I have been a member of Clanfield Parish Council since December 2016 and I am on the Council’s Working Groups relating to the Community Facilities at St James Place (to be known as Down Farm Park) and the “Crimea Barn”.
I was born in Galloway, Scotland but I have lived in South Hampshire from a pre-school age.
I am a Chartered Surveyor (now retired from professional practice) and I am also a published children’s author.
Alongside my working and family life, I have been a school governor (I was Chairman of the School Governing Board at Portsmouth High School from 1996 to 2009) and a University Governor (University of Portsmouth from 1997 to 2004). I also lectured, part-time, at the University’s School of Civil Engineering and Surveying from 2004 to 2011. In my younger years, as a member of Round Table (National Association of Round Tables of Great Britain and Ireland - RTBI), I was President of Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table (1978-9), National Community Service Liaison Officer (1981-2) and National Editor (1982-4).
In 2009, I was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from the University of Portsmouth.
I have not been a Councillor before but I am enjoying the experience and, hopefully, I can make a positive contribution in all that I do for the Council and the community it serves.