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Councillor Mrs Diana Garrod

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Councillor Mrs Diana Garrod
09 May 2019
First Elected
20 October 2016
C/O Causeway House
Bocking End
Mobile Telephone No:
07979 790637

I have lived in the Braintree District all my life and was delighted to be elected District Councillor to represent the Bumpstead Ward in October 2016 and again in May 2019.  This ward comprises the rural villages Steeple Bumpstead, Helions Bumpstead, Sturmer, Birdbrook and Baythorne End. My role is to represent the Ward and the interests of individual constituents, to contribute to the good governance of the area and actively encourage community participation and citizen involvement in decision making. Also to represent Braintree District Council and contribute to the achievement of the priorities of the Council and the District as a whole. This requires personal judgement to balance the needs of local communities against the broader strategic needs of the District.


Between 2016 and 2019, I served on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, incorporating the Task and Finish Group Scrutiny Review into ‘Social Isolation and Loneliness’, a topic I suggested in recognition of this being prevalent in rural communities. Also the Task and Finish Group Scrutiny Review into the Role of the Highway Authority. In 2018 I served on the Community Governance Review Committee.


I was appointed the Council’s Representative of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Joint Advisory Committee in December 2016; an outside body committed to conserving and enhancing the special qualities of the Stour Valley and a post I find extremely rewarding.


In May 2019 I was appointed to the Appeals Committee and Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny ‘Community Development Group’.


I am Chairman of Sturmer Parish Council and have been a member for over fifteen years.  I consider it a great privilege to serve the community in which I reside and since Sturmer borders Suffolk, I also regularly attend the Haverhill Forum meetings to maintain cross-border communication between local authorities.


I have been an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since 2013.  I am a member of a local Action Medical Research (for children) Fundraising Committee; a charity which provides funding for medical research to beat the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. I am also a Director of a private health company where I operate a Bone Density Scanner which tests for Osteoporosis, hence, I have a particular interest in health and wellbeing and have a good understanding of the challenges that businesses face.


Electoral Ward - Bumpstead Ward

Updated: 24th July 2019

Job Title:

Election History

Thu 20 Oct 2016 Mon 6 May 2019 Retirement and re-elected
Thu 9 May 2019 Elected on 2nd May 2019

Party Representation History

ConservativeThu 20 Oct 2016

Ward Representation History

BumpsteadThu 20 Oct 2016 Mon 6 May 2019
BumpsteadThu 9 May 2019

Current Committee Memberships

Past Committee Memberships

Current Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside BodyPast Joining DatePast Leaving Date
There are no past outside bodies for this member.

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring OfficerView
There are no register of interest records for this member.

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNatureView
There are no meeting declarations for this member.
Wed, 18 Aug 2021Adult Mental Health Aware Training  
Tue, 4 Jun 2019Introduction to The Local Plan and Economic Development 
Thu, 30 May 2019Introduction to Environmental Services and Enforcement, and Housing and Community Services 
Tue, 28 May 2019Introduction to Local Government Finance and Strategic Investments 
Tue, 14 May 2019Introduction to Council Services 
Thu, 9 May 2019Member Induction Day - Overview of the Council including Role of Councillor and Code of Conduct  
Mon, 28 Jan 2019PFCC 
Wed, 9 Jan 2019Lone Worker and Staying Safe 
Thu, 22 Nov 2018Governance Committee Training 
Wed, 21 Nov 2018Scrutiny of the Priorities for 2019/20 and Initial Budget Position 
Tue, 16 Oct 2018Brain, Balance and Power 
Tue, 18 Sep 2018Partnership and Collaborative WorkingThis 2 hour session looks at partnership and collaboration examples within local government and looks at the role that elected members can play to enable and instigate the process. It also looks at the required key skills and some of the competencies that assist partnership building.
Thu, 26 Jul 2018Member Development - Planning EnforcmentSession outline: Guide to Planning Enforcement including: Outline of powers and enforcement tools, breaches of planning controls, permitted development, allegations which are not planning breaches, outline of powers for untidy land, unlawful adverts, protected trees and listed buildings.
Tue, 24 Jul 2018Knowing me, knowing you - influential impact 
Thu, 24 May 2018Member Development - Health and wellbeingSession Outline: Be Well Strategy, Disabled Facilities Grants, Home First initiative, mental health provision
Mon, 16 Apr 2018Member Development - Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner/Community Safety HubsSession Outline: • To provide an overview of the work of the Office of the Police, Fire and CrimeCommissioner. • To provide an overview of the Braintree DistrictCommunity Safety Partnership Strategic Assessment 2017/18. • To provide an overview of the Braintree Community Safety Hub Session Outcomes: • Have an improved awareness of the work of the Office of the Police, Fire and CrimeCommissioner. • Understand the benefits & importance of partnership working within the Community Safety Hubs.
Tue, 20 Mar 2018Report Writing 
Mon, 8 Jan 2018Community Leadership 
Wed, 22 Nov 2017Overview and Scrutiny 
Thu, 16 Nov 2017Member Development Evening 
Wed, 8 Nov 2017Sensory Awarness 
Thu, 2 Nov 2017Presenting with Presence 
Thu, 7 Sep 2017Benefits and Welfare 
Wed, 26 Jul 2017Member Development 
Wed, 28 Jun 2017Member Development 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017Managing Challenging Behaviour 
Thu, 25 May 2017Member Development 
Wed, 19 Apr 2017Making the most of the hours that count 
Thu, 13 Apr 2017Advanced Social Media Skills 
Tue, 7 Mar 2017Member Development 
Wed, 1 Feb 2017Member Development 
Mon, 5 Dec 2016Member Development 
Thu, 3 Nov 2016Member Development 
There are no hospitality and gift records for this member.

