Kersten is Chief Executive of Bradford Council. Kersten’s main challenge is to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth and in particular to strengthen the skills base of the District. Bradford District has the youngest and one of the most diverse populations in the UK.
Kersten is the lead Chief Executive for innovation and growth in the Leeds City Region. She is a member of a number of Boards in and beyond the City including - Bradford Economic Partnership, University of Bradford Council, Science Media Museum, Bradford Literature Festival and is a trustee of the Young Foundation. She is a lay Canon of Bradford Cathedral.
Kersten's career has included work in the voluntary sector, higher education, central government as well as 27 years in local government. She is passionate about building resilient and confident communities, supporting local democracy and sustainable urban growth.