Diana Matthews was a magistrate for more than 30 years. She also took on the role of High Sheriff between 2013 and 2014.

Diana has a wealth of charity experience as a trustee of the Wordsworth Trust; Patron of the Lakeland Arts Trust; Trustee of Cumbria Gardens Trust and a Trustee of Cooper Pattinson's Trust Homes.

Diana Matthews has a long standing and deep rooted connection with the Lake District, not least through her family home at Rayrigg Hall on the shores of Windermere (the home of the slave abolitionist, William Wilberforce).