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Plaque in memory of Lord Kerslake unveiled

Stainless steel plaque in memory of Bob Kerslake

A plaque in memory of Lord Robert Kerslake was unveiled in the Winter Gardens this afternoon.  

Bob, as he was universally known, was Chief Executive at Sheffield City Council between 1997 and 2008, moving to Sheffield from the London Borough of Hounslow.  

His achievements were extensive and included leading the Council to being named the national Council of the Year in 2005 and pioneering much of the city centre regeneration around today, including the Winter Gardens, Peace Gardens and Millennium Square.  

A small group, including Bob’s loved ones and number of people from Sheffield City Council who worked closely with him over the years, joined together for the unveiling of the stainless steel memorial plaque and to listen to speeches commemorating his time in the city and his lasting legacy.  

Pictured: James Henderson, Director of Policy and Democratic Engagement, Lord Mayor Cllr Jayne Dunn, Kate Josephs, Chief Executive, and Bob Kerslake's wife, children and grandchildren

James Henderson, Director of Policy and Democratic Engagement, worked closely with Bob during his time at the Council and gave a speech about his memories of him.  

James said: “Bob always championed our city and strongly believed in the power of public service and the impact it has on people’s lives.  

“He cared deeply about the people of Sheffield and strived to combat the inequalities residents faced across the city.  

“His impact and influence on the city can still be seen today and it is a testament to Bob’s dedication to not only his role but the whole of Sheffield. 

“Bob is missed by us all and we will continue to deliver on the impressive legacy he left behind.”