Kathy O'Leary
Kathy O'Leary
Chief Executive
Stroud DC

Kathy O’Leary is the Chief Executive of Stroud District Council in Gloucestershire, the first carbon neutral council in Europe. She has worked in Local Government for over 30 years, for councils in Hampshire, Surrey and Gloucestershire. Kathy studied at the Universities of Leeds and Liverpool and is a geographer by background and a town planner by profession, which sparked her early interest in working to address climate change. She was attracted to Stroud’s strong independent spirit, green credentials and fabulous natural environment well before the Sunday Times identified it last year as the best place to live in the UK. Stroud District Council was in the first handful to declare a climate change emergency and is now working towards the bigger challenge of achieving a carbon neutral district by 2030.