Kirsty Lord is the county councillor for Hassocks and Burgess Hill South and is standing for re-election in May 2021. She moved to Hassocks in 2009 and lives with her husband and three children who attend the village schools. Alongside her county council role, she works in the pharmaceutical industry.
Kirsty has run playgroups in Burgess Hill, served as a school governor at Hassocks Infant School and was on the Hassocks Guide Hut committee. She has been a volunteer breastfeeding peer supporter at East Surrey Hospital and in the community in Hassocks and Burgess Hill and was part of the committee of the Hassocks & Keymer COVID-19 Support Group. She enjoys walking on the Downs, lifting weights and indoor rowing. She is a budding gardener, an avid reader and a lifelong cartophile.
Kirsty cares deeply about ensuring our children and young people thrive. She has campaigned for the new Woodlands Meed college buildings since she was elected, worked to prevent the closure of small schools across the county and most recently has been fighting for children receiving Free School Meals. At the County Council she has been a member of the Children and Young People’s Services Scrutiny Committee since 2017 and her commitment to its work was recognised when she was asked to be Vice Chair of the committee, a rare honour for an opposition councillor.
Kirsty continues to stand up for the liberal values she holds dear. She has obtained cross party support for increasing the diversity of the council, championing the need for planning decisions to remain in local hands and supporting refugees and she has prioritised work on climate change and sustainable transport. She became the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat group in 2019.
Kirsty is a responsive and active local councillor. She has brought health visitors back to Hassocks, spoken at planning hearings, continually pushed for highways improvements, worked with police and MPs for residents, and has addressed issues raised by many individual residents in Burgess Hill and Hassocks.
Kirsty says “It was a privilege to be elected and I work hard to repay the trust placed in me, be it by pushing for potholes to be fixed, campaigning for new school buildings or challenging the Conservative administration on their failings across the county. I am standing for re-election to continue the work I have started for Burgess Hill and Hassocks and ensure that our voices are heard by the County Council.”