David Walton DL

David Walton was born in 1956 and comes from a local family rooted in Salford. He studied at Manchester Grammar School and Sheffield University before becoming a solicitor in 1981. He is now a partner in the firm of DWF specialising in property and charity law. For six years he was Chairman of the Euro-American Lawyers’ Group; he also serves on the Board of the Methodist Insurance Company. David has been fully involved in the life of the Methodist Church from an early age, both in his local church in Monton and nationally. In addition to being a youth leader and local preacher, he has chaired the Ecumenical and Legal Committees of the Church. In 2008-2009 he served as Vice President of the Methodist Church in Britain and from 2009-2012 as Chair of the Methodist Council. He has also been involved as a trustee of the Pat Seed Fund at Christie Hospital and of Commitment in Communities - a local charity helping churches and other voluntary groups to develop community projects. A frustrated actor and performer, David helped found an ecumenical theatre group in Eccles; he sings in the Salford Choral Society and plays the piano with more feeling than accuracy. An early love of the Savoy operas inspired an enthusiastic involvement in the Manchester Gilbert & Sullivan Society and he is currently Chairman of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Trust. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2008.