Kirsty Cole was the Deputy Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer at Newark & Sherwood District Council, having previously been employed at South Kesteven District Council and in private practice.
She is Past President of the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors, having served as President from November 2005 to November 2006 and having previously held office as Ethical Governance Portfolio Holder and as Press and Publicity Officer to the Association.
She has a particular interest in issues relating to probity, corporate governance and the ethical framework.
Together with colleagues from the East Midlands Branch of ACSeS, she was instrumental in publishing a Parish Council Toolkit as a means of assisting both Monitoring Officers and Parish Councils in dealing with governance issues relating to parishes.
More recently Kirsty has led on the transformation agenda at Newark and Sherwood District Council as well as playing a key role in a number of major projects including a new national civil war centre which attracted £3.5 million of Heritage Lottery funding and a new leisure centre.
Until recently, Kirsty was a solicitor to the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, having previously served as its Company Secretary. She is also Clerk to the Mansfield and District Crematorium Joint Committee.
Kirsty is a regular speaker and trainer both regionally and nationally on a variety of topics, most notably relating to ethics, probity, governance and transformation.
Kirsty is also an accredited mediator.