I started in business in 1989 and am now retired, well partly! During this time I have served on many committees, been a trustee of a number of organisations including age concern, sat on bank and executive boards. I owned and ran a practice of certified accountants, owned, developed and ran restaurants and pubs. Latterly I operated as a professional handyman and estate managed a local museum’s 20-acre estate.
I believe in getting involved with the local community, using my skills, such as they are, to benefit that community. To that end in the past, I have served on village committees and as parish clerk, parish and parochial counselor.
I live with my wife and chocolate lab Jake in a grade two listed National Trust cottage (one of seven) in Hambledon and though only having lived in the village for what many may consider a mere blink of an eye I volunteer in the village shop am involved with the village fete and am Chairman of the Hambledon Village Shop Management Committee.
I have recently been fortunate enough to have been elected onto the TANT committee.
My wife and I are fortunate to live in such a vibrant, beautiful and historic village.
Hambledon is known for its connection with Octavia Hill one of three founder members of the National Trust.
There is a memorial to her in the woods opposite our cottage at Hydon’s Ball.
Octavia Hill believed in self-reliance and championed the protection of the community, social housing, places, buildings of historical importance as well as the availability to the public of open spaces.
On these principles estates, villages, individual houses and cottages that are “communities“ were gifted to the National Trust.
I personally therefore actively consider that the National Trust has, as a landlord, a moral and charitable obligation to protect and ensure continuance of local communities on its tenanted estate.
I hope on behalf of all like-minded tenants to assist in ensuring the National Trust, our landlord, follows these principles.