Cllr Dianne Snowdon - Washington Central

I have lived in Washington for most of my life and with my husband David brought our children up here. Since 2008 I have represented the Washington Central Ward as a Labour and Co-operative Councillor.

Prior to being elected I had a career in nursing where I trained in the old Sunderland Royal Infirmary. As a school governor for over 20 years, I am currently a governor at John F. Kennedy Primary School and Biddick Academy. I love to spend my spare time walking along the Coast, the River Wear or in one of our many Washington parks.

Getting to know Dianne

What website do you visit most often? Im 5th Generation Washington and before that my family come from Ireland & Scotland although my DNA does show 4% Scandinavian so I may also have a little Viking in me, which probably explains why I’m so tall.

Sweet food or Savoury?

I’m a chocoholic!

Why did you decide to become a councillor?

To fight the closure of my children’s school where I have been a governor for 10 years not only did we win and so keep the school open we even got a new school built in the end. That made me realise that it is possible to make a difference so I put myself forward.

If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

How to survive and re-invent yourself. An autobiography about domestic violence and how eventually I found the inner strength to leave and form a better life for me and my 3 children.

What are three interesing facts about you?

  1. I am born and bred in the area I represent as a councillor.
  2. I’m dyslexic but it didn’t stop me becoming a nurse or local councillor, it’s just who I am.
  3. I started running at 54 and last year completed the GNR.

What is your favourite singer?

I’m a county and western fan, I like Johnny Cash and Elvis but I’m also partial to a little bit of Dolly & Patsy Cline.

Do you have a favourite smell?

Fresh Bread

What car do you drive?

I drive a 3 year old Citroen DS4.

Council house building comes to Columbia in Washington Central with Cllr Dianne Snowdon (left).
Council house building comes to Columbia in Washington Central with Cllr Dianne Snowdon (left).
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