Councillors’ Community Grant

This grant scheme operates from 1st September 2016 and provides all 49 Ward Councillors with funds to support organisations and groups to develop and deliver community projects and initiatives that benefit local residents.

The Councillor Community Grants Scheme is monitored by the Grants Panel and Councillors are obliged to consider the Member Code of Conduct when making grant decisions.  To aid transparency the details of each grant are published below.  

Grants made by Councillor Mrs Diana Garrod:

Organisation: Helions Bumpstead Parish Council
Project: Covered bike shelter
Overall cost of project: £2175.00
Grant awarded: £750.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 22nd February 2017

Organisation: Birdbrook Parish Council
Project: Care for the Community (to install two defibrillators into the newly refurbished BT Telephone Boxes in Birdbrook Village and Baythorne End)
Overall cost of project: £995 to £3495.00
Grant awarded: £750.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 2nd March 2017

Organisation:Sturmer and District Women's Institute
Project: Chicken Foot Nights
Overall cost of project: £150.00 
Grant awarded: £150.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 12th June 2017

Organisation: Steeple Bumpstead Parish Council
Project: Replacement Swing Bars within Children's playground
Overall cost of project: £1930.00
Grant awarded: £1200.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 29th June 2017

Organisation: Sturmer Parish Council
Project: Clear Community Area of Debris/Growth
Overall cost of project: £189.00
Grant awarded: £150.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 7th November 2017

Organisation: Steeple Bumpstead Congregational Church
Project: New Boiler
Overall cost of project: £2180
Grant awarded: £375
Joint Grant: No
Date: 21st May 2018

Organisation: Helions Bumpstead Parish Council
Project: Common Ground GTR Project
Overall cost of project: £300
Grant awarded: £300
Joint Grant: No
Date: 28th September 2018

Organisation: Steeple Bumpstead Bowls Club
Project: Indoors Bowls Storage
Overall cost of project: £325 (requesting £288.)
Grant awarded: £288
Joint Grant: No
Date: 9th November 2018

Organisation: Birdbrook Parish Council
Project: Plinth Construction
Overall cost of project: £4000 (requesting £300.)
Grant awarded: £300
Joint Grant: No
Date: 9th November 2018

Organisation: The Sew Crafty Group, Steeple Bumpstead 
Project: Group Sewing Machine
Overall cost of project: £220.00
Grant awarded: £220.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 12th December 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20

Organisation: 1st Steeple Bumptead Scout Group
Project: Lightweight Tents 
Overall cost of project: Approx. £1,200
Grant awarded: £320.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 12th December 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20

Organisation: Birdbrook Parish Council
Project: Refurbishment of play area - provide safe secure seating
Overall cost of project: £792.50 plus VAT
Grant awarded: £500.00
Joint Grant: No
Date: 4th March 2021
Financial Year: 2020/21

Organisation: Helions Bumpstead Sports Pavilion Club
Project: Replacement of a specialised pavilion clock
Overall cost of project: £1,176.00
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: No
Date: 9th August 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

OrganisationBirdbrook Ladies Group
Project: Microwave and kettle for the kitchen
Overall cost of project: £100
Grant awarded: £100
Joint Grant: No
Date: 27th August 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

OrganisationHelions Bumpstead Community Benefit Society Ltd
Project: Encouragement of exercise and wellbeing - installation of bike racks
Overall cost of project: £383
Grant awarded: £383
Joint Grant: No
Date: 20th September 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22


Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

1. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Councillor: Company Director and Parish Councillor (Sturmer Parish Council).

Spouse: Company Director.

2. Financial Support

Councillor: Election expenses were paid for by the Braintree Constituency Conservative Association.

Spouse: None.

3. Contracts with Braintree District Council

Councillor/Spouse: None.  

4. Land/Property

Councillor/Spouse:  Pope Mill Farm, Coupals Road, Sturmer, Nr. Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 7UW including land/paddocks approx. 9.5 acres.

5. Property Licences

Councillor/Spouse: None.

6. Tenancies with Braintree District Council

Councillor/Spouse: None.

7. Securities

Councillor/Spouse: None.

Other Pecuniary Interest

8. Employment

CHC LTD, 2 Rose Cottages, Withersfield Road, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 9LB.

9. Discharged Contracts with Braintree District Council


Registerable Non-Pecuniary interests

10. Relevant Memberships

Member of Sturmer Parish Council, Member of the Conservative Party, Member of Action Medical Research (for Children) Fund Raising Committee, Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  and Member of the AA.

11. Gifts and Hospitality with as estimated value of at least £50

As Braintree District Council's representative to Dedham Vale & Stour Valley Advisory Committee received from Debham Vale AONB, attendance at the Landscape For Life Conference and Dinner on 10th July 2019 with a total value of £200.


Updated: 13th December 2020.

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances13 
Present as expected13100%
Apologies received00% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)2 

Attendance Details