How long have you been a County Club member?
I was proposed as a member of the club back in 2001 by one of my fellow Honorary Aldermen. The Club is one of Guildford's best-kept secrets and an ideal place to have meetings with business colleagues. It also has a very active programme of social events and raises a staggering amount of money for local charities every year. In 2012, I was honoured to be elected as a member of the Club's Board of Management.
I understand you used to work for the BBC. Tell me about your job with that organisation?
I joined the BBC as a Film Editor in BBC Television News at Alexandra Palace in 1969.
In 1979, I was promoted to the job of Studio Director and was responsible for the live transmission of daily news programmes on BBC 1, BBC 2 and BBC World News. During my 20 year career, the coverage of many eventful news stories passed through my hands including the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Hillsborough Disaster, the 1992 and 1997 General Elections, the Brighton Bomb and the first TV transmissions from the House of Commons in 1989.
You were formally a Mayor of Guildford. How did you become Mayor and what were the highlights of your term in office?
After 30 years in the BBC, I was elected as the Borough Councillor for Send Ward in 2003.
I served for 7 years on the Borough Council's Executive with portfolio responsibilities that included sport, health, parks & countryside and other environmental issues. In 2005 as the health portfolio holder, I persuaded the Borough Council to give the Royal Surrey County Hospital financial support when it was threatened with closure. In 2010, I played a key role in the bidding process to bring the Olympic flame to Guildford, as part of the nationwide torch relay.
I served as Deputy Mayor in 2010 and the following year was appointed Mayor of Guildford. Among the highlights of my mayoral year was the Queen's visit to Guildford Cathedral to celebrate the cathedral's 50th anniversary. The restored Watts Gallery was opened by Prince Charles, and the Duke of Kent visited Guildford to open G-Live, the town's new entertainment complex. My whole mayoral year was an unforgettable experience and it was made even more special for me because my grandfather had served as Mayor of Guildford a century before from 1910 to 1913.
Do you remain active in the local community?
For the past 5 years, I have served as the Chairman of the West Clandon Parish Council and I am currently serving my third term as the President of the Rotary Club of Guildford.
In what remains of my spare time, I am heavily involved with the locally based Circle Eight Film Group, which I started with some school friends in Guildford in 1964. Since then, the group has produced over 200 films and videos, many of which are local interest productions featuring the history, tales and folklore of Guildford and West Surrey. We are planning to show the latest of these, 'Guildford in the Great War' - a 70-minute feature documentary, next year to commemorate the end of World War 1 in 1918.
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