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Diane Walden

Liberal Democrat for Alveston since 2010

Warwickshire born Diane was brought up from the age of nine in the West Country, attending Weston-Super-Mare Girls’ Grammar School. 

Career History:
Councillor Walden started her career with Marks and Spencer joining their management training scheme.

Whilst her two boys were small, Diane worked part time with local playgroups and at Stratford College.  She returned to full time employment fifteen years ago and has since worked exclusively in commercial management for the Body Shop, Maher the Bookseller and is currently working as Manager of the Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop in Rother Street, a local charity very dear to her heart.

Councillor Walden has recently completed a distant learning management course at the University of Leicester

Community Interests:
Diane and her family have lived in many parts of the country but returned and settled in Warwickshire in the late 1980’s where both her boys attended local schools before leaving for universities in Cardiff and Edinburgh.  Living first in Bearley and then Wilmcote, Diane took an active interest in village life and particularly enjoyed becoming Chair of the PTA.  When her children left home in 2004 she moved to Stratford-upon-Avon making her home on Trinity Mead.

Working within the town for so long has given Diane a unique insight into the ongoing needs of the town – a place in which she is proud to live and work, She is very aware and shares many of the concerns of people who live, work, shop and use the town’s leisure facilities.

Thus, Diane decided to stand for Council and was duly elected in 2010.  She now serves on the Town Council’s Planning Consultative Committee and the Finance & Scrutiny Committee.  At the Mayor Making ceremony on 16 May, 2013 Diane was made Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon for the municipal year 2013 - 2014.

Leisure Activities
Diane loves visiting her boys in their chosen cities and travelling generally.  Her work in book shops feeds her passion for reading and she also very much enjoys her garden.


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