Cllr Jane Walker has represented Clapham since 2009. Before that she served on Bedfordshire County Council from 2005. She has also been a Parish Councillor since 1994.
Since joining the County Council, Jane has been a member of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Initially she was elected as Vice Chair and then as Chair from 2006 to 2019 apart from a few months in 2010 when she served as Lead Member for Children’s Services in Mayor Frank Branson’s first unitary cabinet. As a result, Jane has a huge amount of experience in all aspects of children’s services, from education to children’s social care.
After the 2023 elections, Jane was selected as the executives new Portfolio Holder for Family, Education and Children's Services - an updated portfolio which now includes a specific focus on families in Bedford Borough. She is currently a member of the Climate Change Committee, Health and Wellbeing Board, Housing Committee, Joint Meeting of the Children's Services and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Joint Meeting of the Children's Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee and the Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education and is an observer on the Bedford Schools' Forum.
Jane’s work outside of the Council also reflects her interest in children’s services as she has served on several committees as a representative of the voluntary childcare sector.