I moved to Woldingham with my wife and two sons in 2013, and I have been helping on the WPC for the last year and I am currently co-opted as vice chair. I am interested in maintaining the ambience and mood of our village and its surrounding areas – its a great place to live and its worth a bit of effort to keep it that way as well as looking for ways to develop, maintain and improve our services.
I have had a long career in public service, in the rail sector, and I have been a member of several companies executive teams over the years, including a stint at Commercial Director for our local railway services. I do think that my career in public service means I am well placed to continue to serve our community through my WPC duties. I have considerable experience in business planning, project delivery, managing budgets, risk management, commercial and contract management, procurement and sales, and of working with a vast range of local and national stakeholders. I have also volunteered to help many local organisations over the years, mainly sports clubs.
I have found that I have been able to contribute to many parish council activities and I have been involved in developing our plans for the future, our budget setting and management and a whole range of specific projects and reviews. I am currently working on our contribution to the Open Spaces Strategy and our work on speed safety. I have just completed our annual review of our risk management plan and the actions we have ongoing to manage this. I also try to support and help other councillors, and I believe we have become a strong team.
Lockdown has meant the last year has been strange for the council, as everyone else, and I am very much looking forward to the freedom I hope is just round the corner and the opportunities this will create for us all. But we have been able to adapt and continue our work. I have enjoyed working with a team of committed, knowledgeable and positive individuals on the WPC; it has been good fun.
I would like to continue contributing to sustaining and improving our fantastic village environment and I would ask that you consider voting for me in the forthcoming elections.