My name is Diane Marsh and I have lived in Gravesham for over 30 years raising my family here and working in and around the Borough.
I was a Gravesham Borough Councillor from 2007 to 2011 serving Whitehill Ward and served on several Boards as a Trustee and as a member of several council committees enjoying the challenges and becoming entrenched in the local area.
I spent the next few years supporting people back into work by developing social enterprises in high areas of unemployment, something I feel very passionate about still.
I have been the County Councillor for Gravesham East since we won a by-election in August 2016 with a 9% swing from Labour!
I have recently returned to practice as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and believe part of my role is to raise awareness around the stigma of Mental health and help others start to talk about what issues they have rather than repress them. The mental health rhetoric is a key priority for many services including Kent's Police & Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott and our Prime Minister Theresa May . Mental health is everyone's business and I hope that by raising awareness and campaigning for better service provision and access we can all have better mental health support.