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The Deputy Mayor of Tunbridge Wells

Councillor David Osborne

Cllr David Osborne

David Osborne represents Culverden Ward where he has lived for 35 years. He is currently on his second term in office.

David was born a Kentish Man in Orpington, moving at the age of 8 to Cardiff where he attended the local comprehensive school, Llanishan High. He went on to study Economics and Accounting at The University of Leeds. After graduating he joined Midland Bank, now HSBC, and qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He has worked for several financial institutions, including Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank, engaged in advising on the finance of large assets, such as the Nissan car plant in Sunderland.20 years ago David started his own advisory boutique together with some former colleagues providing similar advice, which he continues to manage.

David returned to Kent and settled in Tunbridge Wells in October 1987, just before the Great Storm which had such a devastating effect on the Commons. He has three children all of whom were born at Pembury and attended local schools. David is a modest golfer and a member of Royal Ashdown Forest, originally created as the golf course for Tunbridge Wells. He is also a keen cyclist and has cycled from Land's End to John O' Groats as well as having completed the Ride London 100, four times.

David is a Freehold Tennant of the Commons, although he is still to exercise his right to graze two sheep and is committed to trying to improve the amenity value and biodiversity of this enchanting space. He is also a member of the Civic Society and personally undertook the full restoration of one of the town's most important 18th century listed lodging houses in London Road, which had been deemed beyond economic repair. He received a Civic Society award for his work.