Following an eight-year long career in local government, Colin Kemp has joined the team at the public affairs and specialist communications agency where he will support local authorities and developers with strategic counsel and tailored planning communications. Colin’s experience working in senior positions within local government will prove invaluable for Cratus’ clients as he looks to support local authorities in refining and improving their performance, in addition to supporting private sector clients as they navigate the complexities of the planning process.
Colin’s career in local government began in 2013, when he was elected as a Surrey County Councillor (SCC). He entered the cabinet at SCC in 2015 taking on the portfolio for Highways and in 2017 became Lead Member for Place.
In late 2018, he became Deputy Leader and took on the larger role of Infrastructure and Transport. At the same time, he joined the two LEPS that cover Surrey as a director. Colin also became a Board Member of Transport for the South East to cover a strategic role, looking at infrastructure across the region and its impacts on Surrey.
In 2014, he was elected as a borough councillor at Woking Borough Council (WBC). Within a year he was elected as Deputy Leader and took on the portfolio for Housing, only to then become a Director of ThamesWey Ltd in 2016. In 2017, he stepped down as Deputy Leader but stayed on the executive, taking on Leisure and Culture as well as Local Infrastructure and Transport.
Cratus Chief Executive, Nick Kilby commented: “Over the course of the next few months we are undertaking an expansion of the Advisory side of our business. Colin brings extensive experience at the highest level of local government to the team and will offer our public sector clients the support they require to deliver the highest quality services to their communities. We’re delighted to have him on board.”
Colin added, “Having worked within local government for many years, I am excited to be back working in the private sector whilst still being able to support the sector I value so dearly. I am confident that I can add value to Cratus and their clients moving forward and am thrilled to be a part of the team.”
Cratus is an integrated communications agency, specialising in local government but with a national reach. Established in 2009, Cratus provides a range of services for the public and private sector. These include planning communications, community relations and engagement, public affairs, public relations, and advisory services.