I have lived in Headley Down for almost 25 years and became a Parish councillor in 2003. I have four grown up children and 6 grandchildren. I am a chartered electrical engineer currently working in the rail industry, although I have previously worked in the marine and oil industries. My main interests are in photography and walking. I also served for several years as a governor for one of the local schools. I am keen to see the community grow and am currently Chairman of the Parish Council.
After growing up in Surrey, I moved to Hampshire in 1982, first to Lindford, then to Headley Down and for the last 25 years, I have been living in Arford. I have two grown up sons together with a grown up stepdaughter and stepson. Having always worked outside of the area, I joined the Parish Council back in 2002 when my children needed less support, wanting to learn more about the parish I had moved to. In the last 15 years, I have been re-elected 3 times and have acted as Chair and Vice Chair of Full Council, Chair and Vice Chair of Planning together with being a member of numerous other committees including Amenities and Recreation. I am no longer working for a living but am developing interests in many more community activities. My life long interest is horse riding and a necessary interest for many years has been gardening but I am always keen to try new activities. I like a challenge and have put my hand to snowboarding, tennis, snorkelling, and abseiling, to name but a few. I tend not to sit down for very long! Community cohesion and communication together with the quality of our local rural positioning and amenities are important to me. I'm always willing to discuss a local matter of concern with anyone in the parish.
I have lived in Arford for some 35 years. The last 20 years of my career were spent setting up and running a recruitment business, dealing primarily with solicitors and other legal professionals. I retired almost 10 years ago, and I now spend time on DIY, gardening, drifting around the canals and rivers of England on their narrow boat and wondering how on earth I ever found the time to go to work.
I moved to the area nearly 30 years ago. I am married with two children both of whom went to local schools and both still live and work in the area. I have now retired from the computer industry after nearly 40 years, in various aspects. I like classic cars and enjoy running but the latter is offset as I also enjoy cooking.
I was born in Haslemere in 1944 the family moved to Midlands Farm, Longmoor Road Liphook in 1954. My schools were Shottermill, then to a private school in Petersfield, and then to Mill Chase (as one of the first pupils in the new school). My first job was an apprentice in a precision engineering company in Haslemere. In 1964 I started working on the family farm taking over on the death of my father in 1965. I joined Bramshott and Liphook Parish Council in the late 60s and was a councillor there until the late 70s. Having moved the business to Headley in 1977, I joined the Parish Council in 1984. I have held most on the positions within the council over the years. Hobbies are old tractors and other vehicles.
I moved to Headley with my husband Simon, in 2012 after more than thirty years in Guildford. We are both actively involved in the community. Now retired, my career was spent as a consultant in the financial IT sector. I joined the Parish Council to become more informed about the local area and to make a contribution to village life. My main interests are travel, photography and gardening - with golf when time allows!
My wife Anne and I moved to the village in 1974 following my promotion to Southern Area Manager with ICI Garden Products. Both our children were educated in the village school and Anne worked for one of the local newspapers for several years. I retired from full time employment as National Accounts Manager handling all the major DIY outlets for ICI and set up a small consultancy business offering training to retail sales staff in Garden Centres and DIY stores, and Garden Chemical advice to consumers in 1996, which continued until 2008.
I was elected onto the Parish Council in 2010 and have served on both Planning and Amenities and Recreation Committees since then.
My hobbies include growing vegetables and flowers on my allotments, walking – particularly beside the sea and reading.
Born in Hindhead, I enlisted into the Army at 17 "to see the world". At 25 I joined the New Zealand Police, and transferred to the Hampshire Police 5 years later.
After another 5 years, (4 as a village Bobby, including a year at Grayshott), I was promoted. I spent most of the remainder of my 33 years service as a front line uniformed supervisor, and as a Home Office Law Instructor.
In 2000 my wife and I moved to Headley, where we started up Headley Fine Foods. I became involved in the Royal British Legion, with distributing the Parish magazine, and with driving for Headley Voluntary Care.
Since leaving the Police Service, I have worked for the Probation Service and with the resettlement of prisoners. Along the way I have been a part-time ambulance driver and transporter of disabled children.
My life so far has been one of serving the community, and that seems to be my driving force.
In 2000 I moved with husband George to Headley Down from a village in Dorset where I served as a Parish Councillor for a number of years. I retired as Communications Manager from a Company involved in servicing and maintaining and installing petrol stations. Then took up a position working part time as an Usher in the Courthouse in Woking and finally retired again in 2009. I became a Headley Parish Councillor in 2000. Served as a Governor at The Holme for a number of years and as a Trustee for a short time at Headley Down Community Association.
Moved to Headley in 2005 with my partner of 25 years Carol (now fiancée). I’m a professional photographer shooting weddings exclusively, after previously having shot fashion for 18 years in London. I grew up in a tiny town in Oxfordshire, which over the years has been totally spoilt by over building of housing and trading estates. Having moved out of London to the stunning area of countryside around Headley, I am passionate about keeping that countryside as it is in our area and not allowing over urbanisation to creep in. I love to travel, I love nature and animals - we have a cat and 5 chickens as pets, they are our children. I also love to ski, when time and money allows, especially in deep Colorado powder up to my knees.
I grew up in South West London, and moved to Headley with my wife Pamela in 1976. Our children all went to local schools. Currently two often live abroad. Three years later I became a Headley Parish Councillor and have been a member ever since, serving for 20 years as Chairman of the Planning Committee and subsequently as Chairman of the Council. I also have served Headley as a District Councillor for six years in the eighties and also since 2003. I have served on the Village Hall Committee, the Headley Residents Association and am a Trustee of St Francis Community Church. I recently retired as a self-employed Chartered Accountant in Bordon. All this leaves little time for hobbies other than a life long interest in railways and travel in the UK and Europe.
I moved to Headley in 1977 with my wife and family. We have three children all of whom went to the local infant school; two of my children and three grandchildren still live within the parish. As a family we have been involved with many Headley village activities and societies during the past 40 years. I am a practising architect and experienced with planning, design and landscape design, however my work load has reduced a little and I have joined the Parish Council in order to contribute towards the protection of the village and assist the Parish with focusing on local issues important to local people.