With my wife, Roberta, I have lived in Winterslow for over 16yrs, having moved here from Salisbury in mid-2000 in order to get back to a more rural existence. Despite being born and brought up in London, during most of my military career we lived in the country, both here and abroad, and found that Salisbury was just to ‘townie’!
Following a short sojourn in the travel industry, I joined the Army in 1981, being commissioned from Sandhurst, and then served for 25yrs before moving onto new pastures. Since leaving uniform, I have worked in project and interim management, and am now the CEO of a registered charity, which is engaged in a major regeneration project of a Victorian-era fort near Plymouth.
Whilst certainly not being unique, I believe that our village seems particularly blessed with a strong community spirit, a range of activity clubs and some beautiful and, importantly, readily accessible countryside for both walking, running and other pastimes.
I have 2 grown-up children, who both have their own families with 5 grandchildren between them. My son also lived in the village with us for a period before he too joined the Army. And we have some old friends in the village who also came out from Salisbury centre too.
I have now served as a Councillor for approximately 3 years. I see my role on the Parish Council as striving to represent the broader wishes and views of the majority of the people of our village in all areas, but particularly on such as planning and future development. It is clear that Parish Councils are facing interesting times (to probably misquote Confucius!), which I suspect will manifest itself in changing and increasing responsibilities, as well as challenges and opportunities. Embracing these will deliver an exciting and rewarding experience for anyone thinking of being a Councillor.
My interests include running, hill and other walking, our dogs (only one at present, sadly!), cooking and gastronomy and motor sport.