Janet Looker is the Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People on City of York Council.
Janet Looker was born and educated in the south west. She took a degree at Bristol University before moving north to York, where she has lived for 50 years.
Cllr Looker was a full-time parent, before becoming a solicitor in a private practice in York. Since retiring from this role she has been actively involved in the council and has been a councillor for the Guildhall Ward in York for 29 years.
Janet’s main interests in the council are education and young people. This is the second time she has held the top post in education, previously holding the post of Executive Member for Education for eight years when she helped to
shape the structure of York’s education service for the new unitary authority in 1996. She has always maintained a broad interest in the full range of council business, and has been a Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet Member for most of her political life.
Janet’s interest in mental health issues began when she represented people who had been Sectioned under the Mental Health Act in her career as a solicitor. She is particularly interested in how we can promote emotional resilience in young people.
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