I have been a member of Clanfield Parish Council since December 2016 and I was elected Chairman in May 2019. I am also Chairman of the Council’s Property Management Working Group and I sit on the Planning Committee.
Over the last two years or so, my work on the Council has been primarily concerned with the acquisition and use of the substantial new community facilities, including the Sports and Community Centre at Windmill View and the property now occupied by the Bowls Club at Down Farm Park (part of the St James Place development).
I believe that the excellent range of facilities which we now have in Clanfield provides us with a golden opportunity to put Community, Health and Wellbeing and Sport at the centre of our agenda - to promote awareness of what our village has to offer for its residents, to maximise participation and to help to create a sense of belonging to a strong and mutually supportive community. I hope to play my full part in helping to take that forward.
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 professional career and family life. I have almost always been actively involved in voluntary work. I have been a school governor (Portsmouth High School) and a university governor (University of Portsmouth) and, in my younger years, as a member of Round Table, I held office at both local and national level, the latter as National Community Service Liaison Officer and National Editor. In 2009, I was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from the University of Portsmouth.