Having lived in our village for over 55 years I have seen many changes during that time where the population of Stapleford has over doubled in size to around 2,000. As the current ‘elder statesman’ on the Parish Council I feel I can bring knowledge and background to the Council during its many debates, as we have continued to move forward to enhance the care and connectivity for the residents in our lovely village.
After graduating from Southampton University in Chemistry I spent my entire working life at the Swiss Chemical Company CIBA-GEIGY based at Duxford, gaining much experience across a wide range of disciplines. These included Quality Control, Production, Distribution, Logistics and finally Purchasing Manager.
I joined the Parish Council in April 1973. Many of my colleagues in those early days were local trades people (farmers, teachers, builders or shopkeepers) and freely gave their time for doing jobs around the village without recourse to payment.
During my time on the Parish Council I have served three terms as chairman. We have gone from being a small village where the agendas were wholly self contained within the Parish, to a situation now with outside pressures from large developments encroaching on our fringes occupying much time. I feel I can offer support in our quest to retain the unique identity of Stapleford which we have successfully maintained for many generations.