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Mrs Jenny Whittle was elected to the County Council in June 2009 as the Conservative Member for Maidstone Rural East.
After graduating with a Politics degree in 1997, she joined the business sector for a year, working for a leading international auction house which sought and sold some of the most valuable stamp collections in the world.
She then spent a year in the Conservative Research Department, followed by a six year period as a Parliamentary Researcher and Office Manager for a Conservative MP. She also studied part-time and graduated with a Master of Science degree in European Public Policy and Management at Birbeck College in 2005.
She joined Kent County Council originally as an officer in 2005 and worked as the Staff Officer to the CFE Cabinet Members before being quickly promoted to the position of the Leader’s Staff Officer. After seven months on maternity leave following the birth of her first child, Katie, and a six month spell in Corporate Policy, Jenny decided to stand for election in June 2009 to fight against the Kent International Gateway application.
She lists her interests as reading, studying current affairs and history and taking part in sporting pursuits. She was also a member of the Chartered Insitute of Public Relations and is a qualified practitioner in this field, having passed her Diploma in 2008.
From 2000-2005 she was the secretary for an intergenerational charity, The Taskforce Trust, which puts older and younger people in touch with each other to share experiences and skills.
Mrs Whittle was the Deputy Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Education – Learning & Development from June 2009 until January 2011, when she was appointed Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services. She has a particular passion to improve outcomes for looked after and vunerable children, as her late mother grew up in care undergoing some 20 foster placements and a five year spell in a children’s home in Sidcup.