Hester Hunt has been appointed to this new role on 1 September 2022. Her working days are Wednesday to Friday, and she will be based in the library building.
Hester started her career in local government with Carrick District Council in the early 80s. Eight years later she moved to Cornwall Council where during her 14 years there she worked in a variety of roles in the legal team, Social Services, Policy Unit and Community Safety. She moved to Gloucestershire in 2004 and worked for Gloucestershire County Council in partnership and engagement roles before returning to Cornwall in 2015 to take on the role of Town Clerk with Penzance Council. Hester retired from this role in August and was really pleased to be able to apply for the newly created Deputy Clerk role at St. Just Town Council.
On a personal note, Hester is born and bred Cornish. Her ancestors were miners from St.Agnes who emigrated to New Mexico, USA to silver mine at the turn of the last century (her Granny stayed behind because she’d met her Grandad! ) so she feels a connection to the heritage and rugged countryside of St.Just. Currently she lives in Mousehole with her husband Bill Johnson and mother. Bill is the Assistant Harbour Master for Mousehole and a part-time fisherman. Her two step-sons Robert and Tristan, live in Pendeen and are gardeners.
Hester is looking forward to supporting St. Just Town Council and its Clerk, Cas Leo, as it takes on assets from Cornwall Council and further expands its workforce.