Caroline Kenyon has lived in Lincolnshire for 23 years, moving here with her husband Charles from London when her son was five days. They knew the area well from the time Charles had been stationed here with the Army.
She studied languages and law at Cambridge and then went to Bar School in London. She became a journalist and a magazine editor. Moving to Lincolnshire, she set up her own public relations agency, specialising in British food. The business has evolved into an international food awards company, run from a converted potting shed beside her house.
She says, “The years since the financial crash of 2008 have been really hard for many. Wage stagnation, austerity, deep cuts to public services. It has been a painful, unhappy decade. We all see our public services struggling to cope, whether primary schools where they can't afford pencils and paper for the children, or carers for the elderly rushing to perform personal tasks for vulnerable people in a miserable allocated 15 minutes.
My mantra for Lincoln is: Fairness, health and prosperity.
I will address the issues that affect people's physical and mental health.
It is exciting that the first medical students at Lincoln University have just started, but it will be years before they qualify. Menawhile, the acute shortage of doctors and nurses must be addressed and more needs to be done to promote Lincoln as a wonderful place for medics to come to work and live. I will use my years of experience in communications and my involvement with economic regeneration in Lincolnshire to do so.”
She founded the Lincoln Food Summit three years ago to tackle practical problems relating to food poverty in Lincoln. “The food banks are doing an amazing job but in very challenging circumstances - there is much more we can do to make sure that no-one goes hungry in Lincoln.”
“I want to attract more businesses to the city, businesses that provide well-paid jobs where people feel truly valued. Businesses that really engage with the community, like Siemens and Lindum Group. I am already working on plans for a major new tourist attraction in Lincoln which will substantially boost the number of jobs in tourism.
“In education, I want to ensure that every child in Lincoln has the same opportunities in life, that ambitions and dreams do not just belong to the privileged. I will use my national contacts and experience to create opportunities for schoolchildren.
“Good jobs and good health are key to a happy life. Lincoln has many of the ingredients to make that happen and I know that my energy, drive and commitment will help to make Lincoln a socially cohesive city which other cities look at and admire.”