Yorkshire Prepared, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have Kersten joining us as co-Chair. She has been involved with the LRF for some time and her expertise and knowledge to date has been invaluable. Kersten brings with her a wealth of experience working on real issues in local communities and we look forward to continuing to develop the excellent work of the Partnership.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Robin for the commitment and dedication he gave to the LRF during his time as co-Chair. The past year has been especially challenging for all involved and Robin used his knowledge and expertise to help guide the region through a difficult period. Whilst we will continue to work with Robin as he champions Calderdale, I’d like to personally acknowledge his friendship, insight and support during the pandemic which has required both leadership and resilience.”