Vivan Branson, TMBC Borough Councillor
Brought up in Sevenoaks and attended Walthamstow Hall School. Career started at age 16 as a Medical Laboratory Scientist where women were paid less than men for the same job. Women were not accepted in certain laboratories as 'they were a waste of time because they would just go off and have babies'. After eighteen years I took a sabbatical travelling, living and working abroad. Came back to the UK and worked in Asset Management companies in the City. Moved to Tonbridge when I retired and live here very happily with my two rescue dogs. Elected in May 2007 to represent Castle Ward in Tonbridge. Chair of Audit Committee and Vice-Chair of Area 1 Planning.
She will be speaking to us about about local government and her experience being a woman in politics.
Follow her on twitter: @vivanbranson