The Kent Forum is a high-level strategic group which was formed in 2010 following the development of the Kent Recommitment. It is made up of the democratic Leaders of Kent. It is chaired by Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council and vice-chaired by John Gilbey, Leader of Canterbury City Council.
The Kent Forum has overall responsibility for co-ordinating and agreeing shared priorities and progress, encouraging community leadership and supporting new initiatives. These responsibilities include overseeing Kent’s Sustainable Community Strategy, called the ‘Vision for Kent’ and supporting the development of Locality Boards across Kent.
The Kent Forum has assumed the responsibilities of the Kent Leaders Group and the Kent Partnership.
The Kent Forum provides a strong collective voice for the leaders of Kent and therefore enhances the efforts made by individual organisations and groups. Partnership working improves co-operation and co-ordination and therefore has more effect than the sum of its individual parts.
The Kent Forum is committed to supporting strategic decision-making, ensuring the efficient delivery of local public services and devolving decision-making to the most appropriate level. The Kent Forum also aims to respond to the needs and aspirations of local people and save tax-payers’ money.
The Kent Forum will meet every two months.