Caroline Gruen

I have lived and worked in Leeds all my working life, firstly as a student at Leeds University where I trained as a primary school teacher and then as a teacher in five Leeds schools. I Caroline Gruen went on to become an advisory teacher with Leeds City Council where I was assigned to the West area of the city and worked in classrooms in the Bramley primary schools and enjoyed getting to know the families and community served by those schools.

I retired from my position of Director of Education three years ago and was re-united with Bramley when I became one of the local Councillors here. I’ve been part of our community since May 2012 and have become involved in local community projects and taken a particular interest in Bramley Elderly Action.

I am delighted to join the Bramley Elderly Action Board as I feel the organisation provides a vital service for the elderly community in Bramley. It offers both a helping hand when that is needed, and new experiences where these are sought. My experience in meeting some of its members is that whilst they might be getting on a little in years (like myself!) they are certainly young at heart and enjoy a great zest for life along with good humour, a love of social activity and challenging intellect.

I hope my experience in working with people, both young and old, will help further enrich the range of activities and support available to members and that my influence on the Board, along with that of others, brings a wider perspective on its governance and strategic leadership.

I like being with people more than anything but also enjoy swimming, exercising, walking, visual arts and theatre of all kinds.

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