My family and I have had a home in Letchworth for over 40 years but my links with the town go back to the 1950s. My father and grandfather were both architects and so I soaked up architectural styles along with Edward Lear and Beatrix Potter as a child! Later on in my working life, I had the privilege of working, as a client, with Norman Foster on the HSBC building in Hong Kong and Denys Lasdun at the Royal College of Physicians in London so you could say that the ‘business of buildings’ is deeply entrenched and I am a keen supporter of buildings’ conservation alongside good design and careful town planning.
My working life over some 40 years has been spent in the private, public and charity/academic sectors – beginning with air traffic control in the early ‘70s and, after a return to studies, to international banking in Hong Kong for twelve years, several years with Herts County Council and lastly at the Royal College of Physicians in London. I worked at senior levels up to Chief Executive level and thus have a broad range of managerial experience, together with in-depth knowledge of how local and national government works having sat on a number of committees and advisory bodies in my time.
Following my retirement I acknowledged my lifelong commitment to Humanism by training as a Humanist celebrant, taking non-religious funerals, weddings and baby namings and working as a Humanist ‘chaplain’ with the local emergency services in Hertfordshire.
My other main interests in life, outside of family, friends and work, are travel and the arts – from opera to art of all kinds, including the theatre, cinema and literature. I became Chair of Letchworth Settlement at the beginning of 2015 and am committed to helping take this wonderful institution forward into its second century in 2020.
My personal ambitions with the Foundation relate to addressing quality of life issues for all residents and our current Families Project and associated initiatives are key to this. Letchworth is a town of extremes – areas of great affluence alongside areas of significant deprivation. An imbalance that is not what Howard sought in his ambitions and not appropriate when we have resources that can be managed and used to help create a sustainable future for our town in which everyone can work and, importantly, can have hope and ambition for a better future for their families. History will not forgive us if we fail to do our best.
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