Gaynor, my wife, and I are very honoured to be Mayor and Mayoress of Lewes: we are looking forward to learning as much as we can about the life of the town and meeting as many Lewes residents as possible in our year of office. We have lived in the Malling area of Lewes for eight years and have three children and two delightful young grandchildren between us.
My father had recently left the Navy when my family moved to the Lewes area in 1965. Lewes was still very much an industrial town and South Street was the quickest way to the sea. After I left school in 1970 I moved away, working in public relations and then journalism. For most of my career I have written about computer technology for publications including New Scientist and edited specialist computer magazines. I was fortunate enough to be in at the birth of Silicon Valley.
More recently I published a magazine about assistive technology for disabled people called Ability. I now run the British Assistive Technology Association, an organisation for those who work on the technology needs of disabled people. My Mayor’s charities are both connected with disability: the Oyster Project and Lewes Football Club’s Mental Well-Being programme.
I believe that climate change and the environment will be the big issue for Lewes for many years to come and will do my best to support those campaigning in this area. However, the town faces many other challenges, so please get in touch with me if I can be of any assistance to you or your organisation.