Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick
Carol has lived in York since 1988. She has been Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick for 20 years and is also a long serving member of New Earswick Parish Council.
Between 2003 and 2011 she was the Executive Member for Children's Services, when there was an extensive programme of school building as well as significant improvements in school results. Carol has served on a number of the council's committees, including the Standards Committee and is now Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health.
Her career has been in Education and she was a senior manager in a Further Education College, then a local authority education officer. Carol is a long serving Justice of the Peace. Outside politics she enjoys music, both listening and performing and reading, often political biographies.
Carol currently holds the postion of Executive Member Adult Social Care and Health.
As Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, one of Carol's key priorities is mental health services and ensuring mental health support is available early when people most need it. Many services are now being based in communities so they are closer to home and older residents are being supported to stay in their own homes as long as appropriate Carol believes that a person centred approach to supporting public health and Adult Social Care helps people live in their own communities longer and be less isolated. More new care beds for elderly residents are now coming on stream through independent providers. Carol's strong links with the third sector help to ensure that York's extensive volunteering offer is used to its best effect.
In addition to Adult Social Care, her portfolio covers: Public Health, Domestic Violence Services, Services for carers, Adult Safeguarding, Assessment and Personalisation, Older People, Mental Health and Respite, Financial Inclusion.