5th November 2021

Getting to know… planning assistant solicitor Diana Miller

Fast moving, Welsh-speaking Di is a planning specialist in our agriculture team as well as a trail runner, anchovy addict and opera fan!

Tell us a little about your work?

I joined Thrings from Wiltshire Council where I had two fantastic years as a legal officer. While I was there, I worked opposite some of the Thrings Planning team on a few matters and knew I would get the quality and variety of work that would suit my personality.

I do a lot of planning-related agriculture work - primarily contentions - and because I’m from a rural background I understand that farmers and landowners need more flexibility than nine to five. I’m more than happy to speak to clients before milking or late in the evening after silage. Better still, I now have some Welsh clients, so I get to listen to and converse in my own language.

Tell us something about yourself that is not widely known?

I love food and eat two breakfasts every day… and I am addicted to anchovies. If I get down to one jar of anchovies I start to worry.

Where is your favourite spot in the world?

There’s a hill back home in Wales that I’ve been drawn to since I was a little girl. It’s between the villages of Bethania and Llangwyrfon, it overlooks Llyn Eiddwen and you can see both Ceredigion Bay and the hills of Tregaron. It’s the most perfect spot in the world. I often lie on rough tufts of grass and listen to the chorus of skylarks and soak up the ‘heddwch’ (peace). I can close my eyes when I am anywhere in the world and I am there. I’ve spent a lot of time in Europe and Africa but nowhere beats that little hill.

Name someone, living or dead, who you would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

My late gran and grandpa. They taught me the true meaning of love, of passion and of loyalty. Grandpa also ignited my passion for cricket by taking me to watch Surrey, as well as opera. I have his Puccini CD in my car and drive everywhere with Madame Butterfly blaring.

What, if anything, makes your blood boil?

Litter! When I’m out trail running I pick up other people’s rubbish. My main gripe, however, is people parking in disabled spaces or up close to disabled places. It’s so selfish. I carry sticky notes and write messages like “Please be mindful next time you park here - this is a disabled space” and leave them on car windscreens.

Describe yourself in three words?

Energetic. Loyal. Gregarious.

 

Find out more about Diana Miller visit his professional profile here - or email dmiller@thrings.com


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