|Simon was born and brought up in Hindhead, and went to school at Beacon Hill Primary and then Farnham Grammar. After school he studied for a degree in Accounting at City of Birmingham Polytechnic and then for professional qualifications in accounting and internal audit. He moved away from the local area for some thirty years, living in Croydon, Beckenham and Caterham, before returning to the area in 2012. Simon spent the major part of his career working for large international companies in the tobacco, oil, sugar and entertainment industries, after which he moved into a part-time career, working with small businesses. During his part-time career, Simon volunteered as the treasurer of the PTA at his daughter’s school in Woldingham, as a trustee at an advocacy charity in Bromley and as the treasurer of the Executive Network in London.
Simon and his wife spent several years looking for a suitable ‘self-build’ project and were lucky enough to discover and purchase the old maltings beside the ‘pooh sticks’ bridge on the River Wey, in Frensham. After two years of planning and building they moved into their new home in late 2012. Since then, they have spent a lot of time trying to tame the garden. Simon’s other interests include golf, the occasional ski trip and also spending time in France.
Living beside the river, Simon has become particularly interested in it’s upkeep and is a trustee of the River Wey Trust. Also, he is a member of the Surrey Wildlife Trust and through their ‘Riversearch’ project, walks a stretch of the river on a regular basis to check on its wellbeing.
Simon’s main objectives in being part of the parish council are to support the village and community life of Frensham and Rushmoor, and to protect all aspects of the natural environment in the parish. In particular, he would like to increase the level of local interest in the River Wey in terms of its leisure and educational potential and to ensure that it is properly managed and protected.
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