Published: Tuesday, 1st August 2023
Cllr Jo Rust has today been offered and has accepted the position of Cabinet Member for People and Communities on the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.
Speaking about her appointment, Jo explained:
"I'm really excited to be taking up this portfolio. It sits naturally with all the activity I undertake in our community, including my voluntary work with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Night Shelter. I have a huge passion for trying to make things better for those who are facing challenges whether from a health or housing point of view. I have many years experience and am absolutely committed to working hard for our communities. I have been a councillor for many years and have built many strong relationships with both officers, other members and partner organisations, which puts me in a good position to make a real difference."
The role incorporates housing strategy, housing standards and homelessness, social inclusion, health improvement and ill health prevention, partnerships with the NHS and Integrated Care Boards, the Lily Service, Care and Repair and Careline, customer service and community safety.
Cllr Terry Parish, Leader of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, said:
"I offered the role to Jo, who is the obvious choice for this role and am delighted that she has accepted. Her experience and track record say everything and she will definitely be a good fit for this role. For the time being she will be undertaking the role in addition to her duties as chair of planning. I am confident that she has the knowledge, experience, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to do both roles justice. I am very much looking forward to working with her. I would like to thank Cllr Kemp for her Cabinet contributions previously and am pleased that she remains a committed member of the independent partnership as she continues with her much-valued ward work, both as a borough and county councillor."
Cllr Jo Rust has been appointed to the role following the recent resignation of Cllr Alex Kemp. Alex remains a member of the Independent Partnership.