Councillor Matthew Kerr became a Non-Executive Board Member on 12th November 2015.
In 1996 I moved to Glasgow to study Geography at the University of Glasgow.
After graduating, I continued as a postgraduate for two years, studying social geographies of situationists (psychogeographers). At this time I also moved to Govan, where I became involved in the local community council, and other local groups, as well as working as a postman in the area.
I lived in New York City for 6 months. Upon my return to Govan, and the Royal Mail, from New York City, I became more actively involved politically both within the Co-op Party and Labour Party, and in 2006 I was selected as a Labour Party candidate for the Craigton ward, being elected for that ward in May 2007. I have served as the Secretary of the Glasgow Co-op Party and Secretary to Glasgow South-West Labour Party.
Upon my election in 2007 I became the Council’s representative on the Scottish Local Government Forum Against Poverty and since June 2011, I have served as the Chair.
In 2008 I was asked to be Deputy Executive Member for Land and Environmental Services. In this position I was able to indulge my interests in cycling and sustainable transport.
In June 2010 I was asked to be the Executive Member for Social Care; a position I was delighted to retain after being re-elected in May 2012, leading Glasgow’s response to welfare reform.
Between 2013 and 2015, I served as Executive Member for Personnel, before returning to become Executive Member for Families, Health and Social Care.