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Carmel Togher


Carmel is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the City of London. Carmel has worked for the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the Big 4 professional services firm, Ernst & Young. For the past 16 years, she has worked as a lawyer in the London office of a global US Investment Management Firm. Whilst working at Ernst & Young, Carmel dual qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary, and in recognition of her governance expertise and experience, she was awarded a Fellowship by The Chartered Governance Institute in 2016.

Carmel read for a degree in Jurisprudence (Law) at Oxford University and attended the Inns of Court School of Law before commencing her legal career. Having lived in Thanet since 2008, she has always been an active volunteer and fundraiser within the local community. Prior to her appointment, Carmel served consecutive terms as a school Governor at a local grammar school and also a local primary school.

Carmel is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is a strong advocate for those with special educational needs or disability (SEND). As a mother of two young children and someone who has been educated exclusively within the state sector, she is highly supportive and appreciative of the EKC mission to inspire and empower all young people to achieve their full potential – regardless of their race, gender, class or abilities.

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Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.