From the City to Bahrain, Singapore to Potts Farm - Kate Walder becomes Tenterden's newest Town Councillor

17th Jul 2018

Tenterden's newest town councillor is a former City of London corporate lawyer, who has lived and worked in Bahrain and Singapore - and now raises sheep at Potts Farm, Tenterden.


Kate Walder was co-opted as councillor for West Ward at the council's meeting on Monday 9 July.


After earning a history degree at Somerville College, Oxford, Kate worked for leading City law firm Linklaters, before moving to Clifford Chance's branch in Bahrain.


On her return, Kate and her husband Stephen decided to move out of London, and began researching vibrant country towns which had good schools for their daughters Alexandra and Amelia.


They chose Tenterden, and the family arrived 14 years ago, taking over Potts Farm. Farming was a Walder family interest, as well as politics - Kate's father and grandfather were both MPs.


She recalls: "We didn't want to move to a commuter town which was deserted during the day, and Tenterden seemed ideal".


In 2009, the family moved to Singapore, where Stephen had been offered a job, but returned to Tenterden, and farming life, recently.


Kate pays tribute to the local farming and wider community - "they've been always been so welcoming and encouraging.


As a Tenterden Town Councillor, Kate is interested in highlighting rural life and where it intersects with the town, and contributing to council initiatives that highlight farm issues."