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.
Throughout her time on both councils, Jane has also served on the Corporate Parenting Panel, overseeing the services for children in care and she has been a school governor at various schools within the Borough. She is currently Chair of Governors for the Bedford Nursery schools Federation which comprises the Peterpan, Southway and Cherry Trees schools
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.